A little gem, off downtown some ways. The bar opens only at 3 pm but has 450 bottle and 16 taps. Some of these bottles may not move, that is a risk, but are names I cannot find anywhere else in stores. Reasonable prices.
A very cool spot on Chicago’s southside with a store up front and a bar in the back. Large wooden bar that appears to have seen some use over the years. Server was familiar with all the beers on tap and was able to offer suggestions. A good variety of local and non-local taps. Prices were quite competitive. A really unique stop that pleasantly surprised me..
Disappointed to start because their website says the bar opens at noon on Sunday but when you get there they say 1pm. I was on tight schedule heading to a White Sox’s game so it really messed up my plans. They offered bottles to buy and said to go next door to drink so at least they offered an alternative. As far as the bottle shop goes its ok, nothing special but I did see a couple beers that had sold out most places a couple weeks ago. Price is a bit high. I don’t head that way often but I will need to check out the bar to try to understand the charm other’s see. Parking situation is confusing to add to my head scratching.
Stopped in to see if they had any Parabola in bottles on my way home from work and was pleasantly surprised that, while they did not have it on bottles, they had it on tap. That had Shark Pants along with a ton of other nice news too. Small bottle shop up front with a small but very nice selection. Bar was empty at five on a Saturday but it worked out for me as I was able to get in and out. Could see myself dining there all night if it was not so far from my house. Awesome neighborhood bar.
beer store in the front, bar in the back. no problem getting seating around 8pm on a friday. easy to talk. nice ambiance. wood floors. modern, yet welcoming feel. awesome tap selection- like 8 three floyds beers plus many others when i was there. great beer selection. will be back soon.
Stopped in finally before a homebrew club meeting. Unassuming store front that looks like a boutique liquor store. You can hear the noise in the back from the store and you realize that the big wooden door leads to one of the best bars in the city. Again, completely unassuming. Fantastic beer selection with 10 carefully selected taps and 200+ bottles. Contrary to what emerge said, this is THE best bar south of the loop and probably top ten in the city. Fantastic ambience and a neighborhood crowd. Awesome awesome place.
emerge077 (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 4, 2010| Updated November 22, 2010
Marias is so unlike any other bar in town. Located in the sleepy residential locale of Bridgeport, alleged "Community of the Future", home to one crazy asian f.k.a. Jay23.
What looks like a small corner liquor store at first glance becomes a back room speakeasy once you swing the hefty wooden door set into the back wall.
The bar itself is a modest size, 6-8 tables for four in the back, with a tiny dj alcove, and ten seats at the bar. The bar room is presided over by a large mounted deer head and bearskin, lots of natural wood tones, with a vintage back bar housing the liquor selection. In the restrooms there are vintage beer cans mounted on the walls. Low light emanated from brown bomber bottle chandeliers above the bar, reflecting off the brown tin ceiling tiles.
Service was good, Ed let us know right away what taps had been replaced, and directed us to the chalkboard above the bar for the most current selections. 10 rotating taps, all US craft in various styles (excluding $1.50 Schlitz). Beer list was extensive, and available online at beermenus. Rotating taps included Founders Porter, Reds Rye, DFH 90 Min., FFF Pride & Joy, Allagash White, Scrimshaw Pilsner, and others. They were one of ten bars in town to get a keg of Nemesis, which was $5 for 8 oz (gone now). Beer list was organized by style, and for drafts there were descriptions and ABV listed. The menu stated that they update their printed list twice a week
The store was small but held some quality stuff, FFF bombers, Hop Rocket, Wild Onion Pumpkin sixers, Hitachino, Duvel Tripel Hop. At the counter, Maria the owner offered us some homemade fried green tomatoes that were delicious. Also of note was the "Bars Across America" bike tour book for sale on top of the cooler.
This is truly a unique family-owned establishment, quirky and in a class all it’s own.
Nov. 2010: Expanded beer menu (+100) and "beer style glossary" included. High end single malts, sake list, plus some really creative cocktails too. I award Maria’s the following honorable distinction: Best South Side Beer Bar (excluding South Loop Binnys, technically a store). Highly recommended...
Maria’s is one of my favorite bars in Chicago. Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. They have a small but great selection of beers on tap, all of the microbrews. They also have a large selection of bottles and cans, most of them micro and craft brews. a family owned business with an eclectic field to it. One of the most unique places in Chicago, the front part is a liquor store and you have to enter the bar through what looks like a refrigerator door. They have a summer outdoor patio and they have a DJ on the weekends.
Probably the closest good beer bar to my place. Big selection, heavy on Marz beers, not the cheapest place. They’ve opened a food counter next door and its good street food. Service is generally pretty decent. It has a small biergarten in back, its a decent place. There is also a bomber-centric store in front which is quite pricey.
Edit: This place was just named best bar in chicago. While I enjoy coming here for the most part, it isn’t even close. One time i took my out of town buddies there and they insisted on buying some rev ba beer from the cellar. It was infected. What bar that can be called "best in town" stocks infected beer at a high markup? Sure they rectified the situation but also admitted they knew the beers were infected.