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Rock Bottom - Chicago
Good based on 107 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1 West Grand Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60610-4306 [ print map ]
312 755 9339 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: 11:30am to 1:30am Daily

Mayor: notalush (1) | Taps: 16 | Bottles: Growlers

Rock Bottom - Chicago

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107 reviews for Rock Bottom - Chicago
 Ambiance  71%
 Service  72%
 Selection  69%
 Food  72%
 Value  71%
 Overall  72%
 Rating  80%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 13/20
nbondi  (41) Chicago, Illinois | August 10, 2011
In a neighborhood without many choices for good beer, I find myself at Rock Bottom pretty often. Recently the beer list seems to have taken a turn for the worse. While the barrel-aged option is usually excellent, availability is spotty. Standard house brews are uninspired. Seasonal, and special releases are hit and miss. Service here has always been excellent; even when packed. The prime and cheddar sandwich is one of my favorite things to eat in Chicago. Iíll keep going back, but unless something changes, Iíll be less excited about it every time.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (386) Denver, Colorado | March 28, 2015
Typical downtown big city brewpub geared towards tourists busy spending their money on the "Magnificent Mile" - kind of shitty warehouse ambience - you need to take a service elevator to get to the damn bathrooms - lots of large televisions - ambivalent staff most liken used to the "do you have any Bud Light" bullshit touristy questions (which I continually saw them dealing with during my time at the bar) - prices were okay for the location - there is a flight of six for six bucks, which is a very good deal, but the six beers are set (no choosing) - eight house beer (mostly standard brewpub styles), plus about eight guest taps, some local (Half Acre, Goose Island) some macro (Miller Lite) - typical brewpub food, with unsurprising prices given the location (about 20-25 percent more expensive than youíd expect outside of the downtown area) - I only came here because itís my first night in town and it isnít far from my hotel - meh.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321  (361) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 25, 2014
This has to be the 3rd, 4th, maybe 5th Rock Bottom I have visited? I can hardly remember. Anyway, this is one definitely has more beers than what we had on the East Coast. I mean decent beer here. Skip the regular line-up and go for the specialties. Also, go to the restaurant side, they have a listing for the barrel and cask beers. Bartender on the bar side didnít even know what was on cask. Touristy for sure. I would still revisit.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 13/20
Crockett  (7) Southampton,Ontario, Ontario | April 27, 2014
Itís looks like a chain sports bar and acts like a chain sports bar that makes its own beer. The beers are serviceable, but have a general in house character of being quite sweet (of the 4 tried). Very friendly staff. Other than whatís on tap (8) and the guest selections (nothing special) there wasnít much to try on this day. If youíre area, fine. But, donít make a special trip
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR  (16) Toronto, Ontario | November 17, 2013
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh  (618) Tampere, Finland | October 4, 2013
Quite regular chain brewpub. 8 Rock Bottom beers on tap. 2 local ones. Service was OK and food decent. Not too expensive.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1511) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 8, 2013
Visited on my first trip to Chicago. If I had known about the beer map I would have hit about a dozen other bars as well but this was just a quick trip down town on the way to Buddy Guyís Legends.

Service is friendly at the bar. The bartender was more than happy to do a sampler of the dozen house beers. This was before the corportization of the beer list but even still there were several beer names that I recognized. Iím not sure if they had several recipes that they shared or if that is due to the fact that there are so many beers made by so many different Rock Bottoms that some names overlap. The beers were all a little sweet for my liking but were unoffensive otherwise.

This is most definitely a stop made by tourists so expect it to be full. I didnít try any of the food so I canít comment on that. Prices on beer were reasonable.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
Clembo1957  (101) Smethwick, England | April 13, 2013
It may be fairly corporate but the beer and food are botH above average. Busy ar weekends
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye  (229) Steinbach, Manitoba | April 1, 2013
Not a destination brewpub, as their main ones are pretty lacklustre, but they also do some speciality brews which are a lot better. Kind of boring modern sports bar atmosphere. Feels suburban though itís in the middle of the city. Not bad.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman  (95) Texas | March 10, 2013
Pub and restaurant seating options, for a casual or formal feel. Their beer is good, and the food is great. all pretty decently priced. Service was pretty good, but could be better. All-in-all, solid place, for a chain.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Cliff  (72) The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio | August 7, 2012
Probably one of the best RB in the country. Always a barrel-aged beer on tap and their IPA is a solid one. Service was great, ambiance is fine, nothing special, but nothing negative. Value is good for downtown Chicago, $5.50 for a nonic of the house beers, $7 or $8 for the BA beers. Solid place and right of the Red Line, couldnít be more convenient.

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