Sheffield's

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Sheffield'sSheffield's
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

87 Ratings
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: n/a
Taps: 50
Bottles: 165
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

3258 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-2211
United States
phone: (773) 281-4989

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @sheffieldsbbq

Notes:
Place added by: BeerAdvocate

Sunday - Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3am

"Beer School Bar" (in back) opens at 6pm.

Kitchen Hours
Monday-Thursday: Full menu until 12am.
Friday & Saturday: Full menu until 1am.
Sunday: Full menu until 11pm.
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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 47
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I learned about this place from a newspaper column - not being from Chicago I guess it isn't surprising I hadn't heard of it through this site or other beer circles. I had high hopes, but somehow after Piece and Goose Island it seemed a disappointment, although there is certainly nothing wrong with it. Quite a few taps, a beer engine, and a decent bottle list. But for a city with a ton of great beer places (Sheffield's would certainly rival the best of what Columbus has to offer), it doesn't really stick out as superlative. Service was OK, but not really beer savvy. Tap list had some nice beers on it, but nothing really notable or outstanding. And the beer on the beer engine (Arcadia IPA) was a little weak.

A nice place, but I don't know that I'd go as far out of your way as I went out of mine to pay a visit.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

my corner bar.. living across the street has allowed me to take full advantage of this great place.

Photo of IronTom
5/5  rDev +17.6%

My favorite bar in Chicago. The taps rotate at a decent rate and they have a lot of great Midwest beers at very reasonable prices. They also make sure to have a very strong representation of Chicago breweries on tap, which I appreciate.

Food is great. The crowd definitely skews younger during Cubs games and weekend nights.

Overall, it is a place that anyone can enjoy, so it is very easy to convince non-craft beer fans to come.

Photo of evileye
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Very solid, and a bit underrated. Always has 40+ craft taps on, with many $4 & $5 dollar options, which is nice these days when some bars don't have anything craft for less than $6. The beers are heavily or entirely U.S.

Food is good too, and some of the staff really know their stuff. Avoid cubs games and weekend nights, as it can get a bit rowdy. Oh, and the beer garden is really nice in the warmer months.

All in all, one of the better craft bars in Chicago.

Photo of Rizalini
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I heard about this little gem from my Draft magazine, and had to check it out. I was not disappointed. When you first walk in the place looks small, but looks can be deceiving as I soon found out.

The music and the people at the bar are very loud (usually), but aside from that the atmosphere is really nice.

There are two other bars if you keep walking past the main bar, and a beer garden with another bar as well. All with different brews on tap. Besides all the beers on tap, they have a huge vintage bottle collection that will blow your mind. I had an 07 bottle of Bourbon County for only $24!

Everyone is very knowledgeable about the beers, the food is cheap and comes quick. This is a definite must for any craft beer lover. I know I will be stopping back there when I'm in Chicago again.

Photo of chetripley
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Its not easy to describe a place that is really like no other I have been in. It appeals to me in many areas but unfortunately as a suburban dweller I don't get down there as much as I would like, besides before and after the ballgame.
There are 4 separate bar areas, each with quite an exciting supply of American craft beers within. Monthly specials offer a variety of tap beers that usually aren't normally available, so this allows for special tastings at a discounted price, plus the seasonal selection is always huge and usually on tap.
The main bar in front may be a little cramped, but it has the best selection overall, but as you move through the place, towards the rear through a little hallway will put you into the Beer School Bar, which offers its own selection of taps and has an impressive beer can collection, as well as unused taps all around. As you move south the next bar shares the wall with the barbecued meat smoker, and it too has its own beers too. And don't forget the fourth area, the beer garden, resplendent with taps too.
They serve Memphis barbecue and they do it well too.
This is a place worthy of repeated visits, if not to see how well they adapt to the seasons.

Photo of drumminbrewer
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Finally stopped by this place a few days before Christmas. I'd been meaning to swing by for a while but the lakeview/lincoln park area has never been my cup of tea (pardon, my pint of ale).

