Owen & Engine
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 47
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 20 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
3.48/5 rDev -18.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A perfect place for date night being right across from the movie theatre...Inside is pretty cool, total English pub feel, however out the front window is busy Western Avenue, so its kind of distracting. Upon seating we waited a good 5 minutes before anyone came to us, way too long as I was getting antsy to get one of their tastey cask beers. I was disappointed again as the 2 selections on cask were 2 Hearted and Robert the Bruce. If I'm at an English pub, give me some damn Enligsh beers on cask. There were 4 English drafts and about 10 other Belgians and American staples. About 20 bottles, but pretty over priced, especially the English bottles. All the English beers on tap were light, after dinner I really wanted something roasty but I was left with American options. The food was pretty good, mussels and fish chips both worth trying again. Really good crunchy fries are worth getting as your side. Our server was really slow with everything, especially our bill when we were trying to hustle to the movie.
A decent place to grab dinner and drinks. Just don't go expecting to have an awesome selection of cask or English beers.
10-21-2010 21:51:35 | More by jrallen34
3.9/5 rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
O&E can best be described as an upscale modernized British Pub. The food is updated British fare, but the beer is mostly American craft.
There are roughly 20 taps and 4 available beer engines, though on my recent visit only 2 of those engines were actually in use. And while the beers on tap are good beers, their selection typically does not include any one-offs or rarities. Unfortunately the selection of beers they offer could easily be located in a dozen other bars through out the city.
The real draw for O&E is the food. Rooted largely in British pub cuisine, with some modern updates and local ingredients, this is the real reason to visit O&E. Scotch Eggs, bangers and mash, cornish pasties, burgers, all well prepared and well worth the visit.
Atmosphere is of a British pub, albeit a higher end pub. There is a bar with high backed chairs and a couple of tellies, wooden tables and chairs, and a seperate dining room upstairs. However, the fine china and table settings give this place an air of sophistication not found in the average pub.
Service is friendly, helpful, and attentive and I believe that all of the servers have some level of Cicerone certification.
Overall, I'd return for the food and enjoy the available taps, but couldn't ever see making this a destination beer stop.
10-23-2012 17:34:11 | More by Florida9
3.94/5 rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
i've never been to england, but i'd say this place is a good approximation of an authentic english pub. lots of wood and decorative moulding, brass trimmings on the bar, wall sconces etc. overall, it has a bit of an upscale feel to it.
the staff at the door were not exactly helpful. it took the two of them about 15 minutes to explain that tables are (usually) for reservations only or there would be a 45-60 min wait, or we could just sit at the bar upstairs for drinks without waiting. the bartenders upstairs, however, were quite knowledgeable and friendly. in the hour or so that we were there, i heard them accurately explain countless beers to other patrons and make recommendations that everyone seemed to be quite pleased with. all beer upstairs is served in proper glassware per style and each glass is rinsed before filling.
selection is good with 4 beers on cask, something like 12 or 14 taps and many bottles. i ordered a fw double jack since i can't get that in michigan and my gf had the wild onion jack stout. we didn't order food so i can't comment there, though many of the menu items sounded tasty.
drink prices were reasonable, about what i expect from a bar.
overall a nice visit. i'd like to come back and sample their casks and food next time i'm in chicago.
11-07-2012 00:32:20 | More by divineaudio
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$$
A great place for English style fare. Portions are generous and delicious. Beer selection is mostly UK crafts and American breweries that specialize in English Ales. They had Old Chub on cask which was awesome as you can imagine. It is a bit pricey but worth it. Parking isn't friendly.
06-25-2014 16:38:09 | More by NewGlarusFan
4.22/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
11-20-2010 14:11:19 | More by dandigsbeer
Owen & Engine in Chicago, IL
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