Taps: 10 / Bottles: 70
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
3.45/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A- Seems to be something of a college bar, located only a few blocks away from North Central College. It was bright when I came in, but the lights were dimmed around 10PM. Smoke-free, like everywhere else in Illinois, and not as crowded as all the other bars in the area. The music was TOO loud, and hard rock/heavy metal was all I heard.
Q- They had a number of good beers on tap, but other than Matilda, all the beers were served either straight in the bottle or in a standard pint/mixing glass.
S- When I first came in, my waiter was all over me. He must have come up to me five times in the first ten minutes. As the night wore on and more people joined my table, I had to seriously wave my arms to get this guy's attention. I was in the corner, so I was tough to see, but he didn't stop at the table once in 2 hours without me waving my arms like a madman. It wasn't even that busy, so I didn't understand it.
S- They had 13 beers on tap: Goose Island Matilda & Imperial IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, and a bunch of other quality brews I can't recall. They didn't have 80 different bottles, but they did have at least 40, and about 35 of them were great craft beers. Some parts of the menu made me shake my head, especially the prices, and Dark Horse was listed as a Colorado brewery.
F- I had some nachos, and they were delicious. You get a lot for your food dollar. Some midwest favorites, like Cheese Curds, and a few good burgers. The $8 nacho appetizer could have been a meal for 3 people, and had fresh veggies all over it. I'm pretty sure they fry their own nachos on site.
V- The food prices were reasonable. The beer prices were pretty high. Some of the craft brews on tap, like Left Hand Milk Stout, were $7+. I think a six-pack at the liquor store (2 miles away) is about $8. Not as good a value as the Bavarian Lodge.
Overall, it wasn't too bad of a place. I would go back, but never, ever on a Saturday night, unless I was sitting at the bar. The bartender's service, when I got impatient and got up to get another beer, was excellent.
01-19-2009 23:50:17 | More by akokandy
3.58/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Went here with a buddy tonite, rather than the Bavarian in Lisle. A little disappointing. I'm not the kind of guy who thinks that bars with good beers need to be filled with beer snobs, but the people here tonight (about half of whom were sucking on Miller Lite) seemed here for other reasons.
From the outside, it looks just like a lot of other downtown Naperville bars; nothing really says it's anything different.
Inside, the staff was reasonably attentive and knowledgeable about what was on tap. I remember: Trumer Pils; Left Hand Milk Stout; Kasteel Rouge; Delirium; Widmer Wheat: Triple Kramallet; Goose Matilda; Goose Reserve; Surly Furious, and Two Brothers Bonfire. An extensive bottle menu, plus a dozen or so rotating bottles.
The food was OK; the hard rock music was WAY too loud. Three big screens with Bowl games.
I'll stick to the Bavarian.
01-03-2009 04:12:05 | More by JonB1958
3.73/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Walked into the Grumpy Bulldog to a crowd cheering on an NCAA March Madness basketball game so it was pretty loud. The many flat screen tvs were pretty nice.
The building was nice and the place was clean foe the most part. The space was limited and i did feel a bit cramped. The quality of food was average and a bit pricey.
The server made sure we were taken care of when our drinks were empty and made frequent rounds to ensure we we were doing good.
There was an average selection available. I had Delirium on tap and some LH Milk Stout on tap as well. There were some local brews like Two Brothers and Goose Island on tap and about 40 bottles.
The food was pretty good but not good enough for the price. We paid 9 bucks for some nachos that were topped pretty high but nine is pretty steep.
03-27-2011 00:05:37 | More by ChugginOil
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I were here earlier in the week. It's a nice cozy space. Our server was friendly, attentive and prompt but lacking in beer knowledge. She mispronounced Lagunitas multiple times and imo misclassified the Lost Coast Great White as just a "wheat" beer. Also, someone else in our party asked about the Brasserie Des Rocs Triple Impériale. She told him no one ever orders it so it probably isn't that good.
The selection of beer was pretty solid. 10 taps and tons of bottles. The Cynicale and Hop Stoopid were great. The food was above average for bar food. Fried pickle spears were awesome. My burger was well cooked and flavorful.
I would definitely recommend it to others in the area. It's a gem in the barren wasteland of downtown Naperville.
08-02-2008 02:44:35 | More by thewimperoo
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
this place is a real diamond in the rough; it's hard to believe that this place exists in the meathead/preppy/trustfund baby wasteland that is downtown naperville. quite small and with some craft beer memorabilia on the walls, but otherwise pretty non-descript. 10 taps plus a delirium tremens tap which was out. alpha king, gumballhead, allagash white, surly cynicale, dfh 60, and others on-tap on my visit. also 50-60 selections available via bottle, almost all of them good. the bottle list primarily featured american craft beers along with a decent belgian and german selection. some of their beers are served in their proper branded glassware but this seems to be limited to belgians/etc. otherwise you get a standard shaker pint. my first beer on tap was unfortunately served in a miller lite glass, which fucked with my head a bit. service was helpful and attentive. menu was regular bar food. prices were decent, especially considering the location-people are paying more for bmc crap in every other place around here. a must-visit if you are stuck in downtown napertucky.
