The Map Room
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 244 | Reviews: 212 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by brewcrew76:
4.88/5 rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Nice eclectic pub with maps, National Geographic and other worldly items scattered around the place. My only real complaint is that it tends to get smoky (can't wait for the smoking ban in Chicago to go into effect), very loud and crowded, especially later in the night. I recommend going during the day or early evenings to avoid these problems.
The bartenders are quick even when the place is crowded. I have never had to wait more than a minute or two for a beer. They also know their stuff when it comes to beer and happily provide good suggestions if you ask which is nice since even the well traveled beer drinker can become over-whelmed by the great variety of options.
There are about 30 taps and 1 cask with many beers you do not commonly see on tap. All beers are served in the proper glassware. They also have well over 100 bottles (too many for me to count). The beers are fresh and the turnover is pretty fast so there is constantly something new on tap. Some of the beers seem a bit pricey but that is just the standard markup on some of the pricier bottles they carry.
Map Room is one of my favorite bars and who doesn't like free food on weekend afternoons.
01-24-2007 21:09:53 | More by brewcrew76
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5/5 rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$$
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.