The Publican | Chicago, Illinois
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The Publican
Excellent based on 26 ratings
Type: Restaurant

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

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


Mayor: DuffMan (4) | Taps: 13 | Bottles: 80


The Publican

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Beer Available At The Publican (arranged by most recent)
NÝgne ō / Terrapin Imperial Rye Porter 99, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - Proprietorís 2013 100, Off Color Scurry 82, NÝgne ō Two Captains Double IPA 99, Off Color 15ft , Kapuziner Weissbier 81, Ommegang Fleur De Houblon 96, Allagash FV 13 99, Ommegang Game Of Thrones #1 - Iron Throne Ale 95, Great Divide Belgian Style Yeti Imperial Stout 99, Kortrijk-dUtsel 68, Freigeist Abraxxxas 94, SŁnner KŲlsch 45
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26 reviews for The Publican
 Ambiance  85%
 Service  79%
 Selection  75%
 Food  85%
 Value  50%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  87%
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86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
nbondi  (41) Chicago, Illinois | August 10, 2011
Great vibe in cool airy setting. West Loop location in the meat packing district. Everyone from the host to the server to the bar tender was perfectly polished. Beer menu is not extensive, but well thought-out with excellent choices. Servers are required to have passed the Cicerone certified beer server exam. Servers were well versed in their beers and knowledgeable about the food as well...which was excellent. Beer was very reasonable. Food was somewhat expensive, but definitely worth it. Go here.
80
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
ryanfolty  (191) 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.
66
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 4/10   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque  (39) Illinois | August 30, 2013
Initially brought me the wrong beer and waiter disappeared. However, rest of waitstaff seemed to be working hard and had a cicerone there when I was there even though I didnít speak to her. Food was excellent and creative, although expensive. Seating was more cramped and crowded feeling than it looks in photos. High quality beer list but not much I hadnít had before. Some of the best beers of Europe, but again, if your a serious beer geek you probably wonít find anything new. They do offer their own lambic blend which I found interesting, although I did not try it (too pricey and not a huge lambic fan).
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
dinkle50  (73) Chicago, Illinois | April 7, 2013
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.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman  (69) Texas | March 29, 2013
Really interesting place. Good waitstaff, though not fantastic. Excellent house blended lambic. Lots of bottles. All a little pricey, but overall, fantastic place.
90
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
fluffheady  (100) Chicago, Illinois | January 13, 2013
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.
86
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
DuffMan  (251) 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 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.
84
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
jmm635  (87) Havertown, Pennsylvania | October 31, 2012
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.
80
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths  (1271) Boulder, Colorado | July 5, 2012
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).
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 14/20
BVery  (389) 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 arenít exactly on the "excellent value" side. Food was very good as well.
74
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
MrChopin  (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
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.

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