Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern
Taps: 10 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by onefmatt:
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Twin Anchors is a solid restraurant with a great deal of history in Chicago. Walking through the doors you will feel like you stepped into a neighborhood bar back in the 50's. Fun tidbit, they shot a scene from The Dark Knight where Two Face bangs his gun on the bar and you can still see the dents from it.
Food is a very respectable BBQ, with a focus on the ribs. I am spoiled feeling that Montgomery Inn ribs in Cincinnati are the best, or even from Smoque in Chicago, but these are very good ribs at a reasonable price.
Beer is also very respectable with an assortment of local breweries that rotate their seasonal nature (3 Floyds, Goose Island, Two Brothers, Half Acre, Metropolitan, tend to be the local wares they carry). 3F Gumballhead in the summer, Robert the Bruce or Alpha King in the fall/winter. They do get in bigger beers as well such as Two Brothers Heavier Handed IPA and in the winter carrier some heavy stouts or porters such as New Hollands Dragon's Milk.
Overall, a great place for a bite and a pint (or 2) if you are in the Lincoln Park/Old Town area. Lots of history in the place and a great staff to make the visit well worth your time and money.
11-04-2011 20:47:06 | More by onefmatt
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3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Twin Anchors... not primarily known as a beer bar, more for it's tavern-style baked ribs, but like many establishments, have recently been coming up to speed with the 21st century as far as beer goes. Thankfully the atmosphere of the place hasn't changed, and hopefully never will. Step inside and find yourself in a cozy 1940s-1950s time warp. Checkered tile floors, drop ceiling, corner booths. What's great about the place is the old school bar, worn in and comfortable. Surprisingly the taps have a modest array of craft beers on the porcelain tap towers. Nothing over the top, but plenty of staples to pair with the classic tavern fare.
Bartenders were quick and friendly, offering samples and chatting briefly about beer, enough to steer us away from the Berghoff "Backyard Ale". They seemed to be genuinely interested in the beers they had on, which was nice to see.
On a Friday night the crowd was a bit touristy, people in from the burbs to see Dave Matthews, aging trixies, children taking up bar seats, and plenty of old folks. Interesting group of regulars and visitors though. If it's crowded expect a wait for a table, and it's generally always crowded it seems.
Will have to return to try the food, though i've heard the ribs are baked and swim in sauce. Overall the place is a kitschy throwback with some nautical decor, divey in the best possible way.
Taps: Anchor Xmas 2010
"Christmas in July", Green Line, Left Hand Milk Stout, Central Waters Mudpuppy Porter, Victory Summer Love, GLBC Eliot Ness, FFF Gumballhead, 2 Bros. Hop Juice, Oberon (Hopslam when in season), Allagash White, Piraat, Racer 5, Stella & Becks.
Ska Blonde Bombshell, O'Fallon Wheach, Avery White Rascal, Half Acre Gossamer & Daisy Cutter, Berghoff Backyard Ale.
Founders Porter, Stone IPA, Boont Amber, Augustiner, Maredsous, Duchesse, Lindemans, Schneider Weisse.
2012: Beer list seems to have expanded some, they hosted a FFF tap takeover (packed house on a tuesday night), and tried the food, which was pretty standard fare.
07-21-2011 22:54:08 | More by emerge077
Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.