Taps: 27 / Bottles: 70
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by champ103:
3.88/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a unique bar in downtown Champaign. I am not really fond of the strange lighting, loud music, and a hiippster kind of feel that is prevalent here. Though the service and selection are hard to beat, and they have a nice area to sit outside. Right across the street from the Blind Pig Co. The first thing as I walked in the door, I grabbed a beer menu. The menu had a brief description of each beer on tap. Very informative. As I was looking over the tap selection, the bartender came right over and told me what was available and what had changed. Very knowledgeable and helpful. The bartenders knew the styles, correct temps, and correct glassware. I had a Dark Horse Percolator on tap. I could not understand what brewery it was from because of the nose of a Friday night, but the bartender wrote it down form me on a peace of paper. Another highlight for me was Goose Island Matilda (though it was one of the beers they were temporarily out of) and Bourbon County Stout. There were plenty of other micros and top notch imports as well. I did not have any food, but overall a place I would recommend for a slightly different look at what a beer bar can be.
09-27-2008 05:48:47 | More by champ103
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4.26/5 rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
We have been going to this restaurant for many years and it is one of my favorite places to return to when coming back home. An upscale but not hoity-toity place, they serve good quality food and tapas in a setting surrounded by found art. They have a great coffee encrusted filet served atop a vanilla sauce that is out of this world. The restaurant always had a good bottle list (I remember accidentally ordering a 750 ML bottle of Avery Beast 17% ABV! here early on and having a difficult time walking out of there,) but have expanded the tap selection greatly since adding a bar side. They offer samplers of beers as well, so I was able to try even more unusual beers. They offer a trip around The Wheel for $40--a sample of every beer they have on tap in their wheel shaped tap tower.
10-23-2013 16:31:58 | More by Jackofallbrews
3.98/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Radio is fantastic. If in town for only the night you should definitely consider having dinner and drinks here.
In essence it's both a beer bar, a cocktail bar, a tasty and late night tappas menu as well as a wonderful sit down restaurant. Easily top 6 best restaurant in champaign/urbana area.
Only in a town like champaign, could a cool spot fit so many needed voids.
Tango night is fun and a good crowd.
Really awesome that on many nights, late night, they'll have local dj's spinning and get them some exposure. Absolutely fantastic when the radio tunes fill walnut street on hot summer nights.
Beer list is extremely variable and always has a few very big names, diamonds in the rough, and a few beer bar necessities.
Depp tap list- at least 20, maybe 25.
Cocktails menu is tasty and deep with a number of creative options.
Tapas menu is normally very good but can sometimes be a miss.
If you stop by, be sure and notice the spinning wheel of taps out front
what is offered that evening...
12-07-2012 03:43:21 | More by abothersomeman
3.88/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Very impressed on the selection of draft beers they had. They had Devil Dancer, Plead the 5th, Old Rasputin, Samichlaus, Hopsickle, Oaked Arrogant Bastard, and some other rarer beers on tap. I have never seen Samichlaus on draft before, even in the Chicagoland area.
This place is a little more of a trendy bistro, cocktail bar then a typical beer bar. Not that I cared when the have that selection on tap. They had a big wine selection, and a decent whiskey & bourbon selection (but nothing great).
If you're in the area it is definitely worth a stop in.
08-09-2011 02:09:54 | More by kawilliams81
4.55/5 rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The third and last stop in our beer tour of Champaign, Radio Maria turned out to be our favorite spot. The place is spacious and cool, with an industrial-loft feel to it and lots of art (mostly paintings) on the walls. This is more New York than Central Illinois, so the wife and I felt at home.
Selection is pretty outrageous! 27 taps with a bit of everything, including Founders Expedition Stout, Sculpin, Southern Tier Choklat, Old Rasputin (nitro), Stone Levitation, Founders Curmudgeon and Dirty Bastard, Petrus Oud Bruin and other rare Euros like Samichlaus, plus handles from Ommegang, Left Hand, Two Brothers and even the Struise/Stillwater Outblack collaboration (priced at $10, though, so imagine the price of that keg!).
On my second visit I found Moylan's Hopsickle, Southern Tier Cuvee 3, New Holland Imperial Hatter, Die Du Ciel Aphrodite, Southern Tier Creme Brulee... taps rotate constantly here!
Beers are all available in full serving or 4 ounces, don't you love that! Their tap system deserves a mention- circular like a communal shower at a boy-scout camp, it was designed by the bar's owner, who used to be a sculptor.
Their bottled beer is also outstanding, with Founders KBS, Old Rasputin XII, Mikkeller Beer Geek, Devil Dancer...
Menu is damn nice, with some inventive choices. We opted for the roasted goat cheese medallions appetizer, which turned out to be gigantic and enough for a family of ten Somalis. Perhaps a little too... much, but tasty. On our second visit, we had a much better food experience, with an awe-inspiring duck breast and smoked-pork tacos. The mushroom crostini and pork-belly arepa are also delicious. Small portions, sure, and pricey, but killer food!
Service is good and friendly, although the bartender was a bit hurried at first despite the place not being busy at all (on our second visit, the dude behind bar was extremely efficient and knowledgeable). Price overall is a bit higher than what you might expect from Champaign, but totally worth considering the quality of the food and taps.
They have a cool thing called "The Wheel": 4 ounces of each of their 27 taps for $40 (not valid if you puke!). I may try it one day...
All in all, this place is a winner and I look forward to coming back again soon (and then walk across the street to Blind Pig!)
Note: the few reviews of this place here that are very negative are all from users who have not logged on in years or whose accounts have been deleted. Take it as it is.
07-21-2011 02:06:30 | More by DoubleSimcoe
Radio Maria in Champaign, IL
92 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.