Taps: 3 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.7/5 rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Stopped in again recently as there was time to waste, and Rossi's was right there. Hello old friend. This time there was no amateur bartender, the staff were friendly and cracked jokes the whole time. It's a dive bar, so if that's a foreign concept, just pass right on by as most of the tourists do. Not a place for the pretentious or self-absorbed, it's blue collar and no frills, a scruffy gem of a hole in the wall. The door is covered in graffiti and punk band stickers, this bar is clearly appreciated by those subcultures. The jukebox played MGMT and plenty of other eclectic music. On the wall by the door was a Duvel sign and poster for $8 Rogue bombers. Framed Old Style Lager labels from decades past hung above one table. It seemed that their cooler in the back held the majority of the beer selection, including Alpha Klaus and Rev bombers, even Emelisse a rare import Schwarzbier (next to some bread and milk). Oddly enough there was a singles section in the cooler too, with BA shelf talkers, and sixers of Schlafly Coffee Stout.
Really a choice of convenience and not much else.
Service was quick, 2 Old Styles within 2 minutes of getting in the front door. Selection is probably greater than your average dive, but not by much. The reality was very different from the "50 imported beers" sign on the awning. On the way out the door I noticed 3 beers from New Belgium, including 1554. The draw to the place was the allure of black-market New Glarus. Apparently word got out, and it's no longer available. So all you get is Old Style and Blue Moon on tap, and a few uninspired imports... It was close enough to the Billy Goat to have a quick one, warm up, and be on our way. If in search of more crafty options, head to Rock Bottom or Clark St. Ale House instead...unless you are looking to hide out from the typical area crowds.
2008: Stopped in because we were walking by. The young guy "bartending" had questionable tending skills. We asked for 2 Rogue Dead Guys, he takes 2 bottles and upends them into to chilled glasses sitting on the bar. Foam everywhere, he says "whoops, those 2 are on me." Then after my next beer he charges me for 3...wtf? Explanation: "Man i'm already drunk."
01-04-2013 14:28:54 | More by emerge077
2.73/5 rDev -17.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I use to work around the corner from this dive and became quite familiar with it. At that time I wasn't into beer so I found this place quite charming. A townie bar in the middle of downtown Chicago, what could have been better? Now, after knowing a bit more it still has that small town charm in the big city but the beer selection is crap. Low tier craft, not even close to the number or quality of beer they advertise. I can't imagine any reason to come to this bar besides it charm when you are downtown.
03-19-2011 20:50:04 | More by jrallen34
3.48/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Rossi's is a hole-in-the-wall. But it's one of those bars that has its own little charm.
You walk in and notice its small size. Tables on the left, bar on the right, perpetual Christmas lights hung. Yet it is fairly comfortable.
What makes it is the lady that owns the place. At least I think she does. She's a real bitch at times. But she's not serious. In actuality, she's damn cool and often quite nice. Just get your ass out quick when closing time hits! Overall, great people.
Service is usually solid behind the bar. The prices are typical for downtown Chicago. Just don't go into the place expecting to find good beer. Their cash and carry cooler ain't pretty. So only buy beer there in a dire emergency. Hell, if it's not too late, just walk a few blocks to Rock bottom to get a growler. I didn't try the food. I don't think I ever will.
This is a good spot to hit on your way to the House of Blues, if you need to kill some time.
03-30-2006 18:40:21 | More by TheLoneGunman
Rossi's in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.