Small Bar - Logan Square
Taps: 13 / Bottles: 90
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 11 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Northsider:
3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to live 1 block from this place. It seriously looks like a drunken old man bar, where you'd find slumbums sprawled over the bar. Rest assured, the inside is a bit better than that outside visual. It's dark, and bit small. On peak hours this place is just jammed packed. It's for sure oddly placed, at the end of a random street, not near buses, not near the L, not even near a major street o get a cab. Selection of beers is nice, and the food was decent.
Overall I don't think it's worth the trek to this secluded area. for the correction of many reviewers, this is Avondale, not Logan Square. Be warned as well, this is still very much gangland. while I was living there 2 kids got shot in a gang conflict right across the street from Small Bar. 1 block south 2 more kids got shot and killed in midday. Be safe.
06-17-2011 17:54:36 | More by Northsider
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
Great little neighborhood bar. While their tap offering and menu are both smaller than the Division location, I prefer this one. Less bros. Plus they have a small beer garden. Negative points for actually being so small it's not always easy getting a place to sit or even stand on the weekends.
11-21-2013 19:03:29 | More by teledeluxe
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my favorite bar in all of Chicago. Food is good for bar food and they've got food specials most nights of the week. Staff is super friendly and they remember the neighbors and regulars. But the Beer!! If you love beer, you should come here.
Parker, who runs the place, is a serious beer snob, and the selection shows it. Probably the best and most diverse beer selection I've had at a bar so far in this city. At any point in time, there's a little of everything on tap, taking account of seasonal preferences. There's 10-15 beers on tap at a time and a bottle selection that's killer. All craft brews all the time (though they might have a few cans of PBR for people who don't care what they're drinking). My favorite part is that everything is changing all the time. From week to week (or even day to day if it's popular), the draft list is completely different, though there's usually at least one beer from each of the major local breweries, and the bottle selection tends to change aprox. month to month with a few standards staying constant. The prices range from reasonable to expensive, but then that's the range of beers they've got. I think the most I've paid for a beer on draft was $14 for the anniversary bourbon barrel aged Old Rasputin. Probably the most delicious stout I've ever tasted, with an ABV of 12% before bourbon aging.
It gets pretty noisy in the evening, so if you like to go to a bar that's a bit quieter and enjoy your tasty beer, go before 730.
07-29-2013 00:54:33 | More by KVota
3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place was the last stop on my latest Chi-Town excursion. It's a small little place a few blocks north of the Logan Square train station. It comes off as a strange combination of dive bar/cozy neighborhood joint (if that makes sense). Up at the bar, I watched a bit of one of the football games in progress and perused the chalkboard. They were out of the two I had ventured there to try (they'd kicked the day before, apparently...dammit), but the bartender, who seemed pretty knowledgeable about her offerings, was accommodating, and patient with me as I made my decision for a replacement. The drafts were pretty nice, with the standout keg at the time being Meantime's Naval College Porter, which is what I settled on and got served in a nicely appropriate snifter (and at what seemed like a nice temperature for it, too...). The rest of the taps weren't really anything hullabaloo-worthy, but everything was solid and worthy of m time (were I not such a damned ticker...). The prices seemed pretty much in line with any other Chicago bar I've been to. Overall, this a great little place in the LS area, one I'm likely to be returning to in the future.
10-19-2012 19:47:02 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A: very pleasant atmosphere, nice bar, good seating choices - tables with high seats, bar seating, booths.
Q: I am going with quality of my beer on this header - Templeton Rye aged Mr' Hyde - smooth, tasty, and very fragrant, almost like something lightly floral.
S: service was pretty attentive, and friendly, knowledgable about both beer and food.
Sel: great selection of beers, pretty equal between craft and belgium styles, large bottle menu also.
F: quality, tasty selections. I ahd tomato bisque soup and chicken club sandwich. The bisque was fantastic, chicken was sort-of smoked with a great sauce.
V: I thought the price of food was very reasonable for CHGO, the aged beer was a tad steep at $10 for 8 oz. But I did enjoy my visit and would go back to this nice spot in a great little neighborhood.
05-22-2012 14:46:46 | More by stouts4me
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Proper neighborhood bars are a dying breed in Chicago. Thank goodness places like Small Bar exist. While it doesn't belong on the list of Chicago beer destinations like Hopleaf or The Map Room, it's a cozy bar with a better than average beer menu.
The staff is friendly and attentive. It's a kind of place where regulars are known on a first-name basis.
The atmosphere is very inviting: warm wood surrounds a gently smudged mirror, a Lagunitas sign gently hums in a window, the tin ceiling gently glowing from reflected light. if only we could all have a bar like this down the street...
The tap list is better than the average neighborhood bar. With about a dozen taps, all craft, there will more than likely be something to slake your thirst. The food is fine, decent pub grub; no more, no less.
if you find yourself in Logan Square and want a good beer in a warm environment, then by all means go. If you happen to live in Logan Square, well, you already know about this place.
03-18-2011 02:55:01 | More by yeahnatenelson
Small Bar - Logan Square in Chicago, IL
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.