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The Map Room

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The Map RoomThe Map Room
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BA SCORE
98
world-class

218 Reviews
Reviews: 218
Visits: 326
Avg: 4.43
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 230
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-4560
United States
phone: (773) 252-7636 | map
www.maproom.com

Notes:
Place added by: jackndan

CASH ONLY (as of June 2009)
ATM on premise

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
No alcohol served before 11:00am.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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Reviews: 218 | Visits: 326
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.49/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Came here with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: crowded hard rock/metal dive bar. Surly bouncers check for I.D. at the door. Clientele seems to be a mix of insecure, stuck-up regulars and students getting pie-faced. Not my type of place.

SERVICE: laughably abysmal bartenders. They wouldn’t allow us to run a tab, so we had to pay for each set of drinks, which ends up costing more since you have to tip every time in order to get served. Also, The Map Room calls itself a "traveller’s tavern," but the laundry list of rules contradicts that theme. No debit or credit, order at the bar (no table service), no food available, and no wine or liquor list, even though they offer both. Servers were hostile and made me feel rushed while ordering. The last straw was when I asked the barkeep what type of wine he was giving me (after I requested their best "white" for the lady) and he simply turned the bottle so the label was facing me. I withheld my tip and we left after finishing our drinks. Very pathetic service.

SELECTION: obviously the big (perhaps only?) draw here. Gargantuan draught and bottle lineups with many hard-to-find beers. I went with a 3Floyds Dreadnaught IPA and Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner on tap, and a can of Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Other draughts included Firestone Walker Parabola, Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, and Stiegl Paracelsus Zwickl. In terms of bottles, De Ranke XX Bitter, The Bruery Coton, and Victory Headwaters Pale caught my eye. However, my girl did not enjoy her mixed drinks and she thought the wine was just okay.

OVERALL: this bar boasts one of the best craft beer menus in the city and that is why it has such a high rating. But for me the shoddy service, bizarre set-up, and annoying drunken patrons overshadow the great selection. Although I quaffed three excellent beers, I likely won’t return. A disappointing experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of pbgnar
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Map room consistently has a solid tap list and more than a few interesting bottles. Only issue is that they seem to run out of what you are looking for quite often. Not to worry! A quick chat with the bartender will result in you finding a new beer or even brewery that is just as good, or better, than the one you were originally seeking.

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Photo of jschott75
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This is a good craft brew place to visit. Seemed to be set up like a coffee shop, but with craft beer. Meaning, ample space to set up your labtop and get some work done, while enjoying local brews. The service was fine, but slow, but that was mostly due to another patron and a long winded story. Selection was fine, and they had several local options. But the selection didn't blow me away. The place came highly recommended, and while not quite living up to hype, I'd still recommend checking out.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of jophish17
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of boothbeer
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of chiefbender
4.89/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of srletend
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of JArt
4.54/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of BKotch
4.69/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mojiboo02
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of JohnCassillo
4.97/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My kind of spot. Relaxed, easy-going, focused on the beer while still letting you enjoy the game if you want to. Had told myself I wasn't leaving Chicago without stopping in and I'm glad I persisted. Grabbed a bottle of Bo & Luke, and checked out some 3 Floyds offerings on draft. Just a great experience at one of the country's top beer bars.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My kind of place: laid back with plenty of good Midwestern, east and west coast taps thrown in. Recently made my 1st visit on a biz trip to Chicago and will certainly return. Note: as other reviewers have observed, this place can get busy as it was on my visit on a Sunday afternoon, but the wait for a pint was well worth it.

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Photo of djhowell
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Chief99
4.94/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.