Taps: 24 / Bottles: 270
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by nogoodreason:
3.7/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
This place has two thing going for it, and a few things against it.
1) The beer selection is really broad, there are a few stinkers on the list, but there are quite a few top-knotch beers. Most of their beers are bottled, and they've only got 10 or so tap beers.
2) It's a comfortable place. There was plenty of seating (even on a Saturday), and the music wasn't too loud to talk over.
1) The service. The bartender wasn't rude, but he was inattentive. The first few times I ordered, I had to specifically ask for a glass. After a few times he figured out that I wanted a glass and provided one with my beer. Speaking of glasses:
2) They don't have enough glasses, at all. I fail to understand how a pace can go through the motions of developing a beer list as expansive as their while being unprepared to serve this beer in the proper manner.
All in all, I could see spending more time at a place like this, it was easy going and I did get glasses once I asked, but I can't say this is a must-see if you're visiting Chicago. It was close to the Map Room, so it's worth stopping by if you've got time, but if you're short on time, stick to the Map Room, their commitment to beer is much more apparent.
08-16-2004 13:55:06 | More by nogoodreason
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4.03/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place is really dingy looking with a small sized room attached with a stage for music acts. They have a huge international selection in bottles displayed in a cool wooden cooler. Their draft list has a lot of special things on it. It’s super neighbor-hoody, friendly, and charming, but it’s not a place I would take a girl on a first date.
11-24-2013 22:59:42 | More by Fluffheady
4.7/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
09-05-2011 16:27:40 | More by AleWatcher
4.1/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
06-13-2011 19:39:29 | More by elginirishpunk
3.86/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Been to Quenchers a couple times now, figured it was time to add a review...
Usually there on a Friday or Saturday night, can get kind of crowded, one of those beer bars where you might actually have to stand (gasp!) for most of the night...good mix of people that is pretty much typical of any Chicago beer bar...inside is fairly dark with the normal wooden/old look that so many Chicago bars have...bar area itself is fairly large and their is a big chalk board with their taps and some (most?) of their bottles listed...
Had a lot of taps, with a few things that I rarely see on draft...also had a large array of bottles (like 200+ I believe), but since I only get draft when at a bar, this had no bearing on my rating...
A few little TV's, this is definitely not the place to catch a game, more likely the place to catch some crappy local band, but sometimes those are the most fun!!
Overall a pretty good bar with a relatively crappy location (busy intersection) as parking can get rough and it is pretty loud/busy outside...will definitely be visiting again though...
05-21-2010 00:06:01 | More by hawks10
4.22/5 rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Very awsome place!!! Its about about a hour north of my house. So if were in the area we usually stop at Quenchers.
Very clean place with alot of room to move around. They also have a stage for band to perform. There was music playing in the background when we were there. They also have a instant photo booth if you want to take a pic.
I have only been there twice and there is usualy only one guy working the bar. I think he might be the owner. Very cool guy tho. Later in the night you might have to wait alittle longer for a beer.
If you cant find a beer you like in this place there is something wrong with you! They have well over a 100 beer and I think about 20 taps. Last time I was there it was stout fest. And they had 20 stout taps! So being a stout fan I was happy!
I havent ate here but my brother inlaw had a turkey club sandwich and he said it was good.
Prices are reasonable for chicago area. Overall I really like this place and plan to visit it again!
02-17-2010 16:59:09 | More by RTrain12
4.28/5 rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Currently an IPA fest is underway for the month of June... 30 IPA's rotating, order 5 from the punchcard, get 1 free.
Ever expanding selection of bombers, including Flossmoor, Port/Lost Abbey, New Holland. Michigan had it's own chalkboard, and the micros were listed by state. There's still the random lager from every country, but the gems have definitely improved here.
Service was excellent, Bob the beer guy gave the rundown on the IPA fest, and chatted when there was free time. Looking forward to going back this month for a few more IPA's... Also, CASH ONLY!
Original review: 02-26-2008
Decided to check out Quencher's for lunch today, hadn't been in there for quite awhile. My choice meal was Frito pie and a Hamm's, purely for nostalgia's sake. The bill was a whopping $6.
I've seen pizzas come out of the kitchen, and they looked good. To their credit, there's a creative list of sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, and it's all very affordable.
The daytime/after work atmosphere of Quencher's is pretty relaxed...a well worn L-shaped wooden bar, wood-lined cooler doors, several breweriana signs scattered around, and a huge chalkboard for the beers. A small tap chalkboard was at the far left end of the bar, in an awkward place, but several were also listed on the bottom of the big board. Ed Fitzgerald was $5, and Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy was also on tap.
There was a photo booth, pinball, and cd jukebox along one wall when you walk in. In the side room, bands play nightly on a small stage, and there are cases full of vintage glassware on the walls. Glad to report the ratty couches of yesteryear have been removed. The crowd is mixed, you will get hipsters, tourists, and local barflies on any given night. Invariably there are people standing right in front of the door, who are waiting at one of two bus stops.
Selection-wise, there are many standby options, especially Belgian/German/UK imports, though nothing too obscure. The US craft selection is more interesting: 3F, Lagunitas, Ommegang, GI Reserves, and a couple from Founders. The bottle count on the lower right corner of the board was at 266 as of 1/08. Admittedly, half of these are crappy lagers from every far flung country in the world, so that whittles it down to only 150 or so worthy options. Random sampling: Aventinus, Orval, Abt. 12, Dupont, Matilda, Boon Kriek, Lagunitas Gnarlywine.
Not my first choice destination, even though I work near here, there are too many other options in the area that win out first.
06-10-2009 00:41:40 | More by emerge077
Quenchers Saloon in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.