HUGE selection of draft and bottled beers alongside an authentic menu of traditonal German cuisine. Northwoods lodge atmosphere makes this a great place to eat a meal and sample hard to find draft beers. My one downside to this place is that it can get busy and the service tends to be a tad slow, although extremely knowledgable.
I love everything about this place. Just wish it was closer to where i live, but it is well worth the drive. Beer selection is incredible with a constantly rotating tap & bottle list, delicious food & the staff is fantastic. Go there. Go now.
Very good spot. Great food. Free lot parking. 35-40 taps of good beer. Decent bottle selection. 5 oz pours available for about $3, but no flights or tasters. Awesome atmosphere here - one of my favorites for that.
Obviously, I have a problem with the service at this place. First off, truly a great selection of beers that you won’t find at all but a few places around the Chicago area. I just wish they got over themselves and treated customers well.
First story-Went to BL with 6 or 7 friends and had a large tab in the making...Last beer of the night, they poured the wrong beer for my friend. What do you do? You offer the beer free of charge due to your mistake, right? Nope! If you want the wrongly-poured beer, they will charge you...Huh? So, my friend said "no thanks" and asked for the beer he ordered. The bar wench (applicable in this case) took said wrongly poured beer and offered it to the off-duty bar manager sitting at the bar instead. Wow.
Second story-After staying away for a solid year because of first story, I went back last week. Woman next to me was looking for suggestions. Bartender said she’d love a beer he chose for her. Well, she didn’t and asked if she could get another beer to which he replied, "I am still charging you for the first beer, but yes I can get you another beer" Terrible service. She didn’t want to make that mistake again so she asked for a tasting of a beer she was interested in..."We don’t offer samples for free" bartender told her. What?? Charging for tastes is ridiculous. I get it if someone is abusing the system, but obviously this woman just wanted to find a good beer that wouldn’t put her out $50 before she found one! This bar is extremely popular and they are doing gangbuster business. I just can’t go there again.
Why I have waited so long to check this place out? German feel on the outside and the seating, American music, Belgian decor on the walls, warm and friendly. Great beer list, lots of rare stuff and they allow 5oz samples, however only 2 per person. The food was outstanding, best German food in Chicago, not even close. Get the braised sweet and sour red cabbage for sure. The only downside this trip was the service. She was flightly, not knowledgeable or overly friendly. Couldn’t tell if she was just new or incompetent. Must stop.
icehawk (26) Mount Pleasant, South Carolina | October 18, 2013
Love this place. Great beer selection, staff and patrons that know and love their beer. Staff seems to really take pride in serving great beer. Very comfortable feel, and just a well run establishment.
A new staple close to where I lay my head, this bar and restaurant is one of the premier beer venues in the Chicagoland area. A great taplist, a gorgeous bar, and really good food menu. The events Alan throws are usually top notch and always more unique than a lot of the other places around (Cask Events, Brewery Takeovers, etc.). The Black Forest Burger and Goulash are a couple of my favorites with a great diverse taplist and a great bottle list as far as selection and ability to grab some beer that may not last long in the area. The prices are a bit on the high side but often times it is worth it. Great place.
Damayor (2) , | September 20, 2012| Updated January 10, 2013
The best beer selection in the Western burbs if not all of Chicago. Great food too.
Odd, thought I had already rated this. It’s a pretty great spot when out in Lisle, offering plenty of beer selection. The food does leave a bit of something to be desired. In terms of value it’s pretty solid, not over priced but not a loss leader. Good rotation, good events, good ambiance. Solid spot.