United States > Illinois > St. Charles
don_zouras (19) Bartlett, Illinois | May 11, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Eat first, they donít serve food of any kind, but they donít mind if you order in.
The bar is on a corner and there was plenty of parking available in the nearby lots.
We took a seat at the small bar with about 10 stools. Despite the large windows, I would still say this place has the "dank" that I like in a good bar. It is an old building and there was plenty of wood and brick. There were a couple of TVs, but not overly intrusive. The music was at a good level that allowed conversation... at least until a band came in later.
Behind the bar,the entire wall is a chalkboard menu. They only have 12 beers on tap, with a mix of good and not so good. I prefer draft beer, but the real treat is the bottled beer selection. There must have been over 80 beers. I had some delicious beers from Stone Brewing and Dark Horse.
The bartender/owner, Steve took good care of us all night long. It was fun to talk beer with him and it was clear that he liked beer. It is nice to see someone taking a chance on a different kind of bar in this land of yellow beers.
In addition to the beer bar room, there is a lounge type of room upstairs with another bar and couches for seating. We were told that they donít serve the full selection of beer upstairs, just the 12 taps. They are concentrating on martinis and scotch instead. I suppose you could walk down and get your beer yourself.
Overall, we had a great time at The House Pub. The beer selection is mostly bottles, but it is better than I have at home. The prices are reasonable, but may seem high if you are not familiar with the beers. I wish there were backs on the stools and a bar foot rail for comfort. I like to hang out for a good long time sipping my beer. I will be back.
gws57 (92) Saint Charles, Illinois | August 15, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited The House Pub as part of a bar crawl on a lazy Saturday afternoon in June. Creative space use, the House is tucked into what seems to be a space carved out of the Arcada Theater walls. The real draw here is the beer list, which, while it is impressive in quantity, itís also very impressive in quality. Prices are high but to be expected for the extensive beer selection. I am impressed and will be back.
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