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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

17 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
91
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
38
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
2.43%
 
 
Taps:
31
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Jake Melnick's Corner TapJake Melnick's Corner Tap
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

41 E Superior St
Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2505
United States

(312) 266-0400 | map
www.jakemelnicks.com

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Added by sholland119 on 11-06-2009

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 38
Reviews by Hibernator:
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

After conducting extensive research on BA, I realized that Jake Melnick's appeared to be the closest craft beer bar to my hotel that was a mere couple of blocks away. We stopped in during an unsuspecting Wednesday afternoon for an initial visit after a casual stroll around Michigan Avenue.

Surprisingly, the temps outside were hitting 80+, so a minor sweat developed on my brow and we decided to have a couple of beers to take off that post-flight discombobulation

There is a lengthy bar straight ahead as you walk in with ample seating to the left for dining. Additional dining (and a dartboard) as well as bathrooms are located to the right.

Service was really good during my visit. The bartenders were friendly, engaging, helpful and responsive. The theme here appears to strike a balance between BBQ and craft beer bar, which really resonates with me. It's nice to get that occasional whiff of BBQ in the air while sipping on a freshy. Prices are on the higher end of the spectrum, but it's not everyday that you can order a Liefmans on draft.

As far as the beer selection, expect about 35 drafts or so. The beer menu divides the options into selections like 'Holy Hoppy' and others. Drafts while I was there included Lagunitas Sucks, Waldo, IPA, Evil Twin Yin Yang, Liefmans Goudeband & Oud Bruin, Local Option Gose, Ommegang Rustica, Mikkeller (many options), Duvel Single, etc. I had a locally made Kolsch and the Yin Yang and they were tasty.

I definitely got a good vibe here and plan on returning in a couple of hours for Game 6 of the Celtics vs. Knicks playoff series. Certainly worth checking out if in the area.

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Solid reliable food with monthly specials (often very good and creative) in the burger, wing and mac and cheese categories. Basic burgers are good, wings are very good, with poncho and firecracker being favorites. Friendly and knowledgeable staff too.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of misternebbie
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of beinerso
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kraj30
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Love this place.. go there almost once a week. Usually some solid beers... not a huge list but good. Wings are unreal.. very good vibe

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of BRami127
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

A staple for great craft beer, good food, and the best wings in Chicago (and they have the awards to back that up). The staff is friendly and is knowledgeable in their beer selection. They even have some rarities that they are willing to sell. If you're in Chicago, you have to stop here.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was an excellent find (thanks to the "Places" section on BA). We were in town on business and this is only a few blocks from the Dowtown Mariott which makes it even better, I didn't expect the beer list to be this good without traveling some sort of distance.

Tap prices range primarily from $6.50 - $8.50. I'm a fan of IPA's and they had a few to satisfy my craving: Port, Two Brothers, and a local offering which was pretty impressive. Other taps available: Nogne, Duvel, Great Divide, Mikkeller, Struise, and 5 Rabbit. I think the overall rating on price is subjective so you at least know the $ range of the taps on this particular day. 20+ taps with NO macro (only in bottles).

I sat at the bar and the Bartenders were very attentive and they both really knew their beers which in my book is always an absolute plus, nothing I hate more than an establishment where they have no clue what they pour.

The interior is more rustic and honkey tonk/blues bar inspired with a long bar, hardwood oak floors, and stained pine behind the bar. There are large flat screens around the perimeter with sports on, orange/red Christmas lights strung all around the ceiling and exposed clear bulbs with orange/red filaments hanging over the bar. overall, pretty cool.

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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.