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Local Option

Not Rated.
Local OptionLocal Option
BA SCORE
97
world-class

137 Ratings
Ratings: 137
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 10.41%
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 1,091
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 31
Bottles: 50
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1102 W Webster Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-7020
United States
phone: (773) 348-2008

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @localoption

Notes:
Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

(Place added by: tyee on 01-16-2008)
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Photo of ronhocker
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%

I stopped in here on my way through chicago during the holidays. This place is almost right on Depaul's campus.

It is relatively small with about 10 tables or so and a 20' long bar. There are 25 taps and I believe their is a bottle list although I was never offered one.

What makes this place great is the 25 taps are not usual craft brews. Around 80% of them are seasonal or specialty releases from various brewers. I asked a few questions about a couple beers to the bartender and he answered them fully and certainly knew about the beers I asked.

I didn't have food but the menu was standard pub fare perhaps with "Po' Boys" on it for some southern influence.

The prices can be steep, I paid $8 or a 8oz pour of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, which was worth it!

ronhocker, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of LostCook
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

Finally made it here the other day. Great tap menu, a lot of bottles were on a wall but i didn't ask or see them on a menu. the tap selection was just what i needed that cold afternoon. filled with nice and hearty american brown ales and stouts. it was well balanced with a wide variety of other regional ales, german lagers, american-belgians, and other international craft brew finds. Food was fine and maybe better than average bar food. Lots of seafood and southern foods. The bar tender was helpful, accommodating, and sincere. A must stop now for me while in the neighborhood and have time for a drink or two... or three or four.

LostCook, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Srodri10
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

I have been here before many times in the past and my experience last night I felt obligated to write a review. A little history, this place used to be your regular Lincoln Park Bar, I would say about 2 years ago the owners changed and turned it into a beer bar. They have 25 beers on tap identified on a large chalk board. When I went last night they were pouring some really nice stuff like FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf; FFF Milk Molok Stout; FFF Drunk Monk; Cantillion; Dark Horse Boffo Brown; Surly Coffee Bender; Tyranena Hop Whore; and many more. Bottle selection is respectable. The food is pretty good too. All in all if you are in this neighbor hood and enjoy good beer, check this place out!

Srodri10, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of goethean
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Finally went here with my wife and several other beeradvocates. What a great place! The bar has large windows which open to the sidewalk, brightening up the inside of the place. They had a nice selection of local micros and Belgians on tap. Food was very good, and priced typically for this very expensive neighborhood. (Down the street they are selling cupcakes for $2 each, so what can you expect?) Very good service, we discussed homebrewing with the owner which is always nice. Can't think of anything wrong with this place. Very impressed.

goethean, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of cbros
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Went to Chicago for a friends b-day suprise weekend and this was the bar we went to on the first night. When you walk in the tap list is on the wall to your left followe by the bar then a back room with seating. On to the tap list when I went that night there were 26 beers on tap and all but 2 were local/craft beers. Off the top of my head they had Furious, Duvel Green, Bells Two Hearted, Ska Decadent and a few Goose Island offerings. Each beer was poured into the correct glass and the bar staff was nice and knowledgeable.

We went on a Friday night so it was pretty crowded but not too much where I had to wait a long time to get a beer. The prices were also reasonable with Furious coming in at $5. My only complient is that it was really loud the night we went making it difficult to hear or converse. But that is a small price to pay for good beer at good prices. If I get back up to Chicago this will definately be a place I'd like to get back to.

cbros, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of hawks10
4.9/5  rDev +10.9%

Stopped in last night for a couple beers and some snacks with my girlfriend...had Pens/Caps game 7 on the TV (the only requirement I had for a bar that night)...

Place was empty, maybe 2 other people when we got there, but afterall, it was 6:30pm on a wednesday. Sat right at the bar and since we were the only 2 customers sitting at the bar we got tremendous service all night.

Started with the New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere de Mars and had a FFF/Local Option collab called Dortmunder Einfall. G/F had a Maudite and a Piraat. All beers were served in appropriate style glassware and usually the correct brewery too. Docks (not sure on spelling) was our bartender, extremely nice and knowledgeable, we talked beer for a couple hours and he let my g/f and I sample atleast a dozen other taps...

