I finally made it here after years of wanting to tick the place. I really like their super informative website that is updated often. Driving up I wasn’t expecting a spot in a strip mall. Walking in it feels like a chain place from the outfits, to the standard decor to the menus. There are tons of tv with live menus with price, size pour, and interactive feature like new deals who is checking in on untappd. I like this and wish some place besides Links was a little more forward thinking in the city. The draft list is really solid and varied. They allow you to tick 4 beers in a sampler which is a huge plus at a restaurant. The beers tasted crisp and fresh, you can tell they clean their lines. The food despite feeling like a chain on the menu was really solid. Besides the locale, this is a really solid place I would come back to if I lived closer.
I’ve been here about 4 or 5 times now... my first outing about a year ago on my birthday. It’s situated in a weird "semi-developed" stripmall-ish area and I always use the CVS as a landmark for me to turn. I really have never gone to Tribes with the intent of reviewing it, but I must say I have always had a pleasant experience. The beers have always been fresh, the food well-prepared and the staff friendly and attentive. The rotating menu-board is lovely and I have only once been daunted by a choice that was no longer on tap. My first food experience was with their fish & chips (battered fish and fries) which was perfect. Since then, my friends and I have only indulged in charcuterie plates which have been flavorful and fulfilling. Finally, on my most recent visit, I ordered a Gose. Our server could not comment on it since she had never tried it... but I didn’t mind since I was simply in the mood for a Sour. Our drinks were delivered promptly and the beers were on-point. After about ten minutes, our server returned to check on us... and to tell us she sampled the Gose (which is seriously an acquired taste). She ended up actually liking it and chatted with us to review it! (I believe her name was Jessica and we tipped her well, but she deserves a raise or a gift-card or something!) Said and done, Tribes is an easy place to find, there will always be something on tap that you like, and you can choose your food as your budget dictates and not be disappointed.
Huge place in a strip mall right off LaGrange Road. Friday night crowd must have had 200-300 people there, with no available seating. Sports on most of the TVs, but several screens near the bar showed the current tap list, which is a nice feature. Seem to have regular tappings and events, so always a good group of beers on the list and a wide variety of styles. Just something of a weird vibe about the place didn’t sit with me. It was like being at Buffalo Wild Wings for football Sunday, except with good beer and the 20 something fake-hipster crowd. And nobody was friendly, staff included. Not rude per se, just not friendly. High marks mainly for the beer.
Larger than the original Tribes, they have a vast selection of their beer and guest beers. Staff is knowledgeable, place is clean and beer consistent. The have a courtyard/beer garden and plenty of parking.
Love it! Same as The Tribes in Mokena just more space. I like the patio and the mural of the beer characters. Really pretty.
I went to their beer fest her this summer and it was fab.
Same great food menu and beer menu as the original bar.
This place is considerably larger than the location in Mokena. That can be both a curse or a blessing, depending on your needs. If you are looking for coziness, you likely won’t get it here as it is serves more than twice the amount of people as in Mokena. However, if you want to enjoy great food and beer with a larger party, this is the place to do it. It seems as though it is a struggle to get a table for more than 8 people in Mokena but not in TInley. I believe the food menu is the same, however they have more beers on tap and an engine (always a plus). The service is always above average and the beer knowledge is much better than many places traveled.
I AM REVIEWING BASED ON BEER. I HAVE NOT EATEN AT THE TINLEY LOCATION. I WILL REVISE OR RESUBMIT WHEN I DO.
Well, I thought the beer list in Mokena was great, but this was every bit as good + had a few more offerings!
Ambiance: Not as warm and inviting as Mokena, but for sure had a great feel. They are still fairly new and have time to fill up some empty wall space! But overall it is much larger and roomier than Mokena and has a pretty cool patio where I think they are growing hops?
Service & Selection: Amazing. I had the opportunity to sit at the bar for a couple prior to moving to a table with some friends. The bartenders were pretty knowledgeable and approachable. No attitudes here. Server knew so much more about beer than almost any beer place i have been to. How refreshing is that! Food I will try next time but it looked good. I happened to be there after a Fest they had put on and there were the most outrageous beer selections i have seen in recent memory.
Keep it up Tribes! Both Places!
Hands down, the best place to grab a beer and a burger in the southwest suburbs! The Tinley location has a a lot more space and seating. The Mokena location’s food is a bit better. Both locations have wide selection of craft beers and IPA’s, a thoughtful menu, knowledgeable and patient staff, and a warm, inviting decor, to make a pleasurable dining (and/or drinking) experience. Tappings and food specials every week, and constant updates to their website and social media sites. This place is on top of their game.