Bangers & Lace
Taps: 32 / Bottles: 70
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.68/5 rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
B&L is not very flashy and I almost wasn't sure I had arrived at my destination when I found it. Very simple place. The open air front made for a great afternoon of sitting and enjoying a beer. Not too many people there so it was nice and relaxing. It rained too, which was a nice plus to have the fresh smell and the soft sounds outside.
32 taps which is quite impressive. A decent selection of home town brews mixed with some of the more recent national releases. Their bottle selection was quite impressive. Stuff I would expect to see in people's cellar, not at a bar. The bottles are kind of expensive, especially for the bombers of stuff that you see on the menu that you feel you should probably order it since you probably won't find it anywhere else.
The staff is very polite and knowledgeable. They know what they're doing. Really nice and have no problem having a conversation, or just leaving you be if that is what you desire.
Didn't try the food, but I've heard fantastic things about it. One of these days I hope to partake. Will definitely be looking this place up again next time I'm downtown.
08-19-2011 03:03:31 | More by cjacobsen
4.3/5 rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to bangers&lace several times now and really enjoy it. They usually have around 25 beers on tap with the beers being pretty wide and diverse.
Their bottle list was really good and the prices were very fair. I was able to get a bottle of bam noire for $20. The draft list is a bit more on the expensive side, but I'm more than willing to pay since the selection is so good.
The service has generally been pretty good when I've come here. I haven't been here when it's real busy, but I've never had a problem getting a beer when needed
11-08-2011 04:08:23 | More by KDawg
4.28/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Back to my old stomping grounds, West Division Street has changed a lot, even in the last ten years. Nelson Algren probably wouldn't recognize it today. Gone are the derelict storefronts and package goods dive bars, enter boutiques and bars like this one. The hanging metal sign out front reads B&L in a cryptic script.
Once inside, it's an open space, fairly modern, with ironic details to evoke a folksy charm, yet some elements come off as somewhat more isolated and sterile than rustic. Taxidermied animals perch atop a wooden cabinet storing a rotating selection of six 1/6th barrels, wall mounted deer head: check, lace curtains, brown glass chandeliers, lots of wood. The back hall to the restroom actually still smelled like the fresh cut wood planks it was paneled with. More inviting elements of the place: the pot belly stove in the back room with idyllic rural scenes painted overhead along the walls, and the comfortable bar.
Beer selection was good, some exclusive drafts like Goose Island Minx, Palo Santo, and Leipziger Gose. Draft and food menu were combined, and the bottle list was separate. Both were well designed, listing prices and tasting notes. The only thing missing was the size of each pour, which varied from 8 oz. to 16 oz. US craft was the main focus, rounded out with German, Belgian, and English imports. Other unique drafts: Meantime Stout, Jacobins Rouge, and Petrus Aged Pale. Certainly not a "typical" selection. The 32 draft lines were set into the brick wall, with uniform wooden handles and numbered plaques, which reminded me of the Publican.
Service was good, Eric the spirits director was our bartender. He offered samples of the drafts and was friendly and helpful. Never had a problem getting samples on several visits.
Food was good, mostly high end bar food... sausage-focused. Think Hot Dougs and Franks N' Dogs. Venison sausage was tasty, as was the pretzel with stout mustard, and the fries with a taleggio sauce were especially good.
A welcome addition to a transitioning, nearly 100% gentrified neighborhood.
Other nearby options: Piece, Jerry's, Smallbar, Handlebar, Rodan, Moonshine.
11-04-2010 03:22:22 | More by emerge077
4.24/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I stopped in here on a recommendation from a bartender at the Map Room. It sits on a street corner. We walked into a place with exposed brick walls and wooden floors. The bar was to our right and seated around fifteen people. Above the bar was a chalkboard with 32 beers listed for the taps. They also gave us beer/food menus. I had not heard of a lot of the beers on the list. They had beers from Chicago to Founders to Germany to Belgium. I am not saying that I am a beer expert, but when I walk into a bar that has beers that I have not heard of I am usually salivating.
I started out with a Berliner Style Weisse w/potato. It was excellent. I moved on to a local brew called Troublesome from Off Color brewing. It was a gose which I have only had one other in that style. My friend and I each ordered a sandwich to split with each other. We had the veal bratwurst and the goat sausage. Both sandwiches were delicious and reasonably priced. I finished with a Freigeist peated Abraxxxas. My friend had a Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge which he absolutely loved.
The bartender seemed very knowledgeable of the beers. They also had a couple coolers with bottle selections. He did get a little wrapped up in his phone when we were trying to leave. The bathrooms were unisex and reminded me of a sauna. There was wood everywhere.
I really enjoyed this place. I liked the gourmet treatment of simple sandwiches and the tap list was amazing. The beers are not cheap, but they get some less common beer, so I feel it is worth it. The food we tried was good and reasonably priced. I would recommend it for a try.
08-17-2013 23:05:41 | More by buschbeer
Bangers & Lace in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.