Elephant & Castle
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by nortmand:
3.24/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Stopped here while in the loop because the wife and I needed a beer and the location in Seattle had some decent selections.
Decor looks like the rest of the locations. Lots of dark wood and brass to create what I assume an English bar must look like. A bunch of loud businessmen drinking pale, fizzy beers and rum and cokes.
Beer was fresh, but selection wasn't overwhelming. A couple of good American taps and, incredibly, three Fuller's taps. We tried all three of the Fuller's beers from the fake beer engines, which angered me. Just use regular taps, ferchrissake.
Service was quick, not too friendly, though. Didn't eat, but a quick glance at the menu indicated high prices for so-so food. Overall, pretty expensive, but if you're nearby and not up for travelling to another of the fine Chicago beer destinations, then it's an OK stop.
10-08-2007 20:43:13 | More by nortmand
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3.38/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I tend to go here when I visit Chicago, mainly because the hotel I usually stay at is Club Quarters, which is in the same building. With so many other great places in the area, there's really no point in going to E&C, especially considering the prices are a bit steeper, but it's still an okay place. British pub setup, decent atmosphere, usually a quiet crowd. Pretty busy quite often, but the staff is typically on the ball. Beer selection is okay, with Goose Island making an appearance, and Fuller's, and typical beers like Bass and macros and all. Food is a bit on the pricey side, but all pretty good; they have some tasty breakfasts there. Not a beer enthusiast's paradise by a long stretch, but still nice. Might I recommend Miller's Pub a few blocks away?
05-09-2011 02:32:32 | More by Rifugium
3.03/5 rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Set up as an English Pub right in the heart of the loop. A pretty big place, enough space for those just looking to get a drink and plenty of tables. A good place to go for lunch or dinner and drinks on a Friday. Typical English food selections, I had a decent fish and chips, (chips were really good). The service is ok but they are not beer people, nor is this a beer place. They a little beyond BMC but not much, not heavy on English beers as the name and bar atmosphere would hint at.
Not a destination at all, but when in the loop and looking for something really quick and easy to get to, worth a drink, just don't have high expectations of having something special.
11-20-2010 21:46:22 | More by jrallen34
2.65/5 rDev -22.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $$$
Visited the Wabash St. location today and asked about their dispense system for Fullers. Appearance wise, they look like 3 handpumps, but the bartender confirmed they are dispensed with forced CO2 and not actually cask ales. Very misleading, and sad to see this practice still goes on.
Addendum: It should be noted that E&C dispenses through fake beer engines here (Adams St. & Wabash St. locations), which aren't actually cask ales. It's artificial housing around a standard tap, with a lower CO2 level.
Marginally better than Kitty O'Sheas, the other lame forgettable chain bar in the Loop.
Inside there was lots of dark wood, wrought iron railings, and stained glass. Carpeted dining area, tiles around the bar. The interior felt very 'by the numbers' and designed to feel "homey" and "British" in a corporate office somewhere. A fake fireplace with some books on it, with framed photos of Charles Prince of Wales. Little jugs of "olde tyme stoute" above the bar, next to the 20 bottles of macros that comprised the bottle selection (minus Goose IPA and Hacker Pschorr).
Taps were the only decent thing about this place, 3 Fullers: ESB, London Pride, London Porter, also Franziskaner, and SA Noble Pils as a seasonal offering. The rest were your typical Harp, Bass, Guinness, etc. Decent Scotch selection, about 12 in all. My London Porter seemed like it had been sitting too long, but I did see one other pint drawn while I was there. Imperial pints were another bump up to the service score, in addition to the sweet girl that was taking care of us. There was an unpleasant funky bleach odor at the bar though.
Food wise we tried the bruschetta, which was passable. Overall there are better places to go in the Loop.
If you're staying downtown, check these places out:
Kaseys, Hackneys, Villains, The Gage, Millers (old school), Binnys South Loop (bar and megastore).
Looking for authentic cask ale near the Loop? Try Clark St. Ale House.
An authentic English/Irish pub in town? Check out Duke of Perth, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro, Owen & Engine, or The Globe Pub.
09-12-2010 05:46:57 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
Visited the Huron St. location twice, just had two pints at the bar each time. Both times the bar tender was the same woman, and very competent.
A decent place to go for British ales, but only the big exporters. The Huron St. location has Fuller's porter on *cask*, and the bartender there told me that the loop location has all three Fullers (porter, pale ale, ESB) on cask. They have a "REAL ALE" sign hanging over the beer engine.
Plan to go again on occasional weekday afternoons for after-work porters, since I work nearby.
08-09-2010 16:09:59 | More by NonServiam
2.03/5 rDev -40.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5 | $$$
I was extremely unimpressed with this place. I am usually underwhelmed by Irish bars in the US, and this was no exception. But it was one of a few places open in downtown Chicago on a winter Saturday afternoon...
Ambience is pretty cool...from appearances alone, you might think this place was into beer and had decent pub grub. But you'd be wrong.
Beer list is long, but but uncommendable. Popular imports short on flavor or interest.
Service was atrocious. Sat for 20 minutes before server took our drink order...another 15 minutes before our drinks showed up.
Food was lousy - I got a burger and sweet potato fries, which showed up cold and didn't have much to offer besides. I was afraid to send it back, because I didn't know when I'd see it again.
Everything is over-priced for what it is, which one might expect in a big city, but still i found this place to be a very poor value.
Overall, I can't recommend this place as a beer destination or for any other reason.
12-07-2009 16:10:58 | More by BeerBelcher
United Kingdom (England)
3.3/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
We visited the Elephant & Castle on a Friday Lunchtime which was probably not a good idea as the pub was full of office workers. There was a long wait for tables so we edged our way towards the bar fighting our way through the crowds.
I had a pint of Sam Adams Summer White which was drinkable but i had to stand near the bar to drink it. the Elephant & Castle is probably well worth a visit at a quieter time, however i wouldn't particularly recommend it on a Friday lunchtime!
The pub is situated in the Loop and is a short walk from Union station which is were i was heading after a couple of pints here.
06-08-2009 18:42:48 | More by Clembo1957
Elephant & Castle in Chicago, IL
83 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.