Northdown Cafe and Taproom

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NameABV
Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin8.5%12/14/2015
Surly Furious Black6%12/14/2015
Penrose Wild XVIII0%11/20/2015
Arizona Wilderness Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale6.6%11/20/2015
Perennial / Off Color / Side Project ProCATStination7%11/20/2015
AleSmith IPA7.25%10/23/2015
Three Floyds Alpha Naught (2015)10.5%8/15/2015
Three Floyds Precious6.3%8/15/2015
Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker 9%8/15/2015
Three Floyds Calumet Queen5%8/15/2015
Three Floyds Wigsplitter7.7%8/15/2015
Three Floyds Battle Priest7.3%8/15/2015
Surly Darkness9.6%6/16/2015
Surly Mole Smoke8.8%6/13/2015
Beachwood / De La Senne Senne of a Beachwood6%6/13/2015
J. Wakefield El Mariachi13.2%6/13/2015
New Belgium Love - Apple Oscar8.5%6/12/2015
Off Color Willett Dinoísmores10.5%6/12/2015
Surly Overrated! with El Dorado7.3%6/12/2015
Off Color Yuzu Eríd Og Begravet0%6/12/2015
Off Color Class War10%5/29/2015
Cahoots Barrel Aged No Símore Imperial Stout10%5/1/2015
Transient Buckley - Bark Lord12.4%5/1/2015
Transient Salarium5%5/1/2015
Three Floyds Alpha King6.5%4/23/2015
Three Floyds Gumballhead5.5%4/23/2015
Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf9%4/23/2015
Three Floyds Das Kleine Schwarz Einhorn5.5%4/23/2015
Three Floyds DEESKO6.5%4/23/2015
Three Floyds Yum Yum5.5%4/23/2015
Three Floyds Dreadnaught Imperial IPA9.5%4/23/2015
Three Floyds War Mullet 8.1%4/23/2015
Surly Furious6.2%4/5/2015
Mikkeller / To ōl Juicebag7.7%3/20/2015
One Trick Pony Black Beauty7%3/20/2015
Three Floyds Zombie Dust6.2%3/14/2015
64
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 4/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34  (508) Chicago, Illinois | March 3, 2013
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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
probsolvr  (14) , | January 1, 2016
Quality beer selection that is often excellent. One of the most likely Chicago bars to have a rare beer appearance, and generally a very fresh FFF offering. Owners have also been known to bring in firkins/casks from Germany (Weissenhohe/Mahrs) which survived well despite the travel. Glad they are willing to go out on a limb for interesting beers.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | April 20, 2015
This place looks and feels like a west coast bar. Thereís pinball machines and tap handles all over the wall. Northdownís draft list is super cool, short, and quality over quantity. I respect that mantra very much, and despite the size of the list, Iíve always been able to try something Iíve never had before. Itís kind of disappointing that they ignore all but a few local breweries. Their bottle list is very long and cumbersome, but it is filled with quality imports. What truly gets me is that they serve Miller Lite bottles. I understand that you have to make money somewhere, but itís such an odd juxtaposition between carefully choosing some of the best beers in the world for the short draft list and then having Miller Lite specials on weekends.
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
lagwagon  (15) , Australia | November 29, 2014
One of the best beer bar venues in Chicago. Searched these guys out as we were chasing three Floyd's on tap and they listed as having a few plus bottle stock. Lucky to find zombie dust on arrival. Fantastic hotdogs and staff. Would recommend to anyone heading to the Windy City. Kick on to Delilah's for whisky afterwards
64
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
jonnyguns  (41) , Australia | November 7, 2014
Great beer list...but the place was empty on a friday night...lack of atmosphere was a buzz kill. Just shows good beer isnt the essence of everything. Need atmosphere to keep the customer
84
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
ARH  (99) Chicago, Illinois | September 26, 2014
Cool little spot with lots of beer to choose from and pretty good food to go with it. A note about the food - donít plan on finding any "healthy" options. As long as you know that going in, you wonít be disappointed. Of those "unhealthy" options, I was quite pleased with the gourmet mac and cheese. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Of course I was here on a Wednesday, so it was kinda quiet in there, but Iím okay with that. This place is definitely a victim of Chicago prices, which is unfortunately, but not entirely unforeseen.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50  (79) Chicago, Illinois | July 7, 2014
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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Sean9689  (12) Chicago, Illinois | February 27, 2014
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.

82
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Beerman6686  (149) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 21, 2013
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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
t0rin0  (1512) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 12, 2013
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.
90
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
pablo951  (103) Chicago, Illinois | July 21, 2013
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.

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