I walked by this place on the way to Revolution and decided that I should stop in on my way back. This definitely has an old feel to it (both the decor and the help). Pretty good beer list over all but I went with a Lagunitas beer. I ended up sitting next to a guy named Bob who gave me the history of the place and the problems that theyíve had with opening the patio. Fun place but Iím not sure it will be on my list of regular stops in Chicago, though the pints were pretty cheap.
I really enjoyed my visit here. The front room is small and quaint. A TV or two was on showing some kind of movie on cable. The place is cozy, almost divy, but not quite grimy enough to be considered so.The beer list featured a lot of local and regional stuff that I hadnít seen elsewhere. A good variety of styles was represented. In the back room a stand up comic was performing, so Iím guessing they have other events back there sometimes. Really cool stop.
Iíve heard great things about this place for awhile so finally walked the mile and half up there, at too busy of an intersection, actually a bit tough to get too... the ambiance is a throw back to craft beer bars of 10 years ago, dirty and old, and full of people who just liked beer to be cool and trendy, a couple small tvs and a band room where someone was playing... 3 chalk boards show their drafts, roughly 20 beers, nice selection of locals and hard to find stuff (including $6 pours of Angelís Share, the best Angel Share version Iíve ever had), a huge tickerís dream chalk board lists beers from each country they have (Including not see easy to tick places like Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Greece, Croatia, and Slovakia)... service was meh, the bartender was quick to arrive but knew very little of beer, and had no idea what Cantillon was despite having several bottles listed on their bottle list... food wise, after bad reviews on here, and seeing food there I didnít try it(look disgusting) but they did have some overly salted popcorn to munch on...not a fan of the this older hipster wannabe crowd but I would come back... As a side they are CASH ONLY so come prepared
Big 2-room dive bar with eclectic decoration; I got lucky and went on a really slow, quiet night and really enjoyed the place but could see how it might not be so fun when packed. The beer selection is heavy on crap beers from third world countries, but unlike that at, say, Old Chicago, here youíll see 4 beers from Guatemala that youíve never heard or, Windhoek from Namibia and Zagorka from Bulgaria. And they do have some good beers, and prices that are competitive with other great Chicago beer bars. No, itís not on the level of Map Room or Hopleaf, and the service seems a bit distant, but itís a fun place.
Wound up here when they wouldnít let me into Map Room. Interesting enough lay out, though a bit odd. Pretty high quality tap list that is pretty extensive. They do keep them fresh, though I wasnít a huge fan of the crowd, but oh well. Iíll have to check it out again in the future.
hombrepalo (148) Chicago, Illinois | September 19, 2007| Updated December 19, 2007
This place is nice. They have beer catagorized by the country so you could pretty much take a beer trip around the word. Diffrent beers than the usual belgium, german, american micros. Maproom still kicks this places ass!
Cornfield (143) Oak Forest, Illinois | September 29, 2004| Updated September 7, 2006
This joint looks like, and is, a small neighborhood bar. But once you walk in, scan the locals drinking their lites and other piss-waters, your eyes are arrested by the blackboard on the wall in front of you. On it is a listing of over 100 bottled beers (everyone fresh, that Iíve had) from all around the world. On a smaller blackboard on the adjoining wall is a hefty list of available micro bottles. Pick out a designated driver, then dive into a variety of new beers. The folk behind the bar know their stuff, and theyíre friendly & helpful with questions... even should you tend to get a bit obnoxious as the night wears on. (Thatís never been my case.) On some weekends thereís live music, and after some heavy sampling, you find yourself in the middle of it, whatever the sound. A truly fun, flavorful time... albeit in a grungy kind of a place.
This is a great neighborhood bar with a great overall ambience and feel. They specialize in beers from around the world bottled. They have an excellent draft selection with two dozen beers on tap With plenty of craft beers. The food is regular bar food but thereís always popcorn ready for you. They also have a side room for live music. This service is great gives you a regular Chicago feel!
This place is really dingy looking with a small sized room attached with a stage for music acts. They have a huge international selection in bottles displayed in a cool wooden cooler. Their draft list has a lot of special things on it. Itís super neighbor-hoody, friendly, and charming, but itís not a place I would take a girl on a first date.