The Map Room
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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
5/5 rDev +12.6%
How much to I love thee? So much I bought a house in the neighborhood, so I could live where I drank... and walk home afterwards.
This is Chicago's number 1 beer destination. There are 20 taps and they are always clean and fresh. There are two handpulls. The beer selection usually ranges from Belgians, Germans and British, to a nice selection of domestic microbrews, often including local favorites Three Floyds, Two Brothers, and sometimes even Flossmoor. (For visitors since beerfly limits to Chicago proper: Both Three Floyds and Flossmoor are located just outside Chicago to the South/Southeast). They also do a great job of keeping their webpage up to date so you can see what is likely to be on tap. If a new beer comes to Chicago, we see it at Map Room first. And even, if a new beer comes into the US, we see it at Map Room first. They do a great job seeking out great beer, and offering a diverse selection.
They do not sell food, but they offer food for free to their patrons a couple of times a week. Tuesday's dinner is International Night, free with 2 drink minimum. It's a new country each week, catered in from Chicago area restaurants. Monday there's free Sausage and Cheese and $1 off Belgians. Recently there have been BBQ ribs and fried chicken on Sat and Sun afternoons. You can also bring in and there are some close spots on your way from the western blue line stop including Cafe Laguardia (Cuban) or Arturo's (Mexican).
But the real reason to come here is the beer. The selection is excellent. On par with Toronado in San Fran, and dba and barcade in NYC. The barpeople are knowledgable and especially when they have time, they are happy to offer advice and tastes. Map Room wants people to learn about good beer and to enjoy good beer.
The prices are also reasonable -- 4-5 dollars for most of the selections, which is pretty remarkable given their quality. When hopleaf does get the same selections they are usually priced about a dollar more up at hopleaf than maproom.
For some reason, pretty inexplicable to me, the place still attracts a Budweiser/Miller crowd later on weekend nights -- so if you are here to enjoy everything the MapRoom has to offer, be sure to visit before 10 when it gets busy and smoky. (The new ventilation system has made it much less hazy inside, but you will notice the smell on your clothes when you leave).
This is truly a great beer bar. Without question make Map Room the number one destination on any Chicago beer-related trip. For visitors, I would suggest adding Piece and Goose Clybourn into a short beer tour.
Piece is walkable from Map Room (especially after you have a strong beer or two). Goose is a short bus or cab ride from Piece on North Ave. If you hit these three you'll have seen some of the best beer and beer selections in Chicago with a minimum of fussing about.
08-21-2006 00:12:40 | More by 4thoseabout2bock
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4.88/5 rDev +9.9%
Opens at 6am for coffee and pastries. Starts serving beer at 11am. This place is absolutely lovely during the day with open windows during nice days. I, personally, avoid the weekends and nights. Too many amatuers. World class beer list and a very nice staff.
07-17-2014 20:55:05 | More by dcf5ve
The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.