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4.8/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-06-2011 20:19:32 | More by cratez
4.15/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-18-2011 15:53:43 | More by readbaron
4.4/5 rDev -0.7%
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
08-18-2011 02:12:35 | More by Davidpgibbons
4.72/5 rDev +6.5%
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).
07-22-2011 01:38:53 | More by mcc1654
4.94/5 rDev +11.5%
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...
07-13-2011 15:13:20 | More by RayYanks23
4.65/5 rDev +5%
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.
06-20-2011 14:58:52 | More by Weebay
3.53/5 rDev -20.3%
This is basically 'Kumas Lite'. The atmosphere of Local Option has the same tattooed edge, the same hard rock (though more subdued) playing while you eat, and the same "don't like it? Tough shit" attitude. It's a narrow building, so it seems like it could get really crowded during the busy times...and LOUD.
I went after work around 4:45-5:00ish...not too many people there. They didn't have a bottle menu, but the waitress said the bottles are more large Belgians. Ok...helpful-ish. The draft menu is on the chalkboard in the front and features many beer I've never heard of. Rare? Maybe. I don't know. Good selection though, nearly 35 taps to choose from. I went with Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. My wife was really itching to try the Hitachino White Ale, which of course they "ran out of". She then asked for Gumbalhead, which she initially also said they "ran out of". After we glanced at each other with a "WTF" look, the waitress then said dryly, "ohh yea, we DO have Gumbalhead still. Uhh...okaaaay.
Food was unique for sure. I had the swordfish tacos and it was pretty damn good. Not the standard brewpub/gastropub choices here, which is a bit refreshing. I get sick of burgers and beer all the time.
Another major drag here was the cost: 9 bucks for the Bam? Jesus! It wasn't THAT good. Most of the beers were priced pretty high. Is it the neighborhood? Not sure.
Overall it's fun place to check out, but I can't say I'd be back. I can't stand the neighborhood, and the dazed staff definitely didn't make me want to return. Check it out if you like 30+ craft choices on tap, alterna-rock music, and tattooed staff. Otherwise, skip it.
06-11-2011 02:07:30 | More by Northsider
4.08/5 rDev -7.9%
Enjoyed an evening here over dinner and a couple of beers with a friend. The bar is long and narrow with a laid back atmosphere. The beer list is impressive with some very interesting beers such as Port Hot Rocks schwarzbier and various Evil Tiwn beers including Yin, Yang, and another of their douple iPAs. I had the fish tacos, which were good but the serving was a little on the small side. The beers were pretty steep, $9 for a 10-12 oz chalice of the Evil Twin brews. All in all I enjoyed Local Option and would come back again after exploring a few of the other notable Chicago watering holes.
06-06-2011 01:27:01 | More by argock
4.3/5 rDev -2.9%
Local Option has a very impressive tap-list that seems to rotate quite frequently. The tap list is not huge, it is just heavy on quality. On this particular night, I am drinking Schlenkerla Fastenbier and Three Floyds Ham-on-Rye, but there are easily five or six other beers on-tap that I am dying to try. The staff here is cool, just doing their job, and somewhat difficult to distinguish from the rest of the crowd, if they weren't standing behind the bar. The omnipresent Miller High Life ephemere is hilarious; more insanely hilarious because it is no joke: mad High Life is crushed at Local Option, right alongside some other brews that might more rightfully vie for the title 'Champagne of Beers'. This would likely be a standby of mine if I lived in Chicago.
05-12-2011 01:01:37 | More by ktrillionaire
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
I had been coming to this area for years and never made it in to this place. Damn what I was missing!
Its not a terribly large place but its not too small either. I visited on a sunny Saturday afternoon and it was halfway busy with about 1/3 to 1/2 the seats filled.
The bar has a cool old time look and the overall vibe is very laid back. Just a couple of TVs and the bartender was willing to search out the baseball game for me.
The beer was outstanding, with a totally stellar selection of quality, and in many cases rare, offerings. I walked in, studied the list, and ordered the Schlenkerla Oak Smoke. The bartender took this as a sign of me knowing about beer and we commenced to have a long and wonderful conversation about quality craft beers. Such a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
I will certainly go out of my way to visit this place as often as possible form now on!!!
05-11-2011 01:15:26 | More by spointon
Local Option in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.