The Map Room
Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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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.
09-10-2011 23:54:50 | More by cratez
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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
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