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The Firkin

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The FirkinThe Firkin
BA SCORE
98
world-class

47 Reviews
Reviews: 47
Visits: 82
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

515 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, Illinois, 60048-2018
United States
phone: (847) 367-6168

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @firkinlbrtyvle

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Reviews: 47 | Visits: 82
Reviews by Monkeyknife:
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.78/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love Chicago. I've lived in Chicago and enjoyed many of the great beer experiences that the windy City has to offer. This past visit was due to my daughter's volleyball tournament and we were forced to stay in a hotel out deep in the burbs. Due to rough weather we couldn't head into town. This place was in the area and the bright spot of our weekend.

The atmosphere was warm and friendly with a hip vibe to it. It's small and gave us a 30 minute wait. Not a problem with their beer list. On draught they had Chimay White, Duvel Green, Affigem Blond, Gumballhead, Napa Smith IPA, Burning River, Hairy Eyeball, Robert the Bruce, Two Hearted, Mephistopeles, Matilda and much more. I was quite lubricated by the time we got to our table.

The food was great. We had the goat cheese appetizer and the steak tacos and their special mac and cheese for dinners.

And to The Firkin, thanks so much for the hospitality and fine beers and food, because frankly it would have been a somewhat miserable weekend with the weather and the beatings my daughter's team took in the tournament. (1,079 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of bkroeter
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Jaycase
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Big fan of The Firkin. Usually have a few appealing things to me on draft. They keep their draft list fairly up to date on beermenus which is a definite plus. Draft prices seem on par with other local options. Cask options are a plus as well. Available parking in the back lot during the times I've stopped by. Service is good. I typically get the pretzel (great mustard) there so not overly familiar with their food options. (433 characters)

Photo of Hoppity1
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Best beer selection outside of Chicago! (39 characters)

Photo of disentombeuvel
4.95/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is awesome! Always rotating new and exciting beers. Only place i have seen around the area which have two cask kegs on tap, which have a lot more flavor then the regular kegs. Great people to talk to about beer because they know what they are talking about. Always pointing their guests into the right direction from just knowing what kind of beers they like. Overall, a really awesome place to try lots of different kinds of beers. (443 characters)

Photo of scottwestphall
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Everything is spot on and they offer an amazing rotating stock of beer. Bottled, tapped, cask, it's all here. Here beer is a religion. (134 characters)

Photo of 1eyed_jack
4.23/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a must visit if you're in the area. (43 characters)

Photo of BronxChef
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
4.5/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nice atmosphere here with a good selection of beers to choose from. Food is good and the staff is attentive. (109 characters)

Photo of coohoolan
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been coming here for years. It is by far the best beer selection in the area (great job Dave). I love that there are always Belgians on tap and if you are a hop-head you will not be disappointed! The food is not your usual bar fare and they put on seasonal specials that are usually great. Very eclectic styling. No highchairs so usually not a lot of kids. (363 characters)

Photo of OKFine
4.48/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Beerguy1977
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of saemick
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of juik99
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Davit
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ralerwen
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BTodd
4.24/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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. (797 characters)

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The Firkin in Libertyville, IL
98 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.