A bit cramped when you walk in, I'm glad I read reviews of this place before I went because I wouldn't have known about the other areas of the bar. The back area is much more spacious, and it's quite nice looking - wooden everything, many rare bottles on display, etc...Nice beer garden area, would really like to barbeque back there.

We sat down at one of the bar areas and waited for about 10 minutes for a bartender to show up. I ended up running over to another section of the place and grabbing drinks there because we thought it was closed down or something. No matter, when he got there he was a nice guy. Ended up ordering some artichoke dip from him - cheesy as hell but tasty none the less.

Impressive draft selection! I tried a few newbies, in particular an Italian beer brewed with chamomile that I really enjoyed. A good amount of local things - 2bros & such available. It was probably my bad, but I didn't ask for a bottle list nor did I see one laying around. From what I've heard it's quite stellar though.

This is a really nice spot. Like I said, Bro-Town (aka Lakeview/Lincoln Park) has never been my favorite area of the city - but amidst a bunch of shitty sports bars, girls walking around in Ugg boots with spandex and a never ending supply of obnoxious cubs fans this place is a real gem. Definitely stop by...even if you follow the white sox.

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've stopped in this place a few times during trips to Chicago. As long as the crowd is more subdued (aka no game on), it's a good experience. It is usually pretty crowded, but you hang around a while and eventually you'll get a seat somewhere. Atmosphere is nice even if a bit chaotic at times. But the place is tidy, lots of wood, and generally welcoming. Service is fine, and the servers generally have good beer knowledge. Very nice beer selection, with lots of American micros on tap, and other stuff in bottles. Decent prices. Mainly BBQ and comfort foods on the menu, which is not a bad thing. Pulled pork platter was so big, my buddy could only get through about 1/3 of it.

Overall a nice stop if you're in the neighborhood. Just be prepared for a DNW crowd if there's a game on.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

During a recent trip to Chicago, we rented a house about .3 miles from Sheffield's, so it was a quick walk which made it nice. But for some reason, even though we enjoyed our visit, we only stopped by once. So many other things going on.

As I walked in the front door, the first thing I noticed was how small and cramped the front room was. Without ever being there before, I was bit overwhelmed as all the tables were taken, and the only place to really stand was in the waitress station (never feel good about that). After looking around, and walking down the back hallway, we discovered there is much, much more to Sheffield's than the front room, including more beers on tap...

Upon arrival I purchased an Ommegang Aphrodite from the front bar, which was really tasty. They have a really nice well rounded tap list in the front room, but upon moving to the back "Beer School" area, I was blown away by what they had on tap. They had Angel's Share (aged in Brandy barrels), which was the bees knees. We hung out in the corner for a few hours and enjoyed our experience. We did not try any BBQ.

Great tap selection, and a real nice bottle selection. Definitely on the list of return stops the next time I'm in the city.

Photo of KDawg
4.08/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Sheffields is a place I'm at relatively often. My friend lives across the street, so it makes it easy to come here.

There are three separate bar areas plus a beer garden when its nice outside. There are generally different taps at each bar and all offer up a very good selection of quality beer.

It can get swamped with a lot of bros after cubs night games, but that isn't often enough to be that big of a deal.

All of the service is very friendly and easy to get a hold of. The food can vary a bit, but their bbq is usually very good and they have their own smoker.

The general vibe is very good and while it can get busy its a fun place to grab a great beer at

Photo of TMoney2591
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here as part of my buddy's bachelor party bar crawl. This place has got a handful of bars, each with different taps. We grabbed some brews and settled into the nice biergarten for a while. The beers were well-varied, and the overwhelming majority (if not all) of them were quality brews, and each was served in at least semi-appropriate glassware. The bartenders were all pretty cool, and they definitely seemed to know their stuff. Despite the relative crowd, the place never felt too packed or anything, but rather cozy instead. The prices were surprisingly fair, comparable to those found outside of the city. Overall, this was a great place to spend some time drinking some beers and having some animated conversation. Right on, Sheffield's.

