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Local Option

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Local OptionLocal Option

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 940
Beer Avg: 3.84

Taps: 31 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

118 Ratings
Ratings: 118
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.66%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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

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 t0rin0


4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

First visited 7/27/2010 with Masterski for Mikkeller Yeast series tasting.

Really cool place and great people here. They have 20something taps covering a pretty good selection. We were there to try all the Mikkeller Yeast Series beers on tap but after ticking those I enjoyed a couple glasses of Saint Lamvinus.

The service is very helpful and friendly, prices are reasonable, and there is ample seating. I've been back a couple times already and will definitely go back if/when I get back to Chicago.

01-28-2011 19:35:48 | More by t0rin0
Photo of cadaugherty


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Great beer selection, knowledgeable staff who are very friendly if you come more than once, okay food. This place has an event that is worthy of geek travel at least once a month and an owner who is as big a beer geek as any of us. The staff is not always super friendly to newbies but they more than make up for it if you show up regularly. The location is great because this is a badly needed beer oasis in a section of town that has a dearth of good beer establishments and tends to be more yuppy and/or college oriented.

Word of warning the place can get a little noisy (metal) at night, but is never so loud that it is off putting. Give it a chance and you may have found your new favorite bar for a good beer.

11-15-2010 09:08:15 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of Czap


4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Never even heard of this place until my buddy mentioned it on the way to the city. He wanted to hit it before dinner and the Louis CK show. We didn't stay long. I only had two beers. Left Hand Milk Stout and a Dreadnaught, both from tap. If my memeory is correct, I believe they had anywhere between 12-15 taps running that day. I might be wrong. I do remember the selection being very good and full of stuff you usually don't find at your corner Binny's. The atmosphere was very unassuming, nothing special. As with most places like this, the bartenders were friendly and knowledgable.

Overall, I liked this place, it's relatively small, and I would hate to see it busy, but it is definitely a good place to hang when in the area.

10-14-2010 04:10:11 | More by Czap
Photo of dirtylou


4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

finally hit the local option. had dinner at Perennial, relatively nearby, and cabbed over

when we arrived around 9pm, the bar was nearly empty. This was fine with us as we'd been more or less drinking since 10am and were up for a lowkey nightcap. When we left at around 11:00, this place was packed to the brim.

nice dark interior - about 25 taps - selection absolutely blew the map room weekend selection out of the water. there were 4 or so of the mikkeller yeast series (brett, belgian, hefe, lager) and also the beer geek brunch. There were a couple 3 floyds beers, including the ice grill. Founders devil dancer, oak aged yeti, and lots of other treats on the menu. i never perused a bottle list but the bartender gave someone a shorts huma lupa when they asked for a good ipa.

service was great - free samples were poured near the height of a full pour and beer knowledge was present without the attitude you find at other establishments.

great spot.

08-09-2010 14:02:02 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Bungletronics


4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

I'm on vacation in Chicago and had a whole list of beer related activities. I decided not to go to many of them for various reasons. Today on a whim I decided to check out Local Option after hearing about the place on here, or maybe it was the beer thread on VWVortex? Whatever.

Located not terribly far from the Fullerton stop on the red line, Local Option sneaked up on me as I walked along Webster. I walked in and there was virtually no one there so I plopped my fat ass at the bar and ordered a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus. I saw earlier on their website that they had this on. Seeing as I'd never had any Cantillon before I decided that this would be a must.

As I was finishing my Cantillon, the Spain v. Portugal World Cup game came on so I decided to stick around. I'm glad I did because I started chatting with Jim, the bartender. What a great person! He is a huge beer geek and was totally excited to share stories and info about some of local/midwest beers I've never had. He was more than happy to send samples my way and make suggestions and just shoot the shit about all sorts of things.

I was there for almost 4 hours and probably could have stayed longer but I knew I shouldn't. During that time I had a Mikkeller single hop IPA (centennial) accompanied by a sample of the East Kent Golding version for comparison. My last beer was a Port Brewing Hot Rocks Lager which was the perfect end to my time there. I honestly wanted to have one of each beer they had on tap. It was a great diverse selection.

I can't stress enough about how great it was essentially hanging out with Jim and geeking out on beer and soccer and wedding gifts (you had to be there). Next time I'm in Chicago, this will be the first place I stop and I'll be going there more than once.

If you're going there to eat, it is pub food so don't be alarmed if you were expecting a charcuterie plate. The beer battered fries were pretty good though, but I do feel like I need a salad to counter the fried food.

