In a neighborhood without many choices for good beer, I find myself at Rock Bottom pretty often. Recently the beer list seems to have taken a turn for the worse. While the barrel-aged option is usually excellent, availability is spotty. Standard house brews are uninspired. Seasonal, and special releases are hit and miss. Service here has always been excellent; even when packed. The prime and cheddar sandwich is one of my favorite things to eat in Chicago. I’ll keep going back, but unless something changes, I’ll be less excited about it every time.
It’s been awhile since I went there, like one year, and this is the only Rock Bottom that I know but as far as I remember it was a good experience.
When I went to RB I was looking for beers on tap so I didn’t ask if there was another kind of beers there.
The selection of beers on tap was ok (8 I think), I wasn’t expecting a great selection because that’s not common in those bars that produces its own beers.
I think that I paid 9/10 USD for a beer and 11 USD for a pizza.
I would recommend for tourists as myself.
Pretty standard Rock Bottom but they do have some roof space for outdoor seating. Depending on the day the place can be pretty crazy. Service is average but they tend to have a good selection of taps on hand. Food is reliable Rock Bottom fare and prices are a bit steep but it is downtown Chicago. A better than usual Rock Bottom.
JK (420) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | December 15, 2015
Found this spot when wandering around on a busy Friday night. Standard rock bottom. Small selection but a few special release beers including a blackberry sour and a Christmas beer on cask. Service was friendly and fast enough but didnt know anything about their beer. Very large place with several dining areas.
Stumbled upon this place after a comedy show, two big dinning and bar areas with plenty of space. Brewing equipment can be seen behind glass, dark stained wood, someone tried to create ambiance but felt a little fake. Bar tented didn’t really know anything about brewing other than the basics. Beer was good, but none pushed past "it’s good". Not a destination, but my be worth a stop if your in the neighborhood. Food was the best part.
Typical downtown big city brewpub geared towards tourists busy spending their money on the "Magnificent Mile" - kind of shitty warehouse ambience - you need to take a service elevator to get to the damn bathrooms - lots of large televisions - ambivalent staff most liken used to the "do you have any Bud Light" bullshit touristy questions (which I continually saw them dealing with during my time at the bar) - prices were okay for the location - there is a flight of six for six bucks, which is a very good deal, but the six beers are set (no choosing) - eight house beer (mostly standard brewpub styles), plus about eight guest taps, some local (Half Acre, Goose Island) some macro (Miller Lite) - typical brewpub food, with unsurprising prices given the location (about 20-25 percent more expensive than you’d expect outside of the downtown area) - I only came here because it’s my first night in town and it isn’t far from my hotel - meh.
This has to be the 3rd, 4th, maybe 5th Rock Bottom I have visited? I can hardly remember. Anyway, this is one definitely has more beers than what we had on the East Coast. I mean decent beer here. Skip the regular line-up and go for the specialties. Also, go to the restaurant side, they have a listing for the barrel and cask beers. Bartender on the bar side didn’t even know what was on cask. Touristy for sure. I would still revisit.
It’s looks like a chain sports bar and acts like a chain sports bar that makes its own beer. The beers are serviceable, but have a general in house character of being quite sweet (of the 4 tried).
Very friendly staff. Other than what’s on tap (8) and the guest selections (nothing special) there wasn’t much to try on this day.
If you’re area, fine. But, don’t make a special trip