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The Firkin

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The FirkinThe Firkin

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

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Reviews by Vdubb86:
Photo of Vdubb86
4.58/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Firkin is one of the best, if not THE best place to get craft beer in all of the northern suburbs of Chicago. I first fell upon this place when my uncle took me there to show off the original remodeling job he'd done on the place. This perhaps makes me bias to the unique atmosphere as well and all of the custom built bar shipped all the way from a saloon in Montana. It's got a unique feel to it and I must admit it was even a nice enough date atmosphere.

As far as beer is concerned there has to be a beer on tap/cask for everyone who goes there (under the assumption you like beer, if not they have a decent wine list and Sprecher Root Beer for the kiddies). Every month seems to bring about a new beer menu some remain seasonally, some are just monthly brews. There are so many beers available on tap they have barely any room to put all of the choices on the 2 chalk boards they have behind the bar, and that doesn't even include the bottles list. You can get beer at Firkin, on-tap, that you'd be hard pressed to find in even the savviest beer emporiums.

The food's nothing to scoff at either. I've tried something new every time I've gone there, and I don't recall disliking any of the dishes. The food is of a high quality and even if you're nervous, you could watch the chefs make your food if you so desired.

The service is pretty good and if you are having trouble ordering a beer, the staff is quite knowledgeable as to all of the beers available, and that takes a lot of time to be able to accomplish. The prices are not cheap, but I wouldn't call them overly expensive either.

Overall, if you're looking for a high quality brew, decent food and good service I highly recommend going to Firkin. But be sure to get there early on the weekends or give yourself lots of time, it's a small and very popular local watering hole.

More User Reviews:
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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The Firkin in Libertyville, IL
99 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.