Northdown Cafe and Taproom

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Northdown Cafe and TaproomNorthdown Cafe and Taproom
BA SCORE
95
world-class

15 Reviews
Reviews: 15
Visits: 47
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 100
Cask: 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:
Place added by: KickInTheChalice on 06-21-2011

Monday - Friday: 11am - 2am
Saturday: 9am - 3am
Sunday: 9am - 2am
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Reviews: 15 | Visits: 47
Reviews by Fluffheady:
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3.34/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 1.5

This place looks and feels like a west coast bar. There's pinball machines and tap handles all over the wall. But it’s just not....right. I want to like it so badly.

Their draft list is super cool, short, and quality over quantity.

As for the food, well, I was embarrassed for them. They charged $22 for a charcuterie plate. There were three meats on the plate. Two of the meats were literally 2 circular slices each of poor quality salami. The cheese was sliced insanely small. I get charcuterie at nearly every place I go. I f***ing love cured meats and cheeses. Not only was this about $8 overpriced, but it SUCKED. The rest of the food we had was pretty sub par. I know this is a beer website, but I was so floored at how bad it was, it had to be included.

I don’t know what to think. It is honestly awkward for me not to like a bar with this good of beer. I’ll probably give it another chance, but it won’t be my only planned destination of the night. **edit - I met several people in Amsterdam who had been to and like Northdown. I’m definitely going to give them another chance. (1,101 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Pedro13
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best, great people great selection! (46 characters)

Photo of MikeSchieve
4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.45/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Worst service in the city, but damn they have great events and quality beers (76 characters)

Photo of Chris-1911
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of stephensinner
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of HealthyOne
4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Relatively smaller tap list by today's standards (12), but packs a serious punch. FFF's, Mikkeller, Surly, Off Color all seem to have a big presence. Always an interesting selection with a lot of beers you don't often see on tap. Bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly without being pretentious. Food has sometimes taken a minute to get but is worth the wait. Love this place!!! (385 characters)

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

Photo of beinerso
3.94/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

very solid for lakeview... loved that FFF is always on tap (58 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
3.87/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of drewone
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Irishace9
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of birdsellam
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of smartassboiler
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Zombill
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (295 characters)

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Northdown Cafe and Taproom in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.