Definately recommend ordering the gauc which is served with soft warm pita slices, very good!

Had a great time at Local Option and would definitely go back in a heartbeat. The service, friendliness and knowledge of our bartender was top notch!

*EDIT*

Stopped back in on 8.21.09 with my girlfriend and a friend of mine...had a tremendous time again. Same bartender we had before, remembered my girlfriend and I and was pouring us free samples (BIG samples) all night, all in all probably had a good portion of 15 of their 20 or so taps...had a St. Bernardus Abt 12, Cantillon Framboise (excellent!) and a St. Feullien Saison. Left with a free glass (not stolen) as well. Was a Friday night and place was half full, we had easy seating all night, but a good atmosphere. Had a great time again and HIGHLY recommend The Local Option to anyone in the Chicago area.

hawks10, May 14, 2009
Photo of Redrover
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%

This was the first stop on the recent CTA pub-crawl. The Local Option has a good layout. There is a bar on your left that seats about 15. There are tables along the opposite wall and some more tables upfront near the large window. These open to the street and are a nice touch. There is additional seating in the rear room where the bathrooms are also located.

The bar has nice flat screen TVs for sports watching and is decorated with a bunch of beer memorabilia. Note that they seem to love old decorations from Miller High Life. A little out of place is the green neon sign from the band Journey....

16 very solid tap choices including among others, options from Goose, a couple from Surly, Gaffel Kolsch & a choice from Floosmor Brewing. Tap lines were immaculate and beer was served at the proper temp.

They have a large display of their bottle offerings (over 75 maybe closer to 100). Believe me, you will find something good to drink.

The service was fast, friendly and professional. They were very free with samples.

While the menu looked good, I did not partake this time, so I will update my review when I eat there again.

Great option in the De Paul - Lincoln Park neighborhood!

Redrover, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%

This place is pretty small, feels very much like a local bar. On the TV was sports; the customers were getting a bit loud after a while, but it didn't really hurt the overall experience.

The tap selection is pretty small, but there were some rare and very good beers on tap. Surly Three, Surly 16 Grit, Cantillon Vigneronne, Bells Two Hearted, Bells HopSlam, and Avery The Maharaja were all on tap when I was there, as well as a few more. Bottle selection wasn't the best, but there were some pretty good ones.

I had a Bayou Burger which was pretty good, but I did not care at all for the coleslaw it was served with. I will have to try another side next time I go.

paco1029384756, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of sierranevadabill
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%

This was my first visit and I was eager to check the place out.

I stopped in for a late lunch (3 PM) on a snowy Tuesday afternoon. The bar was dead and the bartender/waitress was occuping herself with personal projects on a laptop at the bar.

The beer selection was good, but not extensive...Few taps but what they had was worth checking out.

I was offered several tasters before commiting to a full pint... Surly, Dark Horse, Brooklyn...
I settled on a Founders Breakfast Stout.

The bartended looked eager to get back to her laptop so she poured me a pint and quickly dissapeared.

For lunch I ordered a triple-decker grilled cheese with avocado and tomato with these funny fried onion bits on the side... I have to say it was the best 10 dollar sandwich I've had in a while!

I finished up with a Dark Horse Scotty Karate and headed back out into the snow.

I found the beer to be a little pricey...not too bad $7 bucks each.

I'll definitely head back through on my next visit to Chicago... a generally nice bar with some good beer. Just the thing on a cold Tuesday afternoon.

sierranevadabill, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of beertooth
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%

I finally made it out to this place yesterday after a quick trip to Guitar Center. We walked in to find a very comfortable, narrow space. The only other people in the place besides us were a few employees. The beer list was impressive as was the food menu. Service was friendly and very prompt. I had the burger with cheddar and onion tangles which was great. I washed it down with a Rogue Yellow Snow IPA. My friend had the crabcake sanwich and a Founder's Breakfast stout. If I lived closer I would be here all the time. Selection is awesome, service is friendly and the food is a little more expensive than your average bar food, but then again, it tastes better than your average bar food.

beertooth, Dec 23, 2008
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