Initially brought me the wrong beer and waiter disappeared. However, rest of waitstaff seemed to be working hard and had a cicerone there when I was there even though I didn’t speak to her. Food was excellent and creative, although expensive. Seating was more cramped and crowded feeling than it looks in photos. High quality beer list but not much I hadn’t had before. Some of the best beers of Europe, but again, if your a serious beer geek you probably won’t find anything new. They do offer their own lambic blend which I found interesting, although I did not try it (too pricey and not a huge lambic fan).
Popped in here for dinner on a Saturday night. Dinner was extremely good. The food here does not disappoint. Interesting dishes and excellent waitstaff. Lots of bottles with 10 or so draft selections. I’ll be back for sure.
The food at Publican is incredible. You must get the pork rinds. It is an upscale restaurant, so don’t come here if you want to sit at a bar and drink cheap drafts (which is fine! this just isn’t the place). What I appreciate the most, besides a really thoughtful beer list, is the training of the servers. I offhandedly pointed out to the server that Jolly Pumpkin was listed as being from somewhere out east, but it’s from Michigan. She became wide eyed and said "oh my god, you’re so right! give me that menu!" and she ran it over to her manager. This place isn’t known as a destination for beer, but they are an upscale restaurant that respects the hell out of beer. You can please your significant other if they don’t like beer, and have a great time yourself. Also, this is the only upscale restaurant I’ve seen where a guy ordered a boot of beer, stood up, and the ENTIRE restaurant chanted him to completion. I’ve been here a few times, and that isn’t a regular thing, but it didn’t feel that out of place either.
DuffMan (339) the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta | January 9, 2013
Charcuterie place with a very cool vibe. Awesome paintings of giant characterful pigs, booth seating that amounts to a miniature fenced-in stable or paddock for your party, while the central floor boasts common tables of enormous length to share with fellow diners. The food was, without exeption, excellent. Probably the best pork belly we’ve had (certainly the most generous portion!). Beef heart was also a standout. Our server knew his stuff and was spot-on. Beers were top quality, with a few Three Flloyds to choose from (including Zombie Dust , Snow Weasel, and Alpha Klaus). Just a great great evening! Would return in a heartbeat.
Trendy restaurant in some sort of meat packing district or something. Disregard the neighborhood and try it anyway. You won’t find an enormous beer list but you will find a well selected mixture of taps and bottles and tremendous food. Good selection of oysters and an interesting ham tasting. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Not at all what I would call a value but I appreciate a quality tap list to complement my gluttony.
friday-night visit with reservations, it actually wasn’t full but still busy and quite loud. it’s definitely a food-first destination, with about a dozen taps that range from common to those rarely seen elsewhere, and the list appears to be selected with food in mind. food quality was certainly good but not what I would call great (for Chicago).
Visited here on Dec. 6, 2011. Fun spot in downtown Chicago. Trendy vibe, excellent service. Nice beer selection, although the prices aren’t exactly on the "excellent value" side. Food was very good as well.
MrChopin (100) Baltimore, Maryland | November 21, 2011| Updated November 22, 2011
Pale walls, golden lighting, light wood, and brass adorned-everything leaves you feeling like you’re on the sun. It doesn’t help that the bar is probably the worst constructed of all time, a huge metal shelf between you and bartenders, staring you in the eyes and pretty much requiring that they walk around to serve you. Prices are steep but a unique list in Chicago, pretty deep by style and country. Service is very nice, accommodating. The house lambic apparently runs out fast (I missed it arriving at 9pm on Sunday) and is a different blend every day or few-days. I’ll return for food but am leery of prices and the vibe when crowded.
cratez (256) Toronto, Ontario | September 11, 2011| Updated December 28, 2013
Visited with my girlfriend for our 4th anniversary dinner in July 2011.
VIBE: pristine and modern decor with beautiful lighting and a comfortable, medium-sized bar. An L-shaped communal table occupies the middle of the restaurant with two-seater "horse stall" booths off to the left and assorted tables adjacent to the patio. Crowd is upscale and all of the staff wear uniforms. We enjoyed marveling at the breathtaking ambience of this high-end American eatery while eating our meal.
SERVICE: we received impeccable treatment from a young and knowledgeable waiter. He briefly described every single dish on the menu, including portion sizes, and was quite helpful with his recommendations. At one point he brought a plate to the table that we didn’t ask for (he thought we did), but he quickly assured us that we wouldn’t be charged for it and he apologized for the mistake. I left a 25% tip because we were so thoroughly impressed with the service.
SELECTION: the draught lineup was chock-full of rarities such as Aecht Schlenkerla Fastenbier, Porterhouse Wrasslers XXXX Stout, and The Bruery Trade Winds Tripel. Throughout our four course dinner, I had a Three Floyds Apocalypse Cow DIPA, Lagunitas Zephyr, and Mikkeller Draft Bear on tap and a Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster DIPA out of the bottle. These beers were among the best that I sampled on our trip to Chicago, and they nicely complimented the hearty food. Much to my relief, the lady loved the wine that she ordered.
FOOD: unbelievable cuisine for surprisingly good prices. We split the Three Hams plate, Market Salad, a delicious fish entree, and a chocolate meringue pie for dessert. All four dishes tasted phenomenal with immaculate presentation. Truly superb fare.
OVERALL: I’m glad we chose this spot for our special occasion. We had a lovely time here and will definitely return in the future. The Publican is an exemplary model of sophisticated dining matched with fine beer, and I highly recommend it to beer geeks and foodies alike.