Links Taproom | Chicago, Illinois
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Links Taproom
Good based on 11 ratings
Type: Bar

1559 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois United States 60622 [ print map ]
773 360 7692 | facebook | twitter | beer menu

Hours: Mon - Fri 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Sat 10:30 AM - 2:00 AM; Sun 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: markducommun (7) | Affiliated user(s) here Moutstainz | Taps: 39 | Bottles: 40-50

Links Taproom

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Beer Available At Links Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Temperance Might Meets Right Coffee and Vanilla , Surly Pentagram 98, New Holland Mad Hatter Midwest IPA , Ten Ninety Rancorous , Goose Island 3600 , Bells Oarsman Ale 48, Oíso Refresher Course , Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley Wine 99, Revolution 5th Year Beer , Off Color Bare Bear 83, Deschutes Obsidian Stout 99, Goose Island Blue Line Pils , Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) 100, Surly Mild 85, Pipeworks One Glove, One Oven Mitt , Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout) 100, Founders Mosaic Promise 98, Lost Abbey Box Set: Track #10 (Bat out of Hell) 100, 5 Rabbit Ponche 94, Goose Island The Muddy Imperial Stout 90
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11 reviews for Links Taproom
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  71%
 Selection  81%
 Food  68%
 Value  76%
 Overall  80%
 Rating  78%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
Moutstainz  (7) , | March 15, 2015
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
leej  (14) , | February 23, 2015
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409  (235) bloomfield, Michigan | December 29, 2014
Happened by on way to piece pizza. Cool virtual tap boa d and 40 taps.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
ARH  (96) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2014
Iíve passed by this place often, but never gone in, simply because itís typically infested with Wicker Park Bros. I can handle the hipster crowd, but the bros ... anywho, on one fateful night, out with some out of town friends, we passed by it, and, lo-and-behold, the place was on the empty side, so in we went. I was thoroughly impressed. It definitely has the sports bar vibe that the bros flock to, but they have their tap selection displayed on multiple screens throughout the place letting you know how much of each tap is left and what the next one to be tapped is. On top of this, it appears they only tap uncommon and rare beers - trying to choose a beer Iíve never had before was almost overwhelming! They serve food too, but I did not partake on this visit. The service could do with a bit of an upgrade, but at the same time, dealing with bros all the time would probably make me hate my life too (I gotta stop ragginí on the bros, but itís just too easy). All things considered though, the pricing seemed pretty fair for Chicago. I hope another fateful evening is in my future soon where this place isnít flooded with the type of people I detest.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
andyhwcinc  (27) Chicago, Illinois | June 6, 2014
I came here with friends after a long flight from overseas and needed to stay up for a couple of hours. Iím surprised Iíve never heard of this place, because itís actually pretty sweet. The feel of this place is definitely more on the sports bar side, which is a bit unfair because there were no sports playing on the night I went, but it just has the feel of a place Iíd want to watch a game at as there are TVs everywhere. However, the cool thing is that their TVs showed the draft list with keg levels and whatís up next, which was really cool. I didnít like the Untappíd / Instagram integration though, just seemed cheesy to me. I canít comment on the food, but my friends said it was fine. As well, service was decent but no servers, and I thought it was kind of strange that tax was included in each sale....not typical for a Chicago bar. At the end of the day though, Iíll definitely be coming back to this place, I like what theyíve got going on and Iím a total nerd when it comes to information overload, so I can definitely appreciate the interactive element of their tap list.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | April 19, 2014
Iíve been waiting for a bar like this to show up in Wicker Park/Bucktown for a long time. Itís safe to say Iíve found my new spot. Seriously. Links rocks. Links Taproom features 40 taps including 2 Nitro and 4 Casks. They also have an amazing digital beer board that displays the tap list, is updated in real time, and displays everything from ABV and IBU to the color of the beer and KEG LEVEL. If you check in to Untappd, Foursquare, Instagram, or tweet the bar, it scrolls across the screen. About 2/3 of the tap list is from Illinois or states that touch it. You can look the list up on facebook right now. These guys are incredibly passionate about serving local good beer and it shows. The only macro is PBR...but itís Wicker Park. The food is also really, really good. Both classic and creative sausages. Links has a service model that isnít seen too often around Chicago: there are no servers, but there is a large service area where you can go quickly grab your own beer. If you want food, you order it at the food window and itís delivered to your table. The service model is actually very similar to the Founders brewpub, and itís honestly my favorite kind of service at a craft beer bar. When Iím drinking craft beer, I donít want to wait on a server only to have them come back in 10 minutes and tell me the beer I ordered is out. It makes sitting at the bar a better experience because people arenít constantly reaching over you. Also, Links is a great place to bring large groups because everything is self serve. Overall, this place feels incredibly homey. I will be back. A LOT.
