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Bad Apple

Not Rated.
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73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.53%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @badapplebar

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 malcontent
4/5  rDev -7.8%

I've been here a few times since Feed the Beast Went under and Bad Apple stepped into the spot.

They've done away with some of the more garish aspects of the former tenant and made it a modern yet homey room. The much less-hectic backroom is a nice option for groups hoping to meet without having to shout at one another.

I've had at least 6 beers here on different occasions and have never had a problem with dirty lines or a bad draw. The selection, while not world-beating, should have something for nearly every taste. It's a strong balance between local and American favorites with a healthy dose of Belgian stuff thrown in for good measure.

Still have not had the food but the service at the bar, save on my very first trip opening week (which I'll give them a pass on) has never been less than pleasant and attentive.

Great option in a somewhat generic stretch of Lincoln Ave.

malcontent, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Stopped in here for a quick pint before the Small Animal Big Machine release. The place was empty, save for a couple others at the bar. Some nice, random music was playing in the background. The ambiance is slightly eclectic, with various animal skulls on the walls, dark cherrywood tables and bars, and a neo-southwestern motif. The beer list is pretty nice, with an extensive bottle list. The bartenders seemed pretty knowledgeable and were decidedly amiable. I didn't try the food, but I will be back some day to get one of these burgers I hear so damn much about. Pricing is pretty fair, especially for the city (I've had some real gougings before...). Overall, a great place to take down a few brews, especially convenient to those who make the trek to Half Acre every now and again.

TMoney2591, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Randallt11
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

Edit 5/13: I definitely like this place. I did downgrade their beer selection just a bit. All of their beers are high quality, but there isn't much rotation. That's a nitpick, but one worth mentioning. The burgers and fries are outstanding.

I feel pretty lucky that this place is down the street from me. The burgers are very good, but it's also a nice place to sit down at the bar and have a couple beers. Service is pretty friendly, efficient but not off-putting. The selection is outstanding for a tap list of its size. My only suggestion to Bad Apple would be a Belgian Tripel; tap belgians are sparsely represented. You can tell that the taps are chosen with some thought, nearly all American beers spanning across multiple styles.

Haven't been to Kuma's, but I must say that Bad Apple is more than adequate, without all the logistical trouble. They also have a relatively complete menu, with sandwiches and salads for those who don't want a burger. Go to Half Acre, then come over here (Daisy always on tap, of course).

Randallt11, May 13, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Great food, awesome selection of craft beer. They even have $1 / 1oz samples of most if you just want to give something a try.

PBRmeasap1980, Oct 17, 2014
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Bad Apple in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.