The Map Room has the best beer selection in Chicago. If you’re looking for something you haven’t had before, look here first. It’s often too busy for my taste, and as a result, dirty and loud. Service is usually quick, and bartenders knowledgable, but seem miffed if they’ve got to talk to you for more than five seconds. Go for the selection, not for the atmosphere.
Nice place. Maps, flags, books, breweriana everywhere. Long and deep. Bright and dark. Whether you are working or hanging out this is a good place. No food, though there’s some options in the neighborhood. Ten minute walk from the Blue Line. Well curated tap list. Huge bottle list with a few rarities. Bartender is friendly and handling a busy place well by herself. No flights but 10 ounce pours. Prices solid. I’d be here frequently if I were local.
A light Tuesday afternoon. Not many people in there but the barkeep handed me a beer menu as I walked in. She was courteous in the beer selections and helped me get to my next location. A few colorful patrons were very welcoming. What I like in a bar. Surly Furious on a beer engine. So tasty.
A favorite of mine for the past 10 years. The selection is pretty large, and changes constantly. I’ve always been able to find something new to drink here. Pricing is reasonable, parking is easy enough to find, and it’s a comfortable place to be.
A few minutes walk from the blue line el station. The tap slection was about 10 crafts and 10 imports which is not huge but they have loads of bottles. Also serving up fresh brewed coffee all day. $3 bottomless cups! Great look inside with all the flags and ancient national geographics about. Prices are pretty decent for Chicago and staff is friendly and talkative. Nice stop while exploring the windy city.
One of my favorite beer bars. The selection is always great and it has a "dive bar" feel. A little too hipster, but that isn’t their fault so I won’t ding them for that. Staff isn’t the friendliest group, but they aren’t assholes either.