Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 634
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 80 | Show All Ratings:
3.66/5 rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Miller Lite sign-lights and proximity to an Undergrad campus makes one think that this place is another terrible college sports bar. But the facade and location are just a wonderful and snarky joke. This is a legit craft beer mecca. The servers are pretentious, unhelpful, slow, and rude. But the beer on tap (and the tots) are worth it. Tastebud delight.
03-09-2014 03:27:46 | More by beinerso
4.7/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $
Came here during a Lincoln Park bar crawl and wanted to dodge the DePaulsters for an hour. First it was packed took a few minutes to get some services but I understand nothing can be done about it. The beer is great had Morning Wood and Central Waters BA Stout. FFF dorks pack the place only drinking ZD, AK, and any other FFF beer versus trying something new. Wings are good not great but good.
Looking forward to coming back again for an event. Great place I enjoy the "Option."
02-20-2014 19:29:26 | More by NewGlarusFan
4.45/5 rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
After making a few wrong turns and ending up in the center of the business district of Chicago somehow.. we pulled up to Local Option, plugged the meter for a couple of hours a block away and moseyed on in.
It was about 7:30 and we were able to grab a seat at the bar without much trouble, the bar tender fielded some questions on what styles of beer a few where since the chalkboard just had names and not much else. They had an excellent selection of there own beers (10ish) other Chicago goodies (pipeworks, revolution) and a bunch of "what?! they have that?!" (Surley Darkness, Hill Farmstead, Jolly Pumpkin, etc etc. I went with the Local Option gose.. name is eluding me, very tasty and a good starter.
Service was quick since we were at the bar, but the dude was grumpy the whole time.. I don't blame him they looked short staffed for a Saturday night and by the second beer it was nuts to butts. I grabbed a Surly Darkness and ordered a Po Boy. Mean while, Electric Wizard plays on the stereo, how much better can it get.
The last beer of the night was a Pipeworks Simcoe Ninja and it went down like water. The bill was kind of surprising, but not totally unexpected. Overall, I'd defiantly go back and recommend it to others.
02-16-2014 20:11:57 | More by guityler83
3.7/5 rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I want to love this place. Their tap list is massive and awesome. The food is okay at best. Here's their major fault: I find the bartenders to be standoffish and rude (when I trouble them for a beer). The place is usually pretty full but it shouldn't be that hard to get a beer at the bar. Having said that, I'm willing to give them a third chance. Negative points for charging $1 more per pint than their peers.
11-21-2013 18:50:58 | More by teledeluxe
2.85/5 rDev -34.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Perennial Abraxas variants on tap the night before FOBAB? I'm in. But, wait, should I be?
**Never again at this place!**
We got to the bar at 3:00 and snagged a table. We had a bowl of decent guacamole and a bunch of beers as the place filled up. Once it got slammed, the service was horrible, but it was decent until an hour or so before the tapping.
A server stopped by and we asked about the tapping around 5. He said "no worries, we're pro's at this - we'll make sure you get the beers! No pre-orders but we'll be by to make sure people like you who have been here for hours get served."
The tappings were at 6:00. At 5:30 there was a line 5 people deep at the entire bar. Again, a server stops by and says "At 6:00 you can order your beer from me".
We don't bug him. Why would we? He's assured us we'll get the beer and I'm not sweating it, since they're pro's at special releases.
At 6:00 the beer is tapped. We've been there for three hours, since there were 20 people in the bar. Could have grabbed a bar stool or gotten in line at any point. The server comes by and says "I'll be right back to get your order".
At 6:05 he tells us "I can't get you the Perennial Abraxas beers. They're pouring from the bar and not for table service. Sorry."
Biggest "Oh no you didn't" moment of my beer drinking career. I had to leave my table and fight tooth and nail through a line of bearded beer geeks and beer farts to luckily get a pour of each variant. The idiots at the bar were pouring, serving and taking cash - duh, "pros" - have one guy doing nothing but pouring. One doing nothing but handing empty glasses and taking back full ones. And the three servers standing to the right of the bar picking their asses as the melee goes on infront of them - why not let them dole out the brews?
Look, I have no problem with a bar handling a release/tapping any way they want. This was a cluster, and self-created. I'm patient. I could have had my beer at 6:30 if I was guaranteed to get one. Never bugged the server. But a heads-up and decent info would have been great. I'll never go to this place again because they obviously don't know what they're doing. Anything but pro's.
Should be called "worst option".
