The Beer Market
Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
We stopped here before attending a performance at the Marriott Lincolnshire resort down the street. The place was about half-full when my wife & I walked in, fairly early on a Saturday night. It is set up like a restaurant but (as of this writing) they only serve drinks. That was fine with us because we had already eaten dinner.
Beer selection was very impressive. Dozens of taps and many more in bottles. However, I had no problem finding beers they were out of. Seriously, it shouldn't take 3 tries to order a beer!
Prices were very reasonable in our opinion.
Service was OK but felt rushed. We sat at the bar and were tag-teamed by 2 of the 3 bartenders. They were polite but definitely more interested in pouring more beer and chatting with their fellow employees. It felt like I was back in college when the bars were packed and the bartenders were just there to pour drinks as fast as they could. They also seemed to get overwhelmed very quickly. I wonder what happens when they get really busy.
In sum, if you know what you like and just want a drink or two, or are with a group of people who like good beer, then The Beer Market is a good choice.
09-23-2013 21:01:44 | More by Penguins66
3.74/5 rDev -3.4%
The world can't have enough beer bars in my opinion, and this example is actually quite good. Stumbled into this place on a Saturday afternoon on our way to a Lacrosse tournament. We sat outside on the dog-friendly patio and enjoyed the sunshine. Our server was attentive and on the ball. The number of taps and the bottle list are extensive, and have some good entries, but I wouldn't say it was eclectic or had anything hard to find. That said, I could find plenty of excellent beer so I hardly think that was a problem. We ordered food from Eddies next door, and it was delivered in minutes - and they wouldn't accept a tip.
Overall, my family was impressed and would even take me back, even though I'm the only beer drinker - besides the dog - in the bunch.
07-22-2013 19:42:49 | More by bschinelli
4.24/5 rDev +9.6%
A pretty decent beer selection. Yes, as others posted. the usual suspects are there. And also repeating somebody else here, almost all taps are domestic. But there is always something interesting among their 40 taps, plus the hundreds of bottles.
The environment is not remarkable, but it's comfortable, with large communal tables, plus an external area for warmer days. They don't have any food, but keep a binder with the menus of places around that deliver food over there. Service is also good, I have got interesting suggestions there.
05-11-2013 04:31:05 | More by CesarLopes
3.44/5 rDev -11.1%
Alright, I've visited this place a few times now and feel that now is the time for a proper review. I went a couple days after opening, once a few weeks thereafter, and then a few months later. The atmosphere is alright, I suppose, with the now-apparently-vogue faux-modern interior, complete with chrome-like stainless steel, wood, and plastics mixed with old-timey and contemporary beer signs and the like. A stage of sorts sits off in "back", behind and above the bar on some ethereal mezzanine level. There's a neat-seeming patio as well, but apparently they close it at the drop of a hat, 'cause it's yet to be accessible to me. Go figure. The TVs normally don't bother me, but when they turn the sound on, it tends to get a bit loud, especially when you have a full house trying to talk over it.
The selection is pretty nice, though a new joint with this many taps has fallen into the fun position similar places have thanks to distribution's little foibles: lots o' taps, with a lot of the usual suspects to fill them. Sure, I guess it's nice to have 40+ taps of good beer, but the overwhelming majority of them are things that can be acquired pretty much anywhere. I will say, though, that things are getting increasingly interesting and varied, so the future is at least bright. The bottle selection is large, fairly varied, and pretty well-priced (considering), but, echoing some of the other reviews, there's nothing you couldn't pick up at pretty much any Binny's or DiCarlo's down the street. Not that the bottle selection needs to be a world-class cellar or anything...I'm just sayin'.
The service has been scattershot for me so far. At times, the servers (this includes bartenders and the wait staff on the floor) have been friendly, attentive, and mildly knowledgeable; at others, they've been terse, humorless, confused, and decidedly hard to find and flag down. In either case, there's room for improvement. I don't mind the lack of food, especially when there are plenty of options nearby (I haven't tried them yet, but I've heard good things from friends who have) and when you can bring in whatever you like besides.
Overall, I can't really call this place a must-visit for an out-of-towner, nor is it one of my usual hangouts, but it is a nice source of good beer for the area, and such places are always welcome.
09-18-2012 00:52:02 | More by TMoney2591
The Beer Market in Vernon Hills, IL
88 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.