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Bad Apple

Bad AppleBad Apple

Taps: 24 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.56%
$$ - reasonable

[ Bar, Eatery ]

4300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-1712
United States
phone: (773) 360-8406

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Bar Hours:
Monday - Wednesday :: 4:30pm - 2am
Thursday - Friday :: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday :: 11:30am - 3am
Sunday :: 11:30am - 2am

Kitchen Closes:
Sunday - Thursday @ 11pm
Friday & Saturday @ 1am

(Place added by: joe1510 on 08-11-2009)
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Photo of dman127


5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

One of my favorites places. Always a fun time. Right across the street from Half Acre is case you want to double your fun.

Great burgers and awesome beer selection on draft and in bottles.

Staff is always friendly and helpful

Highly recommended!

02-03-2014 22:54:06 | More by dman127
Photo of sholland119


4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

Man does Chicago have a million places to eat and drink. This is another good one.

Hit this place for Sunday brunch and late night the next day with friends and enjoyed both visits. Beer selection is excellent, with plenty of local and regional taps and a cider or two.

The food is very good, with the burger menu (yes burger menu) the thing that caught my eye. Very tasty indeed.

Service was just ok for me both times, but still a very worthwhile stop, especially with Half Acre just across the street.


08-09-2013 19:41:45 | More by sholland119
Photo of Fluffheady


4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

Bad Apple is pretty much across the street from Half Acre. They have a really great draft list. Their menu theme is burgers, with about 20 different concoctions (there’s other things on the menu too). The good food is really delicious. Drafts are great and in constant rotation. There is really cool sculpture art and painting all over the wall. Bad Apple is absolutely worth a visit. If you’re from out of town, hit Half Acre Brewery and then come here for a burger. We had a really weird service moment once. The pour sizes weren’t listed very clearly. Our beer came out in a 16 oz goblet and it was half full. I felt like I was getting shorted. After looking back at the menu we found the pour sizes. We asked the bartender about it and he said "they don’t make glasses that size". Huh...? Pretty sure you can order almost any size/shape glass from the catalog... Other than an awkward misunderstanding, this place has always been pretty cool.

08-05-2013 00:50:02 | More by Fluffheady
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is a must visit place in Chicago. Tap list has a good mix of quantity and quality. Bottle list is also stellar, which includes a list of harder to find bottles. Enjoyed a couple of pints and a bottle of Perennial Mint Chocolate Stout.

Atmosphere is nice. Big enough to be able to get a seat. GREAT burgers. Friendly and knowledgeable servers.

07-22-2013 12:40:17 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of BrianV

4.95/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

I live very close so I stop by this place frequently and there is always a new beer on tap to be tried. Many specialty beers will come through that will be tapped on a Thursday night and be done by Friday; so if you're looking for that one rare beer it may be already gone if you're not quick enough. The people behind the bar are extremely friendly and have a high beer IQ. It will get quite crowded however on the weekends and most weekday nights so plan accordingly. Thursday and Fridays before 6 are my favorite times to stop by. Not crowded yet so you can get to taste a lot of the different beers and talk to the bartenders about the brews. Oh yeah and their burgers and sandwiches are amazing. Often made with a sauce,relish of a beer on tap.

07-06-2012 22:18:22 | More by BrianV
Photo of shadytony


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I stumbled upon this place entirely by accident. I would suggest visiting this bar either before or after hitting Half Acre which is basically right across the street. note: I DID not eat here but the food looked good so I'll give a "4" based on my overall impression and the fact that the burgers looked very tasty. There were families and kids present in the dining area. The bar area is separate from the dining area.

atmosphere: very cool artwork. clean. dimly lit. good music. skulls and MOST IMPORTANTLY shuffleboard (not the outside kind with sticks). My kind of place to have a beer. close to perfect.

quality: no complaints. everything was cold and served in proper glassware.

selection: very good to excellent. a few harder to find local beers were on tap.

service: again, no complaints. fast, friendly and accurate. Beer was cold.

I was impressed overall with my first visit to Bad Apple. In my opinion this is a very underrated establishment on the Chicago beer scene. Let's keep it our little secret.

07-06-2012 15:39:28 | More by shadytony
Photo of cjacobsen


4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Set on a corner a little outside of downtown Chicago, it's pretty quiet and best of all, parking isn't bad at all. Inside is clean and open with great bar seating as well as tables in the back. Artwork installations hang around the bar and give it a nice piece of flair.

The burgers are fantastic and their other menus items are pretty topnotch as well, from what I've seen.

The beer menu is extensive and they have some more rare selections and stuff you don't see in too many places. The type of place that there's only 2 kegs in the city and this place has one of them.

The prices are very reasonable, especially being in Chicago. Their pricing is more on par with places out in the suburbs. Not too bad at all, really.

The bar is fairly small in comparison to the big bars in Chicago, but there are usually always two people behind the bar so you are never waiting on a drink or service.

I've been there a few times and it's definitely one of my go-to places when I'm in the city.

02-16-2012 12:19:52 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of dexterk1


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Have been here multiple times and it has been very good each and every time. The beer list is really nice. It has a lot of different beers and a good selection of beer styles. They are usually able to talk with you about different beer and make recommendations from time to time. Price is pretty reasonable as well.
Food is very good as well. Burgers are excellent and they have an array of them to choose from as well. Burgers and beer are the best reasons to come. Not just the selection of both is excellent, but the quality is good as well.

01-06-2012 00:43:23 | More by dexterk1
Photo of scamplin1966


4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

went there after going to Half Acre brewing which they recommended, very cool place, good food my daughter and I tried cheese curds for the first time, great beer selection (Founders on tap).
staff is friendly and even helped us out with directions and bus schedule to local breweries (piece brewery and Revolution brewing) even the owner got involved on what bus to take.
was there with my family 1st time, came back while in town with work with coworkers, the owner came over and remembered me from 6 months earlier! go there as much as i can when visiting one of the coolest city's around.

11-30-2011 02:16:46 | More by scamplin1966
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $

The final beer bar that my girl and I visited on a recent trip to Chicago. We popped over after grabbing brews at Half Acre and were not disappointed.

VIBE: nice low-key atmosphere in the daytime, a large bar greets you at the door with cozy tables and booths off to the side and another room in the back. Lots of light coming in through the windows, patrons mind their own business. Awesome neighbourhood joint.

SERVICE: our waitress was cool as hell. I explained that I wanted to try some beers but I was driving back to Canada and didn’t want to get blasted. She gave me four 2-ounce draught samples free of charge. Food came to the table quickly and the server left us alone while we ate. High marks here.

SELECTION: I had a Lagunitas Lucky 13, Mikkeller Single Hop Warrior IPA, Left Hand Good Juju Ginger, and Mikkeller Single Hop Simcoe IPA on tap. Other draughts were Lindemans Pêche, Goose Island Sofie, and Founders Centennial IPA. My girlfriend enjoyed her glass of wine. Similar to Local Option, I didn’t bother looking at the bottle list since the taps were so impressive. Also, several pints were $4.00 or less.

FOOD: both of us went for the Turkey Jack sandwich on whole wheat bread with a side of french fries. It was flavourful and reasonably priced and the huge portion filled us up for the long trek back home. We were very satisfied with the drinks and fare.

OVERALL: Bad Apple is an outstanding gastropub that we would return to time and again if we lived in the area. This overlooked gem was the unexpected sleeper hit of our Chicago beer bar tour. A solid spot all around.

09-12-2011 06:01:44 | More by cratez
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Bad Apple in Chicago, IL
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