The Bavarian Lodge
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Taps: 36 / Bottles: 163
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 53 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by MrMcGibblets:
4.8/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
decor is a bavarian hunting lodge theme, i suppose, lots of dark wood and a german beer-themed decor. soft and dark lighting. half circle bar had all the requisite glassware and some interesting taps. beer selection here is great. glasses get an extra rinse before pouring. it is evident they care about their beer here. beer lists are updated constantly. also, there is a chalkboard beer menu in addition to a specials menu featuring any brand new offerings. the only crap beer served here is miller lite, but there is a footnote at the bottom of the menu and they recommend against it, stating they will only sell it if the customer insists. nice. beer selections focus on belgians and germans, primarily, and a nice selection of american craft brews. gumball head on tap here...yeah. also eggenberg from austria, unibroue, and more. nice rotation of kegs and selections. at the very least 50 nice beers to choose from, each with an accurate description and all served in proper glassware. our server was attentive and knowledgeable. food was good, we stuck with german fare. also some hungarian and american dishes. but why you would eat american food here, i don't know. prices are ok, we had 2 beers, an appetizer, and a large entree for $37 before tip.
went again recently and scored monchshof schwarzbier on tap...amazing. i didn't think i'd like a smoked beer, but damn. also they have a special delirium tremens pink elephant tap. the beer guy here likes lagunitas so you are likely to find a couple of their offerings on-tap as well. the guy in charge of the beer here is very knowledgeable and friendly as well.
oh yeah, this is also a good place to hold your wedding rehearsal dinner.
06-24-2007 02:59:16 | More by MrMcGibblets
More User Reviews:
4.76/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
Great beer. Great food. Knowledgeable staff.
By far the best craft beer spot in Chicago's western suburbs. In the past, parking has been difficult, but they recently expanded parking spaces, remedying this issue.
They clearly have good relationships with distributors and brewers given the routine selection. Always a wide selection of local and american beers, and a deep selection of imported craft brews.
02-15-2014 03:59:23 | More by JackOC85
4.8/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
This spot is the tops. Likely the best bar in IL to enjoy a beer. Their selection is impeccable, and often unique. Their import drafts are not seen anywhere else in the Midwest, and sometimes no where else in the US. The atmosphere is cozy, rustic, warm, and inviting. The staff is passionate and knowledgeable on all aspects beer, and is friendly when asked about product (unlike some spots). The food is authentic Czech/Bavarian Fare, it can be very heavy, but it's exactly what you'd expect, and very well prepared. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone, especially the beer lovers of this site.
As I am about to submit this, I'm hard pressed to think of a better beer spot that I've been to ever. And I've seen my share of gems.
02-10-2014 06:48:40 | More by mikedrinksbeer2
4.4/5 rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Been going here for about 5 years now. Atmosphere is definitely lodge feeling. The bar area is man's cave material, although women are welcome. One of the best tap lineups in the Western suburbs and always changing in a very positive way. No diets here...German/Hungarian/Austrian/Bavarian fare. Food is outstanding and great for large families or friends. Fun atmosphere and most people at the bar area are talkative and outgoing. I find the best time to go is before 6 and after 9:30. This place gets crazy crowded even week nights. Service in restaurant could get slow, so make sure to reach out and grab your server if you have to. Bar area is spot on and I've been seeing the same same staff for quite a while now. Bathrooms are clean. A definite stop over if you are from out of town and chasing down the latest craft on tap!
12-14-2013 22:38:27 | More by joeseppy
The Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL
100 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.