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Reviews by Czap:
4.7/5 rDev +4.2%
What can I say about The Firkin that hasn't already been said? Not much. The place is, without a doubt, your quintessential hipster (not always a bad thing) urban beer bar, pulled from Earth, roots and all, out of some random North neighborhood in Chicago, and gently placed down in the North Suburbs. Thank you for that, because the pickins are pretty slim in McHenry and Lake County, at least for the time being.
So yes, if you're from out of town or a local who for some reason hasn't been there, just go. You will like. The decor and atmosphere is inviting and chill. Every bartender I have encountered is knowledgable on the beer selection. And speaking of the selection, it is always fresh and constantly changing. Great place.
But you have heard this all before from previous reviews. So maybe something different I can tell you is to go next door. The Tavern is literally on the other side of the wall and has the same owners. The beer menu is smaller and the food menu is bigger. The atmosphere alone is worth checking the place out. The Tavern is a great compliment to The Firkin, so enjoy.
10-14-2010 00:31:27 | More by Czap
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4.24/5 rDev -6%
Atmosphere was nice. Good, long bar with plenty of handles. Decor was festive with lights hanging from the high ceiling. Narrow and long with entrance in the back.
Quality of beers was great as they heavily featured Belgian and Belgian inspired styles. Top notch beers.
Service was good and timely. Like most bars, the beer was served far too cold. This is made more evident by the Belgian heavy line up.
Selection was very nice as long as you like Belgian style beers or IPAS. Otherwise, the styles don't have a lot of breadth.
Food was very good. I got tacos that were very satisfying but sides were a little weak. Also feature burgers, entrees, sandwiches, cheeses, etc.
Value was okay depending on what you get. Could be a touch pricey but that's pretty typical in this part of the world.
08-08-2014 19:31:51 | More by BTodd
4.41/5 rDev -2.2%
Visited: 6 August 2014
Atmosphere: Dark with high ceilings strung with colorful lights. Full bar with huge seating area and a multitude of taps. Most tables are for a max of 4 people, though they can be pushed together.
Quality: Beer is served most often in branded glassware specified by that particular brewery, though some beers are served in generic nonic pints or snifters. Beer fridge is dark with no lights.
Service: Lots of waitstaff, many of them knowledgeable about beers they are serving.
Selection: Best beer bar Lake County by far. Marvelous selection of high quality American craft brews and a huge selection of outstanding Belgian brews. German beers get left out, unfortunately, and few make the cut (and if they do, they're unnotable at best).
Food: Grass fed beef and trans-fat free foods. A great place for the 'health conscious' who still want to eat a burger. Excellent flavor and decent prices.
Value: Good prices, especially for beer specials and samplers. 4oz samplers generally set you back $1.50-2.00 each, though some of the rarer beers will set you back $3.00 for a sampler. Pints range from $5 (Mama's Little Yella Pils) at the cheapest to $9 at the most expensive (Chimay White).
08-07-2014 03:02:55 | More by Beric
The Firkin in Libertyville, IL
98 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.