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The Map Room

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The Map RoomThe Map Room
BA SCORE
99
world-class

292 Ratings
Ratings: 292
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 230
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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:
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 by woodychandler:
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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The sign on the side of the building advised, “Don’t be lost.” Well, as a beer traveler trying to make his way to The Map Room for only the third time in his life, I felt compelled to start with a FOUND-ers, and in this case, the Back Rye. Thanks again to Sopor for having opened my eyes to the magic of rye.

They are located on the corner of Hoyne and Armitage Streets with the doorway on the southeast corner. The long bar started just inside the door, to the right and lo and behold there was an empty seat, so I found myself pretty quickly upon arrival. I thought I heard some voices coming from the buffet just to the left of the door, but before I could act on it, the Melissa Leo-look-alike bartender with dreads came over and complimented me on my beard. It was like home, sweet home. Hers was an appropriate comment, since the little voices that I had heard were saying things like “I like your beard.”; “Neat jacket.”; “Cool glasses.”; “Great shoes.” I was baffled, since I did not see anyone and my psychosis usually does not come on full strength until much later in the day. When I inquired, Megan (the bartender) told me that because it was the afternoon of the ChiSox/Cubs game, the bar had gotten a barbecue buffet from Leon’s BBQ at 2418 N. Ashland Street and the buffet was complimentary! Very complimentary, if you ask me. Ha ha. I simply cannot resist these jokes. Thank you, I’ll be here all evening.

The Beer Menu looked like the old elective curriculum choice sheet from when I was a high school student. It was on 8.5” x 14” paper, printed front (draft beer) and back (bottled beer), with the reverse in agate-type because there were so many of them. I urge you to check out “A Traveler’s Guide to the Map Room.” This had to be one of the most comprehensive explanations of beers and their styles that I have ever seen, outside of a full-blown book.

The space was long and narrow, so let us reorient ourselves at the entrance and face aft. To the immediate right was the bar. The back bar was an amalgam of a coffeemaker/cappuccino machine; wood shelves with whiskies; and glassware of every shape and stripe. Above the back bar were a total of eight blackboards, detailing specials and upcoming beers. To the left of the back bar was a tribute to past taps; three shelves of spent bottles; a ceramic Chouffe gnome; and in the left corner, a cooler that would set any beer traveler to drooling. Proceeding aft were the washrooms, still on the right-hand side, followed by a map of Chicago neighborhoods, a collage of US maps, then a raised-relief world’s continents mural that extended all of the way aft, past the pool table and wrapped around to the back wall. The left wall started off as a series of bookshelves, primarily filled with National Geographic magazines, but also with quality brewspapers. The overhead was a pressed-tin ceiling with a ceiling fan, plus the walls were ringed with multi-national flags and tin signs. It was a cartography buff’s dream.

Are there any specials offered? Yes, but on Fridays, “You’re already special.” Aw, shucks. Gee, thanks.

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99 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.