The Map Room
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by bditty187:
4.38/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
It wasn't love at first sight. The Map Room was smaller than I thought. A bit more worn and dingier than I though.
When we stopped it was about 5pm on a Monday night. The seats at the bar were all taken and there was roughly 10 other people milling around. We grabbed a seat as close to the bar as possible.
For some reason I was expecting more taps and more American beer on tap too. I got over it quickly. Over the next five hours or so we drank Hop Rod Rye, Hop Ottin', Allagash Curieaux, Houblon Chouffe, Hitachino Nest Celebration, and Victory Prima Pils all on draft. The bottle selection was very good, we got a bottle of Flossmoor IPA, GL Imperial Dortmunder and Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor (which we got on the house). Overall the beer selection was great, nice diversity and some rare gems in the mix as well. Every beer was served in, more or less, the proper glassware.
There was free food to munch on which was a nice bonus.
The service was great. Every time I ordered at the bar I got my beer in minutes plus they ordered us a Taxi at the end of the night. They even found the Cubs game on the TV for us (as it was blacked out in ESPN). That took sometime as neither bartender seemed to be much of a sports fan.
We got caught in a bad thunderstorm/tornado warning which was nothing for a couple of Nebraskans. We waited the storm out, the bar got fairly full by the end of the night as people were seeking refuge.
I enjoyed The Map Room and will return but not on a busy night as the small bathrooms and lack of space overall worries me. Is The Map Room the beer geek Mecca it is made out to be? I am not sure after one visit. If nothing else the beer selection is very good in a small, neighborhood bar.
08-06-2008 15:05:00 | More by bditty187
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