Bulldog Ale House
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 12
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
3.51/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
I was recently in Itasca, IL a few miles east of Roselle, and found the Bulldog Ale House here on Beer Advocate. The Bulldog is a pretty big place inside with more TVs than most electronics stores. Essentially it is a short skirted waitress sports bar with daily food and drink specials, and 72 taps. As it was a Wednesday my friend and I split a customized large pizza that was 50% off. The crust was awesome, as was our choice of toppings (bacon, feta and black olive). We noticed right upon entering that it was "short shorts" day for the staff, although a few seemed to have missed the memo and were still in the short kilts. No problem either way. Beer-wise, they had a pretty good selection, but at least two of the beers I requested were out. The beer menus on the tables were also a bit outdated with Summer and Fall seasonals that were, well, out of season. I ordered two four 4 beer flights (4 oz), and a pint of a Goose Island IPA. One of the flights had three of the Bulldog/Berghoff beers and the Amber was actually very good. Founders, Breckenridge, Half Acre, Three Floyd's, Bells and Revolution were some of the other names I recall. The service was very good, and it was steady but not too busy, but it looks like this place could be packed during the weekend or during major sporting events. I would try it out again if in the area, and would recommend it.
12-07-2013 07:21:17 | More by Tom_the_Sad_Sailor
3.14/5 rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in here during my lunch hour to see what was what. It's a nice-looking sports bar, with a large curved bar projecting out into the main room. The walls are lined with beer paraphernalia, sports memorabiia, and flat screens on mute. While at the bar I perused the tap list. They advertise that they have 72 beers on tap, though most of these are macros and the usual small-pub craft and imports (eg. Leinenkugel's, Guinness, Stella, Michelob, etc). They have a decent selection of real craft, with Bell's and Three Floyds making appearances, but nothing anywhere close to special shows up. They also advertise four house beers: an amber ale, a dark lager, an "original lager", and a seasonal (this one was ostensibly a "summer ale", but the keg was tapped). These are not even close to being brewed on-site, though, but rather are re-handled Berghoff kegs (highly disappointing). The bartender, like the rest of the waitstaff, was clad in a short skirt a la the Tilted Kilt and was amiable enough, though she didn't seem all that knowledgeable about the beers themselves (granted, I didn't quiz her or anything...). The food looked like the usual sportsbar fare, with burgers and the like taking precedence. The prices seemed pretty good for the area, though I do't have much to compare them to, as I went on a Thursday, which means $2 draft beer (yup, all of 'em!). What's worse, they don't list any of the normal prices on the beers.
Overall, if I were in the area for a bit and wanted a pint, I could see myself stopping in (especially on a Thursday), but I don't see myself driving out here to purposefully make a visit for its own sake.
10-04-2012 18:25:48 | More by TMoney2591
3.43/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
It's a good sized space with beer signs on the walls and has a nice amount of televisions. The bar is large and will hold alot of people. The bar stools are cushined and have backs on them, but they are to low.
They have 72 beers on draft which sounds nice, but Thursday all drafts are two dollars so when you go on Friday there selection is hit and miss.
I went 0 for 5 before getting my pick.
They have three house brews Lager, Dark, and Amber, plus your standard domestic beers.They have a large selection of craft and imported drafts along with ciders.
The food is good, I had a burger cooked the way I liked and it tasted good, but its not the best one I've ever had. The fries were soggy,I would pass on them next time around.
The service is hit and miss, the service I had was slow it took about 20 minutes to get my burger. The waitresses wear short plad skirts like they do at the Tilted Kilt.
I will go back and give them another try.
04-07-2012 15:15:16 | More by movingglass
Bulldog Ale House in Roselle, IL
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.