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Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Haymarket Pub & BreweryHaymarket Pub & Brewery
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64 Beers
1,265 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 179
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.2
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

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Place added by: Todd on 12-24-2010

Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Chicago's latest brewbub, at long last, is finally open for business. The space looks great... dark, modern, clean, with simple industrial light fixtures and paneled wood accents. Revolving door entrance, bar immediately to the right, dining room to the left. Intricate tile floors in the dining room, with booths along the back wall with exposed brick above. Brewing equipment is visible through large windows in the rear of the dining room. A second bar and lounge areas is toward the back also. A dozen flatscreens in the dining room was overkill though, they were everywhere.

Beer selection was great, there was a Founders event going on, with 10-11 dedicated Founders tap handles: Newaygo Co. Cherry, Backwoods, Nemesis, Canadian Breakfast, Double Trouble, Curmudgeon, Porter, Reds Rye, Centennial IPA, and Pale. Other drafts: NH Imperial Hatter, Wild Devil, Wipeout IPA, Gossamer, and Krankshaft. Bottle list was extensive, very Belgian-centric, with a selection of 15 American IPA, DIPA, and strong ales. There were sections broken out for Belgian, Lambic, Trappist, American Belgian-Style, and "American & English Crap" (Blatz, Hamms, PBR, Strongbow). Prices ranged from $4-40.

Fairly crowded on the night of the Founders event, several communal tables in the dining area with large parties, and SRO at the front bar. The back room was a full house too, but a bit more relaxed. Our server was friendly, though still learning the ropes it seemed. The food and drafts were affordable, some of the bottle prices were up there though.

Food was good, nothing extraordinary yet, but solid pub food. The housemade sausages were good, the hot link was the standout. With some time, everything will hopefully fall into place.

Can't wait to go back and try Pete's beers once they are ready to go. Great potential here, definitely one to watch... If you aren't familiar with Pete Crowley, he's been involved in the Chicago beer scene for a solid decade, winning numerous awards at FoBAB and abroad during his tenure at Rock Bottom. I've got the utmost confidence in his brewing program at Haymarket, and expect great things to come.

2nd visit, 2011: Tried the 8 house beers, all were solid... a nice rotating lineup with something for everybody. Bacon & blue cheese and Riot pizzas was great, pizzas in general seem to be the best deal. Roasted chicken looked very good. Others weren't impressed by the sandwiches they got though. Food still seems somewhat hit or miss.

Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch on a Thursday. Stop #202 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub...work to do.

Lots of TV's and very, very friendly staff. The place was 1/4 full which may have something to do with it.

Kudos for the 4oz size of house and 3rd party brews. Makes it easy to sample. House beers on tap...

Imperial IPA
Belgian Pale Ale
American IPA
Belgian IPA
Double IPA

16 guest taps with a good mix of local (3 floyds, half acre, and metropolitan). Server said 90% of what they sell is house beer.

Had the veggie buger with house cured bacon. Best veggie burger ever. Homemade sausage also on the menu which I had to pass up for lunch.

Server said they will have up to 20 house beers on tap in the future.

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

kind of a strange place - over in the meatpacking district, so an ideal stop before/after eating at some of the finer restaurants in Chicago and beyond (the Publican is just up the block)

decent sized bar, and a large separate dining area. We ate at the Publican on this fine night, but stopped at Haymarket before dinner and after dinner (twice). Eek.

Tons of taps - Haymarket seems to specialize in HOPS - i had a few of their DIPA's, which were all good but short of spectacular. The oktoberfest was pretty good.

Lots of guest taps as well - arctic panzer wolf was the standout at the time

I'll be back - makes for a nice pre-dinner combo. I also like the option of having multiple serving sizes

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

When I visited Chicago for NYE 2010, I stopped in this place. They had just opened on Christmas Eve and none of their brews were ready yet. However, they have a 30-tap capacity, and already had a good 15-20 working, with a Founders event lined up. I'd definitely go back to this place when it's fully operational. Food was very tasty, and the staff was friendly.

I think my favorite aspect of the bar was the drink size options. For just about every beer on tap, you could choose to get a 4oz., 8oz., 16oz., or 20 oz. Great option for your mood depending on whether you want to do some adventurous sampling, or relax with your favorite pint.

I'm very interested to go back to this bar and see what's up now that it's in full operation and they have their own brews going.

Photo of Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of FightingEntropy
4.58/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

ppy Thanksgiving! For our turkey day we're at Haymarket Pub & Brewery with a few other lost souls. Thanks to The Beer Mapping Project, it was fairly easy to find an open pub so that the highlight meal of my Thanksgiving Day wasn't the fish sandwich meal deal at McDonald's en route to Chicago. The manager Janna was especially helpful with an email to confirm veggie options on the reduced menu.

After an eerily quiet, few block walk from the L, we crossed the street into Haymarket with the bar up front and restaurant tables and booths in the next room. We skipped the dimly light, long dark wood bar that had a smattering of happily celebrating folks for a large booth in the back. The easily seen but not obtrusive big screen TVs with Dallas getting it's butt kicked was a nice addition.

