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Twisted Spoke

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

33 Ratings
Ratings: 33
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Taps: 122
Bottles: 170
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

501 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60642-6422
United States
phone: (312) 666-1500

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Notes:
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(Place added by: cliff1963 on 05-06-2009)
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Reviews by beerwolf77:
Photo of beerwolf77
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Another stop on the Chicago tour.

The look and the feel of the place is totally faux biker bar. The only bikers showing up here are rocking north face jackets and armani sunglasses. Lot's of chrome and diamond plate to give it a bad ass feel.

The beer list was impressive. I had my heart set on some rare sours from their reserve list. Sadly it was devoid of anything that really interested me. I settled for a Blackout stout from 07. It showed some sings of age but was tasty for the most part.

The service was super friendly and fast. Always love that.

The food was pretty solid. We only ordered a bunch of apps but everything was good.

Overall not sure I will stop back but I'm glad I got the chance to check it out.

beerwolf77, Oct 16, 2011
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Alright, if you're reaching the end of a bachelor party near 1am, how can you resist the allure of something called "Smut-n-Eggs"? Well, our group made its way over to Twisted Spoke for just that reason. The place has a biker bar aesthetic, but it's much more laid back inside. Sure, there's motorcycle paraphernalia around, and the bartender looks like he rides, but there's also a semi-modern, welcoming feel to it as well. We came in during the tail end of SnE, which is basically just breakfast food served under the auspices of old porn. (And I mean old: It seemed like we were watching stuff from the 50s and 60s on a couple of the screens.) We got a seat in the back room, unfortunately away from the porn, but we occasionally wandered back over to the bar area for some glimpses. The selection was pretty strong, with some Off Color in there alongside the usual suspects (Lagunitas, Goose Island, Revolution, etc) and old favorites like Genny Cream. The waitress was nice enough, but she tended to disappear for long stretches, making us wonder where our orders were and if we were being ignored (likely unintentionally). Another little gripe was that the menu had a few errors (the one that sticks in my mind was Off Color's Scurry being listed as their troublesome, two very different styles). The tempura-fried bacon I had was surprising pretty damn good, especially when dipped in the accompanying soy sauce. Prices seemed pretty normal for the City. Overall, this place ain't half bad, and I imagine things would have been slightly better at the bar, but from our experience it was good with some improvements needing to be made here or there. Fun times, though...

TMoney2591, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

Stopped in here after work to check out the menu, which I heard was impressive. They have a pretty good tap list and a really nice bottle menu. What really stood out for me, though, was the Reserve list - a bunch of cellared beers, some of them pretty rare. Most of the bottles off this list are pretty expensive (usually around a 100-150% markup), but some of them are pretty reasonable for the vintage/rarity. They even offer shots of stuff like TNP (no thanks) and Utopias for a decent price. I bought a bottle of something very expensive off this list, and the bar tender was curious and friendly; she even offered me a shot of some small batch whiskey on the house, which was nice.

However, the bottle lists are pretty outdated - it took me three tries before they had something I wanted off the Reserve list, and I could see stuff in the fridge behind the bar that clearly wasn't on the bottle list. Other than that, the food was decent (Fatboy burger was pretty awesome), and the atmosphere was quirky and friendly.

Etan, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.65/5  rDev -35.4%

Atmosphere- This is an interesting combination of a biker bar and craft beer bar. Honestly the best way to describe it. Nice outdoor seating on top of the building surround by a fence for customer safety.

Quality-great selection on beer, but the problem was that the beer menu was way out of date. Of the 5 people with me we all wanted to try a few beers listed on the menu only to find that they no longer have them. The waitress made it clear that the beers we asked for that were still one the menu have been gone for a long time.

Service- Slow. Quite disspointing.

Selection / Value- decent menu nothing fancy. decent prices on the food items. Beer menu as mentioned earlier they need to update the beer menu. Had some crazy vintage beers that cost you your first born son. I actually bought a bottle of beer for $80 while we had dinner. Crazy price, but I cant complain because it was my decision to buy it. The beer was pretty good though, just not 80 dollars good.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of wernerherzog
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%

This is currently my favorite place to drink in Chicago. They have great specials (Maker's Mark Mondays, select 2.50 pints Tuesdays, Whiskey Wednesdays, etc...) and the staff is warm and personable.

The atmosphere is enjoyable. Somehow the bar's build keeps it from getting too obnoxious when crowded and loud. They always have great music playing super-loud but it's never been a problem.

The selection is terrific. The first time I came in this year, I got a nemesis from, I think 2009. More recently a friend and I split a North Coast Old Stock Ale from 2008. I didn't feel that either one was exorbitantly priced for how old it was. Some other bottle prices can get to be a bit high as most locations.
The tap selection has some notable regulars for good prices but the real treat is the rotating tap selection which changes fairly regularly and features a fairly rare or aged beer each time. They recently tapped a keg of Bourbon County from last year that they'd saved over. It wasn't tapped for an event or special happening, just for the hell of it.

The burger and BBQ sandwich are both stellar. The Bloody Mary is fantastic.

The bartenders are smiling, friendly, and always seem to be having a good time while working.

This place manages to offer a quality experience without being pretentious or attracting that sort of crowd. You're more likely to meet a rig driver than a grad-school beer snob.

wernerherzog, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Treebs
4.14/5  rDev +1%

I stopped here for a pint with a fellow BA after taking a trip down to FFF.

The place is right on the corner and is easily spottable with the rotating motorcycle over the top of the establishment. Handlebars for the door knobs/pulls and you're definitely in a biker bar. Skulls hanging and sitting on top of shelving and the two servers have long beards. Nice.

The staff was friendly and answered our questions as best they could, although they weren't as knowledgeable about the their "reserve list" for their beer. The beer list/menu is on a clipboard with several sheets broken down to the following: Tap, bottle, Barrel-aged beers, and the infamous "Reserve List". Most of the beers on the reserve list and the barrel-aged lists were outrageously priced (STB and TNP for $300 and $200 respectively). Others were expensive, but far below their Ebay price so if you really wanted some vintage stuff this might be the place to go. The tap list was decent and had some stuff that you wouldn't really wouldn't find at another establishment.

I did not try any of the food.

Overall it was a nice place, had some good beer, and had a great novelty about their "Reserve List." I would like to come pop some bottles here one night instead of in the club though.

Treebs, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of funkyaudio
4.47/5  rDev +9%

I really dig this place. The menu is a stack of papers on a clipboard, probably three to four pages of beers, one for drafts, one for bottles, one for their aged beers and probably one more that I've forgotten about. The commentary is crass and awesome, probably borderline offensive but if you're easily offended, you probably shouldn't be here in the first place.

If you really don't like this place: You're doing it wrong, and we don't want you visiting anyways. If you want to come with a notepad & gripe about everything wrong, don't. If you want to have a good meal & watch a game with some of the best beers available, you are more than welcome

funkyaudio, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%

stopped in on a busy weekend night, post pitchfork festival

about 20 taps - mostly mainstream micros but a few more interesting offerings from the bruery, firestone walker, etc. the bottle-list was vast but it was really too busy to dive in.

food was on the greasy side - i had a bbq sandwich that really hit the spot, but wasnt anything you would really want to eat unless you were starving.

service was completely overwhelmed. bar tables had a wait and the server was kind of a dipshit. the bartender was overworked but nice. due to the proximity to union park, i can only assume this wasnt a normal night.

there is a biker theme, but you wouldnt have guessed - the crowd was a mixed bag, and very light on the leather.

Not worthy of a destination-visit, but good to have on the map of options in the city.

dirtylou, Jul 26, 2011
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Twisted Spoke in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.