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 1/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 1/20
jrallen34  (457) Chicago, Illinois | April 12, 2014
***This loser of a bar owner has the balls to email you and question your integrity about accurately reviewing a place. Hey Bub, make your bar better and shut up. My original score was a 44, but now dropped to 8 for his classless acts and comments.**** I like the concept of the draft board showing what is on and how much is left. No need to get the last pour with fear of something running out. However, not a fan of the atmosphere, crowd, food, service or mediocre draft list.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
emerge077  (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
Stopped in here recently to see what all the raves were about. Sure thereís a great local/regional craft focused tap list, but that alone doesnít necessarily make a destination in itself anymore. It seems like everyone is opening a brewery or new beer bar nowadays, it takes something unique to keep people coming back. Iíll avoid making the obvious Bangers & Lace comparison. Once inside and past the bouncer, the wooded ceiling and exposed ductwork and brick interior stood out, lending to the minimal industrial vibe. Quirky beer themed touches like growler lights and keg tables, bottlecap flooring, magnum bottle lamps, with tap list screens glowing like giant iPhones on the wall. It was almost as if someone let an interior designer run wild with the whole "beer" theme. Modern and hip, though ultimately sort of sterile... not so much of a cozy place to drop in whenever, but still much less cheesy than 99% of the Wicker Park "bar scene". Everything is self service, kitchen and bar, no printed beer list available when I asked the bartender, they directed me to the overhead screens. There were 2 cooler doors full of bottles towards the back, but no mention of them or prices. Kind of awkward. Noticed Navaja, Pipeworks, Une Anťe, and La Roja in there after Iíd ordered a beer already. Local stuff on tap like Half Acre, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Buckledown, and regional staples like Founders (Imperial Stout and Backwoods Bastard), and Stoneyís favorite: Green Flash Palate Wrecker. No imports. Prices were fair, though they charged tax on beer at the bar which is an annoying pet peeve. Oh, that $6 beer will be $6.57... and get your own water. Tragically hip and cafeteria-style, a fairly by-the-numbers experience that left something to be desired. Not at all a bad option if youíre intentionally hanging out in Wicker park, but more often than not iíd rather be at Piece or Map Room.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
charule  (113) Chicago, Illinois | February 2, 2014
Newer place. Nice layout with tvs with draft lists up to date with all he details you could want. goo selection decent prices. Pretty crowded on a Saturday which is expected. Right off the Blue line.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
xxthedudexx  (4) , | January 26, 2014
Links Taproom is exactly what a craftyish wannabe strip of Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park needs, an actual Craft Beer Bar! What a joy it has been in the three times I have visited it since the grand opening earlier this month. Where to start... there are nearly 40 taps all dedicated to craft beer and most of them being from the midwest! Not to mention 3 cask beers and even wine on tap. Now these choices arenít simply a bunch of common everyday craft beers.... they actually have seasonal, hard to find varieties, one offs, and just a perfect selection of delicious beers for everyone to enjoy. Some highlights from my recent visits include: Founders Backwoods Bastard, Bells Harvest Ale, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout , Goose Island BCBS Barleywine, Half Acre Heyoka, Revolution Anti Hero IPA Cask conditioned with Sonnet hops, Founders Breakfast stout( with double chocolate CoffeeBourbon soaked oak schops and Arbol Chili Peppers) just to name a few of my favorites. I am an avid beer drinker and proudly say that I have over 1300 distinct beers on untappd but still found that over half of the list of Links beers I have never tried! I also absolutely love the unique way that they have giant HD TV screens displaying the tap list which has so much detailed and useful information all over it including Brewery name, Beer Name, ABV, IBU glass wear and oz of beer being served! One of the coolest feature in my opinion is the green to red colored keg next to the beer info that shows how much is left. Besides all of the delicious rotating craft beers, Links also has a very tasty sausage bar area (hence the name Links) that is tastier each time I try a new variety! Overall, to quickly sum this up... this is the ultimate craft beer bar of the entire near north of Chicago and easily pushes its way into my top 5 craft beer bars of Chicago! Links, keep it real and keep rotating those tasty beers as I know you will!

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