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Clark Street Ale House

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Clark Street Ale HouseClark Street Ale House

90 Reviews
Reviews: 90
Visits: 105
Avg: 4.09
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
[ Bar ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @clarkstreetale

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Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 4am
Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 5am
Sunday: 5pm - 4am
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Reviews: 90 | Visits: 105
Reviews by semihobo:
Photo of 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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jophish17
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of srletend
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Thursday night in July around 9 PM. Walked in and heard the blues (spotify?) station. Great music. Couple of local guys standing at the bar. They bantered back and forth with the staff, but never engaged me. Decent beer list, but not anything special. Beer garden area in the back pretty empty too. I can see the potential in this place, but it wasn't there for me (solo) on that Thursday night...

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Photo of 98green
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by at 5 on a Sunday. Dark place with classic metal playing quietly. Almost nobody inside, but the outside beer garden might have been. Came for the Zombie dust, left satisfied. 25 handles and $6 pints ($7 snifters for high abv).

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of evan35
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kraj30
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

4 am bar right by my place... so solid and always a New Belgium Sour on

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Photo of deakin
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of TMoney2591
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.

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Photo of SpasticKoala
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
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.

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Photo of EricCioe
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.

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Photo of brewandstew
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

My girlfriend and I visited CSAH on 4/4/2012 during a short trip to Chicago. The place was a little dark, but overall the atmosphere was nice.
The draught beer list was excellent in my book; we both had Founder's offerings and split a flight of a few others.

Our bartender was honest about his preferences and very knowledgeable. He suggested a great beer, was prompt, attentive and was conversational. A nice touch was the pretzels served alongside of the beer.

I highly recommend this place if you're in and around downtown.

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Photo of wieserjd
4/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Wife and I spent some time here while we visited Chicago this past fall. Conveniently located and easy to get to via public transportation. It was pretty empty when we arrived mid-day on a Saturday. We sat out back in their beer garden at first but since you only got servce at the bar we soon moved in there. Once inside bartender was attentive and chatty. Good selection of east coast, mid-west and west coast brews with some belgians mixed in. Kinda pricey for my taste but they seemed to be charging market price for beer in chicago. Nice juke-box and golden tee was a plus. All in all we had a nice time and would definitely go back out next trip in town.

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Photo of beesy
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stooped by here the night of 11-11-11 after chowing down some Gino's.

Excellent little place located in the River North/Magnificent mile area. The old bar and woorkwork were very neat. It was pretty busy, but was still able to get beers at th bar quickly and snagged a table. Waitress serving the seated area was attentive for a bustling night.

Bummed the 120 minute on their board was gone as well as the cask Zombie Dust. A nIce selection of taps and bottles to suit a wide variety of tastes.

Seems it could get a little hipster at times, and was a younger crowd, but a variety of people there.

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Clark Street Ale House in Chicago, IL
91 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.