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Elephant & Castle

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Elephant & CastleElephant & Castle
BA SCORE
82
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18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.04%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

111 W Adams St
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-4106
United States
phone: (312) 236-6656

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Reviews by nortmand:
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3.24/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

nortmand, Oct 08, 2007
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3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

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?

Rifugium, May 09, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

jrallen34, Nov 20, 2010
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2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

Edit 9/10:
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.

More info:
http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/464296
http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/817456#819468
http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/1669904

http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/us/bogus-alert.html

01-31-2010
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.

emerge077, Sep 12, 2010
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Elephant & Castle in Chicago, IL
82 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.