Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 95
Beer Ratings: 1,206
Beer Avg: 3.8
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 59 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was finally able to stop by and check this place out. I used to go this spot years ago when it was Barneys Market Club. Barneys was known for large steaks, its proximity to the old Chicago Stadium, killer house made potato chips and always answering your order with a “Yes Sir Senator”. You know what; this is a great reuse of a classic Chicago location.
As you enter, you will see a bar to your right and the dining room and tanks to our left. Lots of classic dark wood, a great bar back, cool lighting, etc. There is a larger bar in the back in the SW corner (Halsted Street side). I think the larger bar is a great place to hang out with your friends, watch some sports and graze on the very good food options.
My party of four had diner in the restaurant area and received pretty solid service. The food was very good and I can really recommend you try the homemade sausage platter. Other good choices were the burgers and the braised short rib. Portions are medium sized.
I counted 9 house beers plus a very nice guest tap list and bottle list. I may be in the minority, but I would like to see a few less Belgian style beers and some emphasis on other styles. 7 of the 9 house beers were Belgian inspired/styles. Now having said that, I really enjoyed the Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA and Oscars Belgian Pale Ale. I also had a super fresh Founders Red Rye. I like that you can order beers in 4oz, 12oz, 16oz or 20oz sizes.
Note that they run shuttle buses to and from the Black Hawks and Bulls game, so this is now my new “go-to” place for these events. Street parking can be problematic, but they do offer valet service. I also think this is an easy walk from the two main train stations.
I’m looking forward to a return visit. Yes Sir Senator indeed!
03-06-2012 20:25:31 | More by Redrover
4/5 rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
02-20-2012 02:56:43 | More by beerwolf77
4.2/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I have visited this establishment twice. Each time has been great!
The beer selection is very good - their own brews and others on tap.
The servers have been friendly and prompt. Could be a little more knowledgable on their selection.
The vibe and environment is light and very clean.
The Fare could use some improvements, but there were some highlights such as a very nice cheese plate with recommended beer pairings.
The most memorable part was a visit and conversation with the brewmaster at our table.
02-12-2012 18:50:47 | More by Higy
4.15/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
02-07-2012 00:24:16 | More by KDawg
4.78/5 rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had a four hour layover while taking the Amtrak through Chicago to Michigan. Looked this place up and decided it was within walking distance of the Amtrak station. I think it was less than half a mile away, ~10 min walk. Well worth it.
I was there at about noon on a Friday and the place was pretty dead, which is fine by me. I sat at the bar and the bartender came right over and informed me about the house brews and visitor tap selection. The bartender is what stood out about this place. He was really friendly and knowledgeable about the beers they were serving. I also started a conversation with another patron who was a beer enthusiast and it really made the place seem great.
I did a flight and must say their Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout was awesome. Also got to try Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf which was pretty good. They had bottles of Goose Island Bourbon Barrel County Stout, but at $13/bottle I wasn't that desperate to try it out. Just the fact that they had it was impressive though.
Overall, the service and selection is what stood out and I would definitely recommend heading here if you have a layover at Amtrak and need to kill some time or live in the area and need some good beer.
01-05-2012 17:05:23 | More by SirWalkAbout
4.35/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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.
11-23-2011 14:59:22 | More by bschinelli
4.58/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Ambiance is what you would expect from a brewpub -- good place to watch a game and grab some chow (especially the RIOT burger), but the number one reason to come here is the BEER.
Not only is the guest selection exceptional, the in-house selection invariably covers a broad range of styles regardless of the season. A nice combination of old standbys like pilsners and stouts, but also adventurous Belgians, rauchs and Hop-creations.
Award winning brewer and it shows.
Closest great beer destination to downtown -- and worth a trip even if you are coming from somewhere else.
11-18-2011 00:35:11 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
3.53/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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.
11-14-2011 17:26:42 | More by MarcatGSB
3.73/5 rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The Haymarket Brewery located near the Loop of Chicago was good place to visit. The bar area was large with many TVs to watch your favorite Chicago team. Plently of tables and high tops along with a lengthy bar with numerous seats. The quality of the beer was great. The server we had was not very good. He didnt really know beer and was kind of slow. The beer selection was very good. There were 10 home made beers on tap and several guest offerrings. The bottle menue was good....but I noticed this bar seemed particulary to favor IPA and Belgian ales. Outside of that there was not much to choose from. Didnt try the food....so good luck with that. The value was fine. What I liked most about this place was the ability to but 4oz tasters...even of the guest beers...no other place has ever offered that awesomeness!
11-04-2011 21:37:31 | More by WoodBrew
4.05/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
10-17-2011 22:05:29 | More by barczar
Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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