Chicago Brewing Company
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 152
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 9 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 36 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by RonfromJersey:
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stop #1 on Ron's Beer and Baseball Vegas Adventure - May 19,05
You see brewpubs in old mills, strip malls, stables, lots of improvisation, but this brick building is a seriously impressive physical presence as you approach.
Inside, beautiful copper and black brewing equipment straight ahead, a high ceiling dining room to the right, stairs to upper (closed by day) longue to the far left, I head for the bar, left of center. Seems like patio seating is available at least some times, though this noon in Vegas I'll take AC and ready access to the taps.
While noticing the video poker built into the bar, I head for one of the tall tables with a view of several tvs, and unlike the actual bar, enough light to both read and make notes.
The brick bar area has impressive metal work on the ceiling, shame it's not the high ceiling of the dining room, this is a little more closed in. Fireplace, five tvs, golf video games. Bathroom clean and large.
I order the beer sampler, nine four ounce beers in mini-mugs ($7). The beers arrive on a two tier wooden circular tray, looks very neat.
The beers overall are good, not mind blowing: the hefe's not bad, needs more nose; light ale clean with a bit of lemon; a nicely hoppy pils; an average amber and ipa; blueberry vanilla, very vanilla, not as much berry; the Springfest Lager, served with an orange slice, so it seems like a wit; and my two faves of the stop, the brown ale, which had a nice chocolately taste; and the stout, which I ordered a follow up "pint" (14 oz - $3) of to finish the visit.
The menu was a nice pub grub variety: pizzas, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, pastas, and some larger entrees. Appetizers were $7-11, and I'm guess splitable. I went with the basic cheeseburger and fries ($7.95). The burger was a good size, and done as requested. Fries were dark and very good.
Service was exceptional, though I will say that the bar area at least was lightly populated this Thursday afternoon. One impressive thing was that when my waitress was not sure about a beer question, she went and brought one of her co-workers who was able to answer all my questions. Too many people think "I don't know" is the end of the issue.
A fine establishment, one that I would gladly return to, (possibly as soon as next May)
Chicago Brewing is off the strip, those accessible by public transportation. However, between the waits for two buses, and the numerous stops of the cross-street bus, it was two hours from leaving The Belagio and arriving at Chicago Brewing. I took a cab to stop # 2, the Big Dog.
07-20-2005 23:38:52 | More by RonfromJersey
More User Reviews:
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
I visited the Chicago Brewing Company location at the Four Queens Hotel & Casino on Freemont Street in old Las Vegas. It was a fairly small place with limited tables and bar stools. I enjoyed the Hardway IPA while playing Video Poker at the Bar and watching a football game. There was obviously no cost to me while I was playing, and since I broke even on my Video Poker play my beer cost was free :-). There were 4 other micro brews on tap; Old Town Brown (a German-style brown ale), Ramblin Reck (an American amber ale), Weizenheimer (a Bavarian style hefeweizen), and All Nighter (a premium light ale). I only tried the Hardway IPA; in fact I had a few to ensure an "adequate sampling". The atmosphere was comfortable with friendly bar tenders, and good company to talk with while playing Video Poker and watching football. I didn't eat there so I can't comment on the quality of the food, although from what I saw it looked like regular "pub food" (ie, nothing special).
12-24-2013 03:57:30 | More by JohnW58
2.7/5 rDev -31.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This used to be my neighborhood bar a few years back and it used to be great. It really has lost its appeal and doesnt do much to want me to come back. Nothing too special on beers (damn I miss that Maibock) and its the same old boring beers....nothing awful but nothing to crave either. Food is probably its strongest point as I do enjoy the Sliders and the pizzas. Also, the Happy Hour prices are extremely generous which is a huge plus. Its an okay place, but I wont go out of my way to go there even when its Happy Hour.
06-06-2011 22:32:38 | More by Sicknot
3/5 rDev -23.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$
The place used to be great. I used to hang out there quite a bit. About 3 or 4 years ago they went to hell. Beers are still the same, decent enough. But the food quality and the service has gone way down hill. If you are looking for a place with average food were you can sit and hangout for while and you are not concerned about great service, it is a ok place. I would not go as far as to say don't go, but I will say don't go and expect a great meal, great beer, or great service. Over all pretty average place.
04-03-2011 21:44:43 | More by rbhockeyfan
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in during an afternoon of mostly underwhelming beer shopping as it was on the route from Whole Foods to Lees/Total Wine.
A fake "converted warehouse" look from the outside, but inside is not bad. Smoking permitted in the bars (ick!) but at 3 in the afternoon the crowd was, thankfully, sparse. A three sided downstairs bar (deep to accommodate the video poker machines), with some high tops around. Rather dark but not unpleasantly so, lots of TVs.
I had the full sampler of 9 beers, which was pretty mediocre throughout. The Hawaiian Honey braggot was the best of the lot, the IPA was just ok, and the rest lacked any kind of character.
The sliders I had were pretty good. The bartender was pleasant and attentive, especially for a day bartender.
I would not go back, and am glad I did not go out of my way to get here. Not a bad experience, just nothing special.
12-22-2010 21:01:16 | More by sholland119
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
They have a good range of in house beers, ranging from Pales to Stouts. Most styles are represented fairly. The food is good, they have a range of pizzas: thin crust and deep dish, and a good selection of Aps. Irish Nachos are a stand out. Nachos using potato chips=delicious. Fair pricing on both food and drink. This place would benefit by carrying a selection of craft beer. Having that in conjunction with their in in-house beer would make this place a definite draw. Even with their lack of a good Craft selection, I still visit this place due to the great food and good in-house beer.
11-17-2010 08:07:09 | More by Hoptoss
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have stopped at this micro so so many times maybe I should do a review. I dont care for the design of the outside of the building or the inside for that matter, just a personal thing and no big deal. It sort of reminds me of a castle inside or something like that, again no big deal. They have two happy hours from 5-7pm thats when you can find me there and the second is 10pm-midnight.
They have enclosed the bar area so one can smoke in that area or for non-smokers the dining areas are avaliable. The bar has the usual table-top video machines and this is the only place in Las Vegas I gamble, and the only gambling I am allowed to do in NV.
As for beer I sort of step out of my comfort zone here, my favorites are the saison,the blueberry vanilla and a crazy beer, but good, called Hawaiian Honey, sp.
The food is good, maybe one step above pub food but very consistent. The service is great, and just not for me as they all know me but for everyone who walks through the door.
So if you want to get away from the strip Chicago Brewing is highly recommended.
11-14-2010 21:43:55 | More by VegasBill
Chicago Brewing Company in Las Vegas, NV
89 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.