Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 31
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 16 | Show All Ratings:
4.78/5 rDev +6.7%
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 -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
Not nearly the dive that it used to be. Remodeled with new bathrooms and some new furniture. Overhead doors that are opened when it's warm give the place the feel of hanging in a brewery or someone's really cool garage. Pool tables and darts in one room. The food is pretty good. I usually go for the Joliet Jake burger. The important aspect for BAs are the roughly 32 taps, prominently advertised on chalkboards above the bar. Of course, Brixie's offers bottled beers and assorted liquor, too. Malort anyone? Bourbon of the day? The tap list seems to pride itself on whatever is the newest craft stuff to arrive in the Chicago market, along with local beers from Solemn Oath and Three Floyds. Wheat beer lovers will be enthralled by beers such as Franziskaner Weiss, Allagash White or Blue Moon. Beers change with the seasons, but maybe not as much as before. Imported beers can include the occasional Belgian brew, such as Triple Karmeliet which used to be a staple. Mass market macros are available, too, but don't let their presence deter you from checking this place out.
Brixies is a bit of a sports bar with TVs including one big projection one. Other fun stuff to keep you occupied includes a rotating selection of three pinball machines, video-gaming (yes, gambling, this is Illinois) and a jukebox. Brixies is a late night hangout (open 'til 4AM) and can be fairly deserted earlier in the evening when I usually go. The place can kinda turn into the Cantina on Mos Eisley after 2AM (so be careful.)
06-11-2013 19:31:39 | More by marcobrau
4.55/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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 -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I recently visited this place for the first time and can't figure out what took me so long!
Brixie's is basically a dive-y sort of place that has live music on weekends and a great tap and bottle list. The whole place is decked out in cool brewerania stuff from current and past craft beer breweries. Its sort of like a cool basement bar in an eclectic guy's house...while this might not be appealing for some, I loved it.
There is a long line of craft taps on the wall that ran the gamut of high end American beers to (mostly) Euro imports. All craft all the time. I had a FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf and a Kolsch (the name of which escapes me) on tap and then a bottle of Gulden Draak. All properly served in appropriate glassware. Bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable and the customers sitting at the bar were too.
Food seemed pretty basic but the one standout was the maple bacon doughnut. It was served warm with maple glaze and super crispy bacon crumbled all over it. I paired it with Gulden Draak - simply sublime!
All in all a great unassuming place to grab some quality beers at fair prices.
05-02-2011 20:35:05 | More by spointon
4.28/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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%
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
4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Have been frequenting Brixies for over 15 years. When I was 22, when I thought Heineken was the best beer ever, some friends & myself walked into Brixies and my beer palate was forever altered. Most of the great beers I love, foreign & domestic, I tried here for the 1st time.
So many rotating taps. The newer food menu is small, but tasty. They have the best bar promotion I've ever seen. Free Bacon Monday. Stop in after 3pm when they open. Order a pint. Ask for some bacon. You get a free basket of bacon. Want more? Ask. they'll keep the bacon comin!!!:)
All their bartenders rule, but Bruce is awesome. Tip him heavily & often. Always have FFF on tap even when you can't find it in stores. Left hand Milk Stout off the nitro tap. When a new beer enters the market, they pimp it like no other. They had the Stone guys in house when they came in April & had Stone specials for dirt cheap the first month or so. When Bridgeport got here in June/july, same thing.
I will say the Friday/Saturday night after 1 AM crowd sucks, but that's what you'll get when you have an after hours license. But if you come on a weekday evening, order some food & great beer & enjoy.
11-24-2010 08:19:47 | More by TreSox
4.65/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The draft beer list is strong, with lines primarily consisting of craft beers and imports. The prices can't be beat, so this is a viable option for beer nerds from the city.
The food at this place was outstanding. The fried veggies were coated in a beer batter fried to perfection. This isn't your standard battered and fried junk that gets all soggy and full of oil. I recommend the fried pickles with the Louisiana remoulade.
After the veggies I got my hands on some burgers of the Delaware and Louisiana variety. The beef for each burger was flavored using spices, which was nice since I hate burgers that are over-sauced. Both burgers came on a dynamite pretzel roll.
09-16-2010 04:47:52 | More by funkyaudio
4.71/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is awesome. About the only thing I do not like about this place is the occasional cover charge for "whatever" kind of band is playing because truth be told I am fond of the variety of the bartenters I-Pod set on random vs. some expiermental "band". Also should cover be charged at 5 minutes to 1a.m.???? Ok enough of my brief rant ...where the rubber hits the pavement ...it is why I attend this establishment is the BEER selection/ variety that rivals Maproom/ Hopleaf/ and Quenchers.
Hey Gonzo the Bell's Batch 9000 is execellent and not a bad value 10oz for 6.50 Lunar has their 552 Imperial IPA for a dollar per ounce... without any discount on larger quantities...so give the 9000 a shot if you haven't already!
03-06-2010 10:25:50 | More by RJUGA03
4.58/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
I've lived within walking distance to this place for almost 2 years now and I hadn't heard of this place until about 5 months ago when I read about it on here. God damn did I miss out on a lot of quality beer that's rotated out of that place. i always just mistook it for an average BMC bar judging from the exterior.
The first thing you notice when you walk in is how roomy and open this place is. It's kind of subdivided into two areas (game room and stage area) but not closed off at all. Then as you naturally progress to the 'L' shaped bar area you notice a whole wall of tap handled flanked by glass coolers. My first time in here my jaw dropped to the floor at the selection. The prices are very reasonable bordering on cheap for some beers. They have three main glass styles for all their beers; pint, 10oz. snifter and 7oz. glass. Pretty much my one and only gripe about this place is their 7oz. glass. They serve all their top end (GI BCS, DFH WWW, etc.) in this glass but it looks like a mini juice glass that my orange juice was served in at IHOP this morning. It does nothing to compliment the beer and it looks just silly sipping out of such a small unshapely glass.
They often have many beers of tap that the suburbs rarely get with the exception of Bavarian Lodge. Their tap list is updated on facebook and new tapping are usually annouced on twitter. They also have been known to have some keep the glass night which is a huge plus for a glass hoarder like myself.
The atmosphere is pretty laid back until Fri. and Sat. nights when the band starts to play and then this place starts to get more crowded and the BMC bottle slammers start coming in. (No BMC on draft with the exception of PBR for $2.75).
I've only had the food there once but it was well above average pub burgers and my wife loved their special mac and cheese. I had the 4 cheese burger and it was great. The cheese was piled so high I couldn't fit it into my mouth so I had to take the breaded mozzarella puck off and eat it separately. They also had a maple and bacon doughnut on special and it was served right out of the fryer, hot and gooey. An amazing treat and I hear this new chef will have different doughnut specials all the time!
One last thing that makes this place near and dear to my heart is they allow my homebrew club to meet there. (Brixie Brewers come to our meeting every second Wed. of the month) They treat us great, allow us to bring in homebrew to sample and provide pitchers of water and cups for everyone. Chris, the owner, even sticks around for our meetings and loves to sample what we've brought.
All around my favorite place for me and my wife to grab a relaxing beer and I can't wait to see how it is in the summer when those large garage doors are open.
02-23-2010 06:31:19 | More by weatherdog
Brixie's Beer Bar & Grill in Brookfield, IL
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