Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Vdubb86:
4.58/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
08-26-2010 06:44:45 | More by Vdubb86
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