The Green Lady
Taps: 30 / Bottles: 120
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
2013: Criminally underrated. Service has always been amicable, and selection is always top notch. Rotating taps that are hand picked and unique. The annual "South of 80" event during CCBW is not to be missed, introducing regional breweries to Chicago for one night only. Check out this sleeper hit of a beer bar if you haven't already.
Attended the grand opening last Friday, they added some nice touches to the place. Ever since the Shire closed unexpectedly over a year ago, I wondered what might be going in here. The Green Lady is what emerged, an intimate low-key lounge/tavern with 30 craft-focused drafts, quite an upgrade from the last two bars inhabiting this space.
The front windows were open, dim hanging lamps cast a warm glow, a new tin paneled ceiling, and diagonal cut plank floors were also a sharp new addition. Long mahogany bar on the left, tables grouped on the right with a few retro sofas in the back. There was now tile work along the walls, above a shelf to set drinks on. More impressive were the 30 taps set into the dark wooden back bar, framed in two groups of 15. There was no printed beer list yet, but a large chalkboard in back listed the drafts, and the full list is now up on beermenus, also listed below.
Enjoyed the low key atmosphere, there's also a new digital jukebox in back, and two flatscreens above the bar that were turned off. Service was friendly and attentive, beers were served in proper glassware. A good addition to the area, on a stretch of Lincoln that has it's own built-in pub crawl: Fizz, Northdown, and now The Green Lady.
09-11-2011 19:05:20 | More by emerge077
3.94/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
a couple blocks north of lincoln & belmont, accessible by the Paulina brown line stop. stopped in for a few beers before dinner at northdown cafe (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/25822/view=beerfly)
approached around 7pm on Monday, peaking through the window to determine whether the place was open or not. It was, though there were no patrons during the duration of our stop.
quiet little place - a few flat screens in off-mode, decent music, old school cash register. There were two women working that were engaging and interesting, so that was nice.
maybe 30 taps - pretty diverse amongst midwest craft and quality, though common, belgians. I opted for a 3F pride and joy and a N'ice Chouffe.
no food. a touch pricey.
12-20-2011 17:31:43 | More by dirtylou
4.06/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here to get a try of their exclusive cask of 5 Vulture Mezcalito. It's a nice-sized, very laid-back little place, on the dimmer side of light. It was late afternoon/early evening on a Saturday night, but the place was sparsely populated and fairly quiet, which is a welcome sight at such times to this guy right here. There are a pair of flat screens over the bar, which, when I visited, were playing Lolita (the original Kubrick version). Nice. The tap list is very strong, in that everything is craft and tasty. It looked as though they had a decent whiskey list as well, but I didn't delve into that portion of things. The bartender was amiable and knowledgeable and more than willing to humor a pretty buzzed little beer fan (that would be me...this wasn't my first stop that day...). The makeshift beer flights are a nice touch. I didn't even notice if they served food or not...
Overall, I kinda can't wait to go back. If that day was indicative of the atmosphere, I think I found a new place to relax and enjoy a tasty beer whilst meandering through the City...
10-03-2012 16:20:17 | More by TMoney2591
3.85/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | $$
I don’t understand how there are so few ratings on here. This bar is just up the street from Northdown. It has been open for a couple years. This is a cool beer bar! Of the times I’ve been in there I have seen live music, and on another occasion there was bar trivia (which I think is weekly). Lots of fun, good beer, cool ambiance. You can make a beer night out of it by going to both Northdown and here.
11-24-2013 23:50:02 | More by Fluffheady
4.45/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The Green Lady is a pleasant pub where you can have a conversation over fine beer. To the left as you enter is a long bar with an old school cash register (not just for show), flanked by flat screen TVs that are often playing Turner Classic Movies. On the right side are some high tops and a couch seating/lounging area. There is a dart board section in the back by the ladies room (where the couches used to be -- probably smart to have moved them :)) and a very classic looking door to the cooler. No kitchen, but plenty of food options in the nearby area, including Pho (Thai) next store which is highly recommended (red duck curry and masaman, both excellent, even if they are a bit of a palate wrecker).
Green Lady is willing to take a chance on lesser-known entities in her tap selection. The next year in Chicago is going to be an interesting ride with so many small new breweries entering the market. I appreciate her attempt to bring in down-state brews and offer other up-and-comers. There is always something on the menu worth trying, and its not uncommon for her to have something that no one else has gotten. There's usually a firkin on the bar, and very reasonable sampler pricing. They also usually keep their beermenus page current. All good things to support. The destination near the paulina brown line stop, and the Northdown is another great plus.
06-08-2013 19:21:00 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
4.24/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
They specialize in giving small local breweries a shot, to the point of letting glorified home brewers give their beers away for free. They often have a special firkin on the bar. They serve in proper glassware, including the oversized Belgian goblets that are almost extinct. Service is exceptional, and they have taster sets of any 4oz of any 4 beers for $12. That is a good deal if you want to try several of the more pricey high gravity brews. This place is a great advocate for beer. Go support them, because they are under the radar and don't get the traffic they deserve.
06-08-2013 22:20:50 | More by Tbone
The Green Lady in Chicago, IL
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