Clark Street Ale House
Taps: 25 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 88 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by semihobo:
4/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Within walking distance of my residence so I ambled on down with a friend on a Saturday to catch a Blackhawks game and a few beers.
Printed beer menus on the tables were nice so I didn't have to stare at the chalkboard. Decent prices for the middle of downtown -- $5-6 for pints. I had a pint of Gumballhead for $5 and a pint of Two Brothers Blueberry Wheat... which now that I search for it seems to be brewed only for this establishment?
Selection is fine although matched by many places in the city and bested by plenty, this was the aspect that was overhyped for me.
Free pretzel sticks on the table was a nice touch.
There were far fewer obnoxious jerks than I expected, pretty much a lot of low-key 30s yuppies keeping a nice dull noise going, very calm and pleasant.
All around good. Beats anything else nearby.
05-19-2009 01:26:23 | More by semihobo
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
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
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
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
Clark Street Ale House in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.