Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Star80:
4.16/5 rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
A nice hidden gem off Milwaukee Avenue in the Northern Suburb of Libertyville, was going across the street to Mickey Finn's for years without realizing this place existed. The pub is your typical long narrow bar, with lots of festive holiday themed lights hanging from the ceiling. Big beefy Chicago style bar, always crowded at Happy Hour, brimming with good obscure beers, a couple of cask ales on hand, and a variety of upscale pub food which I have never yet tried. The place looks antique, and has a certain character and I always wonder if it was always a bar, or if this is a really exceptional faux-aged looking bar. My guess is that it is real. Last time I was there I tried an exceptionally smooth Alpha King on cask. My wife who is a Miller Lite drinker always gets Alflegem Blonde in a chalice, nice. I do find that the service while good can be a bit crazy overwhelmed when I tend to show up, like 5:00 pm on Fridays, but their oft rotating beer selection makes it worth the wait. And the bartenders are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their beers. One of these days we will sample some of the food. Beer always tastes fresh, they get a good selection of obscure Belgians and the like, and while the price in high, this is an upscale neighborhood and by FAR the best beer selection in the local suburbs I have found, and in fact, I think they are on the same level as the Map Room, but FAR closer to home and more accessible. I look forward to the next visit.
11-05-2010 02:57:58 | More by Star80
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