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Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Not Rated.
Haymarket Pub & BreweryHaymarket Pub & Brewery
Based on:
74 Beers
1,404 Hads
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 63
Visits: 204
Avg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 80
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

737 W Randolph St
Chicago, Illinois, 60661-2103
United States
phone: (312) 638-0700

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @haymarketpub

Place added by: Todd on 12-24-2010

Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
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Reviews: 63 | Visits: 204
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in here for dinner as part of a bachelor party. The place has a distinct brewpub feel, very laidback without losing its charm for non-geeks. Some flat screens around the place allowed us to watch the Cubs crash and burn yet again. The server was very amiable, relatively up-to-speed about the beers, attentive, and impressively kept our orders straight without writing much down (there were nine of thus, just FYI). The beer selection tended toward the hoppy-Belgian side of life, but there was enough variance therewithin to keep things from getting too boring. I think I enjoyed the Blacksox Porter the most, though the Chicago Amnesia Apricot Wheat was a nice change of pace for the day. Best of all, you can get anything, including the guest taps, in three different sizes, depending on your mood. The food is pretty damn tasty: My pulled pork sandwich was devoured in a couple short minutes, 'cause I just couldn't stop munching on it with glee. Overall, a fine establishment, indeed, one I know I'm gonna be back to in the near future.

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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Haymarket is an absolute stop if you are in the area, anywhere near downtown. They are brewing up a storm, with about a dozen beers on tap, so I had to be selective. Their bottle selection was decent too. Very attractive environment inside, huge bar, very good service. They were brewing some unusual styles here, hoppy Belgians and the like. Samplers in good glassware in available. Open later than most other places we visited. Music is not too loud. The Hipsters come here. Not the cheapest place for a pint, but also closer to tourist hotels.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Getting here from downtown was a bit of an adventure but it was well worth it. They have a number of house brews on tap along with guest selections. Between myself and the dozen or so members of our group we probably worked through the entire list. Some of their beers were phenomenal, some were …well, forgettable… but their ratio was definitely more delicious than not.

Ordered vegan chili which was decent. But—the kitchen stayed open late. And, vegan chili! Something for me. No complains on that end either. Plenty of tasty fried foods too.

Our server handled—juggled—our orders and not once slipped up. Left a hefty, well-deserved tip.

Would I go back? Oh, in a second.

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Photo of AnnArborJoe
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I really am impressed with this beer bar. Staff is friendly and knowledgable. Samples are poured freely including the guest taps. A few times that I had a question about a house beer that the barkeep couldn't answer I was either met with a brewer at the bar or invites into the brewery or downstairs for a full explanation of the beer or process or whatever. Food is pretty good - better than standard pub grub. House beers are varied and fit all tastes and guest tap list is usually pretty stellar. Price structure is everything is set at a $ per ounce and it is the same if you buy a 4oz sampler or a growler.

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Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was finally able to stop by and check this place out. I used to go to this spot years ago when it was Barneys Market Club. Barneys was known for large steaks, its proximity to the old Chicago Stadium, killer house made potato chips and always answering your order with a “Yes Sir Senator”. You know what; this is a great reuse of a classic Chicago location.

As you enter, you will see a bar to your right and the dining room and tanks to our left. Lots of classic dark wood, a great bar back, cool lighting, etc. There is a larger bar in the back in the SW corner (Halsted Street side). I think the larger bar is a great place to hang out with your friends, watch some sports and graze on the very good food options.

My party of four had diner in the restaurant area and received pretty solid service. The food was very good and I can really recommend you try the homemade sausage platter. Other good choices were the burgers and the braised short rib. Portions are medium sized.

I counted 9 house beers plus a very nice guest tap list and bottle list. I may be in the minority, but I would like to see a few less Belgian style beers and some emphasis on other styles. 7 of the 9 house beers were Belgian inspired/styles. Now having said that, I really enjoyed the Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA and Oscars Belgian Pale Ale. I also had a super fresh Founders Red Rye. I like that you can order beers in 4oz, 12oz, 16oz or 20oz sizes.