11-18-2013 14:06:25 | More by jampics2
4.35/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
The bar was loud, tight and small, a truly local watering hole for beer geeks. Clientele ranged from hipsters to metal-heads, all enjoying unusual beers together. I consider myself pretty well versed in beers, but I honestly had never heard of most of the beers on the chalk board! One I certainly did recognize was Cantillon Gueuze on tap! That alone was worth the trip.
Service was a bit iffy, but the place was crowded.
11-15-2013 18:54:01 | More by Jackofallbrews
4.38/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Local Option is my favorite local place, I probably visit 3-4 times a month, more during Hawks season. The atmosphere is fun, it's loud and bustling on most weekend nights, and some weeknights when a Blackhawks game is on. The music typically metal or punk, although occasionally, oldies, funk and r&b is playing. The crowd is a good mix of beer nerds, local LP residents and metal heads, and it's very harmonious. The lights are low, keeping the place dark, but never in an obstructive way. The taplist is fantastic, always, nearly 30 taps going at all times that are always pouring something great. Whether its a hard to find beer from Europe, a great local treat, seasonal and one offs, there is sure to be a beer for everyone. Lately, they've been showcasing a lot of their contract brewed beers, many of which are quite good. The bottle list also makes their selection hard to beat, lots of foreign treasures, lambics, quads, tripels, as well as domestic things, barrel aged this, limited that, there is always something special on the list. The service is always good, the servers know their stuff about beer and can easily guide someone to making a good beer choice, while being friendly and engaging rather than pretentious and snooty. Beer and food are always served as promptly as possible, and while the food is nothing special, typical bar fare, the cajun twist on things and the consistent product is great.
The prices on beer are a little higher than usual, $6-10 depending on the volume and beer, imports and rarer things run higher while locals and bigger craft offerings (new belgium, laginutas, sierra nevada, etc) are on the cheaper end. The food is fairly priced for bar food, $9-13 for burgers/sandwiches and other entrees.
The parties/events here are top notch, with tap lists that rival any place in the world. The prices are fair and the servings are large, but the place gets PACKED and service slows down to a halt and their small staff gets pushed to the limit, but they still do a bang up job.
Verdict: The best bar in Chicago in my opinion, friendly staff, amazing beer, solid food, fun atmosphere and the Hawks are always on.
10-11-2013 18:06:11 | More by kevanb
3.58/5 rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
The food is pretty much your standard bar fare, and the tap list is one of the better in the city for the most part. Had no problems walking in and sitting down to eat on a weekend evening, though I know it gets crazy for special events. Their house brews are decent and can now be found at some bottle shops around the city.
09-17-2013 17:17:39 | More by Rainblows
3.64/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Great rustic atmosphere for a neighborhood bar. Pretty dark inside with a gigantic chalkboard listing all their crafts on-tap. I'm sure music was playing but the din of conversation drowns that out-so yeah, it's noisy. Seating is scant so expect to stand your entire time. Booths for six each in the back but then one couple sits there-c'mon, ask people who are standing to sit with you-chances are you have something in common 'BEER'. Not a place for romantic dates and definetly no kids.
Always something on tap that will blow your mind like "How'd they get that" or "I thought this brew was out of production".
Service is a big drawback for me-almost to the point where I ask myself was it worth it to come here since I live west of Chi-town. Traffic and parking are a bitch. All staff seemed to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of customer needs. Staff does not look they are having fun or enjoy what they do.
Value is what it is--you get what you pay for.
Bottom line for me is that this place is an oasis to grab a few quality drafts and leave. And may I suggest that whenever there is an event that the bar seats be removed so people can have equal access to ordering. Ordering over people is annoying and some people at the bar look like it's their real-estate, freakin' chill out beer nerds. Waited 25 minutes during a recent event. If you are shy-you will be waiting a looong ass time-you gotta have initiative in ordering.
09-14-2013 14:28:01 | More by joeseppy
4.58/5 rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Visited recently on a trip to Chicago. Arrived immediately after opening on a Monday, so wasn't exactly hopping, but it gave me some time to chat with the bartender who was incredibly hospitable. I ordered my first ever Gumballhead and he poured me free tasters of the two other wheat beers that were on tap for comparison. Beer selection took a quality over quantity approach which was very welcome, especially since this was the only place in town where I found BCBS. If I lived in the neighborhood of Local Option, I would be listening to a lot more heavy metal.
08-14-2013 05:18:32 | More by blindpiggie
Local Option in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.