Taps: 12 / Bottles: 71
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
3.97/5 rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here during my cat-sitting duties on word of Baudoinia on tap. It's a Blues Brothers-themed bar, rather than a strictly blues-themed bar, with plenty of exposed brick and occasional bits of movie paraphernalia. I bellied right on up to the bar and discovered my tip was indeed correct. This is indicative of the taps at Blues Bar, which somehow just stocks a couple gems amongst other quality options (there's been plenty of BCS, Baudoinia, some Solemn Oath, some Lagunitas, Allagash, Founders, things of that nature) without many people knowing, apparently, as they seem to linger here longer than elsewhere. There's a decent bottle list as well, similar to that at Fox & Hound locations nearby. The bartenders are amiable enough and seem to know what they're doing when it comes to the beer. I didn't try any food, as per usual, but it looked to be your general sports bar kind of fare, with burgers predominating. Overall, this is a nice little spot to grab some suds if you're in the area, though I wouldn't say it's really a true destination quite yet. Damn solid, though.
05-21-2013 02:18:34 | More by TMoney2591
3.9/5 rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Met up here with GbvDave for lunch today. I'd imagine that the atmosphere during the day vs. the evening is much different. It was laid back with some decent music playing, umbrella-ed tables out on the patio. Inside it was two stories, with an upstairs seating area overlooking the bar with a ground level stage in the window off to the left. Plently of Blues Brothers memorabilia all around, namely the bluesmobile, and life-size figures of the characters behind the bar. Minimal blue neon wraps around the exposed brick walls, framing black & white film stills from the movie. I guess someone here likes the Blues Brothers...
Beer. Taps were ok, a few too many macros, but the oddballs were Paracelsus Zwickl and Lagunitas Lucky 13. Plenty of staples in bottles like Gumballhead, Two Hearted, etc. and some quality seasonals like Expedition stout. Selection was US craft focused, broken up by style on a large chalkboard and printed list with notes and prices. Most of what was on their site was current, though they were out of Daisy Cutter.
Food wise, the bbq stuff was pretty good, tried the smoked wings, smoked turkey and brisket sliders. Would come back to try the ribs. One sauce was good (smoky), though the other two were too sweet.
Overall not a bad place in an area with limited options. Maybe avoid late friday & saturday if live cover bands aren't your thing. Next door at Ye Old Town Inn there are underground metal shows apparently...
07-17-2011 03:37:10 | More by emerge077
3.33/5 rDev -21.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Stopped by this local establishment on a Saturday night after some other plans didn't pan out. The lady friend and I could have hit the mean streets of Chicago but we decided to see what the Northwest Burbs have to offer as far as brew is concerned. Never would have thought that this establishment carries good beer, but I got a tip, so we checked it out.
Walking up, the blue radiating neon lights were bit of a deterrent, but we proceeded with caution. We were met at the door by the bouncer who told us there's a $5 cover. Grimacing with displeasure and with one foot out the door, we reluctantly paid the cover since there was going to be a live blues band. (But really?! Who does cover in the burbs? Its hard for me to swallow a cover in the city!)
We take a seat at the bar, in front of the chalked list of brew on the large board. They have 8 taps where 4 were dedicated to good brew (Great Lakes Seasonal *OUT, Stone IPA, Two Bro Domaine, and Half Acre Over Ale) The bartender was nice and offered samples of any of the draft offerings and all brews were accompanied with the appropriate glassware. The bottle selection was decent but nothing all that outstanding. Some a bit noteworthy: Alpha King, Northwind, Modus Hop., Blackout Stout, and a few more. They must move a bit of brew here tho. I had the Over Ale, since its not bottled anymore, and the Stone IPA, which were both fresh. The lady had a Little Sumpin Sumpin and a Leffe out of the bottle and both were both tasty and fresh.
As for the food... Had the quesadilla appetizer and was not all that impressed. Salsa from a bucket doesn't cut it. Ever.
The ambiance is a bit lacking in my opinion. A bit too modern for me with the neon lights and black metal mezzanine. In all honesty, if it wasn't for the blues band, the few images hanging on the bare brick walls, the name, and the old school cop car in the 2nd floor window, this place could pass as any bar any other day of the year. The crowd was salt and peppered with a few youthful couples coming in throughout our time there.
I might revisit this establishment for a few beers with a friend or two before they start collecting cover for the live band and that's about it.
01-12-2011 21:19:32 | More by dobrybrowar
Blues Bar in Mount Prospect, IL
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.