06-29-2010 22:34:01 | More by Bungletronics
Photo of skberke


3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Local Option has become one of our default bars, even though it's a bit of hike from our place. The tap selection is constantly changing, and always loaded with interesting beers, usually a mix of American craft brews and Belgians, with occasional selections from other countries. They usually have something sour or something lambic-like, and they usually have a good mix of styles represented. The bottle selection is also large, although they do not print menus so heaven knows how they expect anyone to order from it!

The food is better than average pub fare--their salads and tacos are particularly good. Some of the servers are real beer geeks, others clearly know nothing.

One of the best things about Local Option is that it never gets insanely crowded, making it a perfect Friday or Saturday night dinner spot. Obviously we all love the Hopleaf, but I want a place where I have some hope of sitting down on a weekend night. Local Option is the ticket.

If I could change just one thing, I would introduce them to the magic of a laser printer, and I would convince them to organize the menu by style. They now only have beer names scrawled on the black board, which is not visible from everywhere in the restaurant, and has no explanatory information at all.

06-21-2010 22:50:58 | More by skberke
Photo of jrallen34


4.19/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

Local option is really close to me, but Map Room is even closer so I hardly go anywhere else. I finally made it there last night and I'm glad I did. Its a nice change of pace from the Map Room.

The atmosphere here is pretty good. The bar itself is pretty small and boring, not a whole lot going on or a very cool crowd. However, it is not insanely packed on a Saturday which is great, I can actually move around and take a seat.

The quality of the beers is great, they had 25 beers that were all top notch. 2 cantillons on tap, surly, jolly pumpkin, tons of great stuff. 25 drafts is a lot but other than that no bottles or a big selection. It doesn't have to have 200 beers but more than 25 would be nice. The beers were mainly American, could use a better selection of Belgians, besides the Cantillon on of course.

Service was so-so. I dealt with two bartenders. One guy was nice, knew what he was talking about for the most part. A girl serviced me later she didn't know so much. She knew enough to bs someone who knows nothing but a true ba would see right through her.

Overall, it was a great trip. They have a nice selection of American craft and a low key atmospshere making it easy to get a seat. I wish they had somewhat of a bottle list and a couple more Belgians to make this place great.

05-02-2010 17:38:12 | More by jrallen34
Photo of Here4Beer


4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

On a vacation involving some national doozies such as HopLeaf, MapRoom, & Publican this place stood out to me as a less reputable newcomer that was surprisingly impressive. What was supposed to be a quick round or two before an afternoon Sox game turned into four, as they offered some damn fine drafts.

Nondescript building nearby Depaul, not quite a college bar though as it looked like it had a fresh coat of paint and probably 100 bottles on a shelf in decorative fashion.

The craft beer conference was in town a week or two before, and DLDay was occuring the weekend I was in town, so maybe they had out a stellar tap lineup b/c of that? Regardless they had plenty of interesting sours, Imp IPA's, and other goodies I can't get in Las Vegas. Loved the Hopslam & Oak Aged Unearthly from Southern Tier.

Service was knowledgeable and attentive, but I was one of a dozen or so in there so maybe not so applicable.

All in all, check it out! As a beerbar barkeep this place reminded me of somewhere I'd like to work. The condescending beer snob attitude which can be found by the barkeeps/mgmt at the big national beer bars like Toronado is NOT found in this place. It's just a cool, low key hang with great suds. I'll be back (no Austrian accent intended)

04-29-2010 01:50:30 | More by Here4Beer
Photo of tpd975


4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

The clerk at West Lakeview Liquors told us about this place on our trip to Dark Lord Day.

Found free on street parking rather easily which was a plus. An ample amount of taps with lots of rare gems being poured. Two Cantillon ON DRAFT! Some rare Mikkeller as well as some American micro taps that you don't see at your run of the mill spot. The prices were good when you consider what they were offering.

We sat at the bar and the bartender provided quick service. The pours of Cantillon were rather generous as was my tip as a result. The menu looked like it had some great offerings, but I did not eat this time.

Overall an awesome place, one I will return to without a doubt. Wonderful taps, a cool neighborhood feel, and great service. What more can you ask for. Stop by you will be glad you did.

04-27-2010 23:45:55 | More by tpd975
Photo of onefmatt


4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

03-29-2010 01:12:11 | More by onefmatt
Local Option in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.