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nbondi (41) Chicago, Illinois | August 10, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a cool vibe. Dark and cozy. Well thought-out beer menu and the undisputed place to go if you want cask ales in Chicago. Service was great, but where this falls short is on food and value. Beer prices are reasonable, but food is expensive, mediocre, and small portioned. I had fish ín chips, with two apps and left hungry. Iíll probably go back, but if the foodís not any better, Iíll probably be pissed off about the cost again.
Barnoloid (8) Chicago, Illinois | May 30, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Owen and Engine is located opposite a very busy cinema chain venue, which means that at any time it is fairly well packed out, often with families. For a pre-post movie option this is a great place to go. They have a solid rotating draft selection, which includes up to 4 cask ales. The initial theme was íEnglish Pubí in the food, beer and decor. Whilst the decor remains the same the beer and food options have come slightly center of left, to include some more US-centric options, which isnít a bad thing.
As an English ex-pat it can be nice to enjoy a Youngs Chocolate Stout or other such classic on tap every now and again.
ARH (87) Chicago, Illinois | March 9, 2014
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
So, weíll start with the downside. Unless you make a reservation, youíre probably gonna be waiting for your table or bar seat. Itís also a rather crowded space. To their credit, they do a lot to try to get as many people comfortably in there as possible, but, as a side effect, it feels a bit cramped. Itís hard to say itís actually a "value" but, at the same time, itís not unreasonable. Alright, now that thatís out of the way ... Friendly staff, very knowledgeable about their food and their beers, and if your particular server doesnít know the answer to your beer question, theyíll find someone who does - and there will be someone there who does. I was torn on the selection rating; itís not a crazy huge beer menu, but itís all uncommon and rare beers, plus they typically have three or four beers on cask. To add some frosting to this cake, the menu is really, really excellent. Iíve yet to order something off the menu that left me thinking anything less than "that was great"
fluffheady (100) Chicago, Illinois | November 24, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
This is a really great spot. Itís a little small, so sometimes wait times for a table or a bar spot can be a chore. We first went on a Tuesday, and they had a cool deal where if you bought the burger, you got a short beer and a shot for an extra dollar. The burger was great and the shot wasnít bad. They also had Ichabod on cask, which is awesome. Their beer prices are great ($6 for most imperial pints). The food prices are a bit high, but I forgive it because of the cheaper beer and the high quality of the food. The bartenders are all-pros and have fascinating rhythm.
They also have one of the best cask programs in the city (four).
To the guy who was mad that they didnít have English beer on the cask...youíve gotta be kidding me. I donít think you quite understand the distribution game. Itís definitely possible to get casks from overseas, but not regularly enough to fill 4 engines. Iím just very happy to have the opportunity to drink some of the best-attended fresh cask beer around. One last word of advice: be sitting at the bar at 10:23 (or thereabouts). The huge clock behind the bar broke 3 days after opening and was stuck on 10:23. If youíre sitting at the bar at that time, be prepared to participate in a communal round of shots!
pablo951 (84) Chicago, Illinois | June 29, 2013| Updated July 25, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Great place for a micro / craft brew. They always have a strong list of beers 20 on tap and 4 on cask at all times. The food is gastro English pub style, sausage heavy, good but slow. Slightly pricey. They have now added an rooftop patio, itís small but cute. Itís all about the beer.
msante79 (342) Mount Prospect, Illinois | December 3, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Decided to check this place out for dinner with the wife. Nice english pub feel. 4 beer engines and about 20 or so taps. Menu is of the gastropub style with some nice items like scotch eggs which were delicious. Wife had the fish and chips and I had the bangers and mash which were house made and great.
Nice tap list and a couple nice options on the engine. Service was pretty good. Would go back.
dinkle50 (77) Chicago, Illinois | September 16, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really excellent food and a huge draft and bottle list. The food is a little pricey, but it is also really good. The deck on the roof is very nice when the weather is ok. Inside there are 2 bars on 2 floors. The building feels very old, but it isnít. Great spot to drink away an afternoon.
deyholla (349) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 29, 2012| Updated September 16, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Has a nice feel of an English pub. Food is of English fare and out of this world! A decent selection of beer with four on the engine. Best place to get a cask beer if that is your thing. Service was quite good. Prices are a touch pricey but well worth it IMO.
hombrepalo (142) Chicago, Illinois | December 7, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Stopped by for a drink on a Frida night, pretty full, at least all tables and bar area was full. ended up going upstairs and found a couple of leather chairs to sit and order a couple of beers. The place looks classy with a European look to it. I did not get to try the food but it looked pretty good. The selection was above average with an emphasis on euro beers. the ambience was cool with an average age I would say of 35-40 yr old. the value was a just about right $6-8 per draft. Overall an elegant place with a good vibe.
drdisque (45) Illinois | August 10, 2011
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Place seems very new inside (like youíre walking into a rich old coupleís home in the suburbs). Beer list rotates very frequently and beer engine selections can change daily. However, beer list could be a tad larger and more varied. Food is good, but pretty expensive (simple but good pub fare over $15) and smallish portions. Beer prices are more reasonable and in-line with other beer bars in Chicago.
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