Note that they run shuttle buses to and from the Black Hawks and Bulls game, so this is now my new “go-to” place for these events. Street parking can be problematic, but they do offer valet service. I also think this is an easy walk from the two main train stations.

I’m looking forward to a return visit. Yes Sir Senator indeed!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Spent an afternoon drinking here recently. Dark beer bar meets brewpub atmosphere. Emphasis on the dark. We took up residence at the bar and got to work. I loved that every beer could be ordered in the sample size. I managed to sample everything they had on tap. Some were better than others but all solid. I was very happy to see some traditional guezue on the bottle list. I ordered a few of those to finish my visit. The bartenders were really nice and made sure we never had empty glasses. We didn't try any food since we had dinner plans.

Overall a decent brewpub to spend an afternoon drinking.

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Photo of Higy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I have visited this establishment twice. Each time has been great!

The beer selection is very good - their own brews and others on tap.

The servers have been friendly and prompt. Could be a little more knowledgable on their selection.

The vibe and environment is light and very clean.

The Fare could use some improvements, but there were some highlights such as a very nice cheese plate with recommended beer pairings.

The most memorable part was a visit and conversation with the brewmaster at our table.

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Photo of KDawg
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Haymarket is a pretty fun place to come to. It's big and has 3 different areas. I have yet to go to the back bar as I'm usually able to find a seat or get a beer fine in the main area.

The bar itself is set up very well with good space and a good amount of seats. There are also a couple of tables in the immediate bar area. There is a main dining room where the majority of seating is.

The selection and quality across the board is pretty strong. Haymarket's own brews are good, but haymarket also does a great job at having a lot of guest taps as well. Their bottle selection is also extremely good, but with all of the tap options I've yet to really dig into the bottle list

The food has been very good for me as well. The brats are tremendous and the mac n cheese is also really good too. The service can be a bit variable though. Sometimes it's great, other times not so much.

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Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had a four hour layover while taking the Amtrak through Chicago to Michigan. Looked this place up and decided it was within walking distance of the Amtrak station. I think it was less than half a mile away, ~10 min walk. Well worth it.

I was there at about noon on a Friday and the place was pretty dead, which is fine by me. I sat at the bar and the bartender came right over and informed me about the house brews and visitor tap selection. The bartender is what stood out about this place. He was really friendly and knowledgeable about the beers they were serving. I also started a conversation with another patron who was a beer enthusiast and it really made the place seem great.

I did a flight and must say their Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout was awesome. Also got to try Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf which was pretty good. They had bottles of Goose Island Bourbon Barrel County Stout, but at $13/bottle I wasn't that desperate to try it out. Just the fact that they had it was impressive though.

Overall, the service and selection is what stood out and I would definitely recommend heading here if you have a layover at Amtrak and need to kill some time or live in the area and need some good beer.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

What's best about the Haymarket is the beer and the atmosphere. I've been to the Haymarket probably 15 times since it's opened, for a combonation of lunch, dinner, beer, and just to buy a growler. I really feel like they are a beer lovers place. I appreciate that they brew small batches and keep experimenting with the recipes. Lot's of variations and always something new to try within a couple of weeks. I also like that they bring in about 12 guest drafts, providing a lot of variety to try. Also, they clearly price out testers. They selection of drafts has been so varied, I haven't yet had to resort to the bottle list to get something new to dry. As far as quality, I'd say they do an exceptional job of making drinkable brew.

Food. A little plain. The garbage sandwich and pizza, and the chicken chili are the best, but after I've had them a few times, I've wished they ran a kitchen with more variety; maybe some daily or weekly specials.

All in all, I'll continue to go, and hope this establishment has long success.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ambiance is what you would expect from a brewpub -- good place to watch a game and grab some chow (especially the RIOT burger), but the number one reason to come here is the BEER.

Not only is the guest selection exceptional, the in-house selection invariably covers a broad range of styles regardless of the season. A nice combination of old standbys like pilsners and stouts, but also adventurous Belgians, rauchs and Hop-creations.
Award winning brewer and it shows.

Closest great beer destination to downtown -- and worth a trip even if you are coming from somewhere else.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have been looking forward to stopping in at the Haymarket for quite some time now, and I was in town for the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer last weekend, so we stopped by. I had read alot about Indignant, their BBN Stout, so I was excited to see it was till on tap.

