English style pub with a bit of eccentric world flare in their menu. This is a world’class beer bar. Selection of beer is always on point, never anything shitty on except every once in awhile some shitty overpriced FFF sour. The food is some of the best in town and not too pricey. The burger is good. They give out lots of free shots of good bourbon. Nice rooftop biergarten, it has 2 bars so if downstairs is packed go upstairs. Service is usually impeccable. Prices are some of the best in Chicago beer wise especially often pricey brands like Pipeworks. Theres usualy 2-4 cask beers available as well.
Cask ales & great food. The burger is out of this world & their late nite menu is fantastic!
pablo951 (112) Chicago, Illinois | June 29, 2013| Updated May 31, 2015
Great place for a micro / craft brew. They always have a strong list of beers 20 on tap and 4 on cask at all times. The food is gastro English pub style, sausage heavy, good but slow. Slightly pricey. They have now added an rooftop patio, it’s small but cute. It’s all about the beer.
This is a really great spot. It’s a little small, so sometimes wait times for a table or a bar spot can be a chore. We first went on a Tuesday, and they had a cool deal where if you bought the burger, you got a short beer and a shot for an extra dollar. The burger was great and the shot wasn’t bad. They also had Ichabod on cask, which is awesome. Their beer prices are great ($6 for most imperial pints). The food prices are a bit high, but I forgive it because of the cheaper beer and the high quality of the food. The bartenders are all-pros and have fascinating rhythm.
They also have one of the best cask programs in the city (four).
To the guy who was mad that they didn’t have English beer on the cask...you’ve gotta be kidding me. I don’t think you quite understand the distribution game. It’s definitely possible to get casks from overseas, but not regularly enough to fill 4 engines. I’m just very happy to have the opportunity to drink some of the best-attended fresh cask beer around. One last word of advice: be sitting at the bar at 10:23 (or thereabouts). The huge clock behind the bar broke 3 days after opening and was stuck on 10:23. If you’re sitting at the bar at that time, be prepared to participate in a communal round of shots!
So, we’ll start with the downside. Unless you make a reservation, you’re probably gonna be waiting for your table or bar seat. It’s also a rather crowded space. To their credit, they do a lot to try to get as many people comfortably in there as possible, but, as a side effect, it feels a bit cramped. It’s hard to say it’s actually a "value" but, at the same time, it’s not unreasonable. Alright, now that that’s out of the way ... Friendly staff, very knowledgeable about their food and their beers, and if your particular server doesn’t know the answer to your beer question, they’ll find someone who does - and there will be someone there who does. I was torn on the selection rating; it’s not a crazy huge beer menu, but it’s all uncommon and rare beers, plus they typically have three or four beers on cask. To add some frosting to this cake, the menu is really, really excellent. I’ve yet to order something off the menu that left me thinking anything less than "that was great"
Four cask engines and very knowledgeable cicerone and bar staff (excellence in both beer and cocktails). Very good cuisine (not your average bar food, pricey-er but worth the splurge).
deyholla (643) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 29, 2012| Updated September 16, 2012
Has a nice feel of an English pub. Food is of English fare and out of this world! A decent selection of beer with four on the engine. Best place to get a cask beer if that is your thing. Service was quite good. Prices are a touch pricey but well worth it IMO.
Really excellent food and a huge draft and bottle list. The food is a little pricey, but it is also really good. The deck on the roof is very nice when the weather is ok. Inside there are 2 bars on 2 floors. The building feels very old, but it isn’t. Great spot to drink away an afternoon.
emerge077 (131) RIP Johnnies, Chicago, Illinois | October 4, 2010| Updated October 15, 2013
2013: Value is a little lacking in some areas...and is the main reason i’m not here more often. Stopped in recently for a beer, the bill was $30 for 2 beers, nuts, and pork rinds. What’s wrong with that picture?
Owen & Engine is a new British-style gastropub on the outer edge of Logan Square.
Its in the vein of The Publican and Longman & Eagle, but more casual.
The main draw for me was the 4 beer engines behind the bar, which the place is partially named after. Their niche is decidedly English, but the beer list is well rounded with an equal number of choices from the UK, US, Belgium, Germany, and others. An imperial pint of Two Hearted on cask is always a fail safe option too. We had Batemans XXXB and Fullers 1845 with dinner. A few things on the list you dont often see, like Leelanau and Meantime London Porter, mixed in with local classics like Daisy Cutter and Krankshaft ($5).
Food was really great, very hearty and tasty. The burger was a blend of short rib, brisket, and ground beef, hand formed and served on a homemade toasted brioche bun. It was really unique and delicious. Fish and chips were also tasty, they serve fresh Haddock, which is flown in often apparently. 2nd visit for brunch, tried the beef hash and pastry plate and both were great.
Service at the bar was really top notch. Our bartender Tracy was really nice and on top of things. We were offered samples of the cask ales, and I got a freebie short pour of Dupont when the keg had issues mid-pour.
The atmosphere was pleasant, lots of wood trim and leather. The bar chairs had a nice rest on the back, and they were comfy. It felt like being in the study or drawing room of a British estate, with somewhat high ceilings and chandeliers. Upstairs the room was smaller, with a fireplace and leather chairs in addition to a smaller bar for 6-8. 4 cask engines upstairs (same casks) and ten drafts.
O&E is destined for greatness. They are doing it right, and have their own niche. The odd location makes it more of a destination, and I hope it doesnt get overrun like Kuma’s or Hopleaf. Time will tell...
Stopped in here once I realized it existed. As stated, 4 beer engines and a great mix of taps. Everything seemed really fresh. The only problem I had was with the guy behind the bar that kept saying stupid and incorrect things about the beer. The food is also great as well. Had the Charcuterie platter and the Bangers and Mash, girlfriend had the fish and chips. Must say, they have some of the best chips/fries I’ve had in the city. The gastropubs really seem to be pushing properly made fries/chips. The staff, aside from the douche behind the bar, is quite good and I definitely look forward to going back.