Beckett's Public House
Taps: 22 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Beckett's is pretty old school in the way it comes across. It's big and feels like an older american pub. There is a good amount of hardwood with lower lighting to make for a more relaxed atmosphere.
The main focus here is their beer list. It's over 300 deep in both bottles and taps. It is a giant list that is filled with a lot of different selections, but mostly focusing on american craft brews and british beers as well.
The service was excellent and it was never a problem getting a beer. The bartenders were nice and would make suggestions if asked.
01-15-2012 21:42:41 | More by KDawg
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
2012: They cut the beer list down to 100, hit or miss, and haven't updated beermenus in a year now. Kinda hard to take seriously as a beer bar.
2011: overall score: 4
Beckett's has recently revamped their beer & food menus to position themselves as a craft beer destination. In the past, I wouldn't have considered this place as a beer place at all really, but now they are working with something.
Upscale sports bar, faux study with bookshelves lining the back walls, a large printed portrait of Samuel Beckett, and half torn down brick walls past the bar. Over a dozen tv's in this place, including a couple projection screens. Wide open front windows onto the street, a table of a dozen wooo girls were cackling onto the sidewalk while downing shots. Atmosphere is the main thing to overcome if they want to be known as a beer bar... it's still a rowdy sports bar.
Four tap towers behind the well worn bar, highlights included Duvel Green, Summit Maibock, Double Jack, Over Ale, Finch's, Krankshaft, Two Hearted, Red's Rye, Dragon's Milk, and apparently Rodenbach Grand Cru, though I didn't see the tap handle.
Super extensive bottle list, broken down by styles... Light lagers, medium lagers, dark lagers & bocks, blonde & amber ales, country ales, scotch & scottish ales, mead & ciders, gluten free & N/A, wheat beers, pale ales, india pale ales, strong ales, sours & lambics, hybrids & flavors, red & brown ales, abbey ales, porters & stouts. For some styles there were a half dozen, others almost two dozen. Somewhat import heavy, with a handful of US craft staples also. Gems to be found in all style categories, you just have to look for them. Didn't see a whole lot of seasonals on the tap lines.
Service was ok, got the impression that the bar staff were all learning about the beers in real time. 300 beers are alot to learn, and there aren't descriptions on the menu. If you know what you want it's a breeze, not so much for everyone else. Staff gave good and timely service on my visit.
New food menu included a dozen "gourmet burgers" and various other upscale "gastropub" fare. 2nd visit: burger was ok, cooked well not med rare. Prices a little higher given the portions. It's no Kumas or Bad Apple. Beckett's has potential, and is one to watch. With Northdown Cafe opening a block away, they have some competition...
05-07-2011 05:04:10 | More by emerge077
Beckett's Public House in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.