The food was nothing special, honestly. I would say it is average microbrewery food. The overall feel and vibe was lively, but the decorating was kind of corporate and stale.

The beer was fantastic though. The Indignant hit the spot, and the BBN Barleywine they had on tap was equally as satisfying. The smoked Porter they were pouring that night was a real hit, with a huge smokey nice and rich body. It's worth a stop for the beer, maybe pass on the food.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Haymarket Brewery located near the Loop of Chicago was good place to visit. The bar area was large with many TVs to watch your favorite Chicago team. Plently of tables and high tops along with a lengthy bar with numerous seats. The quality of the beer was great. The server we had was not very good. He didnt really know beer and was kind of slow. The beer selection was very good. There were 10 home made beers on tap and several guest offerrings. The bottle menue was good....but I noticed this bar seemed particulary to favor IPA and Belgian ales. Outside of that there was not much to choose from. Didnt try the food....so good luck with that. The value was fine. What I liked most about this place was the ability to but 4oz tasters...even of the guest beers...no other place has ever offered that awesomeness!

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Went on a sunday night during football season and got two seats at the bar. It was after 8 so it was not packed.

I was only interested in draft, which was very reasonably priced. They offer 4oz pours, which was awesome! Same price per volume. Bottled selection was decent but overpriced.

Food was overpriced and I heard was nothing to write home about. Their housemade brews were good, not exceptional, but of wide variety. Worth a stop if you're in town and want to try some brewpub beer. The bartender was very attentive and tolerant of allowing me to try as many small pours as I wanted.

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Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I have been here a few times now - held off from first visit due to allowing them time to get the kinks out back when they first opened. Most recent visit is source of rating.

Two bar offerings - for whatever reason - I just haven't felt comfortable at the front bar - maybe it's just the setup. The back bar room just seems more like pub.

Service has been spotty - but getting better

Great variety of house brews and very nice selction of guest drafts. Focus of house beers is to hops and belgian styles. More barrel aged to come as Pete gets that going. I really liked most of the house beers I tasted. The belgians were mixed results - liked the double - not the trippel. IPA and Double IPA were very good.

Interesting guest drafts like a collaboration between Shorts and Half Acre - and another from Flossmor Station.

It all falls apart with the food. Most recent visit I ordered a so-called house specialty pizza with house cured bacon. There were maybe 10 small pieces of bacon. One slice had no bacon. If house curing it makes it special - why not highlight the bacon versus skimping on it? Another in our party had the house sausages - she wasn't impressed. I had tried them in the first days after opening and felt the same way.

The food is not keeping up with the beer...The beer warrant an A rating - the food a D rating

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Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on our way out of town for lunch.
Darker interior greats through the revolving door. Blend of contemporary and classic woody stucture. Large open room with view of brewing equipment.
10 house, 13 guest taps listed. Good selection of styles. Almost a bottle shop selection in the coolers behind the bar. Full bar as well, not important for a beer geek, but probably makes this place more accessable for others.
Homemade sausages, pizza a varied enough menu.
Bartender was knowledgeable, brewer was interacting with some of the patrons.
Would be here often if I lived in Chicago, much better than Goose or Rock Bottom in my opinion.

I wish I would've stopped here earlier in the trip.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A-To be far, I have only been here on Sunday afternoons. So this rating has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Q-Top notch. Beer is always good and so is the food.

S-knowledgeable staff. The bar tender I had was kid of Eh, but the service I had the first time there was enough to keep this at a 5

S-All their own brews and a few guest taps. Their Brews are really hit or miss so I would get a sample before diving into a full pint.

F-Get the Pizza with pulled pork. Stop reading this, and just do it. You won;t be disappointed.

V-Reasonable about says it all

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Photo of bashiba
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We ran into this place purely by accident on our way to Piece, and it was a nice surprise. The interior was nicely done and pleasant. Loved seeing an actual whiskey barrel upon entering the pub. The selection of beers was great with around 8 of there own beers and a pretty good list of guest taps, not to mention a great bottle list and a really strong Bourbon Selection.

