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The Firkin

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The FirkinThe Firkin
BA SCORE
99
world-class

78 Ratings
Ratings: 78
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: n/a
Taps: 27
Bottles: 50
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Ratings: 78 | Reviews: 48
Reviews by Star80:
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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.

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.89/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of 1eyed_jack
4.23/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of BronxChef
4.14/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of coohoolan
5/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of OKFine
4.48/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Beerguy1977
3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of saemick
4.56/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of juik99
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of JackNip
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Davit
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Stezz420
5/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of ralerwen
4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BTodd
4.24/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Beric
4.41/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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).

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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5/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -22.4%

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