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Fischman Liquors & Tavern

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

13 Reviews
Reviews: 13
Visits: 46
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 700
Cask: N
[ Bar, Store ]

4780 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60630-3629
United States
phone: (773) 545-0123

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @fischmanliquors

Notes:
Place added by: emerge077 on 06-06-2011

Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 46
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

2013: Been here a number of times... Store selection has always been great. In general though, the staff doesn't really know much about the beer. Often times, new releases are sitting around in cases on the floor, and aren't in the system/for sale, so i'll just wind up buying them elsewhere.

The bar is a real no-frills dive full of townies, and I enjoy dive bars, but this one doesn't offer much besides a good beer selection. Never felt compelled to stick around for a beer here after stopping in the store. The food truck events are a better time to go, with a more diverse crowd (not exclusively old drunks). Sought after beers on their printed list always seem to be tapped out in person, and draft prices have crept up.

The place is great on paper, but can be hit or miss in my experience. A good local spot for Jeff Park locals, not really an all-city destination. They sure did hire some slick marketing though. Seems like a lot of potential, but not there yet.

2014: At a recent blind tasting event, we were lied to by the bar staff in a misguided attempt to "prove a point". Before the tasting they said all the beers were from different breweries, then the next day posted that they were all from Three Floyds. On facebook they said something to the effect it proved all FFF beers aren't the same, which it doesn't if you lie about it. There was an actual beer prize if you won, which of course no one did, and made the experience all the more dishonest and misleading.

6-6-2011
Stopped in here today after passing by and remembering seeing it on beermenus. It's a small liquor store with an adjacent "tap room" bar (sadly a dying breed in Chicago, one with any good beer is especially rare). Walking by the bar, the front windows were open and there was an island bar in the center with seating on all sides. 4 clusters of taps around the bar, the one closest to the window had Firestone Walker Double Jack and Lagunitas IPA.

Inside the store, beer coolers with craft bombers were the first thing on the left, lines from Stone and Three Floyds including Dreadnaught and Blackheart. The aisle on the left side held all the beer, a broad selection focused on US craft on the warm shelves. Full lines from Victory, Bells, DFH, Goose, FFF, Founders, Half Acre (x6), Metropolitan, Southern Tier, Two Brothers, recently arrived Boulevard, Green Flash, Uinta, even Madrugada Obscura (in a corner liquor store!?). A few quality imports including Mikkeller, Chimay, Hitachino, Unibroue. Overall a very respectable selection in this small shop. There were written signs mentioning they will special order beers if you ask. Behind the counter on a high shelf was Infinitum, Ovila, and Old Curmudgeon. Cashier was friendly enough, but generally they lack any beer knowledge.

For the Jefferson Park area, there's not much in the way of beer bars or decent stores. WFM Sauganash is over 2 miles away, Golden Leaf Liquor is even further. Fischman's kills 2 birds with 1 stone with a great craft beer store & tap room combo.

Sweet FFF mural around back:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/49050801@N02/5540641974/ (3,113 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

This is a small little store front but it packs a great deal of good beer into that space. I really liked all the local gems as well as a good solid number of craft brews from around the states and some good uncommon beers from Europe. I will be back. (256 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Fischman's is basically your standard, old school liquor store that has a solid craft beer selection at good prices. Sometimes I don't want to talk to an employee about what's new (won't happen here) i just want to run in and grab a six pack from a good selection (happens and be gone (happens here). I usually stop in here on my way to go shoot some pool.

There's really not a whole lot to say about this place except they have a solid selection at reasonable prices. If you're in the area it's worth a stop, if you're not in the area there's better liquor stores around the city. There are some things floating around on the shelves here that have been sold out at other, better known stores. (695 characters)

Photo of Chris-1911
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Definitely add this place to your list of "go-to" stores. For sure one of the best independents in Chicago. Small, but densely packed with good selections. Probably the best selection of local beers that I have come across. You can occasionally find gems, but just like everywhere else they disappear fast. You can get on the mailing list for email updates about new arrivals. Always nice to get beer updates delivered to your inbox. Lots of interesting tap takeovers and other events at the bar. Almost always have a couple unique / hard to find things on draft you will be excited about. (598 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Recently found my Founders Devil Dancer here. Called up for the first time ever and Carlos answered the phone. He was extremely helpful and pleasant and agreed to put the last 4-pack on reserve for me.

