Taps: 8 / Bottles: 26
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 3 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Czap:
4.56/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Right next to The Firkin, and yes, same owners. While Firkin has a larger beer selection, The Tavern does not dissappoint. They seem to keep a higher end selection stocked with a nice array of Belgium styles.
I didn't eat here, and only kind of peeked out into the dining area, which resembled more of a plush lounge. The atmosphere here is right up my alley. The rooms were dark, the light was very dim and the decor was uniquely classical. Very cool looking place. I guess almost like a olde upscale speakeasy. Very impressed.
The bartender was knowledgable and engaging. Wasn't constantly in your face with "gimme a good tip" wit, just relaxed and authentic gab.
I really, really, really like this place. Along with Firkin, this is a fantastic tag team. I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say, outside of Chicago and Madison, this may be the best square block for the beer lover in the Great Lakes area.
10-13-2010 23:32:47 | More by Czap
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4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The atmosphere is exceptional as a quiet, organized, meeting spot. This is the Yin to Firkin's Yang - a great place to relax and talk in an unhurried atmosphere.
I had a St. Bernardus 12 on tap. It was served in the proper glass and was a very generous fill, but was too cold for my tastes. My wife had a Weihenstephaner Hefe, again served in the appropriate glass, and that was nigh on perfect.
The server was knowledgable, but not as much as I would like. The tap selections were good and provided matching opportunities with the food.
The appetizers, sides, and dessert were excellent. The disappointment was the main course - Prime porterhouse. The steak was $50 (maybe a shade below what it would be at a top chop house), the filet side was good (no better than a well prepared choice steak); the strip side was mediocre. The food rating is an average of the steak and everything else.
Beer prices were decent, food was expensive but worth it for everything but the steak. Would highly recommend the bar and the food sans steak. I will give them another chance when the budget allows.
08-24-2007 14:02:06 | More by CH3CH2OH
4/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped by this place while walking between Mickey Finn's and The Firkin. From talking to the bartender, it is owned by the same people as the Firkin. It has a good beer selection, not as substantial as The Firkin, but leans more towards a restaurant.
The place has an eclectic, 1920's Arts and Crafts kind of feel with a heavy dose of what I would call Hollywood's idea of India. I didn't try any food, just sat at the bar. What I really liked was that when I asked about the beer selection, beer was given the same respect as wine. The bartender named the choices and gave a brief description of what to expect. Very knowledgeable.
Focus is mainly on Belgians. What I remember:
Several types of Chimay
Anchor Porter on tap
Monty Pythons Holy Grale
Riverwest Stein Beer
Overall, I think they had 8 taps and probably 20-30 bottles. Check it out, worth a stop of you are in the area.
03-07-2007 03:26:06 | More by beveritt
Tavern Lounge in Libertyville, IL
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.