Bangers and Lace allows me to participate in one of my favorite Chicago summer activities - drinking beer outside. With a large tap selection and a fair amount of bottles as well, this would have the beginnings of a great beer bar.
The best part about the beer menu is the Six Pack, were you can get 6 2 oz. samples for $9, normally of an interesting mix of beers.
Right now, I think it is a few steps away from being in the category of great beer bars I would visit regularly. The service is all right, although I have normally gone during off-peak hours, so that might have an impact. The prices on the tap list are coincidentally all $1 too expensive for an equal or smaller pour than other bars around.
The food leads me to the same conclusion - there is nothing inherently bad about the quality, but I am left wondering why it costs so much, considering it is pretty average. Mostly consisting of sausage products, the menu is also not very substantial.
This is the type of place I will head if they have something special on tap, but it will not become one of my regulars.
Often busy bar where i know a bartender or two. everything available as a sampler size but only a 2 oz pour. Food is decent but a bit pricey for what it is. Selection is always new to market or limited stuff, has a nice biergarten and open doors in the summer.
A solid pub in (midtown?) Chicago with a nice tap list. The ambiance is nice, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and the service was good too. I didnít eat, but this place specializes in "bangers" (sausages, coneys, etc.) and they looked good. Worth a stop if youíre in the area.
Dimly lit & pretty small on the inside. Kind of like an upscale hipster bar vibe. Tap list was pretty large with 32 or so beers on tap. Not the most interesting selection ever, but plenty of new things to drink. Good service. Incredible food. Fried cheese curds with amazing sauce, an incredible venison brat, & fried deviled eggs with chorizo filling. I would come back here on food alone. Definitely gotta try this place if you havenít.
Opening weekend for the Chicago Bears; yes the gameís on the couple of 30" TVís they have hanging about, but they want to play a Talking Heads playlist over the PA?!? Hell yeah! This is the type of place I wanna watch a game at! Definitely a lodge-y / dive-y type bar with a solid selection of uncommon beers available on tap and in bottles. And the food? ... yeah, good stuff. Itís a sausage-based menu done very well (I recommend the goat "sandwich"). Itís a bit overpriced, and their was nothing special about the wait staff - although they did a good job "checking" in on me. I get the hype, but definitely a place I would pass up if there was a wait.
This place is OK. The beer list is awesome. Their "Bangers" are kind of disappointing. They claim to be a sausage landmark, but all they really have are some dressed up hot dogs and 2 or 3 sausages. Theyíre pretty good, but not what I would expect from a sausage place.
Now for the service. Go read yelp. Thereís a lot of reviews on there about the staff being much more concerned with themselves than the customers. Itís true. These guys didnít have the time to give a crap, even though the place was empty when we were there. Stop being assholes to your customers, and Iíll gladly come back. In the mean time, thereís a crap load of other bars with really good beer lists. Skip.