The Map Room

Not Rated.
The Map RoomThe Map Room
BA SCORE
98
world-class

216 Reviews
Reviews: 216
Visits: 314
rAvg: 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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maproomtavern

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: 216 | Visits: 314
Reviews by kbaker91:
Photo of kbaker91
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Was in CHI this weekend, had a few hours to kill Saturday afternoon, so I hopped the Blue Line to Bucktown to try The Map Room. I had read the reviews on Beerfly and other review sites, and they seemed to be all over the place. Many fans of the place, some not so much. Due to the wide variety in the rDev on Beerfly, I was ready to expect anything.

I arrived at around 2:30 Saturday and was able to obtain a seat at the bar. The room itself looked like a cozy neighborhood watering hole. Bar running down the right side of the place to about halfway down, the sides and back feature tables. Not enormous, but not tiny either; pretty much perfect size for my taste in tavern size. As the name suggests the walls are covered with old National Geographic pull-out maps. The 'world-travelling' gimmick works for me.

The crowd appeared to me to be 25+, at least in the few hours I was there on a weekend afternoon. A nice mix of older neighborhood residents & thirtysomething professionals. Had a couple friendly conversations with other patrons about such subjects as homebrewing, the Chicago Bulls, and where in the neighborhood to obtain the best Italian hot beef sandwich.

The beer selection is great. A couple dozen taps with what looked like a couple hundred bottles as well. All of them featuring a great American or Euro craft beer. I have been in other beer bars with similar or larger selection, but it appeared that whomever selects the tap lines does so with care to include a comfortable variety of styles and breweries.

Prices were not bad at all. I have seen other reviewers complain about the prices, but Map Room is actually cheaper than many 'good beer' taverns in St Paul. $5 or $6 for a pint of craft beer is not too expensive. They also feature a beer of the month for $4 a pint. On Saturday, it happened to be Arcadia ESB (tasty, by the way).

They do not sell food, but they had a few free items toward the back for customers to eat.

The service was excellent. From the two bartenders who were quick and friendly, to the 'eccentric' busboy/barback (I think his name is Woody?), all were top-notch. A special mention goes to the owner, who's name unfortunately escapes me. She took her time to sit and talk to me and obtain my opinion of her establishment. What a classy lady, and an example to anyone who would think about opening their own business.

About the only downside was that they do not accept cards, it is cash-only. That and the fact that I live 2 states over.

Overall, The Map Room is worthy of all the praise it receives on Beerfly and other websites. Nice neighborhood, Good Room, Great beers, Outstanding service. Comparable, if not better than, other great beer bars I have visited in the Midwest. (2,743 characters)

More User Reviews:
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. (343 characters)

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. (326 characters)

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

Photo of kidzord
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of aussiebeer
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Photo of eawolff99
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of djgoodwi
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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

Photo of misternebbie
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of evan35
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of feeger22
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of NWatters
4.71/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of yancot
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.02/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.