Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 16 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wschmit:
4.3/5 rDev -3.4%
My first experience at Maria's left me more impressed than I expected to be. At the forefront of hipsterizing Chicago, I expected to vom when I got here, despite the pretty good beer selection. Needless to say, I did not vom, and actually had fun.
Front of the store is beer/wine/liquor to go, as indicated by the Packaged Goods in the name. The bar's in back, and there was vinyl spinning when we got there. The setting was pretty modern and clean, which worked well with the music--neither too "scene" nor too boring.
As for beers--started off with Owd Engwish, Olde School, and Topless Wych, each at 5 bucks for snifters, I believe. Followed that up with some pale ales that I barely remember--Arctic Panzer Wolf, Finch's, and one more lost to beery haze. Good prices by Chicago standards, and the bartenders were friendly enough. Altogether about 20 beers on tap.
All in all, I had fun--good beer at good prices in a nice place and not as trendy as expected.
05-25-2011 03:39:55 | More by wschmit
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +1.1%
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
Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar in Chicago, IL
97 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.