Local Option | Chicago, Illinois
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Local Option
World Class based on 96 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

1102 West Webster Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60614 [ print map ]
773 348 2008

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Hours: Sun-Fri 12:00pm-2:00am, Sat 12:00pm-3:00am


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Maine Beer Lunch 100, Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 100, Dark Horse Edacsac Dekoorc Eert 91, Maine Beer King Titus 99, Maine Beer Weez 99, St. Bernardus Extra 4 63, Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti 100, Scratch Herbal Rye Porter , Scratch Gotlandsricka , Three Floyds Gorch Fock Helles 80, Thornbridge Kipling 95, Struise Pannepot Reserva 100, Oude Gueuze Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 100, Gueuze Tilquin (Draft Version) 99, Three Floyds Zombie Dust 100, Perennial Regalia 92, Half Acre / Maine Beer Great Plain Jane 82, Perennial Sump 100, Evil Twin / Crooked Stave Ryan And The Gosling 86, Allagash Session Brett Ale 91
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96 reviews for Local Option
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  85%
 Selection  90%
 Food  77%
 Value  75%
 Overall  88%
 Rating  98%
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78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (1459) Washington, Washington DC | January 16, 2012
It was very quiet here on a holiday Monday evening, except for the rock music, of course. The staff are obviously passionate about beer, and the tap list was well chosen. Their own commisioned beers were interesting enough. Food was OK. Iíll definitely be back.
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1305) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 26, 2013
Visited half a dozen times in the past 3 years, most recently on August 13, 2013.

This place is awesome. Great music, always a good tap line up (and now they have half a dozen house beers on tap as well), and they do some fun events. The first time I visited I had all the St Lamvinus I could drink at $8/pint. Since then Iíve been given free beers, and even recognized by the bartenders after not having been there for a number of months. This place is a regular stop for me when in Chicago.

US place rating number 500.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1268) Boulder, Colorado | July 6, 2012
small rock bar type place filled mostly with college students. good folks behind the bar didnít cop and attitude with me in my suit after a dinner at Alinea, and let me sit and enjoy a couple of drinks our of the sweltering heat and humidity. they offer a number of choice drafts including house beers made by Against the Grain in Louisville, Kentucky. only one of these was available on my visit (the pils) and it was decent. worth visiting but according to RB itís the highest-scoring bar in Chicago, and with that Iíd have to disagree, mostly because of ambiance and the common draft list (common compared to other bars in town, not a knock on quality).
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
Dogbrick  (701) Columbus, Ohio | November 4, 2012
(Visited 06/2012): Local Option is located on the north side of Chicago on Webster. Parking on the surrounding streets is fairly difficult to find.

The interior has a red and blue color scheme accented by a chalkboard listing the beers and some snare drum heads. The long bar is along the left side and there are some booths in the back. They also had a marker board that read "Welcome Beer Nerds", which I thought was a nice touch.

The bar has around 30 beers on tap from brewers like Goose Island, Three Floyds, Central Waters, Port Brewing and Local Option house beers. Lots of bottled options too from Bells, Three Floyds, Goose Island and many more.

Service on a weekday afternoon was good, and the bartenders were accommodating considering I showed up right as they opened.

I did not try any food on this visit.

Overall this is a great Chicago beer bar.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2  (624) Hanover, Maryland | June 19, 2011
A nice, though loud, bar very near DePaul University. The 37 or so tap selection is very nice, and covers a wide range of styles and large number of countries. While there are bottled beers, I did not check out the beer list. We were here after the kitchen closed, so I cannot comment on the food.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (575) Denver, Colorado | March 15, 2010| Updated January 5, 2011
Hilariously decorated with a plethora of Miller signs, there is no Miller or other various swill to be found here. The tap list is one of the strongest Iíve seen including Mikeller, Hopsplam, Fastenbier, Dark Horse, etc. Service was personable and highly attentive. I had a veggie salad which was one of the best salads I have had. I will be back if ever in the area. The quiet neighborhood location is another plus.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy  (541) Toronto, Ontario | May 9, 2012
I had the best time of the 3 days at this bar. There were some unusually good beers here, led by one of the four of their own brews, a style I had never tried (Kentucky Common) that yields a long mildly sour finish without cherries. The owner and head brewer and 3rd bartender are a flurry of activity, and could handle even a much bigger crowd than this rainy weeknight. Small Earthy bar, safe area with a lot of students in the street.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
rosenbergh  (444) Helsinki, Finland | October 5, 2013
Friday afternoon 5pm and this place was totally empty. Strange. Anyway there was couple of new American beers for me. They also had some beers brewed for them. Beer list was quite nice but European beers are not that rare for me. Dark and somewhat rock themed interior. Food list was somehow very New Orleans themed (muffaletta, jambalaya, poíboy...)The service was good.
94
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 20/20
jrallen34  (415) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011| Updated July 31, 2011
Best beer bar in Chicago hands down, one of the best tap lists in the world, lacking on bottles...25 drafts, always local fff, always something random from Denmark, always an awesome sour, sometimes a Cantillon... this is the place to go in Chicago... its never busy, only downside is so-so bar food, its also expensive
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 18/20
phaleslu  (398) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 30, 2013
Stopped in here for the Hipster Olympics or whatever they called the theme the Friday before Dark Lord Day. They put a bunch of cool stuff on tap, lots of Belgians I havenít seen Stateside before. The place is a shotgun-style bar near DePaul. Parking is a challenge. The service is surly and spotty. The prices are on the high side but itís Chicago and they arenít serving Bud Platinum. I didnít try the food. Cool atmosphere. Dark paint, skulls. Itís exactly what I thought it would be.

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