07-25-2008 04:10:29 | More by MrMcGibblets
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
(Visited 11/2010): Grumpy Bulldog is located in on the south side of downtown Naperville on W. Jackson, a couple miles off I-88. Street parking is available pretty much in all directions.
The place is relatively small, with the bar on the left side and some high tables elsewhere. The decor includes brick walls, brewery stickers and the like. There were a lot of locals present on the weekday evening we visited.
The bar has about 11 taps and over 50 bottles. Draught offerings include Kasteel, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Southern Tier and Goose Island. As for bottles some breweries represented include Goose Island, Two Brothers, New Belgium, Tyranena, North Coast, DFH, Ska, Founders and more.
Service at the busy bar was pretty good. There did not seem to be a lot of people there for craft beers but the bartender was cordial and knowledgeable enough.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall this is a pretty fun spot to hit in the area.
06-29-2011 02:41:08 | More by Dogbrick
3.85/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
this bar is very small and easy to walk right past if you arent paying attention! I was recently there on a sunday and had a blast! it seemed like cheers, how everyone there knew eachother from being regulars at that bar! anyway back to the bar, they have about 70 different craft bottles and 11 taps, nothing too special: kasteel rouge, DT, 2 goose taps, #9, and Stiegl to name a few. While I was there I shared their burger sampler with a friend, it was a good mix of their burgers. the menu consists of mostly sandwiches and a few salads, typical bar food. there are 3 hd tvs and they will put the sound on too if you ask! they have sliding glass doors in the front which is nice in the summertime.
the only downfall of this bar is that on the weekends it turns into a typical dbag dt naperville bar. The one owner isnt exactly nice or grateful either. the beer selection has been the same since they opened too, lets try something new guys!! If I go to dt naper ill come here for a beer but id prefer to drive another 10 mins to the bavarian lodge for a better selection.
01-19-2010 23:04:46 | More by ginger420
3.85/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Downtown Naperville is Yuppieville, what with the $11 martinis across the street at Sullivan's and the overly made-up white high-school girls in tight dresses. If you tire of that all, come to the Bulldog for a divey, boisterous ambience and good craft beer.
This is a compact, smallish, old-looking sports bar with dudes drinking buckets of Bud Light and hot, slightly-slutty-looking waitresses. Busy and noisy because of the size, but rarely too crowded that you can't get in.
About 45 bottles of craft beer, with some goodies from 3Floyds, Ska, Tyranena (Rocky's Revenge) and others, but mostly mainstream (Stone, Avery, you name it). No printed tap, supposedly because taps change very often (and so what, many bars print a daily list).
On tap I saw Central Waters IPA; Goose Island Green Line; 3Floyds Zombie Dust, Alpha and Gumball; Capital Supper Club; Ommegang BPA.
Zombie was very fresh, but Alpha and Gumballhead not so much. A little flat.
They have a $5 burger special on Friday nights you ought to get. It is tasty and cooked to order. I ordered it as rare as possible (afraid it would come medium, as usual) and it came outright raw. YUM! Grilled onion and roasted poblano peppers on top. Great fries too, and even though it took forever to get to the table, it sure was worth.
Despite the cheap burger, the overall bill for $4 beers and a burgers wasn't so affordable. But... this is Yuppieville, right. I will come back.
09-14-2011 22:59:07 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My second time to the Grumpy Bulldog.
They have some good beers on tap and in bottles. Ordered a LH Milk Stout and a FW Double Jack. They have around 12 or so taps and 40 or so bottles. Bartender I talked to seemed to know about beer, we had a 5 minute or so conversation about the different beers and breweries that were on tap there. Bartender actually didn't charge my buddy for one of his beers on purpose which is pretty cool.
Atmosphere is pretty typical of downtown Naperville, kind of douchey with most people drinkin BMC, but there were some people there also obviously to drink good beer. If I ended up drinking in downtown Naperville I would definitely go here for the beer, but there are other places around the area that have better selection and better atmostphere, but it is worth a stop if you are in downtown Naperville.
03-27-2011 06:08:26 | More by ahq514
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for dinner and drink a few weeks ago. They have a great beer selection, head and shoulders above anything available in the area.
The staff basically read the menu to me when I asked any questions about the beer. I got the impression the owner knew more, but he wasn't there. It took a long time to get a beer more than once.
The food was average. Not bad, but not great.
The place is tiny and doesn't have any real atmosphere.
We took our 2 young kids and the staff was very accomodating.
I'll go back, but probably not for dinner.
07-18-2008 17:26:21 | More by rscot231
Grumpy Bulldog in Naperville, IL
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.