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Beer Available At Northdown Cafe and Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin 99, Naparbier HopDoom 90, Off Color Radlersnake , Off Color Cherry Trouble , Off Color / Mikkeller Beer Geek Mus 65, Three Floyds Zombie Dust 100, Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA 99, Piece Half Acre Cold & Wet 70, Mikkeller Spontandoubleblueberry 98, Upright Todo Modo , Three Floyds Surly Urine Trouble 98, Perennial Blackberry Wild , Three Floyds Toxic Revolution 98, Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops IPA 97
Beerman6686 (121) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 21, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty cool place by wrigleyville. Ambiance was big and dark open bar with a good amount off tables. Service was friendly helpful and fast for how busy it was. Selection was pretty great because I was there for a fobab event. Prices were on par with Chicago. Definitely one of the better beer bars in Chicago.
t0rin0 (970) Riverslime, California | August 12, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited Augustr 11, 2013.
I was very pleasantly surprised by this place. I walked in on a quiet Sunday evening and only saw a handful of taps but they were all pretty good. They had a Mikkeller collaboration with a brand new Chicago brewery called Off Color. The guy next to me ordered the bottled version of the Even More Jesus. I also saw a flier for a new Ayinger beer (some kind of promo deal). The food looked good but I didnt eat anything as I had already eaten dinner. I enjoyed the music quite a bit here. The first couple songs that played when I arrived were Jimi Hendrix and then it eventually shifted to Megadeth. The bartender was really nice too. Would definitely go back if in the area.
pablo951 (52) Chicago, Illinois | July 21, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
This place rock, when a beer lover and a foodie collide Northdown is the answer. GREAT beer selection, 12 fierce taps, fiercer bottle selections including a variety of bombers. Very Midwest heavy, but you can be a beer Magellan if you so desire.
dwm1034 (19) Chicago, Illinois | May 28, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Sunday afternoon late....3 meat chili is excellent; good beer selection
phaleslu (352) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 30, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
We came in late afternoon on a Friday. Parking wasnít too bad. The space is interesting; an open front space with a few tables, and the bar on the back and right, then a narrow hallway leads to more seating in the back. Plenty of Three Floyds stuff on the walls. Nice bottle list and a dozen taps, which were mostly interesting things. We didnít try the food but it all looked really good. Great bar.
emerge077 (103) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | April 29, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Northdown is the brainchild of Tom Lee (of Map Room fame), and the owners of Comet Cafe and Honeypie in Milwaukee.
Its sort of a hybrid place, neither simply a bar or restaurant, more a fusion of various elements. Yes theres a bar that seats about 15, plus a few booths and tables in the front room, with a few more intimate tables in the back past the pair of pinball machines. The space itself is fairly open and airy once you walk in (if its not crowded). The ceiling is high, with modern ceiling fans, and front windows that open onto the street. Grey and steel blue walls, with a row of rust-belt americana photos along the side wall, framed in barnwood that matches the lower paneling along the booths (and the front door). Moose antlers are mounted on either side of a back pillar near the bar. FFF neon in the center window, and a new sign painted on the front facade.
Eclectic decor. (July 11: Tap handles mounted vertically on wood panels behind the bar.)
Draft list rotates frequently, and taking a cue from the Map Room, includes a healthy mix of styles both import and US craft. K√∂lsch, Rauchbier, Helles, DIPA, Saison, Wit, Quad, Porter, and those are just a few from the current lineup. Highlights from FFF, Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, Girardin, Boulevard, Flossmoor, Bellegems, Mikkeller, Hitachino, Lambrucha, and many more. Again, emphasis is on a broad variety of styles from quality brewers, and not necessarily just rare/exclusive bullshit. Prices are very affordable on the beer, food prices are reasonable too, considering the high quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Semi-upscale American comfort food seems to be the menu theme, with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options. The stout-braised short rib sandwich was excellent, also the meatloaf "tower", mac & cheese, and roast beef were all tasty too. Check out the locally-made Fiery Alyce hot sauce if you enjoy smoky sweet heat. Great casual spot for lunch, brunch, or dinner... or just for a couple of beers.
Conveniently located near the Paulina brown line stop and 77 Belmont bus. 9/11: A new contender appears... Green Lady is a block or two up the street, 30 taps. Good 1-2 stop with Northdown, different taps and crowd.
fluffheady (88) Chicago, Illinois | March 27, 2013| Updated August 4, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place looks and feels like a west coast bar. Thereís pinball machines and tap handles all over the wall. But itís just not....right. I want to like it so badly.
Their draft list is super cool, short, and quality over quantity.
As for the food, well, I was embarrassed for them. They charged $22 for a charcuterie plate. There were three meats on the plate. Two of the meats were literally 2 circular slices each of poor quality salami. The cheese was sliced insanely small. I get charcuterie at nearly every place I go. I f***ing love cured meats and cheeses. Not only was this about $8 overpriced, but it SUCKED. The rest of the food we had was pretty sub par. I know this is a beer website, but I was so floored at how bad it was, it had to be included.
I donít know what to think. It is honestly awkward for me not to like a bar with this good of beer. Iíll probably give it another chance, but it wonít be my only planned destination of the night. **edit - I met several people in Amsterdam who had been to and like Northdown. Iím definitely going to give them another chance.
jrallen34 (339) Chicago, Illinois | March 3, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place always seems to have decent stuff but Iíve never enjoyed going there. The food is average, and its almost painstaking for me to find something Iíd want to have. Random great bottles appear at good prices, and great events, just not my place.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 18, 2012
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Hmmm, pretty high ratings it seems though Iíd not put it in the top tier. Food is decent, good mix of veg/vegan and regular food, pretty well made but not earth shaking. Beer choices are hit and miss. Well maintained overall but not really anything too crazy on tap. A nice addition to the scene for sure, prices are fine.
johnnyhotpants (1) Chicago, Illinois | July 13, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Amazing place. There are plenty of good bars in Chicago (when it comes to beer selection) but this one is on another level. AND their food is delicious and each dish can be substituted with vegetarian options. Always FFF on tap, people are super nice, and cool vibe all around. Has become my favorite bar in the city.
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