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The Map Room

The Map RoomThe Map Room

Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

243 Ratings
Ratings: 243
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.93%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar ]

1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-4560
United States
phone: (773) 252-7636

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maproomtavern

Notes:
CASH ONLY (as of June 2009)
ATM on premise

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
No alcohol served before 11:00am.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

(Place added by: jackndan)
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matjack85

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$

Any time I'm in Chicago, I try to make a stop at the Map Room - it's that impressive. It's not fancy and it's not big, but they have a huge selection of quality beers and a knowledgeable and friendly staff.

It's located in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, which is a pretty decent section of the city. There is no parking lot for this place, but I've never found street parking that much of an issue. The CTA's Armitage bus line #73 has a stop at Armitage and Hoyne, just steps from the Map Room's front door if you want to take public transportation.

The place is not that big and overcrowding is common at night, but I found if you come anytime in the afternoon or early evening, you can easily find a table for yourself or your group. There is no food here except on nights when they feature a certain country's beer. For example if it's Chinese night, all Chinese beers will be discounted and after the purchase of 2 beers you will be allowed to partake in the Chinese food served in the back for free. If it's Peruvian night, then Peruvian beers will be discounted and Peruvian food served in the back, etc.

The selection here is fantastic and first rate. I forgot how many beers they had on tap but I believe it is close to 30. There are also over 200 bottled beers to choose from that get updated and rotated monthly. Amazingly the bartenders and servers know something about every one of them and will be happy to describe them to you.
There is almost always a cask conditioned beer in the back as well. Just ask your server what the selection of the day is. Once after trying 4 or 5 Belgian beers with a friend of mine, they let us choose an additional one on the house. Another time we were given free Map Room t-shirts after chit chatting with the bartender for a few hours. There are a few TVs inside as well, so it's a good place to watch a Cubs, Bears, Bulls, or Blackhawks game if you don't have a ticket to see it live.

I've never had a bad time here and go back as often as possible. This is one of the top craft beer bars in the city.

04-12-2014 08:55:26 | More by matjack85
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | $$

I stopped in on a recent visit to Chicago. It sits on a corner. It looked like a biker bar as I approached it. I arrived around one o'clock on a Tuesday. It was pretty empty except for some leather clad gentlemen. I know this is a limited comparison, but it reminded me of Nano Brew Cleveland. The bar was too the right. There were maybe ten tables beyond that. To the left along the outer wall were shelves of National Geographic magazines. My friends and I bellied up to the bar. They offered around 20 draft selections and 100 bottles and cans.

I ordered a Union Jack since my focus was on beers unavailable in Ohio. It was quite delicious. They did not serve food, but had a folder with local restaurants that delivered or were within walking distance.

The bartender was very amiable. She offered us samples of beers and even suggested another drinking establishment to try as well as her favorite option for a Chicago-style pizza.

I wish we would have had more time. I really enjoyed this bar. The bartender was great, and she was very helpful. They had a great selection of local brews and of beer in general.

08-18-2013 22:55:14 | More by buschbeer
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atpben

Texas

4.21/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Went there just so I could try Zombie Dust. The tap was done but was able to get the last bottle. Great beer by the way. Good bar but wasn't able to get a lot of the beers I wanted. Did get a great pint of Alpha King. Service was kinda slow; Saturday afternoon. Will come back but maybe at a different time.

05-17-2013 03:02:00 | More by atpben
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ajkeefner13

Illinois

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$

In my opinion, the best beer bar in the city. They are always rotating their beers to keep things fresh, and also clean their lines to keep the BEER fresh! A beer lover's atmosphere. Make sure you go here more than once if you can...cause the beer you have one week, will be completely different than the beer you drink the next...but it'll all be amazing!

