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Edgewater Lounge

Not Rated.
Edgewater LoungeEdgewater Lounge

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.27%
Taps: 8
Bottles: 30
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

5600 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60660-4101
United States
phone: (773) 878-3343

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Monday - Saturday: 12pm to 2am
Saturday: 12pm to 3am
Sunday: 12pm to 2am

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Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%

Wow, from the outside I never would have guessed that this place would have had good beer. Even after my first few steps into this joint, I wouldn't expect it to have cask beer and special Rogue selections.

There are quite a few taps, ranging from regional offerings to imports and you can't forget that Edgewater is the only Chicago (or even Illinois) bar offering Rogue's "John's Locker Stock" line of beers. If you catch them between Locker Stock's, supposedly Edgewater is almost always pouring Rogue's Dry-Hopped Red.

The cask selection was Goose Island's English Malt Porter and it was damned tasty.

The bar was a bit smoky and murky, but the back room was nice if a bit loud (we visited late night so it's to be expected.). Supposedly the food is good, but we weren't eating so I can't comment personally.

I will definately be back to Edgewater Lounge. It's about 5 or 6 blocks from Hopleaf so it's an easy walk or a 3 dollar cab ride down the road.

beerinator, Apr 26, 2005
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3.86/5  rDev -5.9%

A very unassuming corner bar that quietly has a great beer selection. I was able to visit this place a couple of times on my last visit. Sat down at the bar with my brother and chatted it up with the bartender. They have an ecelectic selection on tap including Bells Oberon, 3 Floyds, and Rogue Dead Guy Ale. They also have a good bottle selection. This is a classic Chicago Neighborhood bar that actually has beer besides Guinness and Old Style. I will return with my brother because it is close to his place.

jyeast101, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%

March 2011: temporarily closed for health code violations.

2008: Stopped in and was served by the owner. Ordered a cask Cane and Ebel. Hand him a 20, left the change on the bar. The pint was served with almost 2" head of foam. Next I had a Hopsoulution for $7...after a $2 tip, all I had left was $4...so that first pint was $7 too...waay too pricey, especially since it wasn't a full pint to begin with. Not planning to return with this sort of pricing structure...

Original review 08-31-2006:

Recently made a quick stop into the Edgewater, and was glad I did. There was a nice patio on the side street, with a trellis of ivy and flowers growing all around. Once inside, the bar is immediately accessible, with small tables to the side, and in the back.

Service was very friendly, the bartender let me know what was recently tapped, which was helpful. They had 15 taps on during my visit (4 Rogue, 2 Bell's) 15 bottled micros, and a firkin. While this selection does not attempt to compete with nearby Hopleaf, it is a well rounded one. Emphasis is on US micros, plus a few choice imports. Atmosphere is laid-back and cozy. I had a Kzoo stout while i was there, then noticed they had Sprecher Black Bavarian after I had ordered. Next time...

Didn't try the food, but there was quite a crowd on the patio outside enjoying the cuisine, which was a good sign. Recommended...

Edit: My last visit on a thursday was lucky, since they tapped a new Rogue JLS, and had a $4 burger special. It was a tasty combo. I'll be going back for the food too.

emerge077, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of zorandra
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%

Definitely a 'bang for your buck' establishment; pints are quality and cheap. Cheap not just in comparison to many of the other bars in the area, but Chicago in general. Of course, you better like your beers to bite back as the hops reign supreme here.

But do not even bother asking them what something tastes like... just ask for a taste. They are great about giving samples so you can see what something is like. And I love to sit at the bar here and 'talk beer' as I educate myself in the world of beers. These bartenders and servers are splendid people; especially if it is a slower night, you can find yourself getting quite an earful of information. But it is great.

Add to the great beer selection (of which I can only speak for tap, have never had bottled here) tasty eats and a warm and friendly environment. What more could one ask for?

zorandra, May 09, 2008
Photo of Tbone
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

Edgewater is a very nice little dark-wood locals' bar.
The owner is a good guy and often bartending. He is a Rogue fan who is friends with John Maier (the Rogue brewer) and was married at the Rogue Brewery. The result is that he has more Rogues on tap than any bar in the Chicago area, 3-5 at any one time. But more importantly, it means that he is the only one in the area to get essentially all of the special "John's Locker Stock" series. In addition, he just sent John Maier 3 empty firkins and John will be sending them back in a month filled with "something special" for Edgewater's handpull.

The taps number around 12 and also include, Sprecher Black Bavarian, Mendicino Red Tail, North Coast Red Seal, and a few others.
Beer prices are $4 a pint, which is cheaper than just about any other Chicago bar you'll find here on BA.

The food is solid and focuses on Boar's Head meat sandwiches, but includes daily specials like Baby Backs, and a quaility Friday Fish Fry.

There is outdoor seating during nice weather.

Tbone, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.1/5  rDev 0%

Laid back, neighborhood bar with a super tap selection including a hand pull and really good food.

The tap selection tends toward the hoppy. The Fish and Chips (all you can eat on Fridays) are excellent (not greasy, not fishy, big hunks of perfectly prepared white meat, also great slaw). The staff are friendly. Owners have created a great relaxed and comfortable vibe here just as they did at Augenblick.

Prices are also reasonable, especially for the quality of the food.

This place is a keeper. It doesn't have the impressive import selection of Hopleaf, but you also don't have to fight crowds or pay out the nose for the beer. Its been a great addition to Andersonville. Perhaps not a destination bar for vistors to the city, but in the top echelon of neighborhood bars here in Chicago. And, a visit could easily be combined with a trip to Hopleaf if you were making the trip up the red line.

(N.B. for some odd reason the stretch of Ashland right outside the bar is permit! but the side streets are not!? weird inversion of chicago expectations and the lack of a sign caught us off guard. don't let this happen to you. We should all be taking public trans anway...)

(P.S. I should give some props here to Sean Parnell's super chronicling at http://www.chicagobarproject.com/
It's such a great source when memory fails me for names of bars like Augenblick...)

4thoseabout2bock, Jan 02, 2007
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Edgewater Lounge in Chicago, IL
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