Northdown Cafe and Taproom
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
4.85/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
This is one of my go-to beer spots in Chicago. Always interesting, unique, and well thought selection. A lot of my current favorite beers are things that I first learned about at Northdown. They don't seem to be married to any styles, but they're obviously big fans of FFF and Mikkeller because there is always something new from one of them around. Plenty of nice surprises here.
Really great burger also. Vegan friendly menu if that's your thing. Always a good 80's movie on the TV above the bar.
03-20-2014 22:37:21 | More by j_nees
4.63/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I picked a great time to stop in for my first official visit to Northdown Cafe. Last night was Zombie Dust tap night, served in an authentic 3 Floyds branded pint glass; couldn't ask for more. Northdown has an extensive selection of micro brewed beers from around the globe, coupled with taps hanging off the wall and a chalkboard filled from top to bottom with an eclectic blend of tapped beers. The atmosphere is cozy and perfect for any beer crowd, wide open spaces in the front of the bar for room to move; plenty of seating for a parties of 2 or 9 (like last night). The decor reminding me a bit of a lot of the micro beer/burger bars in Chicago, with cement floors, modern style tables and chairs and typical wooden bar counter. Maybe during the next renovation, they'll think outside the box a bit.
Food was delicious and they have a vegan option for anyone not interested in the carnivore focused menu. Service is very knowledgeable, appropriately paring beers with foods. Spoke with an air of confidence only a beer snob would appreciate. One of my new favorite Chicago-based destinations.
02-04-2012 22:26:01 | More by ferrari29
4.56/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Checked out this place while visiting Chicago. Very happy with my beer AND food selections. The bartender was sincerely friendly and helpful with any questions I had. Loved the atmosphere and overall presentation of the establishment. If I go back to Chicago I will make sure to stop here again.
06-25-2014 21:45:07 | More by Zombill
4.53/5 rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
One of my all-time favorite gastropubs in Chicago. The laid-back atmosphere wins here, and you're almost guaranteed a spot at the bar every time you walk in (at the very most: a very short wait time to sit down). There's always an excellent array of great regional and import craft beers on tap and in bottles (and just about always have a few 3 Floyds handles gracing the tap lineup). Interesting and tasty takes on food selections really make this place a go-to destination for literally every meal of the day (as they're open brunch thru late-nite dinner). The owners and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the wide selection of beers. A must-go stop for any beer lover in Chicago or any one passing thru.
01-08-2013 15:25:59 | More by StunnaCHI
Northdown Cafe and Taproom in Chicago, IL
96 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.