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Local Option

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

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
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 Skeksi
4.95/5  rDev +12%

Best owner, best bar staff, best selection, best atmosphere, of any bar I've ever been to. This place almost seems like it was invented specifically for me. Metal, unique tap list, awesome, knowledgable staff, good pub food, and they throw awesome parties. What the hell else do you want? Stop in and try a Dampf Loc.

Every stupid bar in this city has craft beer and decent imports on tap these days. A new beer bar or brewpub opens up once a month. The shelves at Binny's are exploding with hundreds if not thousands of different beers. The reason I keep going back to this bar is because with the insane selection of taps, I am pretty much guaranteed to try something that I've never heard of before, or couldn't have gotten my hands on in the first place. Like DH Plead the Fifth aged in WR bourbon barrels. Where else, literally?

My main regret is not finding out about Local before last year.

This place is my Cheers.

Skeksi, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of KDawg
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

A very different vibe than what is normal in lincoln park. That can be a good thing depending on your perspective. Since I'm fine with lots of different vibes it was gonna work for me in the first place. But, it was nice not having to deal with a bunch of people who want to order miller lite and high five each other.

What they have on tap is generally really good. A lot of it are beers that one would normally get at retail in bomber. All of the selections are put up on a chalkboard for you to look at. The chalkboard isn't the most obvious though. It's up there to see for sure, but its a bit off to the side from the bar with a lot of spaces where beers were.

The food was very good. They try to go with the cajun theme, but I didn't feel it was truly a cajun place. Its not a knock in all honesty as it seems their focus is on beer and bringing good beer.

KDawg, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of sweethome
4.2/5  rDev -5%

I've been here twice. Great variety - one of the best in Chicago for unique beers - particularly some craft european beers. Mikkeller in particular. I've had a number fo their single hop IPAs here.

Simple interior is rather stark upon entry - but fits the vibe of the place. Again - great selection including midwest focus with Summit, Jolly Pumpkin, Tyranena, Central Waters Three Floyds, etc. Only thing keeping me from a perfect score on selection is a need for a few more high quality quaffers - could use a couple local/regional pils or pale ale to round out the big stuff.

The food really surprised me on our first visit - excellent guacamole! Crab cake was one of the best I've had in Chicago - really blown away by quality fo food in this local joint...that is the best way to describe the place - it's local joint with great beer and food. Best drafts are higher than other places - but overall a destination for good beer in Chicago.

sweethome, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Stopped in here as the [unintentional] final stop on our buddy's bachelor party bar crawl. It's small-ish and dark, but with some nice rock music blaring in the background. There's a sorta dark indie vibe to everything. The beers are all great selections, some of which you're probably not gonna find anywhere else in the area. And there's plenty o' good stuff to choose from, too. The bartenders were pretty cool, and they really knew their stuff, as well. (I've never been so entertained to have my coaster stripped from me due to a friend's comment...) The pricing was pretty fair, though because I accidentally forgot my debit card there overnight I couldn't tell you the exact breakdown. Overall, this place is badass, and I really wanna go back sometime soon. And I shall...

TMoney2591, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of cratez
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%

Visited with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: hardcore metal dive bar and loud music, which put us off initially, but the staff ensure that everyone feels welcomed. Really cool historical portraits of the city and the signs ("No Specials Ever," "Welcome Nerds," "Purveyors of the Miller High Life") made us laugh. We enjoyed the privacy of our booth in the back of the bar.

SERVICE: quick and attentive waiters are readily able to make solid suggestions. I was drinking by style and each server made appropriate recos based on what I was looking for. All of them asked me what I thought of the beers. Food arrived swiftly and the staff were chatting us up on our way out. Very friendly people running this place.

SELECTION: silly and robust list of rare draughts from across the globe. I quaffed a SKA Steel Toe Stout, Green Flash Imperial IPA, and Lost Abbey Avant Garde and also noticed Port Brewing Older Viscosity, Mikkeller Funky E Star, Great Divide Belgian Yeti, and Old Mephisto on tap. Most of the Three Floyds lineup was available. Didn’t even look at the bottle menu since the draughts were so good.

FOOD: we only planned to have drinks but the food menu looked appetizing so we ordered the Guacamole plate. It was super fresh and tasty with a thoughtful presentation. I’d love to return for dinner to try the one of the po’ boys or jambalaya.

OVERALL: had an awesome time here and would gladly revisit. Definitely one of the top spots that we came across while vacationing in Chicago. A mandatory stop.

cratez, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of readbaron
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%

If you like loud metal and bearded bartenders you'll be right at home. Definitely has a metal vibe, but doesn't cross over into feeling like a biker bar. The "welcome nerds" signage is awesome.

I'm not sure what to make of "quality". Quality of beers? Outstanding? Quality of food? Good. Quality of decor? Meh.

Service is good.

There's an excellent selection of beers - probably 20 or so on draft plus a lot of bottles. The local option always has something unusual available.

Food is good, but not great.

I wish the prices were better. $9 for a jolly pumpkin draft? blech.

readbaron, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Davidpgibbons
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%

They always seem to have an amzing selection. The staff is pretty friendly but there are a few snobs that pay more attention to the regulars than the norm.
They also are always having crazy tapping events with extremly limited and rare pours.
Its a little small inside so it gets filled up pretty quickly esp during beer events
the fries are amazing and so are the po boys, beers are a little pricey but nice clean pours and rares make it worth it.
Overall a pretty dope spot if you just ignore the regular beer heads

Davidpgibbons, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of mcc1654
4.72/5  rDev +6.8%

My favorite beer bar in Chicago. They have 31 taps that rotate almost every week. The draft selection is amazing. I can't speak for their bottle selection because I only ever order draft beers when I am there. The service is friendly and they know what they are talking about. The food menu is limited, but everything I have had is solid. I always find plenty of good American craft brews on tap, but I am always amazed by the international small breweries they have on tap that I don't see anywhere else in the city. They are going to start brewing a few of their own beers in January next year. I can't wait. Overall this is a great place to drink some seldom seen in Chicago beers with a great atmosphere (not pretentious at all like some other "beer bars" I won't name).

mcc1654, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of RayYanks23
4.94/5  rDev +11.8%

Great Place! about a 2 mile walk from Wrigley, but it was a nice neighborhood. Wish we didn't end the long day here because they had the best selection I seen in town all weekend!! Pizza Port Anniversary and 3 Floyd's Drednaught were the highlights...

The bartenders were excellent and made us feel right at home, the owner showed up and we tasted some of his beer that he just brewed down south!

We actually bought the shirt the place was so cool, haha. Next time we will make it a point to spend more time there and check out the food and such. They were discussing a possible Brooklyn location! GOOD LUCK! I will definitely be there if it happens...

RayYanks23, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Weebay
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%

I've been here three times now and I do love this place. The selection was great, the service was amazing, and best of all Ed the bartender really knows and loves his beer; his bearded sidekick was awesome as well. (Sorry, I forgot his name)

I found the employees to be great people, we ended up chatting with them for most of the night on a quiet Thursday night, talking about everything from beer to the hockey riots in Vancouver. They had some great recommendations of places to check out in town.

The food was good, nothing to complain about, the burger wasn't as good as the one at Kuma's, but then again no other burger I've ever had has been.

I know I'll be going back again next time I get the chance.

Weebay, Jun 20, 2011
Local Option in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.