The Map Room
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 212 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by beerinator:
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
We visited the Map Room during the dusk hours, right before it got dark. The light coming in from the windows lit up the national geographics that are displayed across from the bar. The entire place had this feeling of age. The bar is covered with the type of countertop material that you would find in your grandmothers house.
The draft selection was super. There were local beers as well as a few belgian draft selections that I haven't seen before. The bottle selection was enormous. The only issue that I had with the beer selection was the fact that none of the boards or menus had price listings. The prices were listed in tiny font behind the bar. The bartender even had to squint to see the prices.
The service here was great. Our bartender knew her stuff and you could tell from the way she described beers that she had previously sampled quite a few of the Map Room's selection.
Don't miss this place. It's a cheap taxi ride from downtown, and it's worth every dime. Just be sure to eat first.
There was no food other than pretzels and nuts.
07-06-2004 17:07:48 | More by beerinator
More User Reviews:
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
The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.