Bad Apple

4300 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois United States 60618
bar  4.65/5.0 36 reviews
4:30p-2a M-W; 11:30a-2a Th/Fri/Su; 11:30a-3a Sat

Mayor: pablo951 (3) | Taps: 24 | Bottles: 167
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ads135  (311) Omaha, Nebraska | May 6, 2017
A very nice beer bar. Didn’t try any of the food, sadly, but it looked fantastic. Great selection of beers, taps, and especially bottles. Visited with Dave, Josh, and Brandon after ASEH in 2017.
80
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JohnRMurdoch  (420) Glasgow, Scotland | October 15, 2016
Corner bar across the road from Half Acre brewery. Good selection of beers on tap and in bottles. Multiple TV screens. Helpful staff but they struggled with my Scottish accent. Good prices. Solid place but not enough to tempt me back on this short visit to Chicago.
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
deyholla  (660) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 15, 2016
A place with supposedly solid burgers (I’ve never tried them) that has a pretty killer taplist too. A decent sized space with a large bar and space for seating. Service is good and bartenders seem to know the beers. The selection was quite good and seemed to skew local. Cheap samples available. A pretty darn good bar.
94
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
crossovert  (139) Chicago, Illinois | August 31, 2016
This place might have the best burgers in town. They offer sample pours, some of them quizzically for 1$. They are always bringing in the newest, freshest stuff so the taplist is often quite interesting. Nice biergarten too.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
pablo951  (112) Chicago, Illinois | March 26, 2016
This place is awesome!! Great sandwiches, burgers, and veggie options. try their Poutine!! Excellent tap selection a majority of locals with a nod to the nationals. Excellent service, communal style, if there is a wait don’t worry, they are fast. Last but not least, great atmosphere!!
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
probsolvr  (14) , | January 1, 2016
Generally a pretty good list, but annoying when they post to beermenus before the beers are actually on. Been burned a couple times. Half Acre is across the street (and currently does not serve food). Bad Apple has good food and makes a good one-two punch with Half Acre. Proximity to Half Acre is definitely part of the appeal.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
Stine  (257) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 7, 2015
The atmosphere here is homey, eclectic, family-friendly. Extensive bottle list might struggle to be consistently current and this was an issue on our visit, but the tap list is also thoroughly solid. Scratch bar food menu. Disjointed service on this visit, to no one’s particular fault; everyone was friendly and helpful when present, they just seemed unclear about who was actually responsible for us. Overall this is a nice neighborhood complement to the Half Acre taproom.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe  (73) Michigan | August 21, 2014
Awesome food, the sandwiches are out of this world. Great craft beer selection; lots of local stuff, as well as plenty of non-local taps to choose from. Good bottle selection also, if you don’t mind paying a little more. Bartender was super friendly, food arrived quickly, & the beers were tasting great. Awesome place to stop & eat before you walk across the street to get loaded at Half Acre.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
ben4321  (493) Hoboken, New Jersey | June 13, 2014
Really nice draft and bottle selection to go along with a pretty interesting burger menu. I really enjoyed my visit here. Seems like this is a great little neighborhood for food and beer, and this place was quite enjoyable.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
fluffheady  (109) Chicago, Illinois | April 14, 2014
Bad Apple is pretty much across the street from Half Acre. They have a really great draft list. On my last count there were 5 Belgians, 1 Austrian, 1 English, and the rest US in various styles and distances ranging from the coasts to just down the road. It is constantly rotating. Their menu theme is burgers, with about 20 different concoctions (there’s other things on the menu too). The food is really delicious. There is really cool sculpture art and painting all over the wall. Over time, I have grown more and more in love with this place. I respect their beer program very much (after following them on beermenus.com for a few months) and they are turning into a must-visit place for me. One of the coolest parts of Bad Apple is the proximity to the Half Acre Taproom. I cannot think of a better Saturday afternoon for a beer geek than starting off at Bad Apple, hanging for a couple hours and eating a huge burger, and then walking across the street to the Half Acre Taproom to hang out for a couple more hours. (And if you really want to do it right, put fountainhead in there for a couple of drinks, but eat here).

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