The Monkey's Paw
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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 25
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 1 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by emerge077:
4.25/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$$
Situated on a nondescript corner just north of Fullerton & Southport, the Monkey's Paw looks a little mysterious from the outside, with it's windowless heavy wooden door. Inside it's very laid back and intimate in feel, small enough to be cozy, yet large enough for a good sized crowd. The walls were lined with small shelves with assorted curios and books, seemingly eclectic but part of a cohesive whole. There were dim stone/raw crystal candleholders on the tables, casting a warm glow. The angled bar along the left side had rounded corners, with a finished surface that had an interesting surface pattern.
Tap selection was all craft and had a few local gems, including an exclusive tap from One Trick Pony in Lansing, IL, Horse Collar Imperial Rye IPA. This is literally the only bar in Chicago with this beer outside the brewery. They seem to heavily support local brewers here, many bottles (and occasionally a draft) from Pipeworks, Solemn Oath, Revolution, and more. A few obscure imports i've never seen of heard of, such as Sant Erwann and Bourganel Biere de Nougat. Not a huge selection, but a thoughtfully handpicked one.
Paul the bartender chatted beer the whole time I was there. mentioning they are hosting a beer dinner with Pipeworks in about a month or so. Overall this is a bar i'd certainly return to for the rotating beer selection and cozy, eclectic vibes. The menu looked pretty nice too, featuring farm to table fare.
02-01-2013 03:29:17 | More by emerge077
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