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Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar

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Maria's Packaged Goods & Community BarMaria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
BA SCORE
97
world-class

37 Ratings
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.74%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 450
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

The best beer list in chicago this week (especially stellar on midwest gems)

surly darkness has re-entered the market and is fabulous
dark, great body with sweetness and complexity
everything I want in an imperial stout

also currently 3 high-octane FFF also on tap -- Blonde Behemoth, which has picked up the CITRA tinge of Arctic Panzer Wolf, also Dreadnaught on tap (also CITRAlicious) and Apocolypse Cow.

Meat Pies available from next door. And the gravy fries.... gurgle yum. (Poutine style with steak chunks, gravy and cheese). They will deliver to you in the bar.

Friendly and knowledgable servers. Great ambiance -- taxidermy and old beer cans. A great "local" with the best selection of local top-tier beers. You can't miss this place. No question Chicago is one of the greatest beer bar/brewpub towns -- and this place still stands out.

Oh wait... and I even forgot to mention the Half Acre Chairman... even more reason to head to the Southside!

Updated June 2012:
still a reliably great list (available on beermenus) and still great pies and scotch eggs next store -- but now also grilled food on the patio on summer mondays and food trucks on saturdays. great community place thats great for both bridgeport and the chicago beer community

4thoseabout2bock, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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Missy82, Mar 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Circles413, Mar 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

little_star, Feb 09, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

xXTheDudeXx, Jan 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mattmarka1, Jan 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Sparky44, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

teledeluxe, Nov 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

enelson, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

TheRealPour, Oct 27, 2013
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4.01/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Skater_Rich, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

ms333, Oct 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.