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3.8/5 rDev -9.1%
Stopped in here recently to see what all the raves were about. Sure there's a great local/regional craft focused tap list, but that alone doesn't necessarily make a destination in itself anymore. It seems like everyone is opening a brewery or new beer bar nowadays, it takes something unique to keep people coming back. I'll avoid making the obvious Bangers & Lace comparison.
Once inside and past the bouncer, the wooded ceiling and exposed ductwork and brick interior stood out, lending to the minimal industrial vibe. Quirky beer themed touches like growler lights and keg tables, bottlecap flooring, magnum bottle lamps, with tap list screens glowing like giant iPhones on the wall. It was almost as if someone let an interior designer run wild with the whole "beer" theme. Modern and hip, though ultimately sort of sterile... not so much of a cozy place to drop in whenever, but still much less cheesy than 99% of the Wicker Park "bar scene".
Everything is self service, kitchen and bar, no printed beer list available when I asked the bartender, they directed me to the overhead screens. There were 2 cooler doors full of bottles towards the back, but no mention of them or prices. Kind of awkward. Noticed Navaja, Pipeworks, Une Anée, and La Roja in there after I'd ordered a beer already. Local stuff on tap like Half Acre, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Buckledown, and regional staples like Founders (Imperial Stout and Backwoods Bastard), and Stoney's favorite: Green Flash Palate Wrecker. No imports. Prices were fair, though they charged tax on beer at the bar which is an annoying pet peeve. Oh, that $6 beer will be $6.57... and get your own water. Tragically hip and cafeteria-style, a fairly by-the-numbers experience that left something to be desired. Not at all a bad option if you're intentionally hanging out in Wicker park, but more often than not i'd rather be at Piece or Map Room.
02-15-2014 02:46:43 | More by emerge077
4.74/5 rDev +13.4%
Links Taproom is exactly what a craftyish wannabe strip of Milwaukee Ave in Wicker Park needs, an actual Craft Beer Bar! What a joy it has been in the three times I have visited it since the grand opening earlier this month.
Where to start... there are nearly 40 taps all dedicated to craft beer and most of them being from the midwest! Not to mention 3 cask beers and even wine on tap. Now these choices aren't simply a bunch of common everyday craft beers.... they actually have seasonal, hard to find varieties, one offs, and just a perfect selection of delicious beers for everyone to enjoy. Some highlights from my recent visits include: Founders Backwoods Bastard, Bells Harvest Ale, Goose Island Bourbon County Stout , Goose Island BCBS Barleywine, Half Acre Heyoka, Revolution Anti Hero IPA Cask conditioned with Sonnet hops, Founders Breakfast stout( with double chocolate CoffeeBourbon soaked oak schops and Arbol Chili Peppers) just to name a few of my favorites. I am an avid beer drinker and proudly say that I have over 1300 distinct beers on untappd but still found that over half of the list of Links beers I have never tried!
I also absolutely love the unique way that they have giant HD TV screens displaying the tap list which has so much detailed and useful information all over it including Brewery name, Beer Name, ABV, IBU glass wear and oz of beer being served! One of the coolest feature in my opinion is the green to red colored keg next to the beer info that shows how much is left.
Next to the two massive HD TVs are a few large coolers for large format bottles filled with local favorites such as Pipeworks and I even was lucky enough to grab a rare Deschutes Abyss on opening night!
Besides all of the delicious rotating craft beers, Links also has a very tasty sausage bar area (hence the name Links) that is tastier each time I try a new variety! I have had the Sweet Italian, which was good...then had Duck Your Face, which was even better...then this past Friday had a super delicious Elk Sausage! SO many varieties, so many great flavors. I look forward to trying their epic Fry monstrosity called Buried Alive with fries, sausage, bacon, giardiniera, cheese and I believe a few more artery clogging deliciousness! I will hopefully be splitting that bad boy with a buddy.
Overall, to quickly sum this up... this is the ultimate craft beer bar of the entire near north of Chicago and easily pushes its way into my top 5 craft beer bars of Chicago! Links, keep it real and keep rotating those tasty beers as I know you will!
01-26-2014 21:26:57 | More by xXTheDudeXx
Links Taproom in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.