Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 31
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
4.78/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
Arguably the best craft beer bar in Illinois. The staff is very knowledgeable about their selection. The food is very good too, great wings 50 cents on Thursdays. Interesting mix of clientele from hipsters to wannabe bangers, bikers to suits, you get everything here.
Try and avoid this place at 2 a.m. it turns into Fight Club and i fucking can't stand it. Seriously childish fucks that cant handle his or her booze pick fights for the most dubious reasons.
Wings and Sculpin, Hopslam, Robert the Bruce, more wings, Left hand, Yeti, wings, All Day IPA, WIngs!
09-16-2013 14:06:19 | More by NewGlarusFan
4.23/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Not nearly the dive that it used to be. Remodeled with new bathrooms and some new furniture. Overhead doors that are opened when it's warm give the place the feel of hanging in a brewery or someone's really cool garage. Pool tables and darts in one room. The food is pretty good. I usually go for the Joliet Jake burger. The important aspect for BAs are the roughly 32 taps, prominently advertised on chalkboards above the bar. Of course, Brixie's offers bottled beers and assorted liquor, too. Malort anyone? Bourbon of the day? The tap list seems to pride itself on whatever is the newest craft stuff to arrive in the Chicago market, along with local beers from Solemn Oath and Three Floyds. Wheat beer lovers will be enthralled by beers such as Franziskaner Weiss, Allagash White or Blue Moon. Beers change with the seasons, but maybe not as much as before. Imported beers can include the occasional Belgian brew, such as Triple Karmeliet which used to be a staple. Mass market macros are available, too, but don't let their presence deter you from checking this place out.
Brixies is a bit of a sports bar with TVs including one big projection one. Other fun stuff to keep you occupied includes a rotating selection of three pinball machines, video-gaming (yes, gambling, this is Illinois) and a jukebox. Brixies is a late night hangout (open 'til 4AM) and can be fairly deserted earlier in the evening when I usually go. The place can kinda turn into the Cantina on Mos Eisley after 2AM (so be careful.)
06-11-2013 19:31:39 | More by marcobrau
4.55/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is my only great local bar. I'm not big on bars in general, I tend to enjoy the backyard with the grill going. That said, I love Brixies. I've been there a handful of times and had food twice. The first time I went with a large group and fortunately, (or as it turned out unfortunately) there was a big party that arrived after us. The kitchen was limited on what they could serve as there was one guy who looked stressed in the back. We all ordered then they told the last person in our group they couldn't order food because of the party coming in. Luckily after seeing they were in our group they let the order go through. Everyone had a burger and they were all well done, although everybody asked for medium.
I went back a couple weeks later and ordered the same food and it was excellent. This isn't a dining destination but when they aren't busy the burgers are pretty damn good.
Now, as far as beer goes, they are without rival in the area. I didn't go to the Maproom until a couple trips to Brixies and I was let down by the Maproom after. They have a constantly changing taplist with 32 taps. Top Notch, except for the PBR they keep around. They have an even larger selection of bottles, I didn't even get into it because I had a hard enough time picking off the taps. They serve in the appropriate glassware as well.
It's a dive, expect nothing more. The staff is solid. They're knowledgeable and they'll let you sample any beer on tap, if you're new to craft they'll make solid recommendations.
It's close to the BNSF and they're open late. I've heard the crowd takes a severe downturn after midnight and I often read of some moron getting arrested late night in the paper the next day.
That said, if you're in the west burbs this is a can't miss.
05-17-2011 21:04:21 | More by mikejk305
4.08/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently visited this place for the first time and can't figure out what took me so long!
Brixie's is basically a dive-y sort of place that has live music on weekends and a great tap and bottle list. The whole place is decked out in cool brewerania stuff from current and past craft beer breweries. Its sort of like a cool basement bar in an eclectic guy's house...while this might not be appealing for some, I loved it.
There is a long line of craft taps on the wall that ran the gamut of high end American beers to (mostly) Euro imports. All craft all the time. I had a FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf and a Kolsch (the name of which escapes me) on tap and then a bottle of Gulden Draak. All properly served in appropriate glassware. Bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable and the customers sitting at the bar were too.
Food seemed pretty basic but the one standout was the maple bacon doughnut. It was served warm with maple glaze and super crispy bacon crumbled all over it. I paired it with Gulden Draak - simply sublime!
All in all a great unassuming place to grab some quality beers at fair prices.
05-02-2011 20:35:05 | More by spointon
4.28/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
this is my local haunt when i'm out for a couple of great beers with some guys. They use to pour pints of all beers until a about a year ago when they went to a style appropriate glasses. you use to get a pint of awesome stouts but understand the switch. My wife won't go to this place for more than two beers or until she has to go to the bathroom. the bathrooms here are nasty.. but on par for the dive it is... This place has incredible beers on tap with a staff that can tell you about every one of them. you can pull up the tap list off the website. check them out it is worth your trip here. if they fixed the womans bathroom i'd get to spend more time and money in this joint.
02-03-2011 17:03:47 | More by swanny28
4.21/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
A real dive bar. Big. Barback says half the place used to be a liquor store and they combined it with an adjoinining bar. 2 big garage doors. Cold. Concrete and wood floors. Stage and pool tables, pinball machines, beer signs, etc. Random rundown seats and tables. The whole place is run down. They have a $5 special which is a pbr tallboy and a shot of the liquid hell that is malorts. Basically the last place on earth i'd expect to find 3 dozen taps of really good american craft beer. My desperate search for 3Fs cenotaph led me out of my way here, as they are the only place w/any of 3Fs cenotaph (including 3Fs itself). Also a lot of other great beers including breakfast stout, gumballhead, hopslam, arctic panzer wolf, double trouble, etc on tap. Only 2 of the taps are questionable-pbr and a cider, which is amazing considering the dive bar clientele here (no offense, I'm one of these people except for my taste in beer). A gem if you are just looking for good american craft beer on tap. Bottle list looks decent too-primarily american craft and then belgians, with a few others thrown in. Beer menu seems accurate if fairly nondescriptive. Prices are quite reasonable. Shaker pints are primarily used which I don't particularly like. The free bacon is a nice idea. Some different glasses for the belgians.
01-25-2011 05:05:30 | More by MrMcGibblets
Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill in Brookfield, IL
96 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.