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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
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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KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
I have been to Local Options many times now, and each time it has been a solid experience.
When it comes to a beer bar staff, there are two things that I look for, and both are met here. They are knowledgeable, meaning they can provide some interesting background that, even with some internet research, I may not have known about a beer. They also are more than able to recommend beers of their menu to someone with any palate. More importantly, they are friendly. Each time I have come in I struck up a conversation with a bartender, and they enjoy what they do and enjoy being there. Believe me, it is noticeable, especially compared to the snobbery that one can find at other bars. They are happy to talk you through a few beers and offer samples to see what you will like. When they are really busy, getting a beer can be an adventure, though, and they always seem understaffed to handle a huge crowd.
The atmosphere is solid. Casual decorations and a few tvís here and there exist in a moderately sized venue. A lively but not overcrowded group is normally relaxing over a few brews.
The food is just all right, all though I have only eaten here once. My buddyís sandwich was "eh," and my steak tacos were not worth reordering. Maybe other stuff is better though.
Honestly, I mostly head here for the selection. They always have some hard to find offerings. Their prices are on the higher end of the scale. Usually, they have precisely 0 draft offerings for less than $6. Sometimes they have events with a huge and very good beer list as well.
I definitely like to see this kind of place strike out in the middle of Lincoln Park, with its slew of dive bars and college kids. If I still lived really close, I would come more often.
Jimmythespoon (96) , Cyprus | 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 isnít 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 didnít bring the girlfriend, wouldnít be her scene.
Arcanor (38) 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 donít say itís 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 (83) 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 didnít 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.
charule (87) Chicago, Illinois | April 5, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Always got the good stuff on tap and bottles. Good service and selection. can get crowded when they have an event so get there early.
Bendrixian (56) Halifax, Nova Scotia | March 24, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
SO glad I made the trip here. It is a metal bar in a quiet/university part of town. Friendly folk serving and really knowledgeable. It is more of a metal bar which I enjoy but honestly, the beers. Great brews. aggressive brews. loved this spot. not to mention it is near Pequods Pizza.
JCB (219) Durham, North Carolina | February 13, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Great little place tucked away in Lincoln Park, a fabulous leafy retreat from some of the more overrun places in this part of town. Small, dark, a barís bar if that makes sense. Unpretentious and lively. I imagine it can get packed and loud, but my visits were under very different circumstances. Great selection, slightly pricey, but loads of great locals and regionals to try. Food was okay.
pablo951 (72) Chicago, Illinois | December 26, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Beer selection is excellent, the food is fair, but who ares itís all about the beer. They have over 30 taps of of their own concoctions and local and national micros. If you are in the neighborhood stop by, its a real bar in a fancy neighborhood.
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