Our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter gave honest recommendations and and his humor complimented our good cheer. Our niece and nephew reported that the wings were mildly hot, flavorful and great. We tried the sweet potato tots with ranch; good, but not sure if we'd get them again. Oddly, too sweet. The very thin crust veggie pizza was really excellent. We topped off dinner with chocolate stout cake with peanut butter that wasn't the OMG we were hoping for from the description. Blending with syncopated patron noise in the background was an eclectic music mix from alternative to folk that was a little loud but not enough to interfere with conversation.

Between Ben and I, we tried all of the Haymarket brews. Lucy's Belgian Tripel was the low point with the rest all highly rated; it came down to the Passion House Coffee Porter, Rubber Monkey Belgian Wheat IPA and the Effigy Black IPA for a draft: Effigy won. From the guest tap, Gloria liked the quadrupel from Uncommon Brewers called Sinister Twin and was happy with her choice for the night. When I was undecided for my final draft, our waiter very evaluated my choices with frankness, getting me to Butterfly Flashmob, an excellent Belgian IPA from Solemn Oath that was a perfect digestive while we chatted around the table.

Our server said the bar fed them so well before the 5 pm opening that he was lethargic from the multiple types of turkey offered. Got a great vibe from Haymarket: well brewed and interesting beer, a range of food for veggies and meat eaters, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and a drinking & writing theater. For Christmas, a radio play styled production cal "A Beer Carol" was playing on Wednesday and Saturday nights on location.

A former student recently discussed with me her love of living in Chicago, pointing to the unique neighborhoods as one of the reasons. Haymarket seems to be a strong part of the local neighborhood, forming an intelligent and bonded drinking community that I think I would enjoy. My long held belief has been that Chicago is cold and blustery--the weather and the people. However, Haymarket helped me see another side of the windy city, a side that I look forward to trying again in the future.


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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

this is a very cool spot if you are visiting Chicago. its large, almost chain looking inside, but there is some great outside seating on the street, and its not far off the beaten path really. there are maybe ten of their brews on, and a glorious list of guest taps and bottles and cans too. some nice diversity of styles on the menu, and all beers were at least in the B to B+ range, with a couple of exceptional hoppy brews. Also glad to try some dark horse stuff and see hard to get three floyds brews on the menu too. service was uninspired and it wasn't even that busy, but we weren't there to be charmed or pampered, so no biggie. food was the best part though, the chicken legs are simply divine, and the riot sandwich with sausage, pulled pork, and cheese was unreal. I was happy to sit here and drink all day while reconnecting with old friends. things were just a bit pricey, but I guess this is downtown in a major metropolitan area, and that is to be expected. I look forward to my next visit, and to track their continued evolution. well worth the trip.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped by here with all my BA buddies to check out the Founders event. Not a bad location over in the West Loop, a quick walk from downtown. I walk in and holly cow, this place is huge; a bar area to the right, a table area, then a huge bar in the back with more tables. I'm not really down with the decor. Modern, spacious, lots of wood and metal, not much decorations. Feels more like a regular Chicago chatch bar than it does a brewpub. I like more brewpubs with more personality, cozier environment. I'm just not totally feeling it...Service was decent but slow, granted it was a crazy release so I can't comment too much, I don't think they were prepared for the crowd that came...They had 11 Founders on tap, a couple other good things. None of their beer was ready, so I'll have to come back to re-evaluate. They have a big bottle list, about 50. I'm not impressed though. BELGIAN heavy with almost exclusively Belgian and American Belgian style beers. Most everything that was there were staples I can get anywhere. They did have quite a few Lost Abbey beers but they were over 20 per bottle...I didn't have the food but it looked pretty good, above average bar food.

I've got re-try this place when the beer comes out, but right now I can tell this isn't a haunt I will be frequenting much unless their beer is unreal. Just not the right scene or feel.


I came back they released some beers. Solid beers, nothing special yet. I'll be back in a few months. Guest draft list was sick though, tons of awesome ipas (hop rod rye, dreadnaught, dc)

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.53/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Atmosphere: came in on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to have lunch and a beer with another BA. Nice place that isn't too crowded, comfortable and not too noisy even with some live music. Well-lit, lots of windows, clean.

Quality: I drank a Herkules IPA which was good if a bit too resinous; also had a taste of other beers that other people were drinking- I can tell that Haymarket does their stuff very well. I'd have liked to try more but I had more drinking ahead of me later in the day before driving home.

Service: Very good- always coming by to take care of us but not too often enough to be a bother. Food took a while to come though.

Selection: Lots of interesting guest taps and bottles for an out-of-stater to try. Too bad I didn't spend more time here- there are lots of stuff here that I see at Binny's all the time but never pull the trigger on; that I can just buy a half glass for $3-4 and try. I would do it.

Food: I had the Riot- and that is a f'ing delicious sandwich. I highly recommend it to everyone including vegetarians.

Value: Pretty reasonable for a pub in downtown Chicago. It was $11 for the burger plus another $1.50 for a side of fries. $4 for my Herkules IPA. Not that bad, and the food was definitely worth it. I prefer GI Clybourn as my place in Chicago to get a beer and lunch so far, but I have a lot more places on my list to check out.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
93 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.