Local Option

Mayor: Ktwse (3) | Affiliated user(s) here pivotalalexi | Taps: 31 | Bottles: 50+
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
kwoeltje  (86) Manchester, Missouri | November 3, 2012
There on a Saturday afternoon- steady but not overly crowded. Outstanding selection. Friendly and knowledgeable waitstaff. Had some great chats about beer at the bar. I’ll be back.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
DavyK  (4) East Kilbride, Scotland | March 17, 2018
Went a few times when I was studying at the School at Steppenwolf at DePaul. Only now I'm back in the UK do I fully appreciate how lucky I was having a Three Floyds pub on my doorstep! The metal vibe isn't really my thing but its done with style and warmth. Beer-wise, theres a definite emphasis on the quirkier end of the scene. But everything is amazing.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
marcus  (224) Sacramento, California | August 9, 2017
Located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, this is a Heavy Metal beer establishment, as can be seen on their bottle labels. Yes, the bartender is good at Jeopardy. Great selection of beers on tap, as well as bottle list. This is a friendly place that is probably always fun. The jambalaya is killer and the rest of the menu looks pretty good too.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Drake  (881) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | August 4, 2017
Love this place. Dark, tiny, low key. Where else does the bartender turn off the music so he can watch Jeopardy, turning the music back on during commercial breaks? Wonderfully weird. About 7 "666" references visible from my seat. 7 ish Local Option beers on tap, a couple dozen guest taps including rarities. Bartender is excellent, friendly, knows the beers. Pricy, but not bad for the quality. Tacos were tasty. I’m a Chicago neophyte but safe to say this is an essential Chicago stop. I’ll be back.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
j12601  (583) Poughkeepsie, New York | June 27, 2017
Visited in early July 2015. A touch dark inside, low lights, and a lot of red lights. Heavy metal blaring pretty loudly, but quite the chill and low key atmosphere otherwise. Seven of their own beers on when I went, as well as a good selection of things from Three Floyds, Founders, Dark Horse, Surly, Half Acre, Pipeworks amongst the local and regional offerings, as well as some stuff from Alpine, Firestone, Bruery, Green Flash. Thirty taps total I think. No descriptions on the chalk board, no prices, no ABV listings. But there were some ’rare’ things up there. BCS and KBS just sitting on the tap list all non-chalant like they do that every day. Which they probably do. Downside to the taplist is that there are no sampler sized pours, and no half sizes. Whatever size that beer comes in, is the only option.
While the vibe is metal, the clientele certainly is not. Young 20 something locals who seem to know their beer pretty well, and I’m guessing during the school year, a good amount of De Paul seniors as it’s right up the street (walked through the campus to get here, it was a nice walk).
Didn’t eat but perused the menu – sandwiches and tacos and some standard appetizers. Not a lot of vegetarian options if that’s your thing, but there’s enough variety to keep everyone fed. Bar staff were all super cool and incredibly friendly.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
rubbishystuff  (15) Chicago, Illinois | February 19, 2017
Every time I’m in there I’m like the only guy with out a beard. Good food, rare beers, staff is much nicer once they’ve decided you actually are into beer.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Habanero  (26) Tranbjerg, DENMARK, Denmark | December 3, 2016
A small pub oddly placed in a pleasant residential neighborhood and a little hard to find. The style with heveay metal is a bit of fun, but the background music is varied. The tap list is great with local Chicagobryggerier3F where freshly tapped Dreatnaut and double Daisy Cuttter was truly delicious., Prices are somewhat high, even compared to the relatively high prices at home in Denmark. Local Option is a must if you are in the area around Chicago.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Ktwse  (202) Chicago, Illinois | November 29, 2016
Great tap list, never bothered to look at the bottle list. Friendly staff, but the whole metal vibe and big beards hipster kind of thing is getting old... Seriously? Kind of hard for me to talk about value as I basically went for the most expensive beers on tap, and it’s hard to argue you’re going to pay a premium for anything from Cascade and Speedway Stouts...
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06  (63) West Chester, Ohio | November 14, 2016
Small place in what seemed to be a quite section of Chicago. We found street parking a short block away. Nice metal vibe. Good selection of what turned out to be very expensive beers, no taster option. The food was good. Turned out to be a good, but expensive lunch before FoBAB.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 4/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JohnRMurdoch  (438) Glasgow, Scotland | October 15, 2016
Craft beer bar in North Chicago. Good tap list. Black Sabbath music. No wifi. Quite expensive. Not sure about available bottles. American sports on TV. OK place. Not sure why it comes top on RateBeer for Chicago.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
miquelcrush  (280) Granollers, Spain | October 9, 2016

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