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Local Option

Not Rated.
Local OptionLocal Option
BEER AVG
3.83/5
Based on:
15 Beers
1,565 Hads
Place Score: 95
Reviews: 87
Visits: 195
Avg: 4.31
pDev: n/a
Taps: 31
Bottles: 101
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1102 W Webster Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-7020
United States
phone: (773) 348-2008 | map
localoptionbier.com

Notes:
Place added by: tyee on 01-16-2008

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

Bar:
Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00am

Kitchen:
Tuesday - Thursday 4pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm
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Reviews: 87 | Visits: 195
Reviews by onefmatt:
Photo of onefmatt
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is quickly rising my ranks of bars in Chicago and is making a play at being number one.

The atmosphere is not what you would expect for being right around the corner from DePaul. It is a bit more eclectic but simple the rotating tap list is shown on a large chalk board. It is also a bonus when you can play Buck Hunter with your pint.

The tap list...insane...Mikkelller on draft!?! And three different varieties!?! When I was in there the other day FFF Pride and Joy, Two Brothers Long Haul Session, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Great Lakes Holy Moses, Bell's Hopslam, Avery Maharaja, Ska ESB, Dark Horse and the list goes on. The owner apparently has very good connections with both the breweries and the distributors so they are often the only bar in the city with certain beers. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. In my experience, I have seen them be quite patient with patrons who may not have the same knowledge.

The food is also quite good, mainly cajun type food, Po' Boys, Tacos, and very tasty fries.

Weekends it can get a little busy, but during the week it is very laid back.

Overall, the Local Option is easily in my top 5 of bars in a city with many great choices.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of j_nees
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love that there is an awesome beer and death metal bar tucked away in Lincoln Park where clearly a Lululemon For Pets was supposed to be. Really great beer menu featuring their house beers and a ton of guest beers, including a healthy dose of FFF and a few sours. Looked like about 25 or so draft lines. Servers know their beer. Kitchen was also on point. I had a crab quesadilla and a bacon wrapped scallop roll. Definitely recommend for beer and food.

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Photo of 98green
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by at 7 on a Friday. Surprisingly light crowd for the timing, easy to grab a seat at the bar. As advertised, the bartender was a bit of a dick, but no big deal to me. Don't let the "heavy metal bar" moniker intimidate, it was actually a mellow place. I won't go out of my way to go back, but if I'm in the area it is solid

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Photo of JNForsyth
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Monday night visit so barely anyone there. Bartender was knowledgable and helpful, excellent beers from a recent funk/sour fest still on. Loud, but good heavy metal/rock music, would go here all the time to hang out if I was from the area.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Keene
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of jophish17
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Stevem68
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Came here for a local beer tap event. Beer selection was great, food was good and had a great atmosphere. The service was excellent. The guys were very helpful, will definitely be bck

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of chiefbender
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jschott75
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of SteelersX
1.8/5  rDev -58.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Wow this place is terrible.
Worst bar I have been to in Chicago.
I would normally love a place like this but the bartender refused to let me sample a beer that ended up sucking. He was a total jerk about it too. I asked for a sample and he said "what do you want to know" I said I want to know if I like it before I buy it. Then he proceeded to explain the style to me. I cut him of and said I would have a Gumballhead. The Gumballhead was stale.
I did end up getting a full pour of the beer I asked about and it was terrible.
There is a 25 dollar minimum credit card charge but that's easy considering the beers are 9 bucks each for 10 oz pours!!.
Zero cell reception and no Wi-Fi. Of course all the employee used Wi-Fi all night playing on their phones.
All the bartenders had very dirty facial hair and the food server kept twirling his fingers in his mangy unkempt beard.
I guarantee someone decided to open a brewery/bar after visiting 3 Floyds, saying to themselves "I can do this in Chicago" and having no idea what they were doing. So bummed this place wasn't better.

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Photo of robgutie
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of stephensinner
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Outstanding place, outstanding beer. Get the crab quesadillas if you can!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of offandennui
3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

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Local Option in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.