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Clark Street Ale House

Not Rated.
Clark Street Ale HouseClark Street Ale House

Taps: 25 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

93 Ratings
Ratings: 93
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.8%
$$ - reasonable
[ 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 rudyarmand:
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rudyarmand

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I recently attended a four day convention held at McCormick Place in Chicago and stayed at a Hampton Inn several blocks away from the Clark Street Ale House. I have frequented the Map Room many times on my usual business trips (and adore it!), but always stayed in hotels in the suburbs. Due to the traffic congestion, making my way back and forth to a suburban hotel seemed to be a depressing thought so I stayed downtown. I had read about the Clark Street Ale House in Beer Advocate magazine and was delighted that it was close by and I could drink all I wanted and not have to drive.

My first impression of the Clark Street Ale House was that it was not very exciting visually and wasn't very impressive. After examining the beer list, I was disappointed not to find any Belgian beers on draft, or even in bottles. However, there is nothing shabby at all about the craft beers on tap. I tried and loved the Surly Furious Ale and had both the Three Floyd's selections. I consumed many pretzels and got into the bar scene which consisted mainly of locals. I had a great time talking about beer, sports and politics with the patrons and had a great time.

If you are a liquor lover, I noticed the strong pours of the knowledgeable bartenders who treated the locals as friends and greeted them by name with hearty handshakes and slaps on the back.

If you are staying in the downtown area, the Clark Street Ale House is a fantastic place to visit. The thought of paying $20 each way to go to the Map Room or Hop Leaf wasn't to appealing for a salesman who is on a per diem. I always invest in beer!

03-05-2008 15:37:37 | More by rudyarmand
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Nick_isthatstillcool

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

07-07-2014 21:02:13 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-14-2014 01:43:10 | More by cadaugherty
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Flabbyjandro

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-17-2014 21:25:55 | More by Flabbyjandro
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larbush

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

02-26-2014 04:31:02 | More by larbush
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

02-18-2014 02:47:39 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

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.

10-19-2012 19:32:15 | More by TMoney2591
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SpasticKoala

New York

4.58/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

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.

09-29-2012 21:41:42 | More by SpasticKoala
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elNopalero

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $

I came here with my friend on a Thursday evening in mid-March on a Chicago trip, right around happy hour. I wasn’t sure what to expect. They have a decent tap selection although I didn’t find much exciting about their house pale ale, and my conspirator in drinking ordered a beer which was clearly infected. I found their house brew to be like the bar itself, boring yet passable. The vibe, like the beers, was somewhere between unremarkable and …eh. Sorry, but this isn’t going to merit a follow-up visit.

05-04-2012 22:31:16 | More by elNopalero
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EricCioe

Montana

3.86/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

Went here with an old pal and the lady while we were passing through Chicago. It has the virtue of being close to two different L lines, red and brown.

The vibe is pretty cool and low key for a northside (ish) pub. Our server was a bit slow and it wasn't busy. I like being left alone but not with an empty glass. The selection was quite good. I had Daisy Cutter, Breakfast Stout, and a Summit bitter on cask. The downside were the prices, which sadly were normal for the neighborhood.

Overall, this place was an okay place to grab a brew, but it's hard on the wallet to sit there for too long.

04-12-2012 23:13:00 | More by EricCioe
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Clark Street Ale House in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.