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 chrishickman:
4.8/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This place is beautiful, amazing beer selection, great traditional German cuisine, and family owned and operated with great service. I have not encountered a better place in the west suburbs, the only one that comes close is Rock Bottom in Warrenville which is good but it's still Rock Bottom. For those afraid of German food, just get chicken schnitzel (essentially a friend chicken breast fillet without a bun) and a pretzel appetizer, then get the rest of your calories via liquid. It is a bit pricey but the portions are large and the beers are great. You will not go home hungry or thirsty here, but you're probably going to spend $50 on yourself for dinner and 3 beers. Then again, most decent places in the area probably charge that if you're drinking anything other than BMC.
05-13-2012 17:14:32 | More by chrishickman
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4.76/5 rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
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.