The Service was very good, and they kept us well lubricated. Unfortunately we were about the only people in there on an Early Saturday Afternoon. Which really seemed strange since we went straight to piece after that and it was wall to wall people.

All of the house beers were very solid offerings with a nice range of styles. Didn't eat there so can't comment on the food.

Can't wait to get back here when I have more time.

I liked that they have several sizes for most all of there offerings and the 4oz pours of the big bears are perfect.

Just adding to my first review. Actually got to eat here this trip. The food was very good for brewpub style food. I had the Riot, a homemade Italian Sausage patty covered in Mozzarella and pulled pork, it was great. All of my friends were very happy with their food as well, and the prices were very reasonable. And they had some great guest taps as well.

This place seems like such a gem, I'm always surprised when I visit Chicago that its never as busy as some of the other local brew pubs, as to me its the best of the bunch.

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Photo of cratez
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Our first stop on a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: dimly lit ambience, large bar greets you at the door with a couple flat screens playing the ball games, attractive open dining room with ample space between tables, casual cosmopolitan crowd that minds their own business, really nice patio.

SERVICE: Angie, our waitress on both occasions, was friendly, relaxed, and welcoming, and she answered all of our questions regarding the drinks and cuisine. When we left to flag a cab in the rain, she gave my girlfriend an umbrella and told us we could keep it. Truly exceptional service.

SELECTION: the brewpub beers cover a broad range of styles (pilsner, stout, tripel), guest taps and bottle list are particularly impressive. Over the course of two visits I had a Founders All Day Pale Ale, Haymarket Black Sox Porter, 3Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf DIPA, Haymarket The Saison Also Rises, SKA Modus Hoperandi IPA, and Green Flash Summer Saison. While the house saison left something to be desired, their porter was fantastic and I was very satisfied with the draughts from other breweries.

FOOD: we each ordered a House Salad and split the Italian Sausage Pizza with tomato, basil, and pulled pork. Everything tasted great and paired well with our beer and wine. We also liked the fact that you can add extra pizza toppings for $0.75. Prices are quite reasonable as six drinks, two salads, and a pizza came to $55.

OVERALL: Haymarket is a benchmark brewpub with solid house beers, an insane guest draught lineup and bottle menu, appetizing food, outstanding service, and an approachable atmosphere. We came twice and will gladly revisit on future trips to Chicago.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

It's nice to have a place like this in the West Loop. Good and easy location to get to.

The layout is nice with a long bar divided from a dining room area. The bar gets crowded at busy hours with people trying to move and you find yourself dodging people if you can't find a place at the bar. The actual dining area is great. A nice comfortable place to sit with a group and enjoy some beers.

The service is good. A host is awaiting you to try and find you a table. I usually check in and have a beer from the bar while I wait. The service is kind and quick.

They have the essentials in terms of selection. They have nice examples of beers and carry many good beers. However, if you are looking for a surplus of selection, you can find places with a larger beer menu.

The one downfall of this place is their food. I have had multiple things from their menu, and each time I have not been impressed by the food. I would be content getting their chili as my meal from now on.

Overall, a good feel, selection, and service. Good beer, mediocre food.

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Photo of tapman
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Typical brewpub atmosphere: brick walls, sight where you can see the brewing equipment, etc. Lots of t.v.s which is nice for catching a game now and then. However, good luck getting a seat as this place is treated like a yuppie hangout by many locals.

I agree with a lot of the other reviewers. Lots of people with mixed drinks and wine. So many bars do those drinks better, why not leave us a space at the bar for beer drinkers at a brewpub.

Anyways, the beers are pretty good and slightly better than some of the other breweries around, like Rock Bottom and Metropolitan, though not outstandingly so. Food is pricey and they do try to switch it up. Compared to other brewpubs it is relatively below average in price, which is a damn shame.

Service is fine, though the servers, besides the bartender, are pretty unknowledgeable about the beers.

Plenty of house brews and a great guest tap. Plus as others have mentioned, the four sizes (4oz, 12oz, 16oz and 20oz) is great. I did the math and they charge per ounce so you won't be charged more for a 12oz serving than a 16oz. That's pretty cool.

