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Beer Available At The Publican (arranged by most recent)
Allagash FV 13 99, Ommegang Iron Throne 95, Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti Imperial Stout 99, Kortrijk-dUtsel , Freigeist Abraxxxas 94, SŁnner KŲlsch 48, Vander Mill Hard Apple Cider , Three Floyds Snow Weasel 97, Solemn Oath Whisper Kittens , Solemn Oath KhlŲros 73, Vander Mill Michigan Wit Cider 54, Stiegl Paracelsus Zwickl 77, Avery Uncle Jacobís Stout 100
dinkle50 (54) Chicago, Illinois | April 7, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Popped in here for dinner on a Saturday night. Dinner was extremely good. The food here does not disappoint. Interesting dishes and excellent waitstaff. Lots of bottles with 10 or so draft selections. Iíll be back for sure.
SPDickerman (69) Texas | March 29, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Really interesting place. Good waitstaff, though not fantastic. Excellent house blended lambic. Lots of bottles. All a little pricey, but overall, fantastic place.
fluffheady (46) Chicago, Illinois | January 13, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 19/20
The food at Publican is incredible. You must get the pork rinds. It is an upscale restaurant, so donít come here if you want to sit at a bar and drink cheap drafts (which is fine! this just isnít the place). What I appreciate the most, besides a really thoughtful beer list, is the training of the servers. I offhandedly pointed out to the server that Jolly Pumpkin was listed as being from somewhere out east, but itís from Michigan. She became wide eyed and said "oh my god, youíre so right! give me that menu!" and she ran it over to her manager. This place isnít known as a destination for beer, but they are an upscale restaurant that respects the hell out of beer. You can please your significant other if they donít like beer, and have a great time yourself. Also, this is the only upscale restaurant Iíve seen where a guy ordered a boot of beer, stood up, and the ENTIRE restaurant chanted him to completion. Iíve been here a few times, and that isnít a regular thing, but it didnít feel that out of place either.
DuffMan (217) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 9, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
Charcuterie place with a very cool vibe. Awesome paintings of giant characterful pigs, booth seating that amounts to a miniature fenced-in stable or paddock for your party, while the central floor boasts common tables of enormous length to share with fellow diners. The food was, without exeption, excellent. Probably the best pork belly weíve had (certainly the most generous portion!). Beef heart was also a standout. Our server knew his stuff and was spot-on. Beers were top quality, with a few Three Flloyds to choose from (including Zombie Dust , Snow Weasel, and Alpha Klaus). Just a great great evening! Would return in a heartbeat.
jmm635 (82) Havertown, Pennsylvania | October 31, 2012
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Trendy restaurant in some sort of meat packing district or something. Disregard the neighborhood and try it anyway. You wonít find an enormous beer list but you will find a well selected mixture of taps and bottles and tremendous food. Good selection of oysters and an interesting ham tasting. You really canít go wrong with anything on the menu. Not at all what I would call a value but I appreciate a quality tap list to complement my gluttony.
3fourths (1082) StraŖgiech, Germany | July 5, 2012
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
friday-night visit with reservations, it actually wasnít full but still busy and quite loud. itís definitely a food-first destination, with about a dozen taps that range from common to those rarely seen elsewhere, and the list appears to be selected with food in mind. food quality was certainly good but not what I would call great (for Chicago).
BVery (323) Burnsville, Minnesota | December 7, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Visited here on Dec. 6, 2011. Fun spot in downtown Chicago. Trendy vibe, excellent service. Nice beer selection, although the prices arenít exactly on the "excellent value" side. Food was very good as well.
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 15/20
Pale walls, golden lighting, light wood, and brass adorned-everything leaves you feeling like youíre on the sun. It doesnít help that the bar is probably the worst constructed of all time, a huge metal shelf between you and bartenders, staring you in the eyes and pretty much requiring that they walk around to serve you. Prices are steep but a unique list in Chicago, pretty deep by style and country. Service is very nice, accommodating. The house lambic apparently runs out fast (I missed it arriving at 9pm on Sunday) and is a different blend every day or few-days. Iíll return for food but am leery of prices and the vibe when crowded.
cratez (151) Toronto, Ontario | September 11, 2011| Updated August 29, 2012
96 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Visited with my girlfriend for our 4th anniversary dinner in July 2011.
VIBE: pristine and modern decor with beautiful lighting and a comfortable, medium-sized bar. An L-shaped communal table occupies the middle of the restaurant with two-seater "horse stall" booths off to the left and assorted tables adjacent to the patio. Crowd is upscale and all of the staff wear uniforms. We enjoyed marveling at the breathtaking ambience of this high-end American eatery while eating our meal.
SERVICE: we received impeccable treatment from a young and knowledgeable waiter. He briefly described every single dish on the menu, including portion sizes, and was quite helpful with his recommendations. At one point he brought a plate to the table that we didnít ask for (he thought we did), but he quickly assured us that we wouldnít be charged for it and he apologized for the mistake. I left a 25% tip because we were so thoroughly impressed with the service.
SELECTION: the draught lineup was chock-full of rarities such as Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier, Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX Stout, and The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel. Throughout our four course dinner, I had a Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow DIPA, Lagunitas Zephyr, and Mikkeller Draft Bear on tap and a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster DIPA out of the bottle. These beers were among the best that I sampled on our trip to Chicago, and they nicely complimented the hearty food. Much to my relief, the lady loved the wine that she ordered.
FOOD: unbelievable cuisine for surprisingly good prices. We split the Three Hams plate, Market Salad, a delicious fish entree, and a chocolate meringue pie for dessert. All four dishes tasted phenomenal with immaculate presentation. Truly superb fare.
OVERALL: Iím glad we chose this spot for our special occasion. We had a lovely time here and will definitely return in the future. The Publican is an exemplary model of sophisticated dining matched with fine beer, and I highly recommend it to beer geeks and foodies alike.
JoePeesie (68) Long Lake, Illinois | September 1, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Swanky and trendy.Excellent artisan food, and a good selection of beers. The clientele is kinda yuppie. For me this is a special occasion kind of place, but I also donít make $100K per year.
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