Simone’s Bar

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
emerge077  (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | March 12, 2014
05-21-2010 Hmmm, Simone’s. I’ve been here exactly 3 times, and feel like I gave them plenty of time to improve since they opened. Some things they get right, and others they don’t. Three tap towers, all the same taps, never rotating. Why? Squandered potential. Like loud music? It "goes to 11" all night. This bar is in Pilsen, a neighborhood with strong cultural community, and this place sticks out like a sore thumb in some ways. The interior with deconstructed pinball machines is clever, if not overly designed, but it’s unique to say the least. It feels like Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in here. Prices on beer & food are generally high for the area. It doesn’t seem to attract the locals, due to the trendy sterile vibe and relatively high prices. Service is tragically hip and hit or miss. Skylark is a much better beer bar in the area, with much more affordable beer & food. Maria’s in Bridgeport is another nearby option that runs circles around Simone’s. But with all that said, they have a selection of good quality. Dark Horse, FFF, Founders, Bells, etc. Nicely varied bottle list. I’ve only had the fries here, so I can’t comment much on the food, other than it’s slightly upscale with a good variety. I’d only go here if I was already in the area, and wouldn’t make a detour for it. If this all sounds like backhanded praise, it is.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
charule  (121) New York, New York | June 21, 2013
Pretty cool layout with the retro game theme. Ok selection. Dropped about $50 on food and two drinks each for me and my lady. Food was good usual pub stuff but classed up a tad.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
pablo951  (113) Chicago, Illinois | February 16, 2013
Located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, a mixture of a Mexican community/hipster community. This is a rather large bar with an outdoor summer patio. It does have an old-school look with pinball machines plus other artifacts. But if you look closely you will find an entire sci-fi motif happening throughout the bar. They have a good selection of beers on tap, approximately a dozen, and a lot of beers in cans and bottles. A step above barfood, it’s pretty good. Overall I recommend.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
hombrepalo  (148) Chicago, Illinois | December 7, 2011
I’ve been here a couple of times now and have ate here as well. The place is located in Pilsen an up and comming area, a bit scary still but the place is safe. Nice decor of old pinball machines, old scool TV’s and bowling alley wood. The ambiences is hipster with a grungy look. Te selection is just alright, nothing rare but a solid selection for the novice. The food is pretty good a solid burger. Overall a nice place in a well deserved neighborhood.

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