Links Taproom | Chicago, Illinois
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Links Taproom
Exceptional based on 6 ratings
Type: Bar

1559 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois United States 60622 [ print map ]
773 360 7692

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


Mayor: Moutstainz (2) | 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)
Deschutes Obsidian Stout 99, Boulevard Smokestack Series - Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale 99, Greenbush Red Bud Ale 42, Lagunitas Sucks 100, Greenbush Jadis Winter White 80, Tighthead Boxcar Porter 84, Solemn Oath Oubliette 90, Tallgrass Ethos IPA 96, Atlas Obfuscation Imperial Stout , Begyle Neighborly Stout 91, Brickstone Dark Secret Imperial Stout , Une Annťe Less Is More , Temperance Restless Years 52, Sixpoint Spice of Life - Motueka , Buckledown Painted Turtle , Ale Asylum Satisfaction Jacksin 97, Metropolitan Generator Doppelbock 84, Tyranena Down Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout 97, Green Flash Palate Wrecker 99, Half Acre Daisy Cutter 99
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6 reviews for Links Taproom
 Ambiance  77%
 Service  68%
 Selection  73%
 Food  63%
 Value  70%
 Overall  74%
 Rating  71%


8
  AMBIANCE 1/5   SERVICE 1/10   SELECTION 1/15   FOOD 1/10   VALUE 1/10   OVERALL 1/20
jrallen34  (377) 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.
76
  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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
charule  (71) 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.
96
  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!
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
drdisque  (39) Illinois | January 26, 2014
Went here last night for the first time. I do like the big screens listing the beers and current keg status. Will be cool when they have it linked up with their website. Great size of tap list but there wasnít a lot of variety - it was very IPA heavy and also most of the beers were "common" craft brews (ones with over 500 ratings on here). Maybe theyíll get access to rarer stuff and more variety once theyíve been open longer. Did not have a chance to try the food but since itís close to my house Iím sure Iíll be back to have a chance to. Worth a stop and the only worthwhile craft beer destination near six corners.
98
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
fluffheady  (95) Chicago, Illinois | January 12, 2014| Updated January 26, 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.

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