The Publican | Chicago, Illinois
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The Publican
Excellent based on 28 ratings
Type: Restaurant

837 West Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois United States 60607 [ print map ]
312 733 9555 | twitter

Hours: M-Th 3:30p-11:30p; Fr-Sat 3:30p-12:30a; Su 5p-10p

Mayor: ARH (1) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 80

The Publican

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Beer Available At The Publican (arranged by most recent)
3 Sheeps Really Cool Waterslides IPA 90, 5 Rabbit 5 Lizard 71, Goose Island Madame Rose 99, Nøgne Ø / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter 99, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietor’s 2013 100, Off Color Scurry 85, Nøgne Ø Two Captains Double IPA 99, Off Color 15ft , Kapuziner Weissbier 81
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28 reviews for The Publican
 Ambiance  84%
 Service  78%
 Selection  75%
 Food  85%
 Value  52%
 Overall  78%
 Rating  88%
Rating Distribution

3fourths  (1268) Boulder, Colorado | July 5, 2012
friday-night visit with reservations, it actually wasn’t full but still busy and quite loud. it’s 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).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 12/20
Braudog  (701) Hampton, Virginia | May 10, 2010
May 2010. Visited on a very busy Friday night. No surprise -- no table available "for about an hour and a half." We were at least able to secure a spot at one of their few stand-up high-tops, where we could peruse the very unique draft and bottle list. We didn’t get a chance to eat much more than a little snack, which was good, if enormously overpriced. All in all, our impression of this place was a little pretentious. Not sure I’d go out of my to go back, except maybe just for a beer.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 3/10   OVERALL 13/20
jrallen34  (415) Chicago, Illinois | March 31, 2011
I finally made it out to Publican, a Friday night for drinks and snacks. A typical West Loop joint, meaning modern looking, new and clean, wide open space with adjoined tables. Cool place for having dinner probably not exactly what I want out of a place for drinks. The booths are awesome though as they basically look you in with wooden doors like your in a horse stall...The beer list is organized pretty good, draught then countries and styles. About 10 draft and probably 50 or so bottles. The selection is pretty decent, a lot of base staples, some stuff I’ve not seen before. Fluxus on tap is nice. The service was decent, talked to 2 people new basic beer stuff and things about the beers available, suggestions were not spot on...The snacks we had were good, nothing special though. The fries were very disappointing, guess I was expecting something Belgianesque. It was not crowded at all for Friday, making me wonder why its impossible to get reservations. Way too expensive for the beer and good. A cool place to go, would go here for dinner for a special occasion because they have decent beer but I wouldn’t come back to just drink. Paramount room is close enough, if downtown head there for cheaper beer with similar quality.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
BVery  (403) Burnsville, Minnesota | December 7, 2011
Visited here on Dec. 6, 2011. Fun spot in downtown Chicago. Trendy vibe, excellent service. Nice beer selection, although the prices aren’t exactly on the "excellent value" side. Food was very good as well.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones  (305) Buffalo, New York | June 16, 2010
Great food, great atmosphere, solid draft list (Stone OG, DDC Penombre, GI Sofie & Matilda, Cantillon Vigneronne) gREAT BOTTLE LIST. fOOD WAS HIGH END & VERY GOOD. Real nice place, higher end dress/ a must for foodies
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan  (265) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 9, 2013
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 we’ve 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321  (249) Hoboken, New Jersey | July 9, 2014
Really great food goes along with a pretty darn nice draft list here. We really enjoyed our visit. Reservations are recommended. Prices aren’t great, but I didn’t think they were terrible either. Pretty much what I expected.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel  (209) Chicago, Illinois | July 9, 2010
Probably one of the best restaurants in Chicago, and the fact that they carry an extensive beer list of gems is pretty awesome. If you like rustic farm to table food, definitely hit this place up.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
kseecs16  (205) Naperville, Illinois | April 5, 2009| Updated March 31, 2010
Great restaurant. Menu is focused on fresh and regionally sourced food broken in to categories for oysters, fish, meat and vegetables. Service was really good with the waiter helping us guide our food choices and he was knowledgeable about all of the beers I asked about. Some beers are overpriced but others seemed reasonable. The food is excellent and well prepared. Beer list is good and variable but represents a good range of styles from English Bitters to Lambics. Value is entirely subjective but for the quality of food and beer here I’d say it seems just about right, even if some of the bottled beer prices are beyond what I would pay there are plenty of realy high quality draught and bottled option that won’t break the bank.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty  (202) Bourbon County, Minnesota | November 14, 2013
Hung out here with my boy Chino last night. The place was packed and it was Wednesday night. John Cusack was sitting 20 feet away from us, so that was cool. My buddy taking his picture with his flash on was lame, but we got a good laugh. Beer list was solid, but expensive. GI Gillian bottle for $65, really? Food was amazing.

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