Taps: 68 / Bottles: 350
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Avantyawn:
4.18/5 rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is truly a destination bar in Chicago. I am an ex-Chicagoan now in NYC and I look forward to coming here for a few beers when I come home.
The atmosphere in the front bar area is ok but a little too crowded and there is a snobby attitude lurking around. It should be laid back and fun, but for some reason it just isn't. I think it is the fact that the bartenders are pretty unfriendly. Anyways, there are two other areas to the bar, both which I like more, my favorite area is the attic level on top, it is usually uncrowded and much more laid back up there. There is a small bar up there with a few taps and many bottles. You can bring a beer up here too from the main bar if you need a larger selection of tap beers.
The restaurant area is also nice. The food is very good and the wait staff I experienced was a little more friendly than the front bar area. The fish sandwich is quite good.
The service is the one thing that I dislike about the place. There is a sense of entitlement amongst much of the staff which is a real drag. I don't like feeling like they are doing me a favor by serving me. As if any question is a pain in the ass, and like I must be a moron if I ask a question about an exotic Belgian beer. I try to look past it because the beer selection is so awesome.
The beer selection is the heart of this place, they have a wonderful assortment of American craft beers as well as Belgian beers on draft. Also, an impressive bottle list. I've had nothing but good / interesting beers here. I usually start with a Bell's and move onto Belgians.
It's a bit pricy in general here, especially for Chicago, but not exorbitant as the quality is so high. The food prices are actualy quite reasonable.
All in all, every 6 months or so when I go back to Chicago I am excited about going here. I just wish that the front bar room was more fun, there is an air of unfriendly snobby Chicago north-side pretension that I find totally lame. It's just a beer bar in Andersonville guys!
02-18-2011 02:55:41 | More by Avantyawn
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