nbondi (42) Chicago, Illinois | January 4, 2010| Updated August 10, 2011
For this neighborhood, the Ale House has one of the better beer selections around. That said, overall, the choices are not exciting. Ho-Hum atmosphere, ho-hum prices. Sometimes smells like feces. Rock Bottom is pretty darn close, and though a frat party at times, serves up some really exceptional brews. I did not eat here.
My beer snob best friend and I ended up here because it was highly rated and close to the disappointing Rock Bottom. The atmosphere was excellent with what started as a not so packed atmosphere at 1230AM but filled in by 3AM. It got very busy but was not out of hand or crazy busy. The quality in beer selection was really good as I saw a bunch of beers that we donít normally see on the east coast and was a great variety of types of beers. The service was really good because as our pints ran empty, we had a server asking us for our next order in a busy bar area. The selection was great as we got a decent variety of high quality beers from around the midwest and west coast. We didnít try the food but the prices were reasonable for the quality beers we had. Highly Recommended!!! Need I say more...
Walked in during the afternoon, right as they were opening. Not surprisingly I was the first and only one in there for a little while. I picked a stool at the long bar right by the taps. Everything was made of wood and looked kind of old and broken in.
They have a number of taps and some interesting selections. The girl working the bar was nice enough to set me up with a flight, a free sample, and a pint. They have a house beer called Clark Street Pale Ale that is apparently made by 2 Brothers.
Over all the service was very good, but again, I was the only in there at that point. Who knows what itís like when it fills up. Prices were good. Nice little place to stop in and get a beer if you are downtown.
Probably the best place near Michigan ave for craft beer. A skinny place with a long bar. Selection is ok, but nothing special for Chicago. Service was good and I did not have any food if there even is any. A bit heavy on price.
This bar is about as good as it gets for the area, which, unfortunately, isnít saying much. The ambiance is fairly "divey" with some TVís around, showing sports. The service that I have gotten there is prompt and friendly. As far as value is concerned, the prices are pretty much the same as anywhere in Chicago, which is pretty awesome for this downtown location. The selection is better than your average bar, but not as great as some spots in the city. Overall, this is a great bar for the area, but an average bar for the quality that Chicago has to offer.
Finally made it into this place. Not a ton of stuff in the area, so itís worth a stop in. Ton of Two Brothers stuff on tap and plenty of selection. Booze is also deep as well. Pretty old school beer bar vibe but the service was pretty awful when I was there. Not really that great.
This had decent BA reviews then I recently say it in the all about beer traveler issue ranked as the 52nd bar you have to go to, so I finally made the trip over. Two words and two phrases for you all, OVER-RATED and AVOID IT.
This place was beyond disappointing. The atmosphere was horrible, unless you are an old school Chicagoan who finds the cheesy mafia style Italian steakhouses appealing. Its old inside, little charm at all, all wood, then somehow think its the right place for video games such as golden tee. The staff are all in ugly black outfits, just terrible. Staff is not terrible friendly or knowledgeable. I asked whatís tasting good guy and the guy just started at me.
The quality and selection are garbage. Yes, they do have several craft breweries represented but they are alongside Miller, Bud light and corona. The beers from the breweries are terrible. They are all easy to find regular local staples. They arenít bad beers but nothing I canít go to the local store and get. If I was from out of town, maybe it would be ok for 2 seconds.
I get the feeling this place is more for whiskey and vodka as they have great lists for both. If you want liquour you might give this place a shot, if not avoid at all costs as with so many better options in Chicago are are surely wasting your time.