When I showed up with my brother-in-law the plan was to run in, grab the beer and pop out, but upon entering I was catch by the big craft beer aisle. I ended up picking up a couple of bombers of Two Brothers Hop Juice, a Stone Ruination and Chocolate Yeti Stout from Great Divide.

When I went to check out Carlos immediately turned around to grab my 4-pack of Founders and then chatted with me for a few minutes about beer. It was an unusually great liquor store experience and I did not expect to find that at Milwaukee and Lawrence.

To top it all off a bar is attached to the store and when we wandered in there ordered a couple Firestone Double Jack IPAs. They were poured in 20oz. Imperial pint glasses and cost a staggeringly low $5 each.

This place is great. Check it out soon. (991 characters)

Photo of KeithE
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

If you can get a beer in the Chicago area they either have it or know about it. Not expecting to see a store like this in this part of Chicago.
They have a much bigger selection than some of the beer only places that hipsters may frequent.The guy in front of me was getting his bottle of Corona and I'm getting my Surly, Ballast Point, Bruery, Pipeworks etc. What can I say ...I was impressed! (395 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

We're passing through town to get a flight out of O'hare. Bartender takes me aside and asks if I'd be interested in meeting a gentleman across the room who has my exact name, first, middle, and last. Why not? Turns out he's a Chicago police officer. He shows me his drivers license to show me his three names really are the same as mine. And I see he has the same birthday as my wife, who's standing there with me. Not just the same birthday. Same year, too. My wife is standing there shaking his hand when I guffaw about the birthday situation. She's floored. While it might not be unusual to meet someone with the same month & day as you. But the birth year, also? And the same exact name as you husband? What are the f-ing odds?!

All in all, I was also totally pleased to drink one goblet of Bell's Expedition Stout and one of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree. (875 characters)

Photo of SnOwRiDe1080
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Amazing selection of bottles. They were the 1st real bottle shop I ever went to & I still haven't found a better place. My first time there was great cause the staff knew I knew nothing about craft beer but they seemed excited about imparting a little bit of knowledge on a new beer enthusiast. I like to stop by at least once every few months and I never fail to find a few unexpected gems. Chicago has a lot of great bottle shops but few have such a great selection combined with a staff like Fischman's. (506 characters)

Photo of Sterby
4.76/5  rDev +8.7%

Stopped in the beer store to buy some local goodies, and I was blown away by the massive selection, especially the bombers. Plenty of Pipeworks, Transient, 3F, and so many other local breweries that are putting out some unique and quality stuff. The store clerk was very helpful in showing me everything that I was looking for and then some. Unassuming on the outside, beer nirvana on the insdie. Highly Recommend! (420 characters)

Photo of jdhende
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

went to this place for the first time on 10/24/11 was really happy with the selection and pricing.

They had all sorts of good stuff including founders breakfast stout, a bunch of 3 floyd's, Brooklyn chocolate stout, two brothers, southern tier & Mikleller.

Kind of located in the middle of nowhere. They also have a bar attached to the liquor store that has all sorts of nice beers on draft. All at very reasonable prices as well.

Anyone who is in the Chicago land area and looking for a really nice craft beer selection I would recommend giving this place a try. (567 characters)

Photo of nnutthowze09
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Love this place, anytime I'm in the area I make stop...grab a beer, and check out the liquor store next door.

Always doing tap takeovers and have an amazing event for an amazing cause (Kegs for Kidneys).

Highly recommend making a stop and if you're hungry, usually some food trucks on the weekends or you can walk a half a block to La Estrella Taqueria, which has some awesome Mexican food. (392 characters)

Photo of NorthSideSean
4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Last reviews are from 2011?? Wake up beer geeks! This place is a diamond in the rough for craft beer lovers on the NW side. Friendly/knowledgeable staff, and 20+ taps of some really quality stuff. Atmosphere is nothing fancy but you're not here to critique the wallpaper. Add a retail side of the premises with a limited but stellar few rows of beer/wine/spirits; 2013 expansion plans; and events where they'll tap a list of smaller batch brews from a specific brewery or region and you have yourself a winner with this place!

Update: Atmosphere on the rating page is listed as "vibe" in the actual review. Maybe it's just semantics but up'd my review .5 point as I think the place has a solid vibe. (700 characters)

Photo of moefriedman
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Fischman's is a gem. Bottle shop and bar with good taps in one location! Sign me up(plus it also helps that I live in the hood). The bar has great events(usually with food trucks). And the shop has a fantastic bottle selection(and they don't gouge ya). And most importantly, they handle special releases the right way. (318 characters)

Fischman Liquors & Tavern in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.