Prairie Moon is located on Sherman Ave in the Northshore area of Evanston, fairly close to Northwestern. Metered street parking is available on both sides of the street.
The interior opens to the bar area, and beyond that are separate rooms for table and booth seating. Brick walls and hanging lights above the bar. The wooden bar itself runs along the right side and has a mirror behind it, and some photos of staff members and weird papier mâché masks above the mirror. There is also a chalk board listing draft specials.
As far as the beer selection, Prairie Moon has around 16 taps, featuring breweries like Temperence, Off Color, Perennial, Surley and Solemn Oath. There are a couple dozen bottled options as well, with brewers like Dogfish Head, Bruery, Three Floyds, Uinta and Great Lakes domestically and imports from Orval, Mikkeller and Westmalle to name a few.
Service at the bar for a weekday lunch was decent. The bartender took a while to get to me initially considering how slow it was, but after that everything was fine. He was familiar with the available beers and attentive the remainder of my visit.
Food at Prairie Moon is decent. I had a blackened chicken po boy and it was tasty.
Overall this is a decent stop in Evanston for decent food and several solid beer choices.
JCB (289) Durham, North Carolina | December 1, 2013
Stopped in for a pint on a pleasant afternoon, and was surprised by how far this place fell short of expectations. Kind of a cavernous eatery with loads of TVs and a noisy atmosphere, I bellied up to the bar to see what was a pretty perfunctory tap and bottle list. Dialed up a Revolution Rose Hibiscus, enjoyable enough, but the selection and service left a lot to be desired. Can’t understand the high ratings.
If this is what counts as a decent spot in Evanston, I will never be moving anywhere close to here. Huge space that is nicely thought out with a busy bar, a couple dinner rooms, then an even quieter back room. The food was terrible, uninventive items poorly executed, my fries were even cold. The service was equally bad. Our service missed 4 drink orders meaning she took them and never brought them. The beer list blew. Ok taps, but the bottles were things you can find anywhere. Horrible fail, don’t bother.
Finally stopped in here a few weeks ago to check it out and came away a fan. Reminds me of a lot of the suburban breed of craft bars that are popping up in the downtowns of Chicago burbs. Locals and not over crowded. Good selection of decent beers, would be interested to see how often beers are turned here and what the full scope is. Food is reasonable and well made. Service was good enough on our visit and the overall ambience was nice. Will return.
Excellent selection of IPA’s/hoppy beers on tap, and I have become a frequent attendee here during the summer months. For food, they have very good burgers/sandwiches, and pretty good service. Definitely the best beer bar in the near north suburbs, with a very convenient location to public transportation.
Came here a few days ago on a visit to Northwestern. Atmosphere is pretty good an lively, insofar as you can go there with people who care about having a good time and not just about the nuances of beer (the advantage is that you can get the best of both worlds). There is a strange yuppie dining area between the two bar areas, which I didn’t see anyone occupy. They also have dart boards and pool tables. The place was busy, but I never had to wait more than a minute to get my beer; that is all I want with service. The selection was pretty good (as a Northeasterner, a lot of the beers on tap were pretty new to me, but I assume ubiquitous for the natives). I didn’t have any food. The value seemed to be relatively good (I paid 7 for a Stillwater, but I think that is pretty standard where ever, and $5.50 for a Three Floyds Alpha, which I don’t think is a horrible deal). Overall, if I end up in Northwestern, it looks like I will spend a good amount of time there.