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Beer Available At Northdown Cafe and Taproom (arranged by most recent)
Beer Here Kremlin Crude 99, Off Color The Ice Predator Saison , Off Color Yellow Cake , Surly Blakkr 99, 18th Street Garce Selť , New Belgium / Three Floyds Lips Of Faith - Grštzer Ale 86, Kamala Whiskey Barreled Oud Bruin , Off Color Wild Turkey Dinoísmores , Lost Abbey Gift of the Magi Kriek , 18th Street Candi Crushable , Gigantic Firebird Smoked Hefeweizen 75, Off Color Screw You, Jeremy Danner , Freigeist Abraxxxas 94, Half Acre Alpenglow 92, Surly Mild 85, Mikkeller Ňrh Hvad?! (BA Chardonnay) 90, Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA 100, Off Color Apex Predator 93, Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental IPA 99, Three Floyds Gumballhead 99
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KickInChalice (20) Chicago, Illinois | February 17, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
Northdown Cafe has quickly become a staple to the West Lakeview area, and so far I am impressed.
The first time I decided to stop in, I checked the place out, and had a couple beers. They have 12 taps, around 60 bottles, with the focus of the beer menu mainly being on seasonals and more unique beers from American craft breweries, along with a solid collection of Belgian and other imports. Newbies and seasoned beer veterans alike will be able to find something new and interesting each time. The prices are reasonable, with $1 off specials on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. I settled on a Three Floydís Zombie Dust and a Founderís Cerise.
The atmosphere is laid back (at least on Tuesday night), with two big seating areas. The front has an open feel, with big windows and a high ceiling, and the back is more cozy, with a more intimate table setting in the back.
The food is upscale bar food, maybe venturing into gastropub territory. The short stout is my go to sandwich there.
dinkle50 (77) Chicago, Illinois | July 7, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 18/20
Popped in here for 2 beers on a rainy Tuesday night. Bartender was awesome, gave me some samples, and knew beer very well. Iíll be back for sure.
Sean9689 (12) Chicago, Illinois | February 27, 2014
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
This is my "home base" bar...literally around the corner from my house. Needless to say, Iím a very lucky guy because thereís probably no other place in Chicago Iíd rather spend my time drinking beerz than ND. Always lots of cool art, sometimes 2 Pac is on (big bonus), and sometimes itís metal. :-)
Even during big events, Iíve never had an issue with service. The staff is always prompt and has always been very professional.
Probably one of the best rotating 12 taps in Chicago as far as quality. Most always FFF, Surly, Mikkeller, Evil Twin, etc. Thereís never been a time Iíve been into the bar without finding something I really enjoy on-tap, and thatís tough for me.
Food is great...the wife loves the food as well so we eat here pretty often. Iíve had just about everything, so I usually order whatever is on special. Great burgers, salads, vegan options, and apps. Most of all, the fries are like crack...I canít get enough of them.
Beer prices right in-line with most other Chicago bars, food very reasonably priced.
Overall, Iím a homer, but I wouldnít continually come to ND if I didnít enjoy the food, beer, and most of all, company. Kate and Tom are probably two of the nicest people, period.
Beerman6686 (146) 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 (1305) Do Not Resuscitate, 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 (72) 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 (398) 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 (129) 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 (100) Chicago, Illinois | March 27, 2013| Updated April 14, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place looks and feels like a west coast bar. Thereís pinball machines and tap handles all over the wall.
Their draft list is super cool, short, and quality over quantity. I respect that mantra very much, and I despite the size of the list, Iíve always been able to try something Iíve never had before.
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 salami that was a bit lacking. The cheese was sliced insanely small. I get charcuterie at nearly every place I go. I flippin love cured meats and cheeses. The rest of the food we had was pretty sub par. I know this is a beer website, but I was very unhappy with the food, so it had to be included.
jrallen34 (415) 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.
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