Rock Bottom - Chicago

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 11/20
JK  (338) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | December 15, 2015
Found this spot when wandering around on a busy Friday night. Standard rock bottom. Small selection but a few special release beers including a blackberry sour and a Christmas beer on cask. Service was friendly and fast enough but didnt know anything about their beer. Very large place with several dining areas.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster  (79) Grand Rapids, Michigan | December 2, 2015
Stumbled upon this place after a comedy show, two big dinning and bar areas with plenty of space. Brewing equipment can be seen behind glass, dark stained wood, someone tried to create ambiance but felt a little fake. Bar tented didnít really know anything about brewing other than the basics. Beer was good, but none pushed past "itís good". Not a destination, but my be worth a stop if your in the neighborhood. Food was the best part.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
notalush  (388) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ben4321  (381) 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.
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  • 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
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
MarkoR  (17) Toronto, Ontario | November 17, 2013
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh  (622) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
t0rin0  (1512) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Clembo1957  (105) Smethwick, England | April 13, 2013
It may be fairly corporate but the beer and food are botH above average. Busy ar weekends
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  • 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.

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