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Owen & Engine

Not Rated.
Owen & EngineOwen & Engine

13 Reviews
Reviews: 13
Visits: 27
Avg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 47
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2017
United States
phone: (773) 235-2930

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @owenandengine

Place added by: emerge077 on 09-29-2010

Monday - Friday: 5pm - 2am
Saturday: 11am - 3pm brunch, 5pm - 3am
Sunday: 11am - 3pm brunch, 5pm - 2am

Garage parking available across the street for $2 (all day).

Beer Menu available at:
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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 27
Photo of dandigsbeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer selection at Owen and Engine is off to a great start. I hope they plan to change up the cask selection as the two times I have been Two Brothers were the primary cask beers. While a big fan, have had Two Brothers in casks from Chicago to New York. The food is great. Try the oysters as well as the fish and chips. We went with some of our foodie friends the second time, and all loved the pairing of the food with the beer. Selection ranged all over the spectrum with some good Belgians as well. If you go say high to the wonderful owners, Bo and Arden. They will be happy to see you.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A perfect place for date night being right across from the movie theatre...Inside is pretty cool, total English pub feel, however out the front window is busy Western Avenue, so its kind of distracting. Upon seating we waited a good 5 minutes before anyone came to us, way too long as I was getting antsy to get one of their tastey cask beers. I was disappointed again as the 2 selections on cask were 2 Hearted and Robert the Bruce. If I'm at an English pub, give me some damn Enligsh beers on cask. There were 4 English drafts and about 10 other Belgians and American staples. About 20 bottles, but pretty over priced, especially the English bottles. All the English beers on tap were light, after dinner I really wanted something roasty but I was left with American options. The food was pretty good, mussels and fish chips both worth trying again. Really good crunchy fries are worth getting as your side. Our server was really slow with everything, especially our bill when we were trying to hustle to the movie.

A decent place to grab dinner and drinks. Just don't go expecting to have an awesome selection of cask or English beers.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Owen & Engine is a new British-style gastropub on the outer edge of Logan Square.
It's in the vein of The Publican or Longman & Eagle, but more casual.

The main draw for me was the 4 beer engines behind the bar, which the place is partially named after. Their niche is decidedly English, but the beer list is well rounded with an equal number of choices from the UK, US, Belgium, Germany, and others. An imperial pint of Two Hearted on cask is always a fail safe option too. We had Batemans XXXB and Fullers 1845 with dinner. A few things on the list you don't often see, like Leelanau and Meantime London Porter, mixed in with local classics like Daisy Cutter and Krankshaft ($5). The beverage director Andrew stopped to talk beer with us, and mentioned they will be sending out casks to be filled, so look for a rotating selection in the future.

Food was really great, very hearty and tasty. The burger was a blend of short rib, brisket, and ground beef, hand formed and served on a homemade toasted brioche bun. It was really unique and delicious. Fish and chips were also tasty, they serve fresh Haddock, which is flown in often apparently. The wings also looked good, I saw several others at the bar enjoying them. 2nd visit for brunch, tried the beef hash and pastry plate and both were great.

Service at the bar was really top notch. Our bartender Tracy was really nice and on top of things. We were offered samples of the cask ales, and I got a freebie short pour of Dupont when the keg had issues mid-pour. 2nd visit we were seated upstairs, and service again was timely and flawless.

The atmosphere was pleasant, lots of wood trim and leather. The bar chairs had a nice rest on the back, and they were comfy. It felt like being in the study or drawing room of a British estate, with somewhat high ceilings and chandeliers. It was Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick! Upstairs the room was smaller, with a fireplace and leather chairs in addition to a smaller bar for 6-8. 4 cask engines upstairs (same casks) and ten drafts.

O&E is destined for greatness. They are doing it right, and have their own niche. The odd location makes it more of a destination, and I hope it doesn't get overrun like Kuma's or Hopleaf. Time will tell...

2011: All 4 beer engines running, rotating selection included Greene King Abbot, FFF RtB, Wild Onion King Paddy DIPA, and Bells Best Brown. Beer list is regularly updated here: http://www.beermenus.com/cities/chicago/bars/owen-engine

Draft menu was broken out by country of origin, with style, ABV, and prices listed. 15 British beers, 5 on draft, one on cask. After several visits, O&E continues to impress. Food is exceptional, brunch is a great time to go.

2012: O&E still holding it's own. More one-of cask treatments here than anywhere else in the city, believe that. Always a great dinner or brunch option in the area.

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Owen & Engine in Chicago, IL
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