Tap House Grill
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Taps: 16 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 10 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
2.9/5 rDev -20.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | $$
Stopped in recently on the way to the Bavarian Lodge. This bar is located in the quaint shopping district of downtown Glen Ellyn. I drove by once, and didn't see it, there was no flashy sign, it was nestled into a space that was formerly an English/Irish pub (Firkin & Fox). "Beer spoken here" was painted on the front window.
The small interior had a small wooden bar with a corner beam to the ceiling, with seating for maybe 8. Dark wood, carpeting, and several tv's. A few small tables lined the walls, with 2 in the front window. I didn't explore further, I was here for the beer. There was a sign in the back with the beers listed, they were preprinted on little slats that slid in/out on the sign. Looking the taps over, I didn't see much that couldn't be found in any other bar. Looked at the "beer list" and this was confirmed. Little to no craft beer here, with Mikes Lemonade and Kaliber NA rounding it out. Out of 28 beers, there were less than 5 that could be considered quality craft. These were Alpha King, Fat Tire, Hacker-Pschorr, and Sam Adams Winter White. The rest were utterly dismissable. MGD, MGD 64, Miller Lite, Amstel, Heineken...if I had to venture a guess, a Miller distributor chose their beer selection. They may "speak beer here", but not "craft beer". Big difference.
Alpha King was $4.75 and served ice cold. At least the bartender was quick and friendly. Didn't stick around to try the food, but the menu seemed to be "upscale pub grub". This is the kind of place you might grab a beer while your significant other is shopping, but otherwise there's nothing for a BA here...I've heard the locations in Westmont & Oswego have better taps, but a similar ratio of craft to swill.
04-03-2009 13:41:31 | More by emerge077
4.31/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I greatly love this place, although the layout leaves a bit to be desired (it is a deep narrow space in an very old building, repurposed for pub use). The staff is friendly and attentive. The food is exceptional (and very reasonably priced). The selection of beers on tap is limited (due to the space limitations that don't allow much room to ad tap space/lines) but there are always several good quality non-mainstream selections. It is the kind of place you can make your regular hangout and watch the game place.
08-23-2013 22:07:40 | More by krome
3.26/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
They have a decent on tap beer selection, and a decent bottle selection. Unfortunately, the day I was there they were out of Anti-Hero IPA, Oberon, and a couple others which were among the best of their selection. I really like the Glen Ellyn downtown area and there is plenty of parking close to this particular place. I'd come here again, but it's not a beer destination.
06-29-2013 04:10:59 | More by amalahow
Tap House Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL
87 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.