Taps: 12 / Bottles: 46
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by botham:
4.7/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
The Publican is a solid restaraunt that happens to have a decent selection of beer. the place looks like an old Norse dining hall that was transplanted to the West Loop, with new finishes and updated glassware and utensils. that being said, the food is exceptional and the beers are very inteligently chosen.
atmosphere is upscale restaraunt meets the aformentioned old Norse hall. bold and strong wooden furniture throughout, all medium toned with just-as-bold heavy wooden tap handles at the bar. booths along the far wall close off into their own spaces, which gives a cozy and private dining experience while still being a part of the overall space.
service and quality are near-perfect. artisan dining with great beers. focus of the menu is on pork and other meat dishes, with a good beer list of around ten taps and around 75 or so bottles. everything is a bit pricey, but the quality makes up for the price difference.
food is quite good. pork is definitely the focus, but all the food seen and tried was great.
overall, the Publican is an excellent restaraunt in the West Loop; the only complaint is the location, without too much around except for the street markets that close their doors mid-afternoon. that being said, once inside the patrons are transported to old Scandinavia. an excellent stop for those in the downtown area of Chicago. cheers!
10-08-2009 17:51:09 | More by botham
More User Reviews:
4.89/5 rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
This place is outstanding. It has a great combination of outstanding beer list, menu and bourbon line-up.
When I went there were probably 30 different beer selections including a one off collaboration with Three Floyds and their own lambic. If you can't find something to like you aren't looking hard enough.
The food is served small plate style so you can try some different options and all of the options were outstanding. Prepared perfectly and each delectable. Definitely try the charcuterie option.
The bourbon selection included all vintages of PvW so you know you can get a treat. They were pricey, but for a special occassion splurge.
The service is impeccable and you will not wait or want for anything.
Definitely make this a stop if you are visiting or live in the Chicago area, you will not be disappointed.
06-20-2014 13:08:57 | More by justlovebeer
The Publican in Chicago, IL
99 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.