Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by wschmit:
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I enjoyed my time here this past Friday. The prices were fine for a good beer place in Chicago--six to eight dollars for a Belgian or bigger American beer is normal, and given the prime location almost surprising.
I had some decent potato skins and flatbread there, too--and I'm a prick about food. It's definitely a good price point for the comparatively expensive neighborhood it's in--a block from the Mag Mile. Perhaps a bit more than two dollar signs for many, but spot-on here.
Selection is enough to keep most BAs at least interested. They were out of a couple taps I asked for, but comped me for a round because of that. A fine institution with good location.
A bit of a sports-bar/after-work crowd might detract some.
09-13-2010 00:58:36 | More by wschmit
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4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | $$$$
After conducting extensive research on BA, I realized that Jake Melnick's appeared to be the closest craft beer bar to my hotel that was a mere couple of blocks away. We stopped in during an unsuspecting Wednesday afternoon for an initial visit after a casual stroll around Michigan Avenue.
Surprisingly, the temps outside were hitting 80+, so a minor sweat developed on my brow and we decided to have a couple of beers to take off that post-flight discombobulation
There is a lengthy bar straight ahead as you walk in with ample seating to the left for dining. Additional dining (and a dartboard) as well as bathrooms are located to the right.
Service was really good during my visit. The bartenders were friendly, engaging, helpful and responsive. The theme here appears to strike a balance between BBQ and craft beer bar, which really resonates with me. It's nice to get that occasional whiff of BBQ in the air while sipping on a freshy. Prices are on the higher end of the spectrum, but it's not everyday that you can order a Liefmans on draft.
As far as the beer selection, expect about 35 drafts or so. The beer menu divides the options into selections like 'Holy Hoppy' and others. Drafts while I was there included Lagunitas Sucks, Waldo, IPA, Evil Twin Yin Yang, Liefmans Goudeband & Oud Bruin, Local Option Gose, Ommegang Rustica, Mikkeller (many options), Duvel Single, etc. I had a locally made Kolsch and the Yin Yang and they were tasty.
I definitely got a good vibe here and plan on returning in a couple of hours for Game 6 of the Celtics vs. Knicks playoff series. Certainly worth checking out if in the area.
05-03-2013 21:52:54 | More by Hibernator
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
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.
11-09-2012 22:38:42 | More by jzeilinger
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$$
It's rare that I am ever in this part of town, but having found myself here I also found myself in need of some good beer. And Jake's has it. Unfortunately, they also have incredibly high beer prices that are high even by city standards.
JM's is set up to look sort of like a honky-tonk. Lots of wood and earthy tones. Wood floors. Wooden tables. Some neon here and there. I half expected there to be peanut shells on the floor. On my recent visit, they were half empty and it just had a bit of a lackluster feeling to it.
Food is mostly bar food and BBQ. Supposedly they have the best wings in the entire city, and while I found them (the wings) to be pretty damn good, I feel there are other places that do a better job. Wife had a mixed salad that was pretty good. Fresh cut fries were a pleasant surprise, but I wish they had been left in the fryer for another minute. And while I personally didn't get the chance to try their BBQ, the place has a strong smokey smell which isn't always the case for these city BBQ places.
Beer list was strong with a heavy bend towards American craft beers and only a limited amount of Germans, British, and Belgian brews. Overall, the selection was pretty good.
Food prices are bit high for what you get, but they were far more reasonable than the beer prices. Draft bears were mostly in the $7+ dollar range for the average beer with "reserve" beers being even pricier. I get that this place is only a couple of streets off of Michigan Avenue, but with prices like that I see little reason to make any special effort to come here.
Service was fairly standard and nothing special. Our server didn't have a great deal of beer knowledge, but she was an effective server and did try to be helpful.
JM's is child friendly. Kid menu available.
03-06-2012 02:47:36 | More by Florida9
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
We were looking for a place to grab lunch and turns out Jake's was two blocks from our hotel. We didn't know anything about it before we went, so we were hoping for the best.
As we walked in the aroma of BBQ filled the foyer. Mmmm, beer and BBQ? I'm in! The atmosphere is that of a sports bar with tall bar tables, regular tables, a long, straight bar, and plenty of seating all around. The hostess was nice and sat us promptly.
The menu was our place mat and it was front to back with food. They advertised having Chicago's Best Wings (two years running), so we placed an order for an appetizer. Two things...1) they are not the best wings I've ever had (breaded and hardly sauced) 2) they were $9 for nine, small wings. Well not a good start to the food. I ordered the House burger and there were two orders of pulled pork at the table. The House burger (BBQ bacon wrapped, 9 oz. patty, piled with pulled pork, topped with onion straws and BBQ sauce) was delicious!!!
The beer selection was pretty good. They had a beer of the month offering (Victory Summer Lover). They also had a burger of the month promotion that allowed you to add a pint of Lagunitas IPA for only $1. To sum up the other tap selections: 3 Victory, 3 Lagunitas, 4 Left Hand, 3 Two Brothers, Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash, and Duvel. I'm sure I'm missing some, but anyways it was an awesome list. They also had a decent bottle/can list.
Our waitress was very attentive and our food came out pretty quickly.
Jake's is a great place to go for BBQ in Chicago (I have limited experience to the Chicago area). In my experience though, NOT the best wings. I'm happy their pulled pork made up for that. They offer a big food menu with a great beer list to compliment.
07-01-2011 19:11:22 | More by thain709
Jake Melnick's Corner Tap in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.