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Edgewater Lounge

Not Rated.
Edgewater LoungeEdgewater Lounge
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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

(Place added by: ngandhi)
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Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of dluth2
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of johnyeast
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of zorandra
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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?

Photo of Tbone
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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...)

Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really in the middle of nowhere; one street off the bustling Clark St. section of Andersonville, this Ashland locale might as well be under a rock. However, this is a GOOD thing as the Edgewater seems to only draw people of have sought out a quality brew/down-to-earth drinking establishment.
Has all the hallmarks of a great townie bar, narrow layout & all. However, upon looking at the taps you realize you're not in for the usual swill. Tonight's count found the following on tap; Rogue's Mad Monk, Shakespeare Stout, St. Rogue Red & Dead Guy, Bell's Oberon & Amber, New Holland Mad Hatter & good Lord knows what else as after that I just started to quiver & drool.
If I have any complaint about this place it's that the beers were almost all in the hop-heavy corner, but that's really nit-picking as the service was great, the food was greasy (read: delicious) & the prices totally reasonable. This is a new favorite.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is pretty unassuming when you see it from the front and Ashland is a pretty busy street. There are some tables outside but I thought there would be a bit less traffic noise inside.

The bar looks like a long thin room but the bar is actually a horseshoe shape which is pretty cool for people watching and the bartenders can move around and serve everyone better. They had 16 taps, 20 bottles and 1 cask that was down for the night. They refer to it as a firkin. They also had food specials which was a sloppy Joe and hand cut fries for 4 bucks.

The place is very neighborhood in feel with a random mix of music from bluegrass to 90's rock and a few new local artists. Everyone was friendly and I got the feeling they new their beer when I put in my order. The beers were good and the food was like mom's home cooking which was nice. This is the bar on the corner that I want to have. I also had a Rogue Alt beer that I had never seen before.

Great place to stop and have a beer or find an interesting Rogue selection. They also had Great Lakes, Bells and a Summit beer on tap also.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

What a great place to find right across the street from my local grocery store. This place is very unassuming from the outside. I couldn't find a sign for the place. There is a small seating area along the building, and a few beer signs outside. Otherwise nothing really makes this place stick out as anything different from a normal neighborhood bar. There is a double set of doors to get inside, and the bar is a very long U-shape, with the serves in the middle. The first thing I noticed when I came in was there was a hige shaggy white dog that had the run of the place. They get big props from me for having a bar dog. My buddy and I were sitting down and checking out the beer list and decided on a Rogue Frosty Frog each. The guy sittind near me starts chatting with us, saying that he got married at Rogue by someone that works there and is also ordained to do services, and so on. We talked for about five minutes or so before he introduced us to his wife, who was tending bar. Turns out that we were chatting with the owner. I thought it was great that he was just hanging out at the bar and talking to folks when they came in, just being another Norm on a stool. There was definately nothing flashy about the place. Everything about it screamed local tavern, but that is why I liked it. They were not trying to be anything but that, but they carried good beer because that is what they like to drink. After a while, another dog appeared from behind the bar and was almost brave enough to pop out and say hi to eveyone. We talked a little about music with the staff, even getting the names of the CD's they were playing. We walked in strangers, but walked out feeling like we had been regulars there for years, without the staff doing anything beyond what they normally do. I want to say they were running 10-15 taps, with a cask of Two Hearted on the engine. Next time I am there, I am going to have to get some food, because everything I saw looked great. Most brews were $5, but there was a special on Mad Hatter for $3. Not bad at all. This may justbe my favorite place to go and have a beer in the city.

Photo of esarhaddon
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite bars for an evening's food and drink. A non-descript building with a faded Edgewater Lounge sign out front leads into a roughly 20 person U-shaped bar with a few tables along the wall and a larger room in back for large parties. Summer days are nicely wasted away in the outdoor seating in front.


This bar has a nice selection of various microbrews on tap as noted in the other reviews. Normally three Bell's varieties, three Rogue taps, Great Lakes (Burning River), Sprecher (dark), Three Floyds (pride and joy), a cask handpull, DeKonnick, and PBR and Rolling Rock for the masses. Bottle selection leans towards some belgians and miller lite. Beers are $4 expect for the handpull and the dekonnick.


The variety of food sets this bar apart from most others. Daily specials are posted on the chaulkboard out front. Handmade soups are always excellent, and the bean dip, pico and chips appetizer is distinctive. Weekends there are rib and chicken specials. Weeknights there are mostly sandwiches. The half-pound burger is a good nights eating as is the pork loin sandwich. For those vegitarian/vegans, the edgewater has a good veggie burger and the best chipotle grilled cheese or soycheese in the city.


