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Northdown Cafe and Taproom

Not Rated.
Northdown Cafe and TaproomNorthdown Cafe and Taproom
BA SCORE
96
world-class

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 100
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3244 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-1109
United States
phone: (773) 697-7578

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thenorthdown

Notes:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 2am
Saturday: 9am - 3am
Sunday: 9am - 2am

(Place added by: KickInTheChalice on 06-21-2011)
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4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Checked out this place while visiting Chicago. Very happy with my beer AND food selections. The bartender was sincerely friendly and helpful with any questions I had. Loved the atmosphere and overall presentation of the establishment. If I go back to Chicago I will make sure to stop here again.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

One of the best experiences I have ever had... Tom and Kate (proprietors) are friendly, and a wealth of knowledge regarding the offerings/pairings/etc. On my last visit, I also happened to sit at the bar with some brewers that were in town for a "beer conference" or something, and shared some beers with 2 brewers from New Belgium and one from 3 Floyd's. An evening I'll not soon forget!

Try the "Pork Frites" and the "Candied Bacon with Stout..." Signature menu items that won't disappoint! And the Northdown Burger was fantastic... And the beer selection is vast. Something for everyone, with a killer selection of draughts.

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4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This is one of my go-to beer spots in Chicago. Always interesting, unique, and well thought selection. A lot of my current favorite beers are things that I first learned about at Northdown. They don't seem to be married to any styles, but they're obviously big fans of FFF and Mikkeller because there is always something new from one of them around. Plenty of nice surprises here.

Really great burger also. Vegan friendly menu if that's your thing. Always a good 80's movie on the TV above the bar.

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3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

I've been to the Northdown a few times in my travels through Chicago, and every time I have walked away pleased.
Their beer selection is quite impressive, with a good number of rotating drafts that are fairly hard to get elsewhere, and I've noticed quite a few that are not available elsewhere in the city. Their bottle list is every changing and also quite impressive.
The food is pretty good, and honestly one of the few places in Chicago that has a killer beer selection and actually vegan menu options, not just pickled veggies or the likes. They put some good thought into their food. Its not on the level of HopLeaf or Publican or even Revolution, but just slightly elevated, good quality pub food.

The atmosphere is nice. It's upbeat, with some good natural lighting if you sit near the front door, loud music, but you are still able to have a conversation with someone across the table from you.

Would definitely recommend to anyone travelling through and in the area. It's a nice stop, probably just outside my top ten in Chicago tho.

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Northdown Cafe and Taproom in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.