young meat market crowd on a busy neighborhood corner. inside was sports on a dozen different televisions and the bar area was pretty crowded (Friday night) with a mix of young professionals and d-bags and a lack of hipsters (a good thing or bad thing I’ll leave up to you). decided to sit on the patio and away from the headache-inducing noise and the crowd. beer quality was decent, probably 6-7/10. 4oz servings are nice to see. vibe is shit and is the only reason I won’t visit again.
A brief stop on the abbreviated Chicago beer tour with TheAlum and deyholla.
Nice patio area, but since it was pouring down rain, nobody sitting outside. Kind of dark inside on a late night, but still a pretty decent number of people. Kind of lax service at that point, more of a seat yourself situation. Larger restaurant with plenty of seating in the bar and main dining area, as well as a second room in the back.
The server was good. Though he did seem a bit surprised by my request to try ALL of the beers, though.
Beer quality on the whole was above average with a few winners and no real bad beers. Had a hot dog while we were here and it was quite good, though a little spendy at something near $10.
Overall, a good place and I’d probably come back the next time I’m in Chicago.
Haymarket is a nice brew pub in Chicago. The brew area is enclosed in glass, making it very viewable. There is a great selection of house brews alongside some really nice micro bottles and taps. Our server seemed to not want to be at work, but the hostesses and others seemed very helpful. The outdoor seating is rather cramped, so we opted for inside despite the longer wait. There was a band, Environmental Encroachment, that warmed up throughout the place, by marching around (they were a marching band of sorts).
Visited on Sunday 4th November at 11.45 for just over an hour. Pretty busy for a Sunday lunchtime I thought, perhaps this is the norm, but we grabbed 2 of the last 3 or so seats at the bar. There was a Chicago Bears game on the box. Around a dozen of their own beers on tap and a dozen or so guests, plus the best part of 100 bottles in the fridges behind the bar.
All draft beer both home and guests were available in 4, 12 or 16 oz pours (16oz excluded on some of the stronger beers) which helps for rapid rate building!
Appearance wise it comes over as a sports bar type affair.
Service was excellent and we never had to wait on the next beer. Food sampled was just in the form of chicken wings which were fine but only warranted a 6/10.
Great brewpub. Hits all the right notes. Good range of about 12 house beers, average quality around 3.6 for me. Good value, small pours offered. They also have a nice selection of non-house draft and around 50 bottles, domestic and international. The food is excellent, hearty, and also good value. Pretty good service. Typical American brewpub ambiance. Overall, this is a really solid spot. A great option for a meal and a bunch of beer scoops.
Visited for lunch on a Friday. Easy to find on Halstead and Randolph, good public transport access. Big place with a bunch of seats at the bar as well hightops and a more restaurant type room beyond. 17 house beers on draft with an impressive mix of styles and 9 guests. All beers are available as 4 oz and 12 oz drafts with lower abv beers also available as 16 oz and 20 oz. 32/64 oz growlers are available for the house beers. Also had a nice selection in cans and bottles with a Belgian focus. Friendly prompt service at the bar. I enjoyed my visit.
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Haymarket is located in a large brick building in downtown Chicago on the corner of West Randolph and North Halsted. Metered street parking is available in the surrounding area, as is some free parking in front of the stores on Randolph.
The interior opens to the bar area, with a small space by the host stand devoted to merch. Beyond that is the bar on the right, with a view of the tap handles behind it. The left side of the room has table seating, and provides a view of the brewing equipment behind windows. Hanging lights, burnt sienna colored walls and TVs placed around the bar.
Haymarket has around 20 taps, including 16 of their own beers on my visit. They offer different serving sizes including samples. During my visit they had a Kolsch, Pils, a couple Pale Ales and Belgians, and a few IPAs, Barley Wine and a Smoked Porter. All of the beers were decent with a couple standouts.
Service on a weekday evening at the bar was good. The bartender was knowledgeable about their beer menu and made recommendations of other spots to visit in the area.
I did not have any food on my visit.
Overall this is a solid brewpub to visit in Chicago.
The Haymarket is an absolute stop if you are in the area, anywhere near downtown. They are brewing up a storm, with about a dozen beers on tap, so I had to be selective. Their bottle selection was decent too. Very attractive environment inside, huge bar, very good service. They were brewing some unusual styles here, hoppy Belgians and the like.
Very nice brewpub in Chicago. This was one of 8 places I visited over 5 days of a Chicago business trip. I thought their beers were very good (for the most part not great...but very good). I tried all of them via flights and a couple of tastings. I really enjouyed the food which is definitely a plus. I also thought the atmosphere very enjoyable. As others have said...not so much a sports bar as a nice brewpub/restaurant with a very complimentary sports vibe.
BVery (659) Plymouth, Minnesota | December 7, 2011| Updated September 14, 2012
Visited here on Dec. 6, 2011. Great spot! Beers were better than I was expecting, and anything on tap (house or guest beers) can be purchased in 4 oz sizes ranging from $1.25 - $3. Great way to try several beers in a single visit.