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Prairie Moon

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Prairie MoonPrairie Moon

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 15
Bottles: 104
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1502 Sherman Ave
Evanston, Illinois, 60201-4407
United States
phone: (847) 864-8328

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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by StoneTSR:
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4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

It may be unfair for me to write this review. It has been a regular haunt of mine for six or seven years now, but the fact is, it is flat-out, hands down, the best beer bar in Evanston and probably the best one north of the Hopleaf in Andersonville.

The beer selection is amazing and the owners have made friends with many of the country's best brewmasters, so they'll often have a barrel or two of something you won't find anywhere else.

The bartenders are all very knowledgeable about beer as well. Phil is the man, even though he is not regularly bartending anymore, he is still around once or twice a week and is involved in the operation. Either way, he has left a legacy which Kyle and Mika are carrying on.

You will not find better beer in Evanston, period. So, if you find yourself in town, stop on in and enjoy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pagriley
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Food is pretty average, but their beer list is extensive (in bottles) and their tap list usually has some interesting things at a good price.

Worth checking out

Photo of SeanChiro
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Absolutely THE best bar in the near north suburbs.

I am always happy with what they have on tap and how friendly the staff is. Think of the service like the beer version of Starbucks. They will know your name by the third visit. Best selection of beers, hard to get and common. Plus they are very home brew friendly. Get to know them and the perks are amazing. They always have 3-4 drinks on tap that are on special, and will often feature a brewery for a flight or cask night once a month. This is definitely a place beer drinkers should go to if they want to get out of the city. It's also three blocks from two different El stops so easily accessible.

Photo of bpgpitt10
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Best beer bar in the Evanston area by far. Make sure you talk to the bartender as they tend to have bombers tucked away that they never put on the bottle list. They also tend to have one or two really interesting drafts that you won't find too many other places. The rest of their drafts are always filled with very solids brews rather than just run of the mill.

Food is good, but sometimes not great. Overall, though it's pretty darn good in my opinion. The atmosphere on the porch outback is awesome for a summer night and the bar area is my favorite for just grabbing a beer with friends.

Overall a very solid place. If you are in Evanston, check it out.

Photo of TheRealPour
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Living in Evanston, I've frequented Prairie Moon for several years. Just a few years ago, Prairie Moon just seemed like another kinda cool bar with average food. They've since reinvented themselves on both fronts and now it's become a second home for my wife and I. The table service can be a little sketchy at times depending on the size of the crowd, but the bartenders (especially Phil!) are true professionals and know their trade and treat their patrons like royalty.

Prairie Moon keeps it fresh with new craft brews arriving all the time, but they keep some great standards with the likes of Surly Furious (Oh, YES!) and rotating Lagunitas selections.

Be sure to check out the cozy bar in the back of the restaurant if you want to avoid the crowds up front. Many taps back there too and likely another very knowledgeable barkeep as well.

Photo of mualumnus
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I really enjoyed the atmosphere, as it had a nice combination of a laid back feel yet a little bit of weekend excitement (helped that a wedding party was in the house last night). A few TV's in the place, but not an overwhelming feature of the place that may turn away some customers not interested in watching sports (I'm a big sports fan that inevitably checks out the TV's at some point, but understand that not everyone is). A cool little feature was the bookshelf with old Evanston high school yearbooks and classic novels. Definitely a good conversation piece especially if you end up seated near there.

The quality of the food was outstanding, especially for the price. Likewise the beer was served fresh and in appropriate glassware, with a very nice selection of American and foreign microbrews.

The service is the one things that somewhat drags down my review, as the waitress served our table another round of beers without consulting us about getting something different. To her credit though she took those off the bill after our friendly protestations. I did not gauge her knowledge of beers as I had my eyes on trying a Surly Furious and did not need any recommendations.

Overall, a very cool place that I plan on going to again in the future and a nice respite in an area (Chicago suburbs) terribly bereft of good beer selections.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Had lunch here today, there was a small crowd at the bar, and we were seated one of the two dining rooms in the rear. The bar had an atypical shape, rounded at the front, then long and curving off at the back. Nice chrome accented tap towers, squat and cylindrical in shape. The front room was fairly open with several high tables. Antique wooden back bar with christmas lights. Exposed brick in the front, with 20th century americana travel posters around. Craft neons in the front window. The back dining area had 2 rooms, muted colors and various framed artworks on the walls. High ceilings, fairly open layout, with large letters spelling "restaurant" forming a rail that sectioned the dining area from the path of traffic.

Beer selection was good, they had a separate beer menu that had to be asked for. I noticed the Surly Furious tap on the way in, but it wasn't listed on the menu. It was $6, but there were a few $4.50 taps like Commodore Perry, Summit Hefe, and Scrimshaw. Other premium taps included a couple Belgians: St. Bernardus 12 and Delerium Noel. Bottles seemed to focus on US craft with a few local/regional options, and Belgian and UK ales. The only German beer was Fransiskaner. Notable bottles were Flossmoor IPA ($14) and Pullman Brown ($9), also L'Amathee Saison ($19) and Chouffe. Bottles were grouped by size: Cork finished 750s, 22 oz., and 12 oz. Schlitz and Old Style cans were $2.50 for those on a budget.

Food was the highlight, the menu was contemporary american, with plenty of variety. Our guacamole was very tasty, with some mild heat and savory texture. The gulf shrimp and crawfish etoufee was excellent, a generous portion with plenty of seafood and spice. Lunch for two, including drinks, tax/tip was around $20 each.

Overall the vibe here was nice, a handpicked beer selection with at least a couple rotating taps, and very tasty food coming out of the kitchen.

Photo of johnyeast
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Decent place. A good selection of beers. Had an Omegang and it was tasty. Specials were not well marked. Would have had the Belgian flight if I knew about it...

Had Bell's Best Brown on tap which is a rarity and it tasted great. We will go back to this place in the future. One of the best things about this place is the location, for there aren't very many good places to go in Evanston.

We liked the bartender. Only had time for one beer so this is only a snap shot of the place. The prices were a little high. Although, we are in the city.

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Prairie Moon in Evanston, IL
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