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The Publican

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The PublicanThe Publican
BA SCORE
100
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 46
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-1318
United States
phone: (312) 733-9555

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thepublican2008

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Place added by: rhoadsrage on 11-26-2008

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 40
Reviews by GoldenVIKE:
Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the best "gastro pub" in Chicago if not the world. They have an incredible selection of meats and organ meats, and all are prepared, cooked, and served masterfully. The sweet breads is my personal favorite. Unreal.

Then there's the beer list. They've got hundreds of craft brews available including many on tap. You can even order hard to find brews like Goose Island Rare Bourbon County Stout and Founder's Breakfast Stout--of course you have to pay a heavy price for beers like that, like $45 for a bottle for example.

My only beef with this place is that I don't really care for the atmosphere. It sort of feels like a cafeteria due to the high ceilings, open rectangular room, and long bench tables. I know that's what they're going for, but it makes the place a bit loud and crowded feeling. This place would be even better if it felt more like a tavern.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djgoodwi
4.73/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.14/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.46/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of beinerso
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of pagriley
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My experience last week was just okay. The beer menu was interesting, but nothing really exciting, the food was sub-par.
Compared to my prior visit about a year ago, I feel like it is slipping

Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

First class food here at The Publican - this is somewhere for meat lovers, as you might expect from the name. Tucked away on a slightly less busy part of the booming West Loop neighborhood. Excellent beer offerings, that often provide a great balance to the very extensive food choices. Their drink menu changes often and is picked to reflect the menu, though some standbys such as their 'house' lambic tend to remain. Consistently top class.

Photo of KATCanada
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First of all I am one of those foody's so am picky about food. First of all this is a very fun vibe with the communal tables and Pig photos and wood everywhere. Nice noise level and unpretentious servers with excellent beer knowledge. Very solid list of locals and imports/regionals with BCBS available by the bottle. Food is very good overall with some dishes rating "excellent". My vegetarian wife was happy with the big selection of fish and vegetable dishes. Must try the pork rinds. I had their collab sour for a starter with oysters - excellent way to begin, followed by a 4 Winds Rye IPA and then an Biscotti Break (on tap no less) with dessert. Don't miss this place if in the windy city!

Photo of saemick
3.8/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Ken134
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wellsnb
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

My favorite mid-tier beer and food place in Chicago.

Photo of spointon
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of WoostaBia
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of pat61
4.9/5  rDev +7.7%

The Publican offers rustic food raised to a new level of elegance and it is perfectly matched for their marvelous beer selection. The beer list covers three columns over one side of a tabloid size sheet. The 12 tap draft list mixes interesting local and regional craft brews with some imported selections I have not seen on tap anywhere else. The bottled list includes top Chicago and American craft beers, a handful of selections from Germany, the UK, Sweden and France and then a column of Belgian selections. My only complaint - inside when the place is full it can get so loud you can barely talk to the person sitting next to you. The food and drink are great!

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Keelin
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JVan
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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5/5  rDev +9.9%

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100 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.