ryanfolty (239) Bourbon County, Minnesota | July 8, 2011| Updated August 15, 2013
Great beer if you are a GI fan and food was solid as well. Nice having Binnyís across the street.
Stopped in again November 22, 2011, and had to up the ratings slightly. This place is great, tried some stuff on cask and they were all great. Had the Cuban and it was amazing. Need to get here more often.
ajm (202) Los Angeles, California | November 23, 2009
That I have not rated this is not only foolish but irresponsible. This place is a landmark even if you donít live in Chicago, or Illinois, OR EVEN the Midwest. Great wood trim, great bartenders, great events, and always something worth the trip on tap, be it a special imperial, a barrel-aged, or just a limited hoppy ale. I love this place for its longevity, its tenacity and its status. I always feel welcome in here, even if I am toting multiple luggage pieces. This is my first time in Chicago without visiting, and let me say I am jonesing. Hereís to another 21 years.
TAR (33) Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina | October 27, 2004| Updated March 4, 2005
Easily, without question, GI Clybourn is holy as water as far as Iím concerned. They do extremely solid cask-conditioned ale, and seemingly everytime I visit [be it the next day, or the next month] there are more than a couple new beers available. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff, excellent food(particularly brunch!), proper glassware for most styles, take-home growlers, nice gft shop, British-style bar area, etc. But what happened to free samples? Either way, this is just a gorgeous place to spend an afternoon of drinking and return in the evening for a nightcap after emptying your wallet at Samís, which is right next door. If I die from choking, this is where Iíd like it to be, while savoring an imperial pint of glorious brew from the beer engine.
2/1/16 - This gem on the North Side has over 20 beers on tap, including cask conditioned beers. Servers knowledgeable and beers served in proper glassware. Food good, not great. Join the MBA program for free growlers every 15 beers.
Stopped in on a Friday around 1 pm for lunch and some beers. Thereís a parking lot adjoining the building, which seemed sufficient, but if they were actually busy, I donít think it would have been enough. The slots were pretty narrow, so I was worried I would have dings on the sides when I came out, but thankfully that didnít happen. Inside there is a lot of nice woodwork with a square bar in the middle with probably 30 taps and two casks. They had all goose island beers on with a huge variety. Lots of styles. They also had a few one off barrel aged beers that were delicious. Our waitress was very attentive and kept beers and water in our glasses. I ordered the Cuban and my buddy ordered the sausage plate. My food was great and he said the same of his. Both looked good. Thereís a nice little gift shop attached that had t shirts, phone cases, stickers, and about tendifferent glass shales to choose from. This is definitely a place I would come back to.
I love this place. Best place I have been to yet. Sure it doesnít have anything but its own brews. Let me say though it makes damn good brews. The prices are some of the best out there. The food is fantastic, and they always have deals on food. If I lived in Chicago I would be here at least once a week. The ambiance is great. In downtown and great for sports. Just a great place.
This is a great place for breakfast/lunch. I donít think Iíve ever walked out of here without a buzz. They have a sampler tray you can get. The food is good. The staff is knowledgable. I include a stop here with a stop at Samís across the street.