largely due to the crowd - measured in their character and masses - not as pleasant of an experience as the logan square location though in my estimation nearly nothing is. perhaps even more homey (with crowds at bay) then logan square however, though likely you wont see it that way most of the week. still, if you are experienced in the ways of crowd control and navigation the beer list never disappoints.
I definitely caught them on a rough day, so I feel itís a bit unfair to cast judgement on them based on my experience; however, itís worth noting that there was enough incentive to make me want to come back and visit them on a "good day." So there was obviously some internal issues going on between the bartender, wait staff, and kitchen, and food service was really, really slow - I decided against eating here. The bartender was trying his best to hold the ship together - so I give him credit, but all in all ... well, enough on that. Incredible selection, I didnít count the actual numbers of taps and bottles, but the names that were available. KBS on tap! In September! And here I was thinking Iíd never get a chance to try it! They also had BCS on tap as well! I guess it was their 10th anniversary weekend (which apparently some of the staff celebrated quite a bit the previous night leading to the [email protected]). Iíve heard that the food is good, and creative, so I do want to try it again. Thereís a couple TVs for big time sports events, but definitely a nice contrast to the over-the-top sports, bro-bars in the general vicinity. More old school dive bar feel to it.
I usually donít come down to this part of the city very often because the neighborhood is a douche fest. SmallBar, however, is a nice little gem. The bartenders and servers were nice and knowledgeable. They had a cool beer event when we were there. Iím not really into metal bands, but apparently they are. Iíll definitely be back.
The atmosphere is much like an old school futbul/soccer bar you find tons of overseas, long wood bar and mostly cozy location. While there is a good tap selection, the bottle selection is even better. Had a nice firkin as well which was the best value in the house. The first time I was here the service was prompt and accurate. The next time, the service was still prompt. I will go back.
Usually friendly staff. Always have 2-3 great beers on tap. Tap list tends to have too many Lagunitasí brands. Expansive bottle list. Simple menu, but great food that compliments the beers. A favorite spot to go on the weekday evenings for a quiet beer with a friend.
AgentZero raves about this place so finally got around to checking it out on a lovely Saturday evening... Got to sit outside which was great on a perfect nighe. Inside a soccer bar so that is awesoem, cool memorobilla....The service is tab bit lacking, the servers are not beer people, donít know a ton. The bar tenders know more but didnít really discuss with them...The quality of the beer was only decent. They did have a huge selection 20ish taps, over a 100 bottles, lots of American and Belgians. However, wasnít blown away by anything. Mostly easy to find crafts, nothing special or rare. Mostly the craft staples.
Overall, solid place nothing over the top great. Local Option and Map Room are both within 10 minutes of Small bar so Iíd recommend them.
Cozier than the Fullerton location, but not as cozy at Logan Square. Definitely a soccer bar with a good beer program. Not in the ranks of the top bars in the city, but very close. Big plus for hosting the Stone Total Tap Tower Takeover this fall. I like that they are trying cask ale, but I got an awful pint of flat double dry-hopped Daisy Cutter the first time I went in. At least they took it back and thanked me for letting them know that the cask had turned. Definitely a good spot for the area, but I wouldnít go out of my way to come here if not for an EPL match or a special event.