The Bar on Buena
Taps: 19 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Bar on Buena is a gem of a bar! Their beer selection combines interesting imports with micros. They seem to have a more varied selection than the typical "beer bars" around town. One thing I appreciate is that not every beer on the draft list is a 10% ABV imperial IPA or belgian-style ale, they have a good selection of 5-6% ABV beers when you are in the mood for some session beers. The food is simple but good quality-think of it as well executed pub grub. It reminds me of the Village Tap in Roscoe Village--a place that flies under the radar but is consistently good. The atmosphere is friendly and they can open up the front in the summer. There is seating outside along the sidewalk in summer.
11-15-2013 16:00:25 | More by choyle1
4.39/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
This place was my first love. They have a very creative draft list with about 14 of them on a constant, interesting rotation. The bottle list is quite nice, and if you’re a whiskey person, this is the place to go. The bartenders are very friendly and very knowledgeable. The atmosphere verges on neighborhood dive bar but with gastro pub food and a great beer list. This bar has the *it* neighborhood factor. It is the older, cooler brother of the Fountainhead (The Bar on Buena was the first endeavor of one of the owners of the Fountainhead). Sure, the Fountainhead went and got a fancy business degree and is all like "look at me!". But this older brother is the guy who you actually want to hang out with.
Go to the BOB (as everyone calls it), sit at the bar, and enjoy yourself.
08-05-2013 00:42:56 | More by Fluffheady
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Stopped in again today, they had some gems on draft like Unfiltered Schlenkerla Ur-Bock, La Trappe Isidor, Founders Porter ($5 pint), and Surly Furious. It hit 70º today, so they had the large front windows open with little patio tables outside. Enjoyed a B.O.B. burger that was decked out with pork belly, a fried egg, and Red Dragon Cheddar. Gave Kuma's and Bad Apple a run for their money. Local crowd of all ages. Give B.O.B. a try if you haven't been...
This is a severely underrated beer bar...
Stopped in over the weekend to check things out. The space was fairly open with table seating in the center, some loungey couches in the corner by the window, and more private booths along the side wall. Bar was on the right side, lots of old wood with three tap towers holding six handles each. Assorted glassware decorated the shelves, and a small chalkboard announced that March was Bock month. The atmosphere was laid back and cozy, there's a very "neighborhood" vibe here without pretense. The jukebox was surprisingly good with a variety of classics. There was a patio area outside with tables for the warmer months.
On the bar there was a card listing 10 Bock biers, including Schlenkerla Fastenbier (with an optional side of bacon, lol), Celebrator, Aventinus, Vitus, Capital Blonde Doppelbock, and a rare Steinbier, Granitbock. Their German taps alone blew away Resi's selection, (which I visited on the same day). Metro Dynamo, Cane & Abel, and Lagunitas IPA were some of the other drafts. The beer menu was well organized, listing draft beers with their serving size, ABV, tasting notes, and price. Bottles were listed by country of origin, also including size and pricing. There were a few sour ales in the Belgian list, which was nice to see. Plenty of English, German, and Trappist options, more than what's listed on their website. US craft bottles seemed to be slightly limited, but there were several staples like DFH 90, Founders Reds Rye, Alpha King, and Lakefront Riverwest Stein. Other gems like Carnegie Porter were under an "around the world" heading.
Robyn was the bartender, and she was really great. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the selection, and about beer in general. Service was quick, generous tastes were offered, beers came in branded glassware with proper pours. The frites I had were hot and crispy, served with a chipotle aioli and sweet mustard for dipping. For $4, this was literally a mountain that overflowed the paper cone. Value was really good here, and i'll definitely return.
11-08-2009 21:10:35 | More by emerge077
3.7/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a nice neighborhood beer bar but there are other great beer bars just a cab ride away. I went with friends thinking it was just a regular bar but I was surprised by what I found.
We decided to sit outside because it was very load inside and there were several booths and a long wooden bar that were the options. Outside we sat on plastic chairs, which had the feel of being in someone's backyard but with 18 taps at our disposal. We waited about 15 minutes and didn't see a waitress so a friend went in to ask if we had to order at the bar. They sent a waitress out about 5 minutes later. She had a food menu, a beer menu (with the 18 taps if craft beer) and a special beer of the month card.
The have 18 taps that were all decent craft beers and each one came in its proper style glass with some having the brand name on the glassware. There was Reissdorf Kolsch, Hennepin, Leffe Blond, Delirium, Two Hearted and many more beers. They gave a little description of each beer under the name, which was nice. They had Melbourne Bros. strawberry beer, as the special in bottles and that was the only bottle beer listed. They have a handful of BMC that I saw people drinking but they were not advertised anywhere. The glassware was nice but I felt like there were a bit pricy for the small sizes. The Kolsch glass was a very small Pokal and the Delirium was literally half foam and beer. I do appreciate a nice head on a beer but not half of the glass.
For food we got some quesada and a cone of fries which were both tasty but a bit pricy for what we got. I would go back for beers but I don't think I would go back for food.
The service was a bit slow and we had to wait a good bit after we finished with each round but with friend I don't mind waiting and it stretches the night out if you don't drink as much. So if you live in Uptown and you want to walk somewhere close but not everyone in your party likes Belgian beer then this is the place to go.
08-02-2006 22:05:52 | More by rhoadsrage
The Bar on Buena in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.