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Resi's Bierstube

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Resi's BierstubeResi's Bierstube

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2034 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-3910
United States
phone: (773) 472-1749

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Monday - Friday: 2pm - 2am
Saturday: 2pm - 3am
Sunday: 2pm - 12am
Kitchen opens at 5pm (closed Monday)

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Photo of USAF77
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%

I wish I had a nickle for every afternoon I riled away in the stube. We even had a word for it back then amongst my friends, we called it "getting stube'ed". As in ,"lets go get stube'ed". I must have been 16 or 17 when I first started going to resis, it is after all, or was, old style German. I knew Carl the owner and his son, whom I hope still runs it. At one time it had the largest selection of beer of anywhere in the city. Resis had a big hand in educating the Chicago palate on what good beer was.

Because it was a German Bier garten. A place one spent hours at with good company, where one can hear the other talk and there was never any trouble. I used to take dates there. And most of all there was the good simple food and the great beer.

Before it became a yuppie hot spot it was the classic working man bier stube in a classic old German neighborhood in Chicago. Now Im going back to the '70s here. Then I came back from Military service and the Cubs crowd had started to find it but it was still a great place and I dont doubt it still is.

I always thought the kassler ribs and Brats were the best dishes. They had a great sour kraut and rye bread too and a very good cold potato salad, all with a good mustard. On tap was always Pschoor and Dab tho I imagine they have all kinda stuff on tap now. Remember this place is classic German which means a German brew is a must. Even if it isnt on tap they have a bottle selection that will blow you away.

Resis was a big part of my life at one time. I must go back one day, and do it soon. A medical condition made me give up drinking for many years but now Im allowed one or two and I'd love to go back. I hope its still in the family. I loved this place.

USAF77, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Old-fashioned German decor and 70's diner (seats, tables) make this an interesting stop in Chicago.

BBK and others that aren't on tap at many places can always be found at Resis. In the past, I've noticed servers speak fluent German, as well as the kitchen staff. They've hired a more diverse set of employees on my 2008 visit though.

No food on current visit, but in the past I found it to be traditional Bavarian, and worthwhile if you like the cuisine in general.

Usually on my list for places to go when visiting Chicago. Small, intimate, and always a great German beer selection.

yemenmocha, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of Redrover
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Here is another great German institution in the St Bens neighborhood. While not shiny, bright and new inside, it does have some charm that really grows on you.

I have always had top-notch service here. The bartenders are respectful of beer and their customers. The waitresses are efficient and friendly. Who knows, they may even pull-up a seat at your table for a chat!

A fantastic selection of German beers. There are 20+ taps and man I don’t know how many bottles (I would hazard a conservative guess of 75+, maybe over a 100). There is always something new to try. Tap lines seem to be kept in immaculate condition. Glasses are always clean.

They serve good, inexpensive German food. It is easy to pair a favorite food with a good beer. Try the schnitzel, thuringer plate, or the hunters stew.

The beer garten is great, I wish it were bigger. Lots of tables to share and nice shade trees. I have met some interesting people here while sharing tables.

Nice bonus, If your at Resi’s, make sure you cross the street to visit Laschetts Inn, another great local German bar.

This is a fun bar and gives you a taste of what the ethnic places in Chicago used to be like. Now, if they would only make it nonsmoking…..

Redrover, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of birdsellam
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

birdsellam, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of SandMan00
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Resi's was a pioneer, being considered by many to have been among the first, if not the first, to serve Weiss beer in the U.S. My first experience was circa 1979-80 as a college student. Had never had a wheat beer and had barely heard of it. First visit, went in, sat down at the bar. Two or three old guy regulars sitting at the end of the bar, speaking German and drinking beer with lemon slices out of big glasses. I'll have what they're having. Long story short, after a few of those, some backslapping camaraderie, a jager schnitzel and complimentary shot of Flimm's apfel liqueur as a digestive, I was hooked. Thirty five years and 700 miles away now, I get to Chicago maybe once every 2-3 years. And I still make the pilgrimage out to W. Irving Park Rd.

SandMan00, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Beerpiggie, Aug 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

cadaugherty, Jun 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jordanmtate, Jun 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Tex_hex, May 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

PopnLoads, Feb 27, 2014
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Resi's Bierstube in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.