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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Pipeworks Santa vs. Unicorn American Barleywine 98, FantŰme / Hill Farmstead 5 Sciences Beer 85, NÝgne ō / Mikkeller / Brewdog Horizon Tokyo Black 99, Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break Bourbon Barrel Aged 95, Local Option Schmetterling Gose 63, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout 100, Evil Twin Justin BlŚbśr (Brunello Wine Barrel Aged) 94, Pipeworks Barrel Aged Coffee Abduction , Perennial Coffee Abraxas , Local Option Morning Wood 93, Local Option Top Fuel , Local Option Sweet Leif , Scratch Chicory Burdock Root Porter , Scratch Sassquash Saison , Haymarket My Sweetieís Melons , Perennial Abraxas 100, Perennial Vanilla Abraxas , Evil Twin Even More Jesus 100, Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 99, Port Brewing High Tide Fresh Hop IPA 99
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Juelze (27) Green Bay, Wisconsin | May 28, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of a dive bar with an okay selection. Most of the stuff they had listed was out. Didnít eat there but food looked okay from people around me. Not sure what it is with all these heavy metal bars, but it this "Iím a bad a$$ heavy metal dude who worships the devil" seems a bit pretentious. Forgettable at best.
podey (57) New York, New York | May 18, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
My last stop in Chicago. Great selection of drafts, both local and import. Bottle list was pretty nice as well. Serivce was terrific, really friendly bartender who chatted to me about all the different drafts and let me taste a bunch fo them. Food was really tasty (avocado/chedder quesidilla). Overall a really nice experience.
phaleslu (351) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 30, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
ICEatALAMO (14) Troy, Michigan | April 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
A typical chicago bar, and I mean that in a good way. The tap list was solid and so was the bottle list. Didnít have the food so I canít comment on that. The service was nit overly friendly, but at the same time they were attentive. Cool bar, glad I went.
northropfrye (144) Steinbach, Manitoba | April 1, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
A nice gritty bar with a solid selection of local and other craft beer. Recommended but not life changing.
Stine (80) Minneapolis, Minnesota | March 11, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty and dingy, local option is a fun dive bar that happens to have killer taps and an excellent, fairly priced bottle list. An oddity of this experience was that the staff turned the heavy metal tunage way past eleven as early as quarter to midnight. My long-not-seen pal and myself each lost our voices trying to converse. We didnít mind, but this just as warning to those that may.
SPDickerman (69) Texas | February 22, 2013
94 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic place that looks like a dive from the street. They have a large selection of beer and excellent food. My only complaint is that the beer is on the pricey side, but we get what we pay for, right?
fluffheady (86) Chicago, Illinois | January 13, 2013| Updated August 4, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place is really great when it comes to a beer destination. They have lots of connections and always have great things on draft, and they brew and distribute their own beer. I donít like their food, and it is pretty generic. I must give a shout out to the bathroom. WOAH.
*After recent visits, I must lower my service rating. I have a baby face, and even though Iím several years older than drinking age, I look 19. With that, I always have my proper ID, the bartender looked it over, and I was served. The rest of the day I was treated like a lost DePaul student. I was informed that one of the beers was "too dark for my taste". After insisting that, yes, I wanted the ídarkí beer, it was poured for me. You guys need to wake up and smell the hops. Beer knowledge is no longer preceded by obesity and beards. Thereís too many good beer places out there to have the crappy attitude.
radarsock (42) Massachusetts | January 8, 2013| Updated January 15, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stepped in when I had some time to myself visiting Chicago last week and this place was deservedly off the hook in so many ways. However, it was undoubtedly one of the more harder bars to find; even with all the directions from passersby I didnít get any closer until I decided to play favorites and not to listen to every geographic instruction that I had been told since stepping off the Red Line. The only way I knew the building was indeed the one I had been looking for, was because its fluorescent lights reflected off the windows off a bricked apartment across the avenue. There was no sight, just, as I said, fluorescent lights positioned by LOís entrance. When I walked in, the first thought that popped into my head was that it was a lot smaller than I had anticipated, but I quickly joined a lesbian couple at the bar and ordered a few beers. Thirty-four minutes after sitting down, the bartender wiped off a Local Option contract-brewed beer on their giant chalkboard, writing in its place "Dreadnaught IPA". The food wasnít great and it seemed to be a little too expensive, even for Chicago city life, but it was decent for what it was and it had come fast and hot. My bartender on that night was a 40ish heavily-tatted woman who didnít yell nor whisper. In my opinion, she had the perfect sound power for a bartender and I know there are plenty who will agree with me. She was patient, helpful and friendly. The bathrooms were a trip, or at least the guysí were: no mirror, one swing-door stall and the whole room was illuminated by ultraviolet lights which amused the hell out of me. I wouldíve liked there to be a mirror, but you canít always get everything that you want. Awesome bar. I expect to be back!
jmagnus87 (84) Rockford, Illinois | January 6, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Looks like a biker bar from the outside. Inside, a bunch of beer geeks drinking great stuff. Bartenders and servers really know their stuff. I donít have a lot of experience with Chicago bars, but they had beer here Iíve never even heard of, along with some of their own stuff. More expensive than what Iím used to, but a pretty good deal for big city stuff. Overall, great! I canít wait to come back.
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