Taps: 40 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by emerge077:
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
These are pretty much the same wherever you go. After the health department shut down a few around Chicago, I thought it was gone for good, but it came back new and improved.
It's attached to a Holiday Inn or something, right by the Randhurst Village shopping megaplex. Limited parking lot was full on a Thursday night, likely for the Blackhawks game that was just starting. They jacked the sound up and dimmed the lights for that.
Inside its dark wood paneling and framed photos of various attempts at classy decor. At the rectangular island bar, you can watch 6 tvs at once, sort of like at Best Buy. This is a sports bar trying to be upscale. The crowd was mainly drinking bud light bottles and mixed drinks. Service at the bar was timely and friendly. Atmosphere leaves something to be desired, just a little artificial feeling.
The beer list was decent, but sort of middle of the road. Seasonals weren't listed, only a brewery name and "ask server" for O'so, Great Lakes, Lakefront, North Coast, DFH, Point, and an FFF bottled beer (out of less than 10 mostly macros). Can't they just print what they have? Not like it really changes much. Half of the drafts were macros or Sam Adams, the other some crafts like Sumpin' Sumpin', Matilda, Boulevard 80 Acre, etc. As I was leaving I saw a handwritten ad for a Lakefront event with a firkin from a couple weeks ago, and another listing upcoming drafts. Might be a good idea to put that on the beer list inside?
Overall it's sort of a 'whatever' place, good if you want to catch a game or eat nachos. Blackfinn is nearby and not much better for atmosphere, but at least they have some interesting local drafts.
04-25-2013 02:44:29 | More by emerge077
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3.29/5 rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in here before a cookout my buddy was throwing down the street. I had a goal in mind...more on that later. The place comes across as a slightly dank version of a sports bar, with plenty of ESPN-tuned flat screens and generic music, but with lower lighting and a darker color scheme. It's a strange combination that I can't say I'm much of a fan of. At the bar, I looked over the taps, which included plenty of BMC, Guinness, Leinie's, and some better stuff, like Arcadia, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, O'So, Three Floyds, Founders, Greenbush, Smuttynose, and Saugatuck. What makes the selection better is that they occasionally have some random local stuff that other nearby places don't get: my goal this time was newcomer Ten Ninety's Imperial Porter (which they had), and a subsequent visit sought 5 Rabbit's first issuing of Paletas (which had tapped earlier). These occasional tidbits are the only reason the selection is of any note. The bartenders were genial enough, but they're not all that knowledgeable. I didn't notice any bottle list, nor any tap list (which is irritating). I didn't have any food, but it looked to be your standard sports bar fare. Overall, this place is no destination, but a decent source of good beers that other such places may not have. I'm likely to choose this place over nearby BlackFinn, but only because of the slightly larger selection and the chance of finding something cool.
07-24-2013 19:17:57 | More by TMoney2591
4.26/5 rDev +18.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
One of favorite local spots to hit up for either a night out or to catch a Chicago Blackhawks game!! T.Vs all around the bar and tables. Plenty of room to sit even with larger parties. They also have a good size outdoor patio.
The service is excellent, very friendly and the management staff is top notch. DJ one of the GM is there and totally into the craft beer also a mixoligist!! Heather and him have done a great job keeping some craft beer on tap!
The food is great I usually will stick with what I like and that's the flat bread pizzas but the burgers are no joke!!
The Tap list is pretty good 40 taps but about half are the usual domestic and import beers. Was there a few weeks ago and had Hopslam, Dragons Milk, Wells Banana Bread (surprised)
Founders Breakfast, old chub and Anti Hero. Have a good bottle selection was told will be expanding it soon. Had all the FFF beers Gumball Head had to get one!! Also Lagunitas Sucks!!
Overall a great place, even to take your not so drinking craft beer buddies since they have plenty of Miller and bud in bottles and tap!!
03-08-2013 00:38:50 | More by MIA4IPA
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