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The Blind Pig Co.

Not Rated.
The Blind Pig Co.The Blind Pig Co.
BA SCORE
98
world-class

35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 7.11%
Taps: 28
Bottles: 100
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

120 N Walnut St
Champaign, Illinois, 61820-4010
United States
phone: (217) 398-1532

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Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
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4.29/5  rDev -4.7%

Stopped in here on a recent trip to Champaign. Beerflyed the area and found this place.

Walking into the place was certainly something else. It's incredible how dark this place is yet manages not to feel the least bit dank. Pretty larger bar. Has an outdoor seating area on the street, to join the countless others on this strip. When you step inside you feel like the bar is closing around you the further you walk in. Big fat wooden table tops, big fat wooden bar with big fat wooden awnings directly above, with big fat wooden crossbeams above that. The place feels at once massive and tiny and overall, disarmingly comfortable and cozy. Authentic dart boards line the back wall that lead to a sort of dilapidated bathroom that smelled a bit too much like old pee for my tastes, but sort of adds to the charm of the place in certain respects. Sitting at the bar I barely noticed that there was an entirely separate room from the main seating area. This room is a great deal brighter, except of course for the three massive wooden booths that are swaddled by more wooden awnings and lattice work. Apart from this there are more dart boards and by then the place takes on a sort of loungey character with overstuffed, buttoned down vinyl upholstered barrel chairs and booths. Really my kind of place in terms of atmosphere, could spend night after night in here alone or with a group of friends, this place lends itself equally to both. Oh yeah the beer. Not to much to be said here that hasn't already been said. Easily the pick of the litter in terms of selection, while they won't always carry what the big boys in Chicago are able to get their hands on they still bring in a good amount of beer on tap (about 15-20) and bottles (75 or more that I could count) plus an occasional rarity (they had Double Crooked Tree when I stopped by). Also the price is hard to beat considering what you would pay in the city. Service was adequate, though sometimes I had to do that move where I push my empty glass to the edge of the bar to get the bartenders attention. This on a particularly slow Friday evening. Other than these minor inconveniences, and really I was in no hurry, I just wanted another tasty beer, this place is just about flawless.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 21, 2009
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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.

Treebs, Dec 10, 2011
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The Blind Pig Co. in Champaign, IL
98 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.