The Blind Pig Co.
Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
4.64/5 rDev +3.1%
I really really wish I appreciated beer more when I went to college at U of I. I frequented this place my junior and senior year and it was even better than I remembered when I went back a few weeks ago.
The place is dimly lit with wood accents everywhere. The bar is on the left side of the building and the rest is seating. Tall tables, short tables, booths and an area to play darts with lots of chairs. Pretty great set up. Not dirty at all, except for the hipsters, and the place was very well kept.
The service was great. Even for a late Friday night (We got there around 11:30) the service at the bar was quick and the bartenders were knowledgeable about the tap selections and what was in/out/coming up/etc.
There was a large number of taps that were 98% craft. It was great. The selection was a great mix of Illinois locals (Flossmoor, Two Brothers, etc.) and other beers from coast to coast (Sculpin comes to mind, love draft Sculpin). The actually had Sculpin on cask earlier in the night, but that was kicked before we got there.
The prices for drafts were all $5 or $6 for nice pint glasses. When applicable they did use proper glassware. The bottles were a little above MSRP, but not by much which was surprising. I paid $15 for a Boulevard Chocolate Ale as a nightcap which was more than reasonable for a beer that's not on the shelf anymore.
Overall I loved this place and wish I had a place like this right next door like I did in college. If one comes my I wont take advantage of it like I did the Blind Pig during my college days.
12-10-2011 00:25:05 | More by Treebs
4.5/5 rDev 0%
So this place has not had a review in almost two years, even though it is the best bar in Central Illinois and one of the best in America according to BA?
The wife and I are living in Decatur for a while and it sucks in here, so we decided to check Champaign out. Man, what a difference! 45 miles and a world away. Where Decatur is all ghetto and blight, Champaign has a cool little downtown with tons of bars and restaurants.
The Blind Pig is one of the best, both in ambience and beer selection. Super laid-back joint across from Radio Maria and right where all the action is. Dark inside, with lots of wood and dim lights. Cozy and quiet, almost no music or noise. Pretty empty on a Tuesday evening at around 6pm.
Friendly bartender and great selection of beer, with 26 taps and highlights such as Stone Double Dry Hopped IPA, Stone Belgo Anise Imperial Stout, Lost Abbey Serpent Stout, Smuttynose Imperial Stout, Dieu du Ciel Epices... plus Delirium, Lindeman's and some quality Euros. Also Guinness, PBR and Bud Light.
If anything, I missed a bit of variety (barleywines, DIPA's) and bigger beers, but it's fine. And the prices! $4 for most everything, including Lost Abbey (I had two glasses).
The bottle selection is very good too, with Port Brewing, Lost Abbey, Big Sky, Boulevard and some pricey vintages, all divided in styles.
No food, though, so eat beforehand or afterwards to soak up all the high-octane. The beers we tasted were damn fresh and served in nice glassware, so the Pig gets extra points for that.
One of the best bars in the US? Why not. This is Central Illinois, after all! I look forward to going back and back again as long as we are stuck in Decatur.
07-21-2011 00:59:22 | More by DoubleSimcoe
The Blind Pig Co. in Champaign, IL
98 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.