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Quenchers Saloon

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35 Ratings
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: 270
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2401 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2011
United States
phone: (773) 276-9730

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Place added by: jackndan

Cash only, ATM on site.
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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This worthy destination is, I believe, the first of the better beer bars in Chicago, operating with that goal since 1979.

The beer selection is one of the best in the city, only eclipsed by a few places. On last night's visit they had Capital AUTUMNAL FIRE, Maudite, Chambly Noire, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Spaten Oktoberfest, BBK Pils, Summit Oktoberfest, Bells Oberon, Allagash White, Mad Hatter IPA, Fat Tire, Czechvar, Guinness, Smithwicks, Fullers ESB and Newcastle all on tap. In other words, nice range -- dark, malty, belgian, german, british and hoppy. Something for everyone. I had the Autumnal and it was malty sweet and perfect for a crisp Fall evening.

Quenchers has started serving food at night sometime within the past year. This includes their own pizza menu, which lists a chicago italian beef pizza that has giardinera on it and is pretty darn good for dive bar food. There is also free, salty popcorn (also good with the complimentary hot sauce).

This is a nice place with a neighborhood dive feel. The main entrance opens into the main bar room, with the arcade games now along the front wall, and the L shaped bar at the rear with an extensive bottle collection listed on chalkboards. Beeraphenilia lines the ceilings and walls. Beer history and extensive beer list in one. The back room has a stage (music has started to come back) but also a number of tables including a sitting area with comfy chairs/couches around a tv.

The weak point if anything are the bartenders who can be a bit distant. But, its a relaxed place that usually doesn't get too crowded. And of course it has the added advantage that the Map Room is a nice, between-beer walk away at Armitage and Hoyne.

More User Reviews:
Photo of april333
4.6/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The only thing bad about this place is my ex boyfriend being there all the time. I miss this awesome beer bar.

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of WestHam973
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Laid back place to drink great beer at a great price very few douches in here

Photo of matjack85
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Located on the northeast corner or Western Ave. & Fullerton, Quenchers is one of my all time favorite beer bars. It's divided into 2 large rooms plus an outdoor beer garden. The main room houses a large bar, popcorn machine, and several tables, while the second room is used for live entertainment.

Every bartender here is beer savy and they all enjoy talking beer with you. They have close to 300 bottled beers here, many from smaller countries that you don't usually see at other bars. I've had an Isreali beer here, beers from Peru and Argentina, and even a beer from Singapore. They also have an impressive list of Belgians, Germans, and American domestics. They only have about a dozen taps, but they rotate monthly and there is always something new to try. They also offer beer flight samples if you want to try several beers in one visit without having to down a full serving of each. And this is not a snob place either. While they have $10 snifters of craft Belgian beers, they also carry $2 cans of iced cold Genesee Cream Ale along with Blatz and PBRs. It's a friendly bar no matter what your taste or budget. Also check their website for special promotions such as their Euro beer fest, stout week, etc. etc.

As for food, they do have a limited menu of items, but they only offer them after 4pm, so don't come here for lunch if you're coming to eat. Some of the favorites here include Earl's famous chili, and tater tots, and the popcorn is always free.

It can get pretty crowded on nights when they have live entertainment, but any day before 6pm is usually wide open. I've been there at 2pm and was the only one in the place. They don't have their own parking lot, so you either have to find your own street parking, or take either the Fullerton #74 bus or the Western Ave. #49 bus, both of which have stops right there at the corner.

I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't have a good time here.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Fluffheady
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is really dingy looking with a small sized room attached with a stage for music acts. They have a huge international selection in bottles displayed in a cool wooden cooler. Their draft list has a lot of special things on it. It’s super neighbor-hoody, friendly, and charming, but it’s not a place I would take a girl on a first date.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

So we got bored at the Maproom and decided to head here by suggestion... I love it.

This place is like Three Floyds-- only bigger, and in Chicago. It's got a total biker bar feel-- sawdust and peanut shells vibe with wood everywhere. I fucking love it here.
There is a stage in back for bands to play-- I want to see a show here!

The bar had two sours on tap, and several more in bottles. I talked with the bartender for a while and he was great. Very cool guy with tons of knowledge and friendly advice. We split a bottle Cuvee De Ranke by his suggestion and I liked it quite a bit.

The taplist was huge! I certainly plan on coming back here! Prices were good.

Photo of elginirishpunk
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is definitly one of the best hidden secrets of Chicago's beer scene. Down the stret from the legedary Fireside bowl and right down the street from the EL.

From the Interenational beer list on the chalkboard above the coolers, or the Craft list on the ajacent side. If you can't find a good beer here you need to keep looking. All beer is priced very affordable unlike many other bars/pubs in the area.

Food is ideal for a great night of good beer drinking. Sandwiches and Tator tots anit nothing wrong with that.

Definitly has a punk/hipster feel but great staff and even better selection.

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Quenchers Saloon in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.