Dive bar/cabin atmosphere. Bar in for me an obscure part of town. They offer samplers IIRC, didn’t have food. Draft list is middle of the road for chicago though they did have abunch of oddball vivant beers specifically made for them when i went years ago.
Fairly big place at a very central location. Very busy when I visited on a Monday. Tap selection was fairly good, bottle list seemed short, with a small selection on paper and a "reserves" list on the wall. Food was plentiful and good enough and staff was nice although a bit stressed.
I was really impressed by this place. It was very close to my hotel, had a really interesting tap list, and the wood grilled wings were quite tasty as well. The bartender was excellent. She did an amazing job of checking on a full bar full of people and filling the waitresses orders as well. She also seemed to know her beer, which is always a plus at a bar like this. I’ll return for sure.
DuffMan (335) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 9, 2013
If you are staying near the Magnificent Mile and want excellent beer, come here. The Map Room and Hopleaf are booth better beer destinations, but are quite a cab ride away. the tap selection, quality,and variety here would make any beer geek happy. The only food I tried was the fire roasted artichoke and it was delicious. My server was very knowledgable and attentive without being overbearing. I’ll be back.
wings & ribs & great beer selection. Stone Bourbon Barrel smoked porter & RIS!!! Nice belgian selection, De Proef KO, Dieu de Ciel on tap, Struise/Stillwater collab on tap. Bartender was great & willing to dole out samples. Good spot towatch games
So, finally made into Melnick’s and must say I’m very impressed. The beer lines are clean, very extensive selection and in what is a beer desert of sorts, save this place. Excellent wints and they do a lot of events. Constantly rotating selection. I’ll definitely be back.
Went to this place later at night during the week and it was practically empty. The service was great and their beer selection was about what I was expecting. 20 or so taps of normal Chicago fare with a few extras thrown in. Food was decent and everything was priced reasonably. Not worth going out of the way for but might as well stop in if you passing by.
Decent tap and bottle selection for greater Chicago, excellent selection for such a prime location. Not much else going on in this area, you’d have to venture a little further up Clark St to find something on par with this joint. Food is probably godd if you like American Grease, but if you need something slightly fresher this is not the place.
This place is a bbq joint that has a pretty decent selection of beer. The atmosphere is pretty boring, nothing special around it, not a great crowd, seemed like just some locals wanting some bbq.
The beer selection was pretty decent, they had about 20 beers on tap and probably 40 or so bottles. The tap selection was good, some new stuff I hadn’t seen before. Bottles were ok, they had some high end stuff, but a lot of the other stuff was lower end craft. There were a lot of things I hadn’t tried before, but most of them weren’t any good. The service was good, pretty knowledgable, and management stopped by to apoligize for not having a beer that was listed on online.
The food was ok, just had appetizers but middle of the road bbq joint.
Overall,the place was ok. I probably wouldn’t venture back unless they had something on tap I couldn’t find anywhere else.
Chicago Ratebeerians, you should get down to Jake’s and check it out. They’ve really upped their beer game in the last 18 months. Last night I was very pleased to find Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela & Oro de Calabazza on tap. Also on the Reserve Tap List were Brooklyn Blast, Surly Schadenfreude, Ska Merlot Stout, and a few several others. A real welcome addition to the downtown area. Atmosphere is what you might expect for a Levy Group restaurant. It’s casual and the service was top notch, knowledgable and friendly. Great wings too!