01-16-2013 04:05:00 | More by ajkeefner13
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kwesib

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Neither hard to get to nor very convenient, particularly the parking. But what is in Chicago. Try to make it here once every visit to Chicago. Great beer selection and I generally like the atmosphere. There should be a place like this in every neighborhood in America. Draft beer selection is very good and I can usually sample local brews that I might want to later buy. Service is good if not varied by time of day. Knowledgeable folks behind the bar. Coffee in the morning/afternoon ain't bad either.

11-23-2012 20:53:42 | More by kwesib
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $

Great spot. Stopped in last Sunday on a visit to the city.
Served by Chris who has good knowledge of their selection and beer in general. Great conversation. Fun and light atmosphere. Crowd was pleasant and social.
Some mild pretentiousness from a couple people but you'll get that anywhere.
Took in game 4 of the World Series and then some zombies on TV. Interesting mix. :)

Beers: plenty including Yeti, Zombie Dust, Union Jack, duganA, Old Chub, and some crazy sour to finish the eve. Love this place. Will be back next time I get to Chi-town.

11-05-2012 11:56:48 | More by FEUO
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Stopped in here yesterday after spending the day exploring the area.
Nice, quiet afternoon setting. A stellar tap list, Founders breakfast stout, New Belgium Peach Porch Saison, and a just tapped Smuttynose Wheat wine were among some of the highlights.
Bartender was extremely knowledgeable, let me try several samples before settling on my first brew.
After striking up a conversation with the patron next to me, I was introduced to the VP from Three Floyds, which I found to be F***king awesome!!!! After pouring me a taste of Topless Wytch, he invited me up to the brewery and bought me an Alpha King, the first I've had as I just moved to Chicago this week.
An overall great experience, and one I will never forget.I will return soon, as it is only 25 minutes or so walking from my house.
Cheers!

10-10-2012 21:39:43 | More by czfreeman
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Stopped in here on a lark before my usual tour of the City. It's a purposefully small, even quaint, joint, decked out in maps and flags and dark woods. My kinda place so far. Up to the bar I go, Kindle in hand, to enjoy a pint and a read. The selection is pretty nice, with some occasional oddballs (sort of...) from Europe showing up from time to time and something always on both special and cask. The bartender was very amiable, and we talked a bit before I delved into my reading, which itself was a fairly easy task, as the place was nice and quiet. There's really no need for the loud[-ish] music or TVs everywhere you go, man. Something tells me actual conversations could be had here...what a novel concept! If there is any food to be had here, I haven't tried it. The pricing seems good for the City (possibly a bit lower than may places).

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Map Room and look forward to going back again. I understand I'm not really in their real neighborhood, but I feel like I am when I'm there...

10-03-2012 18:49:30 | More by TMoney2591
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KDawg

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

In the past I had been back and forth when it comes to the map room. But, since it seems that one or two of the bartenders that would generally give attitude to everyone are gone, I've enjoyed it a lot more. It could be the timing on the days that I've come in, but shooting me looks like I've ordered a miller lite when I've actually ordered a cuvee des jacobins didn't make me feel all that comfortable.

Anyway, the map room has a great and diverse selection both on tap and by the bottle. You don't find bad beer here and it does cater to a knowledgeable crowd, but there isn't the vibing that I've come across in the past.

I really like the atmosphere here. You can always have a conversation with your friends and you don't feel like you are shouting over each other.

The prices for everything is pretty standard for this area of chicago (draft brews $5 or 6), but it is cash only. There is an atm on site, but it does need to be known ahead of time.

08-29-2012 18:08:35 | More by KDawg
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socon67

New York

4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$

Came here during the week on a Wednesday around noon. Place was fairly empty, but the vibe seems trendy. Plenty of great beer on tap, and a cask. I had the Alpha King and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter; two great beers. Served in proper glassware, and bartender was quite knowledgeable. No food of note, but the beer is where its at. Motif is of a world traveller; Nat Geo magazines and flags around.

Pricing was fiar for what I had. I'd love to ever get back to this place.

Listed as one of the top craft beer bars in the country, and I'd say its a fair claim.

08-01-2012 00:21:56 | More by socon67
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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.