The Publican

Not Rated.
The PublicanThe Publican
BA SCORE
100
world-class

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 4.56
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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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.

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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This is an extremely conflicting review for me to write...This is Beer Advocate, right? Okay I'll do my best.

They open at 3:30...they serve a limited afternoon menu until 5:30. We had a reservation at 5:30, and showed up around 4:30, and were promptly sat at the table where our reservation had been situated for later that evening.
The tap list consists of 10 to 12 options, ranging from easy drinking German Pils to fine American Craft offerings, and even a house blended Lambic (which stated it was from Lindeman's). We started with a Rueze from the Bruery. A beer I had been wanting to try, but since we don't get their stuff in Michigan, I was very excited to see it.
The afternoon menu consists of 8 to 12 Oyster options, quite a few different cheeses, some cured meats, a few salads, and a half chicken. We started with the Chef's Choice Oysters that were absolutely fantastic. They gave us two of each, totaling 12 Oysters (the cost was $30, so just under $3 an Oyster, fair price IMO). Since they had about 12 Oysters on the menu, we decided to go back for round 2, and try the other 6 that we did not get on the first platter. And the chef was more than happy to do that for us. They were all wonderful.

By this time, it was 5:30, and the full menu was available. We stuck with the draft list (which I'll get to later), and got a glass of the house Lambic. Which turned out to be absolutely delicious. We both enjoyed it more than the Rueze.
The dinner menu is vast. Lots of really good looking options. We did some family style dining, and went with a couple different things. We had some baked sweet potatoes that were absolutely delicious, as well as some kale gnocchi. The kale wasn't as present as I would have liked it to be, but the gnocchi was to die for. Absolutely amazing. For entrees we went with dry aged duck breast and beef heart tartar. Both of the entrees matched the apps, very well presented, and tasty. An amazing dining experience food wise. With that said...

We were sat on the first table when you walk in the door. The only occupied table at 4:30. Probably the worst table in the house, honestly. I called for a reservation 3 months ago, because I know it's extremely difficult to get into the Publican. Every time someone opened up the door, we got a blast of cold air, and it was rather uncomfortable for us.
The server wasn't the friendliest girl in the world. She was pleasant enough, but she had this snottiness to her that just rubbed me the wrong way. I'm a religious 20% tipper, and unfortunately she walked away with just over 15%...
The beer list is...hmm. The tap list is affordable, yes. But as far as the Publican being a beer destination, I'd have to say absolutely not. Yes, they had Bourbon County Coffee on the list, but for $18 a bottle? You gotta be kidding me. Yeah they had Sobre Humano from JP (and there isn't alot of that left around), but for $45 a bottle? No way. The prices were just way too high.
Taking everything into account, this is a really nice stop. The food is fantastic, and priced very well for what you get. The service could have been better. The beer list is impressive but overpriced.
It's nice to have such a high quality dinner with great beer options available. I don't understand the idea that if you are going to enjoy such a treat, you need to be gouged for it. I'm guessing people pay for the bottles, or else they wouldn't carry the selection they do, or they wouldn't charge as much. The restaurant seems to be very busy, so they don't need my help. I just don't agree with their practice.

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The Publican in Chicago, IL
100 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.