The Map Room
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 236 | Reviews: 211 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Yetiman420:
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
My wife and I visited around midnight on a crowded April Friday the 13th. Our hotel was closer to downtown and we took the blue line "L" train to the Western stop and walked about 10 minutes. I contacted them via email a couple days prior and they set me up with the public transit info - a plus for service prior to the visit.
We had to wait outside a couple of minutes because they were at capacity. This is good because it's a long, narrow room and not incredibly large considering pool tables occupy one end. Once we were in, we lucked out and got two seats at the bar. As others have posted, they have about as good of a beer selection you'll find anywhere. We went local with a belgium spring beer from Three Floyds, Cane & Abel from Two Brothers and far away with LaChoufe IPA.
While they do have tables, I believe all beers are ordered through the bar (no servers). They had four bartends doing an excellent job keeping the drinks flowing. Our bartended even took the time to ask us how our beers were and if we had any questions.
A couple of items I think would have improved the experience
- I come from a clean air state (Ohio) and it's difficult for me to enjoy good beer and food in a smoke polluted room. I realize this is an Illinois law and I may be in the minority, but it bugs me and I'm on my soapbox about clean air. In the Map Room's favor, they had four very powerful smoke eaters - so powerful they were blowing too much "clean" air on my wife and we had to switch.
- The Cane & Able I ordered was advertised as being on the beer engine. They served it from the normal tap and when I commented, they said the beer engine was out and asked if I still wanted it. A bit picky, but they could have wiped it off the board if it was gone.
- All large inventory beer bars could benefit from listing their beers by style or include a brief description about the beer. I'm working my way into Belgium beers and The Map Room had a ton. Simply listed them out alphabetically by brewery does little to help with beer navigation/exploration.
Yes, these are picky points but I had to find something for my review. As you see by my scores, this is a great establishment in a city with more than it's share of macro domestic drinkers. Keep up the great work!
04-16-2007 01:59:11 | More by Yetiman420
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