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Goose Island Clybourn

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BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
204 Beers
67,225 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 385
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1800 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-4939
United States
phone: (312) 915-0071

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Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Goose Clybourn has a couple of rooms with very different feels. If you come in from the parking lot that it shares with Bed Bath and Beyond, you walk past a restaurant area that feels like any other brew pub or TGIF. The Siebel beer school room is on the left when you enter.

If you walk straight back and to the left you will find the bar. (or enter from the Sam's side, and walk in past the brew kettles). (Sam's is a liquor and beer store directly across the street with 2 full aisles of quality beer)

The main bar room has the full bar in the round -- like Cheers -- really. There are something close to 40 barstools and sets of goose-necked taphandles on the three sides (the fourth side is used as a wait station). Plus there are some high bar tables around the walls now on 2 sides, and booths on the other two. TVs are located throughout the bar room for easy viewing of sporting events. On special occaisions (Bears or White Sox playoff games), they'll put the sound on. Otherwise, the free juke box is the background.

There is a patio off the bar room on one side, and also a downstairs with couches and a large screen TV, and a loft with pool tables. With these varied options, whatver your ambiance preferences, there is a room for you.

Sitting around the bar from early afternoon into the evening you will find everyone -- beer travellers, contractors who are supposed to be at home depot and stopped off here on the way or way back, shoppers and employees from surrounding stores, other regulars and local beerophiles (many of whom have earned their MBAs -- masters of beer appreciation a few times over) and often the owners.

The bartenders are friendly and knowledgable. They will know your name by your second visit.

The food is fine -- its bar food -- a little expensive. The burgers and pulled pork sandwich are good options. The potato chips are addictive, but I can't order them because they used to be free bar snacks once upon a time, and I can't reconcile paying for them.

This leads to the major negative about Goose -- the prices. The strongest beers are $7-8 per snifter. We've been all over, and noticed two things. Goose Clybourn has the best housemade selection, with the most beers and most seasonals of any brewpub we have visited. Most usually only have half a dozen beers or so at a time (except maybe Pizza Port in San Diego and Selin's Grove in PA), while Goose usually has a dozen or so (with something on handpull). But bar none, its the most expensive. The glass sizes are getting smaller for the better beers, and the prices are also getting higher.

Despite that, I have to recommend it highly. The beers are top quality. They have an Ed on tap right now (smoked imperial brown goose) that is wonderful and Will's currently aging another version of it in Bourbon barrels. The Belgians are strong examples of the form. Sometimes bubblegummy, sometimes light and dry and spicy. The Bourbon County Stout is excellent to exquisite, depending on the batch. The selection on any given day will include a half dozen standards (312, Honkers, Kolsch/Summertime. Nut Brown, IPA) and then several seasonals. From hophead offerings and American Barleywines, to Belgian, German and British styles, Will Turner has been doing a very nice job with all of them. Surely Goose Clybourn is a destination that should not be missed. Plus its easy to reach on the red line (North/Clybourn stop).

Also, its fairly close to both Piece and MapRoom, which would make a great Chicago visit Beer Trifecta.

More User Reviews:
Photo of XmnwildX12
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of malin_genie
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of djgoodwi
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of raeman70
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of TargaFlorio
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Chris-1911
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Although I've been to the Wrigleyville location more times than I can count, I just never made it to Clybourn because I assumed it was pretty much the same. Turns out I was sleeping on this place. The vibe is much more restaurant-ish than the Wrigley location, not that its a bad thing, but the beer selection was much better. They had all sorts of interesting things that I had never seen before. I had the BA Extremely Naughty Goose, Evening Joe, and The Dark Crusader. All three were fantastic. Wish they bottled some of that. Will definitely be going back to try more of the limited production stuff.

Photo of evan35
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Norseman
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of HookemHoos
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of csustar001
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Kraj30
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

love this spot.. always something new. impressed with a lot of their beers..

Photo of ScottJWing
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of josephwcarr
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kevanb
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Another visit to GI Clybourn on 12.21.14, I feel it's time for a proper review despite having this as my local watering hole for nearly 10 years.

The vibe at Clybourn is always nice, they have sports on the TVs and usually some decent music playing, though sometimes the noise is just that of the patrons enjoying themselves. People are often in a jovial mood, and the clientele is usually quite diverse, from the average Lincoln Park resident, to tourists who are visiting the city, to families having a get together and of course the beer nerds. Everything is fairly harmonious and friendly and representative of those who are there. The quality at GI is quite good, the food is generally good though there have been some definite misses, more sophisticated than typical bar food, but approachable and the quality of the beer is generally above average for the on site brewed beers and the company staples are always available. The service can sometimes leave a bit to be desired, being sat in odd spots or just slow and unresponsive servers can at times plague this place, though generally, the staff is in a good mood and attentive. The selection is always nice, the beer menu is organized by attributes and each generally have 1-5+ options to choose from and there is usually at least 1 or 2 options on cask, which I greatly appreciate. The food is good as mentioned previously, more inventive and creative than most bars, but still definitely bar food and the pub chips are a must have. I've had some definitely bad dishes that were of no fault to the kitchen staff, just a bad recipe or a bad combo of ingredients, perhaps shame on me for even trying them.

Verdict: Goose Island Clybourn is generally a sure bet for good food and good beer. While most people look the other way at Goose Island until Bourbon County is mentioned, the pub consistently makes some excellent beer that often goes unnoticed or unheralded. Add in a nice menu of bar favorites, it's easy to see why this place is always busy.

Photo of Hayley_86
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

so sick these guys are still doing it here, where i believe the started it all. so many beers on that arent what we see from them in other markets. no bourbon county on, and i dont think any of the bottled regulars either. cool old brick building, bustling vibe, lots of people, and a blue collar old brew house right when you walk in from the side street. two sided beer menu, all were excellent that i tasted, and i had a real stoke going the whole time i was here, just being where this brand began was very cool. loved the berliner, enkoyed the oatmeal stout, and found the winter warmer delightful as well. the food was homestyle and simple, but quite good, and while the service wasnt memorable, there wasnt anything wrong with it either. prices were fair, especially for downtown chicago standards, and i would highly recommend this to anyone who visits the city. this is where it all began, and its a lot of fun. a cozy place to drink and a historical feeling experience. dont miss this.

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cfh64
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Jwesley
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Awesome wings. Good beers

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.