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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Local Option die Königin 88, Surly CynicAle 94, Ale Asylum Ambergeddon 96, Dark Horse Thirsty Trout Porter 93, Bells Expedition Stout 100, Bells Java Stout 99, Pipeworks Citra Imperial IPA 100, Stillwater Barrel Aged Series - Cellar Door 99, Three Floyds Permanent Funeral 100, Three Floyds Behemoth Barleywine 100, Three Floyds / Mikkeller Majsgoop 94, Three Floyds Half Acre Anicca 98, Three Floyds Man-O-Awe 94, Mikkeller / Three Floyds Majsgoop 99, Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged DORIS The Destroyer 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Backyard Rye Barrel 100, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 100, Hoppin Frog BORIS The Crusher 100, Pipeworks Abduction Imperial Stout 98, Maine Beer MO 100
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nbondi (41) Chicago, Illinois | January 2, 2010| Updated November 22, 2010
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
I love the Local Option. The staff has always been very knowlegable, and made excellent recommendations. ...not to mention, talk about beer for hours on end! Excellent tap choices, extensive bottle list, and you can expect to find something from FFF, Brooklyn, or others that isn’t offered elsewhere from time to time. Only had food once, but was very satisfied. Only points retracted for occasional frat-boy game-day type atmosphere. (rare)
theisti (580) Leawood, Kansas | March 2, 2015
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Visited mid-afternoon to meet a friend and have a beer. I was the only person in the bar when I got there, and the guy working the bar was very welcoming and friendly. Smaller room, very much a bar layout. Sort of a grunge metal feel to it, though it was very clean. 30 high quality taps, featuring 9 Local Option beers. Food is also available with a Cajun focus. Easily the best draft selection I saw during my weekend trip to Chicago.
88 = ★★★★ (best in area, a must for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
PMgep (22) Lund, Sweden | February 12, 2015
96 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Had a great time here. Gave Alexi a surprise visit and left late, causing a hungover flight to Amsterdam the next day. Great beer, blasting metal in the speakers. I’d come back
cards04 (133) Steinbach, Manitoba | January 23, 2015
84 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
I have to give this place props for the selection and the amazing and rare beer they bring.. I mean they got founders CDN breakfast stout. Awesome. When I went there though.. The music was blaring loud, the service was iffy... And the place was beyond packed... And I realize this was a special occasion.. But it was still kind of annoying. You absolutely have to go here when in town... But brace yourself.
mikem409 (231) bloomfield, Michigan | January 1, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Neighboorhood dive bar with a massive tap list and some very cool bottles. Very friendly service and loud metal music. I wish this was my corner bar.
theothermatt (44) Lakewood, Colorado | December 25, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Divey Bar and Restaurant by DePaul in a nice area. Plenty of their own beers on tap, along with guys taps. They need to list the style or a description of their beers instead of just a name that tells us nothing. Food was good, and cost was reasonable.
OPIE788 (40) Ohio | December 4, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Stopped in on Monday to check this place out. It has a legendary reputation in Ohio. Stories of some of the hardest to find beer on the planet being on tap or in bottles any day of the week. Well, it did not disappoint. Aside from their own brews, which are amazing, they had a dozen or so guest beers. I had been trying to get Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin for a few years and there it was. There was no Bourbon County left on the shelves but they had it. Definitely worth the trip. Just a heads up, the kitchen is closed on Mondays.
Brigadier (287) Clevelandish, Ohio | November 30, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Walking in the door you are immediately greeted with the vibe of a local tavern. The selection offers a couple of "local" drafts which are done by either Central Waters or Against the Grain along with additional regional drafts. My only real complaint might be the fact that the prices were not listed on the board at the time I visited a few years ago. For the most part they are in line with Chicago but some border on $9 or $10 a handle. Even so I’d consider this place a "must visit" at least once during a trip to Chicago.
BVery (485) Burnsville, Minnesota | November 5, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
This place is bad ass. Tons of taps. Chill dive bar feel - totally metal. Yet relaxed, but it’s late on a Wednesday. Free park right out front. No flights, which blows.
EyeAmBaldman (26) 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
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