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 there’s always popcorn ready for you. They also have a side room for live music. This service is great gives you a regular Chicago feel!
My favorite neighborhood bar! I’ve been coming here since I first started going to bars (which is a long time), and I’ve always felt welcomed. They have close to 300 beers from around the world in stock every day, about 18 of which are on tap! They also have a friendly staff, daily specials, free popcorn and a room for live bands. They are open until 2am, 3 on Saturdays. They do have food, but I come here to drink and to chill. I suggest you try it. You’ll like it!
Classic neighborhood Chicago bar, but with a Cicerone-managed beer list and rotating craft taps. See also: IPA Month, Belgian Fortnight, Stout Month and sponsored road trips to local breweries and beer events.
xnoxhatex (9) Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan | February 26, 2007| Updated March 4, 2007
A great selection of beers on tap as well as in bottle and opposed to the maproom in chicago, you can actuallly walk around without getting stepped on or getting beer spilled on you. With a side room for music it is pretty perfect. They don’t have the greatest selection when it comes to food, but they do have free popcorn. They also have water cooler where you can get water as you wish instead of embarrasingly asking for it at the bar. It’s nice to go to a place where they actually want you to enjoy the drinks instead of allowing you to walk away puking.
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 hadn’t seen elsewhere. A good variety of styles was represented. In the back room a stand up comic was performing, so I’m guessing they have other events back there sometimes. Really cool stop.
One of my favorite places to have a beer. For the past year or so they have done an excellent job rotating the taps and have added a significant amount of bomber bottles. If your into variety, they have it, if your into quality taps, they have it. Word around the street is that they are adding even more taps, which means more reasons to stop in.
I have a bit of a biased to this place as it is my neighborhood bar. The selection is no Maproom and the ambience is pretty standard but for a bar within stumbling distance I can’t complain. The food is excellent "bar food" type food and affordable (the nachos kinda suck though). The beer selection is good an is always changning. They recently started having live music and live band kareoke that is a blast! Good place for good times.
Very friendly place with lots of great beers, both in bottles and cans. Very unpretentious and much more spacious than the Map Room. Gets some things I’ve never seen before in Chicago. Very friendly bartenders and staff. They begrudgingly put sports on TV when something important is on, but you’re more likely to see the Discovery Channel or Nat Geo on the flatscreens.
The dive bar with a great beer list. Free popcorn.
ARH (99) Chicago, Illinois | January 26, 2014| Updated January 27, 2014
I’d qualify this as a hipster bar - which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s got an old-timey "built with my own two hands" type feel to it. They have a tiny music venue attached which can be hit or miss. Great selection of taps and bottles - more so on bottles as they bring in beers from all over the world - which rotates regularly. Routinely busy, but you’ll never wait long for a drink - their bartenders work well as a team to cover the patrons. Tough to say on the value, They have some good deals and specials, but at the same time have no problem charging a hefty fee for a 10oz or smaller pour. They do have food, mostly standard bar fare, but I didn’t sample it. They also have a popcorn machine that patrons can use to pop there own snack at no charge - which is great from a snacking point of view ... although after my nose became flooded with popcorn aromas, all my beers started to smell buttery - so that’s a push, and I felt it unfair to judge them on food. You come here for the beer selection and maybe some live music.