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Goose Island Clybourn

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Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
204 Beers
67,279 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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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 210 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

I looked hard at this place for a tie to Anheuser-Busch (InBev) that would ruin it for me, but other than a guest-tap with Redhook, I couldn't find a thing. In fact, this is one of the best beer bars I've been to. When you walk into a place and you see they have 4 beer engines - you get the feeling you've come to the right place. Toss on beers like Night Stalker, Matilda, Pere Jacques, (and many others including guest taps) and a location across from Sam's liquors and this place is tough to beat.

The only real downfall is that this place offers a limited menu and is pretty pricey. We had 4 beers and an order of wings...which somehow added up to $56.

Decor is nice, server was knowledgeable although a little slow/inattentive.

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.