United States > Illinois > Chicago
Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Founders Imperial Stout 100, Founders Breakfast Stout 100, Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga (The Firefly) 99, Jolly Pumpkin Bam Noire 93, Victory Wild Devil Ale 96, Victory HopDevil 99, Three Floyds Zombie Dust 100, Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger 97, Three Floyds Man-O-Awe 94, Three Floyds BackMasking 98, Southern Tier Pumking 98, Pipeworks Mosaic , Pipeworks Guavanatrix 92, Pipeworks Derketo 92, Local Option Outlawger 86, Local Option Voku Hila 77, Local Option Sweet Leif 79, Central Waters / Local Option Bourbon Barrel La Petite Mort 97, Maine Beer Lunch 100, Local Option Mourning Wood 93
More Beers Available Here
EyeAmBaldman (23) Illinois | September 27, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Can’t beat a place that blasts good metal music the whole night long. Had a ton of good beer on tap and the food is excellent.
They stay open ridiculously late. Awesome atmosphere and the staff really know their beer.
cesarpball (4) Badajoz, Spain | September 24, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
En mi visita a Chicago pasé un día por Local Option. Los camareros muy atentos y con buena conversación para el turista. Saben bastante de cervezas. Los precios me parecieron un poco más alto que en otros sitio, pero la música, el ambiente y la selección de cervezas es excelente
KansaiBeerLvrs (226) Kyoto, Japan | September 4, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Located a good 10 min walk from Fullerton station past DePaul university is this icon of the Chicago beer scene. Similar to Yokohama’s Trashzone in that it has a very metal theme but Local Option has much more of a worn in dive bar feel that I love. Service here is also way WAY friendlier than TZ but they don’t do tasters just one size that matches the style(so high ABV beers come in smaller sizes). The bartender was really welcoming & chill and gave me the run down on the Local Option beers. Cool dark bar lit with the neon glow of beer signs. Really nice tap list with tons of Local Option beers + Three Floyd’s Gumballhead and Alpha King as well as a bunch of other stuff but they tends to be over 6% so not exactly a place for sessionable beers. Good fun though, this would have been my local back in the day. I got myself a Zombie Dust to start off an enjoyable evening.
tectactoe (46) Michigan | August 21, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Small location, seems quite dive bar-ish on the inside with lovely death metal & heavy shredded music playing through the speakers. Burly, bearded servers all over the place, but don’t be fooled by their gruff appearance; all of them were incredibly nice, helpful, & very knowledgeable about their beer selections! A nice assortment of taps, including a good spread of their own beers, along with both local & not so local drafts. Did not order food this time, but the menu looked like standard pub fare. Nice place that I’ll be sure to stop at whenever I’m back in Chicago!
Jimmythespoon (144) , | July 22, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
In a student neighbourhood, with a student bar feel to it. Selection is pretty solid with some nice hard to find stuff. Food is fine, music is quite loud. Ok bar if your into metal and students.
tomthompson89 (7) Toronto, Ontario | July 18, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
amazing spot, Tony and the crew know their stuff. the beers are incredible and the music is killer. great spot, a must hit in Chi town
spycow (36) Illinois | June 7, 2014
94 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Local beer bar in my own backyard. Frequent LO often during the year for just meeting up with friends for a beer and some pub like cajun food or for all of their special events that have the majority of the tap list wanting any beer nerd to die for. Ambiance isn’t for everyone as its layout and location are great but some may not appreciate their taste in blasting Metallica and Slayer during its busiest times, but this the bars character and always will be. The service is always great in light of how busy it gets most weekends. The food has always been good for their po-boys and other cajun dishes. Prices can be a little high at times but hard not to charge them when you put together some of the tap list of beers they over on a regular basis. Bottle list is small but usually carrying some nice lambics or other more limited goodness. Overall a must visit bar if ever in Chicago especially if you can be so lucky to wander in during one of their unbelievable beer events. Highly recommended.
Lothore (40) California | June 1, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Heavy metal bar completely focused on beer. As I walked in I was greeted by a extremely well curated tap list of local option beers along with guest taps from world class breweries. Enjoyed a pint of zombie dust and central waters BBBW and got some excellent service. Music was loud, the beer was good and this was overall a great dive bar. Glad I didn’t bring the girlfriend, wouldn’t be her scene.
Arcanor (47) Quebec | May 28, 2014| Updated July 15, 2014
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and trash place, I don’t say it’s bad !
Great selection at the time we were there, end of November 2013.
The barterder was pretty lazy on service he was dawdling behind his bar, the place was far to be full and we had a hard time having service.
When we were asking for information on beers on the black board and he was pretty annoyed.
After two beers we left for the Map Room.
artmcd8 (87) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | April 30, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Stopped by for a pre DLD event. Got there at 3:00 for and event that just started and the place was packed. Tap list was nice for the event but they didn’t tap what I came for. Huge selection of their own beers and FFF beers. Worth a visit but avoid the big events unless you get there early and get a seat. Oh and I hope you like loud thrasher music.
View Proximity Map
Print Travel Map