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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 90
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sludgeman:
District of Columbia
3.52/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | $$
Visited on a Tuesday evening. Sat at the bar.
If you looking for something special or a surprise, don't fool yourself. If you need an average place that will make a non-craft crowd happy while still possibly providing you will an opportunity or two, then maybe try Old Chicago.
A - Crowded, a good energy in the crowd. Well lit. Clean. Definitely a nice looking place. But also nothing unique.
Q - This is typically a difficult question to ask unless you visit on a regular basis or have some inside info. Nothing to believe that the beer was old.
S - Bar was understaffed. Took 10 min for the bartender to even recognize I had sat down. Even after the bar cleared out, the bartender continued to be unattentive - from needing another beer to trying to get the check. Bartender did seem to have a good familiarity of the beers on tap. Ready to offer a taste.
S - An average selection. Do not be fooled by the large number of taps (or the small number of bottles.) The selection is not worthy of praise. There were no notable beers on tap. I had a terrible Free State Iron Man Imperial Stout and a very good Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Porter.
V - Prices are good.
10-23-2013 02:34:47 | More by Sludgeman
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3.03/5 rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
So what can I say, it's another Old Chicago. This one was a pretty standard bar. The atmosphere was pretty typical. It was mid afternoon when I visited so the place was pretty dead but a few locals were swillin at the bar.
The quality I was a bit disappointed with. I ordered two beers that were on tap and they both tasted almost identical. Why? The tap lines were dirty. This bugged me a little, but I didn't mention it to the staff. I should have and now I wish I had.
The service was pretty much average. The waitress seemed busy even though she was only waiting on a few people. As a result our encounters were brief, a little rushed, and not informal. I asked which of the Flying Monkey beers they had on tap and she said "Flying Monkey". I said no, which one from Flying Monkey? Is it the amber? she said "probably, it looks amber". So she wasn't exactly knowledgeable, but I've come to expect this.
The selection is decent for Kansas. Most of their taps are filled with U.S. and domestic macro, but there was a decent micro selection. The bottles here were a little more impressive than most locations. They carried the Boulevard Smokestacks and I believe Chimay.
The food was good. Pretty standard and I have no complaints.
The price is reasonable. I mean $3-5 for most beers and $7-10 for a plate of decent food is pretty standard these days if not cheap. So I'll take it.
10-05-2008 16:47:58 | More by Goliath
Old Chicago in Wichita, KS
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.