United States > Illinois > Chicago
satan165 (101) River Grove, Illinois | May 9, 2010
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
seperated into two rooms, one of which houses a band and the other a short bar with a right angle. pretty long tap list and longer bottle list, easy to read large chalkboards list all the taps and bottles with bottles broken down by country (with the USA being the longest and getting its own board). talkative bartender offered me the newest stuff he had and seemed to know what was happening. you wont get killed on a saturday night and acoustics from the room next door are enough under control so you dont go mad at the bar.
jrallen34 (339) Chicago, Illinois | October 1, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve heard great things about this place for awhile so finally walked the mile and half up there, at too busy of an intersection, actually a bit tough to get too... the ambiance is a throw back to craft beer bars of 10 years ago, dirty and old, and full of people who just liked beer to be cool and trendy, a couple small tvs and a band room where someone was playing... 3 chalk boards show their drafts, roughly 20 beers, nice selection of locals and hard to find stuff (including $6 pours of Angelís Share, the best Angel Share version Iíve ever had), a huge tickerís dream chalk board lists beers from each country they have (Including not see easy to tick places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Greece, Croatia, and Slovakia)... service was meh, the bartender was quick to arrive but knew very little of beer, and had no idea what Cantillon was despite having several bottles listed on their bottle list... food wise, after bad reviews on here, and seeing food there I didnít try it(look disgusting) but they did have some overly salted popcorn to munch on...not a fan of the this older hipster wannabe crowd but I would come back... As a side they are CASH ONLY so come prepared
t0rin0 (958) Riverslime, California | August 23, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited August 14, 2013.
I walked by this place on the way to Revolution and decided that I should stop in on my way back. This definitely has an old feel to it (both the decor and the help). Pretty good beer list over all but I went with a Lagunitas beer. I ended up sitting next to a guy named Bob who gave me the history of the place and the problems that theyíve had with opening the patio. Fun place but Iím not sure it will be on my list of regular stops in Chicago, though the pints were pretty cheap.
NobleSquirrel (209) Chicago, Illinois | June 30, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Wound up here when they wouldnít let me into Map Room. Interesting enough lay out, though a bit odd. Pretty high quality tap list that is pretty extensive. They do keep them fresh, though I wasnít a huge fan of the crowd, but oh well. Iíll have to check it out again in the future.
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | September 29, 2004| Updated September 7, 2006
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This joint looks like, and is, a small neighborhood bar. But once you walk in, scan the locals drinking their lites and other piss-waters, your eyes are arrested by the blackboard on the wall in front of you. On it is a listing of over 100 bottled beers (everyone fresh, that Iíve had) from all around the world. On a smaller blackboard on the adjoining wall is a hefty list of available micro bottles. Pick out a designated driver, then dive into a variety of new beers. The folk behind the bar know their stuff, and theyíre friendly & helpful with questions... even should you tend to get a bit obnoxious as the night wears on. (Thatís never been my case.) On some weekends thereís live music, and after some heavy sampling, you find yourself in the middle of it, whatever the sound. A truly fun, flavorful time... albeit in a grungy kind of a place.
muzzlehatch (255) Burlington, Vermont | January 1, 2006
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Big 2-room dive bar with eclectic decoration; I got lucky and went on a really slow, quiet night and really enjoyed the place but could see how it might not be so fun when packed. The beer selection is heavy on crap beers from third world countries, but unlike that at, say, Old Chicago, here youíll see 4 beers from Guatemala that youíve never heard or, Windhoek from Namibia and Zagorka from Bulgaria. And they do have some good beers, and prices that are competitive with other great Chicago beer bars. No, itís not on the level of Map Room or Hopleaf, and the service seems a bit distant, but itís a fun place.
hombrepalo (101) Chicago, Illinois | September 19, 2007| Updated December 19, 2007
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This place is nice. They have beer catagorized by the country so you could pretty much take a beer trip around the word. Diffrent beers than the usual belgium, german, american micros. Maproom still kicks this places ass!
dinkle50 (72) Chicago, Illinois | September 22, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
This place has gone through a lot of changes since Iíve lived in the area. On my last visit, they had a huge draft list and the popcorn was flowing freely. Iíd pop in here again given the opportunity.
serrastusbear (5) Oak Park, Illinois | June 3, 2005
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Purely a matter of taste, but the ambiance put me off from the start - I donít mind the occassional dive-bar, but Quencherís just didnít agree with me. Moving on to the important matters, the beer selection is quite large, but also contains a lot of forgetable selections (no offense to Guatemalans, but I really have no interest in their beer). It just seems that a bunch of random selections were thrown in just for national varietyís sake, as opposed to going for stylistic diversity or quality. Finally, the glassware is inappropriate (I had an interesting conversation with a staffer over what a tulip glass is), and the service can be very spotty at times, though largely friendly. Worth a visit if you live in the area, but if youíre just visiting stick to places like the Map Room, Hopleaf, Goose Island, etc.
Frank (50) Chicago, Illinois | June 13, 2005| Updated July 8, 2010
36 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 5/20
I gotta admit I have a bit of a grudge against this place. I went once with a friend and got a round of 90 min IPA which was at least a dollar overpriced. More so than that, it wasnít even 90 Min IPA; it was some bland bitter not even remotely on planet DFH. On top of this, our server absolutely refused to believe we had anything but 90 Min IPA and wouldnít exchange them or refund us our money... So bugger this place because of that. There is a decent selection but it focuses too much on having crappy lagers from third world nations rather than just good beer. I find the staff is a little snotty and, as per my story, not entirely all there as far as beer is concerned.
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