Small Bar - Division
Ratings: 24 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.72/5 rDev +18.3%
Stumbled upon this place by sheer luck while visiting a couple years ago and is probably my favorite bar in Chicago now that I'm a resident.
The staff are courteous and knowledgeable. They have a great array of more or less traditional pub fare. Atmosphere is great, especially for the soccer games. Also has a sidewalk patio for the warmer months.
One of only a few places that will open up for the early English Premier League games. One of the best places to watch any game involving or taking place in the US. A true haven for the soccer fan.
And finally, the beer. They have 20+ taps all with quality brews (they don't waste taps on the traditional boring stuff you see at every bar in the US). They offer a wide variety of beers from local, domestic, and international brewers. Also have a great selection of bottles in the cooler.
11-30-2009 03:57:20 | More by 110toyourleft
4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
I have been going to Small Bar regularly since the Division location opened. It was my gateway to really knowing beer. I eventually moved to another neighborhood but keep coming back to my favorite Chicago beer bar. This is due to the quality staff and top notch selection. I would consider this a notable stop for any beer fan residing or visiting.
ATMOSPHERE: Soccer memorabilia mostly. I like the old Drum N Bass club night fliers on the way to the restrooms, brings back memories of younger days. Good place to hang out with your friends, enjoy good beers and talk. More a fault of the neighborhood, the bar gets crowded on weekends but seems to empty out around 12:30 am. Lately Small Bar has become my Sunday night/week day place due to the douchie weekend crowd.
QUALITY: All glasses are jet rinsed the moment the serve you and the correct glassware is used.
SERVICE: Well educated from the Bartenders to the Wait Staff. They will gladly let you taste any of the taps if your unsure from description. If you come often the Bartenders will recommend from your tastes. Most of My favorites were first sampled off tips from the Staff.
SELECTION: Constantly rotating taps of all styles. Large selection of bottles broken down by region. Not larger than Map Room but more than enough choices.
FOOD: Standard bar food. Exception made for the thin crust Pizzas.. they are tasty.
VALUE: Selection, Service and Knowledgeable staff keep me coming back. Drafts are usually in the $5 to $7 range. Bottles seem to vary. Expect to pay more for a bomber but you get the whole bottle.
08-22-2007 00:25:33 | More by sfreshnock
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
I was on a bit of a bar crawl one day in the City, so I decided to stop in here to check the place out. It's a slightly smaller version of what once was their Fullerton location (now Beer Bistro North), in that semi-modern, semi-Continental style that seems to be all the rage in the "fashionable" areas nowadays. Still not my thing, but also not offensive. I bellied right up to the bar and ordered a pint. The bartender was extremely amiable and seemed to know his stuff. We had a few small conversations, including an analysis of the Olympic soccer mathes that were going on (despite the fact I know nothing about and don't really care about the sport). The selection was pretty nice and included a good range of the usual crafts, some local specialties (Solemn Oath comes to mind), and some one-offs (though the New Belgium/Lost Abbey Brett Beer had kicked while he was pouring mine (which he then made on-the-house), some Sixpoint Spice of Life (can't remember which one) was still going). I didn't try any food, though I got the feeling (just like I did back when I frequented Fullerton) that it was a bit hoity-toity for my tastes. Smelled good, though... The pricing is in line with other reputable City bars in the area.
Overall, a good place to grab a beer and, apparently, to catch a soccer match.
10-03-2012 18:56:46 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +0.3%
This place is small but very open in feeling with the exposed brick wall and yellow walls with a nice Chicago style bar. The chalkboard is packed with lots of beer names but the first three beers I asked for were out. One was a Bell's stout which I figured has been gone for a good month but it is still on the board.
The bartender handed me a paper booklet of beers that he said it was more up to date. It had some nice little descriptions of the various beers. They got rid of the cask to fit 3 more taps on the already large tap selection. I found it easier to just look at the tap handles to order but it was nice to read the menu while I sipped a fresh brew. The menu is typical pub fair but the fried cheese curd looked interesting.
There was a nice pool table in the back that was busy the whole time I was in there. The rest of the area is filled with lots of nice tallboy tables. This is a good neighborhood hangout and a great relaxed place to hang out.
12-13-2006 03:18:22 | More by rhoadsrage
Small Bar - Division in Chicago, IL
90 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.