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Twisted Spoke

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: n/a
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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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by funkyaudio:
Photo of funkyaudio
4.47/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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

More User Reviews:
Photo of kdb150
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Simply put - Twisted Spoke is one of the best bars anywhere. Spent most of the day there on a Sunday to watch playoff football - out server was fantastic, the beer selection excellent, the bourbon selection the best I've ever seen (really!), the vibe welcoming to everyone (even kids), and just all around a great experience. Didn't have a meal, but the food looked outstanding. This bar is an absolute must visit on any trip to Chicago.

Photo of Barnoloid
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Good spot in the West Town area. Despite the 'biker bar' theme this is a chill place most of the time. Always a varied and eclectic tap list to choose from - plenty of national and local options on tap with some carefully picked selections. Quality bar food - burgers, breakfast and sandwiches all hit the spot.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

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...

Photo of Etan
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Twisted Spoke in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.