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Mickey Finn's Brewery

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Mickey Finn's BreweryMickey Finn's Brewery
Based on:
64 Beers
262 Ratings
Place Score: 86
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

345 N Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois, 60048
United States
phone: (847) 362-6688

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Reviews by Czap:
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2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I would not recommend this place at all. I have been there a few times, never by choice, always because a friend is having a party there. The beer is just lazy or boring or sometimes just plain offensive. I don't like to complain, but there is no excuse for some of the swill that is being brewed in this place. The service is good and Libertyville is always a fun little town to check out. But please, I urge you, go across the street the The Firkin or The Tavern, spend a few extra bucks, get some great brews and hang out in a more inviting atmosphere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ktarns
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of ralerwen
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 1eyed_jack
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of AuntBea
4.56/5  rDev +21.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

New location is very nice but, really loud when there is a big crowd. Quieter for lunch. Good selection of beers. Menu is pretty much the same as it was in the old location.

Photo of OKFine
3.61/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Beerguy1977
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of saemick
3.12/5  rDev -17%

Photo of TheRealPour
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Good beer, very good food, good atmosphere, nice outside patio.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MilkaStout
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beric
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Your standard normal brewpub, but with tons of distracting large-screen TVs spread throughout the entire restaurant. I would prefer that the TVs stay limited to the bar area, but that's just not how they do things. New location is open and airy, but rather loud.

Quality: Good brews and great food. Mickey Finn's brews are nothing that will blow you away and demand worship, but are a great addition to the northern IL microbrew scene. Solid offerings that are tasty, but nothing that will blow you away.

Selection: Always have a handful of home-made microbrews on tap, along with two or three guest taps. Styles vary between the safe (wheat ales and amber ales) to the adventurous (smoked porters).

Food: Average pub food choices. Excellent hamburgers.

Value: Good pricing for both beer and food. Great atmosphere and always busy. They know what they're doing here, but it's a shame they chose not to get in on the craft beer scene (in terms of bottling/canning or offering true growlers) while they had the chance. Mickey Finn's has been a staple in northern IL for years yet it seems they are behind the eight ball in the craft brew scene.

Photo of MikeThumel
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BigBadBaptist88
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JVB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of maxcoinage
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kjc51478
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Mickey Finn’s is a pretty standard brew pub restaurant in downtown Libertyville. The atmosphere is nice except on weekends when it can get pretty loud. Food and beer can be hit or miss. I"ve had some good beers and some not-so-good beers here. Food selection can also be an adventure - but the burgers here are usually a safe bet. In an area that doesn’t boast many brew pub options, this is certainly worth a visit. But, it in no way can stack up to the kind of pubs you’d find in Chicago proper.

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I went here while getting my car serviced in Libertyville after having a pint at the Firkin.

It is a two part place, a bar/pub area, and a restaurant. I sat at the bar. It has a loud sports bar feel with tons of basketball on the tv.

I tried a sample of 7 beers, with one of them being the nitro version o the other. The beers ran the gamut of horrible (847 Suburban Wheat) to pretty good (Czech Pils).

The food I got was the sausage plate and it was pretty good and hearty.

The bartender was nice.

Overall it is a nice little brewpub not too far from home.

Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited 10/11/2010 on Columbus Day. 9 house taps including both versions (nitro/CO2) of Big Head APA and a couple of casks (Q-Dog and left over Summer Ale).

This place is in another nice looking quiet country side town. The bar is across the street from a park so parking was easy. The restaurant is kind of stretched out into an L shape. It was sort of dark inside and a bit warm but over all nice. Not many people inside at 11 am on a holiday.

I tried the sampler, although I'm still not sure if they normally offer this. The sampler included the regular beers but when I asked to include the nitro Big Head, the seasonal (Oktoberfest), and the 2 casks the bartender happily obliged. After leaving me with my drinks he went to hang out with one of the waitresses. Fine with me as I was only making a quick stop on the way back to Chicago and I was paying cash so I didnt need him around.

The beer wasn't bad with the standout being the 847 APWA and the variations of the Big Head Pale (nitro, CO2, and Q-Dog which is cask Big Head with some extra dry hops).

Not even sure if they offer food but at a friendly neighborhood bar like this I wouldn't mind hanging out a bit.

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Mickey Finn's Brewery in Libertyville, IL
86 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.