I guess the food is alright. They do offer vegan entrees most of the time, but the menu changes randomly so when I brought my vegan friend here, luring him by saying that they had a decent vegan menu, much to our surprise the menu went from four or five options to one vegan option. Inconsistent.

The brewer here is the old brewer from Rock Bottom and makes fine brews. Check them out and support craft beer.

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Photo of sgoro
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been here numerous times in the past few months since its opening. I'm a huge fan of there IPAs - especially Mathias! They always have between 8-12 of their own brews on tap as well as some nice guest tap offerings such as Three Floyd's and Lost Abbery/Port.

I think the food is pretty good. I had The Riot and enjoyed it but the portion was average size.

They have numerous TVs that are usually tuned to sports which is a plus for me but for some reason the picture looks a little dark.

Overall, a solid place with great beer and a must-do for craft beer fans visiting Chicago!

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Photo of Northsider
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went to Haymarket after work on a Friday night, about 4:50 or 5pm. Outdoor seating was very nice, though it was hot out so I opted to sit inside in the air conditioning.

It was about half full inside and surprisingly loud. The loudness really knocked the atmosphere points down a bit, as it was annoying and distracting to shout to my wife the entire dinner.

Service from the waiter was excellent! He checked in often, gave us history and recommendations on the beer. Hostess was a bit bored and unenthusiastic. Not a huge downer, but would have been nice to be seated with a smile.

We ordered the spicy pizza. It was SPICY! Beware. Great pizza however, I recommend it.

Selection was excellent! No the typical craft selections...many rare beers are server here (don't be surprised to see beers for $15+). House drafts are decent, I loved the White Chapel. Most styles seem to fall into the Belgians and whits style, which I love.

Overall, great place to go to. It's loud however, I can't imagine what it's like when full. Good food, great selection, knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We went to this place during Chicago Craft Beer Week, a Sunday that was Michigan Beer Day. I wasn't sure what to expect. The location is pretty cool, pretty easy to get to via CTA, walkable from the Loop. The building itself is really nice, with doors open to the sidewalk, dark wood, cool tile floors, etc. I was surprised at the crowd, though. Lots of non-beer folks, which during an event like that surprised me. One couple brought an infant along, which I thought strange, but to their credit the kid wasn't annoying.

We had to wait for a table, no big deal, and the hostess made it seem like they were unusually busy for a Sunday, probably due to the event. But I looked around and there were lots of straws sticking out of glasses. Our waiter was friendly but not very knowledgeable. Apparently while we were there KBS was tapped, and we weren't informed. We made it clear that we were there for the Michigan Beer Day, and I ended up ordering one of their stouts when I had the only beer on the MI menu I thought I had to try. As an aside, I saw this guy pick up the menu more than once to explain to customers who asked what the beer was like. Presumably they can read and don't need him to do it for them. We also waited fifteen minutes with empty glasses waiting for the check, which he only brought when I got his attention as he was walking by. They were busy, but not busy enough to excuse that.

The house beers that we had varied in quality. The food was good but not great. The prices seemed high, but then tax was included. As an aesthetic preference, I wish they would have given their different size beers names other than "4 oz," "12 oz," "16 oz," and "20 oz." Made me feel like I was at McDonald's. How about sample, snifter, pint, etc?

Overall, the place was okay, but I was really turned off by the service.

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Photo of immobilisme
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I live right down the street and had been anticipating it's opening for many months.

I can say that I am disappointed overall in Haymarket.

Their beer is quite good. The Mathias Imperial IPA is one of the nicest I have had and I had had my share. Haymarket does best with hoppy IPAs. Their Belgian styles are a little disappointing, but service-able.

I enjoyed their Veggie Burger, but the Spaghetti Squash BBQ sandwich was just not good. The Mac & Cheese was very bland. The pizzas are fine. I can't speak to any of the meat dishes.

The crowd is also annoying. Way too many people drinking mixed drinks and wine at a brewpub. It honestly is the only decent "pub" (I don't count The Publican) in the area, so it gets a lot of after-work folks and then folks from the "neighborhood" later.

This place is only 1/4 mile from my house, but I would rather head up to Revolution.

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.