Local Option | Chicago, Illinois
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Local Option
World Class based on 113 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

Mayor: pivotalalexi (29) | Affiliated user(s) here pivotalalexi | Taps: 31 | Bottles: 50+

Local Option

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Beer Available At Local Option (arranged by most recent)
Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA 100, Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf 100, Dark Horse Tres Blueberry Stout 98, Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale 97, Pipeworks Mosaic 93, Oude MŻre Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 99, Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne 100, Oude Quetsche Tilquin ŗ líAncienne avec Prunes de Namur 100, Three Floyds Amber Smashed Face 99, Surly / Amager Todd - The Axe Man (Surly Version) 100, AleSmith Speedway Stout - Vietnamese Coffee 100, Pipeworks Twin Pines Mall , Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Barleywine 99, Central Waters Brewerís Reserve Bourbon Barrel Stout 99, Evil Twin Even More Jesus 100, Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout - Chocolate Oak Aged 100, Pipeworks Vanilla Abduction , Hop Freshener Series: Lemon & Grassy 95, Hoppiní Frog Barrel Aged BORIS The Crusher 100, Local Option die KŲnigin 91
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113 reviews for Local Option
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  85%
 Selection  89%
 Food  77%
 Value  75%
 Overall  87%
 Rating  98%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr  (2114) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
Newk  (32) , | January 15, 2012
A very different vibe than what is normal in lincoln park. That can be a good thing depending on your perspective. Since Iím fine with lots of different vibes it was gonna work for me in the first place. But, it was nice not having to deal with a bunch of people who want to order miller lite and high five each other. What they have on tap is generally really good. A lot of it are beers that one would normally get at retail in bomber. All of the selections are put up on a chalkboard for you to look at. The chalkboard isnít the most obvious though. Itís up there to see for sure, but its a bit off to the side from the bar with a lot of spaces where beers were. The food was very good. They try to go with the cajun theme, but I didnít feel it was truly a cajun place. Its not a knock in all honesty as it seems their focus is on beer and bringing good beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
savnac  (284) Anchorage, Alaska | December 29, 2011
Stopped by here on a late weekday night for a beer in late October. Pretty small place with long bar and tables throughout. Service was good even at the tables but the place was dead the night we where there. Selection was just ok, from the reviews I guess I was expecting more. Prices were a bit high but the beers were top notch. Nice place but not sure if it lived up to "world class" for me. Definitely worth a stop though.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 20/20
foamyhead  (17) California | December 5, 2011
The selection was great but not as broad as I would have liked. The prices were a little higher than I would have preferred, but there is no doubt that this is the place in Chicago. The only place I went when I got there because all my friends kept saying that Local Option was the only place Iíd be happy with. I was very very happy with it and will be back next time iím in the area.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin  (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
Dimly lit bar dive, black and blue walls adorned with skull paintings that stretch along the single-roomed, thin bar. 20 eats in restaurant including a few booths in the back and 10 person bar. More taps than seats... always a good sign. Rolling Stones on rotation for lunch Sunday, pretty empty though a few couples trickle in. The bartender is initially surly, but she warmed up to the point of throwing details about releases and good shops after learning I went to FoBAB and drink good beer. Varied trappist beers, nice local assortment, only lambic on tap Iíve seen in the city (Tilquin). The vibe is chill, would like to see it on a Friday night, but definitely an awesome spot.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
gyllenbock  (208) Stockholm, Sweden | November 6, 2011
Visited on a Saturday evening in October 2011. I was immediately hooked on Local Option, a nice place located in a residential area. Not too crowded and with Rock music in the background and a great atmosphere in general. Friedly and laid back staff. 30 beers on tap, three of them from Three Floyds. The bottle list was not as impressive but ok. It was easy to find this place, around 10 minutes by Metro from downtown Chicago and then a short walk. Would love to visit again in the future.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
pivotalalexi  (16) Illinois | November 1, 2011| Updated November 24, 2015
Great beer bar in Chicago.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
hombrepalo  (148) Chicago, Illinois | October 10, 2011
Stopped by on a Friday for an event called "Mucho Chingo" (spanish translations = lots of bad ass), which it was. The ambience was young hip college (near DePaul Univ.) to 30 year olds. The place is medium size, somewhat reminded me of a mix between Maproom and Delihlas. Kinda a punk rocker theme with a dark look. 30 + taps, that day was a special day so canít really say this would be an everyday thing, but from what Iíve seen on Beermenu Chicago website they have a decent selection with some special beers always showing up. Location is pretty decent too. Overall a nice place.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
TheRealMGD  (59) Lakewood, Washington | September 12, 2011
Two visits, one in June and another in August of this year. Ambience isnít what one might expect for a specialty beer bar, but I can easily get past the íclubí looks given the superb selection. Craft brews from across the US are featured and this is one Chicago joint which seems to have an íiní with the 3F lads. Ales are fresh and served properly with a smile. As one might expect, this bar is a labor of love from a beer loving owner and staff and it shows. Folks are made to feel welcome and accurate recommendations are available if you need them. So good that when staying downtown Iíd pay for a taxi there and back just to have a couple of pints! Not to be missed when visiting Chicago and if you live there, well, youíre a lucky so-and-so.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | September 6, 2011
Visited with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago. VIBE: hardcore metal dive bar and loud music, which put us off initially, but the staff ensure that everyone feels welcomed. Really cool historical portraits of the city and the signs ("No Specials Ever," "Welcome Nerds," "Purveyors of the Miller High Life") made us laugh. We enjoyed the privacy of our booth in the back of the bar. SERVICE: quick and attentive waiters are readily able to make solid suggestions. I was drinking by style and each server made appropriate recos based on what I was looking for. All of them asked me what I thought of the beers. Food arrived swiftly and the staff were chatting us up on our way out. Very friendly people running this place. SELECTION: silly and robust list of rare draughts from across the globe. I quaffed a SKA Steel Toe Stout, Green Flash Imperial IPA, and Lost Abbey Avant Garde and also noticed Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Mikkeller Funky E Star, Great Divide Belgian Yeti, and Old Mephisto on tap. Most of the Three Floyds lineup was available. Didnít even look at the bottle menu since the draughts were so good. FOOD: we only planned to have drinks but the food menu looked appetizing so we ordered the Guacamole plate. It was super fresh and tasty with a thoughtful presentation. Iíd love to return for dinner to try the one of the poí boys or jambalaya. OVERALL: had an awesome time here and would gladly revisit. Definitely one of the top spots that we came across while vacationing in Chicago. A mandatory stop.

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