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Clark Street Ale House

Not Rated.
Clark Street Ale HouseClark Street Ale House
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

95 Ratings
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
Taps: 25
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

742 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-3502
United States
phone: (312) 642-9253

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @clarkstreetale

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 4am
Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 5am
Sunday: 5pm - 4am

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Reviews by TheLoneGunman:
Photo of TheLoneGunman
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%

Clark Street Ale House is my downtown bar. It's a very comfortable place with a classic long-bar on the left and tables up front and on the right. There is some good live music in the jukebox if you are into jambands, as well as some old favorites.

The staff is very friendly and I have received excellent service each time I have visited. No food here.

The beer selection is solid and at least on-tap, totally domestic. I never bothered to ask, but I would imagine they have some Euro-trash in bottles for the mundane palate. You'll find some great seasonals as well as some classics. The only complaint I have is they do not update their chalkboard as often as they should. So you'll get disappointed from time to time when trying to drink from the bottle selection.

More often than not, you'll walk in and the place will be fairly chill. For instance, last Saturday, it was dead as a doornail. But beware, after 2 A.M all hell breaks loose. It's a 4 A.M. bar through Friday and 5 A.M. on Saturday.

All said and done, it truly is a great bar and certainly worthy of a beer enthusiasts time.

TheLoneGunman, Jun 18, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

leprechaunandfatman, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Stopped in here as part of my nearly-weekly excursions into the Big City. It's a cozy little pub, the kind of place I could see drinking at after a long day of working in the Loop or something, with dark-ish wood lining the place, an L-shaped bar to the left, and small tables spread out around the rest of the area. I was surprised to be greeted by a dog upon entering, but he was well-behaved, and I didn't mind much at all. Things were relatively quiet, so I bellied up to the bar, as per usual, and perused the beer list. The draft list wasn't anything overly impressive, but it was relatively expansive considering the place's appeal (...maybe that's not the right word...how about apparent target audience?), with a supposedly custom-brewed pale ale from Two Brothers and offerings that included Three Floyds, Boulevard, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Two Brothers, Metropolitan, and Southern Tier, among others. Pint glasses seemed to rule the day, but I only partook in the pale ale, so I don't really know if they employ other styles of glassware. The bartender was friendly enough, if a touch aloof, and I didn't really press him as to his knowledge of the beers. (Maybe I should have, if for no other reason than to get more information concerning the pale ale...lord knows Two Brothers probably'd never get back to me...) The prices seemed right in line with the majority of Chicago bars. Overall, this place ain't half bad. I don't think I'd consider it a destination, really, but it's a very nice option if one were to find oneself in the area and desired oneself a drink.

TMoney2591, Oct 19, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +12%

This was definitely a solid place to go. I went during somewhat "off-hours" (a Saturday afternoon) and hung out for a few hours. I was pretty impressed with their beer selection on tap and ended up trying 3 snifters and a sampler of 3-5oz beers. Since it was fairly quiet, I got to chat with the bartender. He was rather knowledgeable about the beers that they serve and gave me some insight on what they were aging and what I should try.

Overall, I'm looking forward to going there again. It sounds like they rotate their selection and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they get.

SpasticKoala, Sep 29, 2012
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Clark Street Ale House in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.