Rarely crowded midweek, not as crowded as the nearby hopleaf on the weekends. My most frequented bar in the city ... even if it is a little smoky most of the time.

Photo of slander
4.1/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Didn't know no nothing about this Edgewater. I thought we were going directly to The Map Room from Hopleaf, but the Chicago BA's had some other ideas. That's fine, it's their town, I'm just along for the excursion. It was only a few blocks away but I can't remember whether we walked it or cabbed it. Seemed a little neighborhoody when we came in, just a bunch of folks doin' the stop and stare at us. I'd give us a lookover, too, if I were them, maybe even a second time. We were a damn handsome group...
A "J" shaped bar seats roughly 20, with a few bar tables riddled about. A tower of taps and a few spares lies front row center and the booze is kept in the rack over the bar, lined with blue Xmas lights. There's a TV mounted up on the wall in the corner, just above the pretty damn good juke box (someone played "Careful with that axe, Eugene". You don't get that one in a bar too often). The back room holds a dozen tables (though you wouldn't think it would). The walls are dark wood lowers with red & purple painted uppers, neat modern artwork, paintings and prints, stained glass paneled windows, lamps in the window sills, strung wreaths and lighting with Xmas ball ornaments, and candle lit tables.
14 taps (Rogue St. Rogue Red Dry Hopped, Brutal Bitter & Dead Guy Ale, 3 Floyds Pride & Joy, Bell's Oberon Ale, Kalamazoo Stout & Amber Ale, Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale, Sprecher Black Bavarian, Anchor Steam, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, DeKoninck Ale, Jever, and Rolling Rock) and a cask (Goose Island Porter). Surprise, surprise, the cask porter was outstanding.
They're also sitting on upwards of 2 dozen bottles (Rogue Brutal Bitter, Oregon Golden Ale, & Old Crusty, Bell's Two Hearted Ale & 3rd Coast, DogFishHead Shelter Pale Ale, Flying Dog Doggie Style, Sierra Nevada Porter, Leffe Blonde, Westmalle Dubbel, Franziskaner Hefe, Pilsner Urquell, Spaten and about a dozen macros), but we were all about the taps.
Service was good and attentative, no problems there. A nice layover from HopLeaf for a good cask and one of the very few places that run the Rogue Crazytown specialty beers.

Photo of ngandhi
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This neighborhood bar tucked into an unassuming corner as you make the break heading south on Clark St. toward Ashland -- to avoid traffic or to avoid downtown -- is where people go when they know the city. It's where people go when they know who they are.

The short stools face away from the television, and directly into a 4 or 5 beer tap and a hand pull. The usual, of course -- Rolling Rock. An old woman sits at the end of the bar drinking Miller Lite poured into a plastic cup. And you eye around and see some strange artifacts: a collection of bottles adorning the top shelf; Leffe, Westmalle, others. An impressive bottle of Erath pinot noir. A decent selection of whiskeys. At least the gin and tonic will be good.

Unless, of course, you decide to go for one of any number of rotating beers on tap custom delivered by the Rogue Nation.

This is the only bar outside of the brewpub to serve every Rogue 15th Anniversary on-tap. Another surprising selection on my visit included the Rogue Dry Hopped Red. Their list -- I've never seen an actual beer list at a neighborhood bar -- claims such seasonal draught selections as Kalamazoo Stout and other Bells beers, several New Holland offerings, and a rather secretive handpull. The pump was dry when I came by.

Apparently, the owners are friends of John Maier of Rogue and so they have exclusive rights to these rare Rogue selections.

The pours are pretty mediocre with a head about twice as large as I'd prefer, but the lady's a sweetheart. What's more, you can tell that no one there cares -- or perhaps even knows -- how special this place is. It has all the trappings of a standard hole-in-the-wall, but look around and you'll see Rogue placards and a Rogue Nation brand hanging about the door stop.

Though I didn't eat the food, my buddy did and it turns out they grow all of their own vegetables and make their own sauces.

They don't really advertise or push any of these beers on you. Those decorative bottles on the top shelf are actually part of their selection. The bartender doesn't talk beer and pours you a Rock or a Rogue just the same. Beer is beer here -- before Arrogant Bastard gremlins with blue hair and fiery Dark Lords. Drink.

Relax, relax.
ng

Edgewater Lounge in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.