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emerge077 (129) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
78 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Stopped in here for lunch recently, and definitely see it happening again soon in the future. If youíve ever been here when it was SmallBar, expect a healthy sense of deja vu once returning. Not much has changed regarding the layout and general feel of the place. Whatís new are several large framed prints of local breweriana like Fox Deluxe, a detailed chart of assorted hop varieties on the stair landing, and many tap handles displayed high on the brick wall opposite the bar. Vibe was relaxed during the day, and the open & airy feel was a welcome change from tiny cramped bars elsewhere.
Selection was good, many craft staples plus a few rotating seasonals such as Hopslam, Sixpoint 3 Beans, and Celebration. Local drafts like Alpha King, Daisy Cutter, Anti-Hero, and Secret Stache. Bottle list was pretty long and also updated on beermenus. They had a $2 can special advertised on their website, that turned out $3 with a list of 25+ to choose from. I had a Gossamer and a bowl of chili, which turned out to be fairly meaty and belly-warming on this cold rainy afternoon.
Service at the bar was quick and friendly. The bartender was a short haired brunette who knew her beers, and offered samples. Not much more you can ask for there.
Overall this location is an improvement over the west loop one, a classic tavern vibe with nice taps and good bar food. Not far from Local Option, Monkeyís Paw, and Headquarters, which wouldnít make a bad pub crawl.
11-2013: Had a rueben here that was kind of rubbery and chewy, not the greatest.
Vibe was a little more sportsbar, but the service was still great.
t0rin0 (1180) Do Not Resuscitate, California | August 23, 2013
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited August 14, 2013.
I actually walked into the place next door first thinking that was it. Wasnt paying much attention to the beer map. The place was a pretty fancy restaurant that had a half a dozen Hitachino beers in bottles and that was it. Thatís when I realized that I was in the wrong place, walked outside, and saw the Beer Bistro sign.
I didnt spend a lot of time here, just long enough to try some Two Brothers beer I hadnít tried before. There were some people inside and the bartenders were busy with them, and didnt pay a lot of attention to me. Thatís fine so long as I get a drink. Anyway, I only drank about half of my beer, paid, and left.
SPDickerman (69) Texas | March 21, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty decent selection with solid service. Nice place, great ambiance, and the beer is decently priced. I didnít get food, so I have no comment on that.
jrallen34 (377) Chicago, Illinois | March 9, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Use to be SmallBar Fullerton... Great location, ambiance is nice, huge and open space, very nice inside. Usually a pretty strong draft list with new random rare beers popping up every once in awhile.
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