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Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Maria's Packaged Goods & Community BarMaria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

Taps: 18 / Bottles: 450
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
96
world-class

30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 8.56%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Store ]

960 W 31st St
Chicago, Illinois, 60608-5828
United States
phone: (773) 890-0588

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @marias_bar

Notes:
Store hours: 11am-2am Sunday - Friday, 11am -3am Saturday

Bar hours: 4pm-2am Sunday - Friday, 4pm -3am Saturday

(Place added by: emerge077 on 09-01-2010)
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Circles413

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$

I love this place for 2 reasons.

1, Mike...he has his own corner where he sells his personal stash.
2, Maria...she's so friendly & personable.

The family is inviting & loving. The selection isn't the best but at times you can find a rare bottle or 4 but that's because of Michael. The location is awkward & the parking is very limited. But when I'm looking for a rare batch or hard to find beer, this is a must visit! But don't ask for opinions because some of the staff doesn't drink at all. So use your own judgement & research when buying.

03-04-2014 09:56:33 | More by Circles413
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xXTheDudeXx

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Maria's is the bar that I credit with jump starting my craft beer addition and hobby. It was a cool night several years ago when I went to Maria's for the first of many times and discovered Three Floyds Zombie Dust on draft for the first time. That was all I needed to become hooked.

I've been back several times since then and each time they have a complete different set of beers on draft displayed on their epic chalkboard as well as a giant bottle list. The front area is a liquor store and always has great craft beer choices. I highly recommend Maria's during the week but be prepared for madness on the weekend with crowds, etc. Cheers to Maria's and everything that they do!

01-26-2014 21:54:03 | More by xXTheDudeXx
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Skater_Rich

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$$

Maria's is a great place, and the owner (owners son?) is a great guy. Very friendly and a total beer nut. I used to like this place a lot more when it wasn't so crowded. I guess that's a good thing, but I'm older and don't want to deal with all the hipsters that are just now finding out how great the south side is...

The beer selections are great, very up to date and if its not on tap, most likely they have a bottle of it laying around in the front or their mysterious back room.

The atmosphere is crowded, as Maria's is not a large place. The solution (especially if you smoke) is the outdoor patio. It is enclosed in the winter and they also provide heat lamps for further comfort. This patio is the best spot in the city for having a great beer and a cigarette as well. If you don't like smoke, stay inside!

The music is very different, hip hop, punk, digital....no theme whatsoever. I don't mind because I go for the beer and I can listen to anything. If you only like a certain type of music, check the web site and see whats happening the night you want to go.

Your best bet is to go knowing your going to have a great beer or cocktail, a smoke on the patio and hear some music you most likely never heard before.

10-24-2013 17:34:01 | More by Skater_Rich
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joe1510

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

Maria's is a tiny little liquor store with a good selection at decent prices. After 4 when the bar opens there's a little speakeasy style door heading back to the bar that you don't even notice until it's open. It's a dark, cozy little bar that gets tight on the weekends. There's a cool little patio out back that's perfect for the summer evenings.

The taps are fresh and always well thought out. There seems to be a lot of tap only beer pouring, stuff I don't see many other places. The service is good, quick, a lot of beer being poured in short amounts of time, Don't expect a long conversation with a bartender if they're busy. My only complaint, and it's a small one at that, is that the beer prices tend to run even with northside prices, which is actually to be expected now a days, about $6 a pint for your standard selection.

Maria's is worth a trip whether you're a tourist, driving in from the burbs or living outside Bridgeport. If you live in Bridgeport you already know how good Maria's is so none of this is new.

08-20-2013 00:16:02 | More by joe1510
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gtk1989

Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

A great local bar. Not to pricy. Selection was great, is a bit dark inside but it adds to the atmosphere. There is minimal seating and on a busy night will have trouble. It would be great to have food though there is a local food bakery next door that will deliver right to your seat.

04-30-2013 03:08:33 | More by gtk1989
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Went here on a recent Friday night. The place has some character. First you enter a small bottle shop area, followed by the bar, then a dining room, and finally a heated patio. Nicely decorated. A movie from the 70s about a tribe of Amazonian women was being projected on two walls. The only thing I could have done without was the "DJ" playing inordinately loud trance music.

The tap list is moderately-sized but quite nice, with quite a few draft-only offerings from both local and non-local breweries. Not too pricey, either. I did not try any food.

It was a bit crowded, but that's to be expected at a somewhat trendy place on a weekend. I will try to revisit during the week at some point. Overall a good experience.

03-14-2013 17:33:01 | More by Etan
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -25.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$

It's a unique place for sure and one in which you should check out if you have the time. Door opens to a smallish bottle shop in which a lady will ask forcefully for your ID. The quality is so-so. Being from Jersey, I've seen many of these labels but they did seem to have more Three Floyd's variety then other places I went to in Chicago.

When you move past the half wall into the bar in back this is where the atmosphere picks up a little bit. Very good tap selection for 10-12 handles. Bottle choices are lengthy, decor and crowd is hipster or hipster wannabe, and there is a patio out back for warm weather.

09-06-2012 14:37:32 | More by JosephThompson
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A little gem, off downtown some ways. The bar opens only at 3 pm but has 450 bottle and 16 taps at a long bar. Long list of events was inetresting. Some of these bottles may not move, that is a risk, but are names I cannot find anywhere else in stores from 3 Floyds, Half Acre and Nogne. Do not know how safe I would feel around here late night Reasonable prices.Great neighbourhood bar, but you cannot get a taxi. bartenders are cool, storefront cannot speak Engish or tell you anything reliable about beer.

05-09-2012 21:19:28 | More by Sammy
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davidpietruszka

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

Hands down one of the best beer bars in Chicago! Frequently rotating taps with lots of goodies from Three Floyds and other Midwestern breweries. Over 400+ bottles available. Excellent cocktails and whiskey selections too.

Get food from Pleasant House right next door (or elsewhere.)

The patio is a perfect place to spend a summer night and free Korean Polish BBQ on Mondays!

Eclectic DJ's spin world music, soul, and electronic music on a nightly basis.

On your way out, grab a 6er of Zombie Dust or Cantillon to go!

05-01-2012 03:33:28 | More by davidpietruszka
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aefbjo

Bahamas

4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

For those beer enthusiasts who like the chance to access a great beer (and spirits) selection without some of the annoying factors of certain north-side haunts, this is the place. Friendly atmosphere where a lot of people know each other, kinda like how your "neighborhood bar" used to be, but with better beer. The proprietors' choice of name for the bar isn't PR fluff: there is a real community here. But there's also a consistently solid choice of draft beers, usually with a Three Floyds oddball that you might not have seen before, or a limited Founders, or a Half Acre one-off, etc., just for example. The prices are also quite nice; some places take the liberty of tacking an extra couple bucks onto taps just because they can, but not here. Every night (I believe) there is a DJ, band, video show, art show, or something -- this is where the community is based. Also, it has been mentioned, but come with an empty stomach (unless you're coming late at night). The Pleasant House Bakery next door makes the most delicious savory pies (meat and/or vegetable) I have ever had. Great for drinking with beer on Maria's back patio. They also have rotating daily specials like burgers or whatever. Add to all of this the fact that Maria's Packaged Goods (as is the terminology in Chicago) has a huge (OK, tiny, but huge selection) craft beer bottle shop in front, and you're looking at an establishment in a class of its own.

(I took a point off on service only because cocktails have been hit-or-miss at times; this may have improved. Service is uniformly friendly and prompt.)

04-30-2012 19:28:02 | More by aefbjo
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Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar in Chicago, IL
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