Taps: 25 / Bottles: 75
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
3.59/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$$
This place is a puzzling. Their beer list and events are absolutely outstanding. Even more so, their beer director and bartenders are great. They have two certified cicerones behind the bar (real cicerones, not just server). Last year the beer director organized a Three Floyd’s tap takeover by hoarding kegs on his own. About a month later he did “Faux BAB”, where he imitated FOBAB by having a tap takeover of barrel aged beers (has happened 2 years in a row). You can also ask if there are any fun off-menu bottles. I’ve witnessed the bartender giddily unveil an unlisted King Henry. Other than the bartenders promoting the beer-culture, the ownership seems puzzled with craft beer culture. They used to own Charlie’s, and they own Ombra and Anteprima (upscale Italian, really great if you're into it) on the same block. I have tried SO hard to like this place. The food is really off-putting. They claim the portions and pricing are out of whack because of the "farm to table" aspect. However, within a 2 block radius there are several other farm to table restaurants that give you a full plate at a reasonable price. We stopped eating dinner here, but we tried coming here many times after a dinner elsewhere in the neighborhood. They would close early, or they would put up every stool in the place around us! I have really tried, but I don’t know how much more patience I have for this place. Ever since Jerry’s opened, we haven’t had the desire to go here except for a very special event every now and again.
08-05-2013 00:56:21 | More by Fluffheady
5/5 rDev +23.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
if this place was closer to where I lived, I would be broke, fat, and best friends with everyone in there.
Amazing service, killer line up, educated bar tenders, and the food is worth the price tag!
I went for a craft beer week event, and it was not packed, I had a server bringing me tasters of amazing beers, and he even helped me order the more popular ones first so that I wouldn't miss out on anything I wanted to try. Cannot beat that!!!
I will definitely be back!
05-30-2013 16:10:44 | More by GimmeGumballHead
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I had walked past this place a couple times after I moved into Uptown, and saw posters for a Stone tap take-over they were doing back in September. One night I was out with my friends at the Hopleaf (right down the street) and we were sick of dealing with the noise and ridiculous Friday night crowds, so I decided we leave and head over to Acre. Good idea. Everyone was a lot happier to be in a nice setting on a Friday where we could actually sit down and talk to each other peacefully without screaming.
Sel - The draft selection here is always awesome and every changing. They keep a lot of staples on tap for each style of beer, but also ALWAYS have something interesting or rare. A nice list of bottles too. We were here for a friend's birthday and ordered a bomber of EACH of the Abacus and Parabola ($60 for the pair, but still awesome)! The only bad thing I do have to say is that sometimes I feel like the bottles sit for a while, as one time I had old DIPA out of a bottle that was a malty mess. Honestly I always just stick with beers on tap and I am never disappointed. One last thing - I love the tap events they do. Winter Solstice - so awesome. Got to have the 08 BBA Stone IRS and the Vanilla Goose BCBS.
Ser - I try to make it to this bar at least once a month, and the service is the reason. Always. So. Great. I try to bring a different friend with me every time I come so they can experience this place. Billy and Sean are my favorites. I brought my girlfriend here who had never drank craft and Billy gave her 5 or 6 tastings, going off whether/not she liked/ disliked her previous taste to help her pick a beer. She talked about how nice these guys were for weeks, and now, because of them, she has really taken an interest in craft! Billy really knows his stuff... and so does Sean. Sean's a total sweetie too, always attentive and helpful. My favorite thing about these guys is that they are well versed, willing to shoot the shit about beer, but NOT pretentious/ beer snobby/ etc. I love that ... can't stand to be talked down to by snobs.
A - Simple, modern ... nothing too wild but not boring. Always very clean. I do like the shape of the bar, kinda unusual. I've never been here when it's crowded/ during a dinner rush and I work nights and don't usually come by until 11 PM.
Overall - Love it here. Feels like my neighborhood bar!
02-04-2012 22:12:34 | More by machina
3.5/5 rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Acre presents a bit of a conundrum when it comes to my beer drinking experience. On the one hand, their beer list is designed carefully, with a good number of drafts and
bottles. It would be tough to find someone who could not pull out an intriguing beer from the list.
On the other hand, the service and atmosphere leave something to be desired. Maybe I have just been there on low key weeknights, but there just does not seem to be a lot of energy here. The layout and lighting seem to hint at an intimate environment, but I have just gotten the sense it is too quiet or dead. Also, even when the bar is not that crowded, it usually takes a few minutes to get a bartender's attention and get a drink.
Last time I was there, the first time a waitress asked my friend and I if we needed anything was after an hour. We had been getting drinks from the bar assuming there was no waitress.
They have hosted a couple of events that have been solid, and that is usually why I head up here. Other than that, it is a decent bar I do not really find worth going out of the way for.
09-09-2011 21:50:33 | More by KickInTheChalice
Acre Restaurant in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.