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pablo951 (24) Chicago, Illinois | May 21, 2013
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Located in downtown Chicago,part of the Wit Hotel. 16 taps, mostly local micro brews, 20 bottled beers of various ilk. This is an ok place, the food is overpriced, but fair for the location.
Clembo1957 (44) Smethwick, England | April 14, 2013
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, not a particularly brilliant selection of beers and a bit pricey.
NobleSquirrel (200) Chicago, Illinois | September 21, 2012
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 12/20
Finally had a chance to stop in here earlier in the spring. I will say that they usually have one or two interesting beers on tap but beyond that, itís a pretty watered down selection. Didnít try the food as we just stopped in for a beer. I forget that the type of people that haunt here exist as Iím never in the loop or river north on the weekends, totally not my crowd. Also, price inflation due to location.
jrallen34 (271) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
46 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 5/20
This place use to carry some really good craft, then they got a new distributor and its not worth stopping by.
emerge077 (72) < RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | November 22, 2010
50 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 10/20
June 2010: For some reason, they dropped Metropolitan and other smaller craft beers, in favor of bigger ones from the BMC distro...way to whore out your taps! They only brought Metro back after word got out via social media. Lame. ...
A hotel bar masquerading as The Publican Lite™...
The bar is on the ground floor, NE corner of State & Lake. Once inside, its on the left before you hit the elevators. Swanky, posh, metrosexual type of place. A little bit overly polished and trying hard. Lacking somewhat in terms of atmosphere. The lighting was weird, the room was dim but we had a bright halogen spotlight on our table, illuminating the floating dust in the air. Ultramodern and sterile, with contrasting "midwestern" design touches like brown leather chairs, wooden menu holders, and deer head art on the wall.
Beer, lets focus. A good selection, although it doesnít seem designed to change or rotate seasonals. Strangely they had a couple contract brews from Atlanta on the menu "Numbers Ale" and Red Brick Ale" which they couldnít tell me where they were made. Those beers are a waste of 2 tap lines guys.
Food: Dinner entrees are in the mid 20s. We had small plates and a couple drinks, the bill was over $50. Ribs were decent, though there are many superior options in Chicago to the paltry 1/2 baby back slab here for $13. Parmesan fries were good, and a good accompaniment to beer selections. To their credit, there were a few nice bottles, like Sofie and Breakfast Stout. Overall though, it felt inauthentic, and not much of a destination for beer. Worth checking it out if youre seeing a show at the Chicago Theater or Siskel Center though, or staying downtown. Try Hackneys/Villains/Clark St. Ale House for a more laid back & affordable place.
WesKBob (20) Bethany, Oklahoma | August 30, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice, quiet beer bar connected to a hotel. Definitely an upscale type place. But a very respectable selection for no bigger than it is. A little pricey, but I gues thatís to be expected from the neighborhood its in.
Service was friendly enough, but very slow. The place wasnít busy when I was there, so I canít imagine what was going on. But I sat there with an empty class for 5 minutes or more before a bartender came back.
A nice enough selection, but donít bother looking at their beer list online--either itís not updated very often, or I just hit them on a rough day, but there were several things Iíd been looking forward to they didnít have. Although, in fairness, theyíd been replaced by some other nice offerings.
Frank (50) Chicago, Illinois | May 20, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 13/20
There is not a lot of great beer in the loop. I wouldnít recommend this as a one and only stop in Chicago by any stretch but if you are downtown on business and want a nice beer w/o traveling, I would say this is one of you best bets. Over a dozen craft brews on tap--and only craft brews which is totally awesome--and good bottles to boot including the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout. This is not a place to pick up ticks but there are great beers here. Itís expensive but itís the loop. If youíre in Chicago on business and need to take some folks out to a bar and donít wanna travel, this is your joint as far as good beer is concerned.
AWISLguy (70) Wisconsin | February 28, 2010
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice little (20 seat) bar area in upscale restaurant within the Wit hotel. Great tap choices (Surly Furious, 2 of my favorite porters, 2 3 Floyds options) with a variety of quality beers. Super quiet for lunch but I expect it gets crowded in the evening. Bartender says they help choose the brews on tap, and I could have been there all day. My only complaint at all if I could go regularly would be that it is small.
JoeMcPhee (466) Toronto, ON, Ontario | September 19, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
High ceilings, leather-lined room in the Wit Hotel. Long polished bar with patrons who are substantially more well-bred than myself. Lots of big hair and small dresses (not that thereís anything wrong with that). I didnít eat here, but the appetizers the women next to me were eating looked good. A very nice cocktail list too if you happen to be here with non-beer drinkers. The bartender and the bar manager were both very friendly and chatty, my completely down-scale attire notwithstanding. This isnít really a beer bar per se, but in the downtown area, itís not a bad place to pop in for a few pints.
arjoseph (33) Chicago, Illinois | June 23, 2009| Updated July 11, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
State and Lake is the hotel restaurant of the new Wit hotel in downtown Chicago. The restaurant is dominated by a curved bar that featured quite a few taps usually unseen in downtown: Surly, Metropolitan, Left Hand, and Three Floyds are what I remember. Really, outside of South Loop Binnyís, this is the best selection of taps Iíve seen in the downtown area, and itís much more accessible (one block south of Wacker, two blocks west of Michigan Ave.). For those staying downtown and those who work downtown, this could be quite the happy hour spot. I did not see a bottle list, but I didnít ask for one either as I was on a business lunch. Iíll definitely be going back soon, and Iím glad that itís right across the street from where I work. Also, the food was outstanding (I had a pulled short rib sandwhich with Maytag blue cheese, carmelized onions, and truffle french fries) and not unduly expensive (think about $12-17 per plate for lunch), though certainly not cheap. Well worth it in my opinion.
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