Photo of cratez
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dropped by for dinner and drinks with my girlfriend in July 2011.

VIBE: resembles your typical drab watering hole with a long wooden bar and various tables dispersed throughout a large room. A huge "CHICAGO" banner hovers over the taps. The music was too loud and the patio was awash with smokers on our visit, but the downmarket atmosphere makes sense since this is a no frills "beer and BBQ" joint. Also, despite my criticisms, the interior is nevertheless clean and approachable and the patrons keep to themselves.

SERVICE: our waitress was friendly and efficient, and she made several good suggestions when a couple of the beers that I ordered were not in stock. They check for I.D. at the door but, thankfully, even the bouncer was jovial. Food came to the table promptly, so no complaints here.

SELECTION: big focus on American micros with an excellent mix of regular, year-round offerings and seasonal rarities. I had a Dogfish Head Festina Peche (bottle), Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner (can), and Founders Red’s Rye (draught) and spotted New Belgium Somersault, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Reissdorf Kölsch, and Avery Karma on the tap list. Nice style variation.

FOOD: my girl and I split the pulled pork sandwich with smoked beans, slaw, and corn bread. Although the barbecue was nowhere near the best that I’ve eaten, it was still tasty, enjoyable, and reasonably priced. Plus I was glad to try vinegar-based, Eastern North Carolina BBQ sauce for the first time.

OVERALL: we’ll happily return to Sheffield’s if we happen to be staying in or walking through the area in the future. This place is a solid choice for a meal and drinks - especially if you’re in the mood for hearty Southern barbecue - and I was pleased to find two beers that I hadn’t sampled before. Cool spot.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was here last Christmas. When we walked in it was completely dead, though it was relatively early in the day (but we were literally the only people there...and throughout our entire visit until we left).

The service was great. We had a nice hostess who told us about all the specials and let us sample some beers.

The selection was actually pretty good. They had Surly Furious on tap, and had some great Jolly Pumpkin beers. They have a good tap and cellar selection here.

The food (we only had a couple orders of their fries) that we had was pretty good. I would for sure buy more next time.

This was a bit more expensive than some other bars, but again, I really liked their selection. Well thought out and will go there again when back home.

Photo of wschmit
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had my inaugural experience at Sheffield's over the weekend. The layout's a bit awkward, with several bars having different selections. All of them have good brews, but some are more good than others. Shop around.

Food was alright. Pulled pork sliders were not particularly traditional, and were dry, but had a bit of smoke and outer brown, and kept me happy. Fries were excellent. Together, those cost perhaps 15 bucks.

Beers were nice. I had a good Flemish Red and a couple American micros, and prices were good for the neighborhood.

Service was prompt with the food. Can't say much about the bartenders. It was loud, so there was no room for beer chat.

Overall, the atmosphere is very North Side, and somewhat dude-bro-like, but if you can get past that, it has some great beer and very passable food, if not Michelin-worthy.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited 7/25/2010 with masterski.

Got into town on a Sunday afternoon so that may explain how quiet it was here. Regardless of why it was a nice place with lots of room. There are 3 bars and lots of seats.

Ordered a Harpoon Leviathan Bohemian Pils (meh) and took a couple sips of Alex's Daisy Cutter (very good). I saw a number of interesting beers on the list as well. From what I hear they do some interesting brewery nights like the Goose Island night with 20something taps going.

The waitress was very nice and prompt. The fries were good and reasonably priced (as was the beer). Definitely want to check out the themed beer nights.

Photo of HosP
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in while on business to Chicago. Sat in the bar area, which was pretty dimly lit, but at least had some big TV's to watch a game on. Had a good selection of beer on tap and some good bottle service as well. Nothing really spectacular but a very solid list. Had a couple pints of Daisy Cutter which was great. Their special was an all you could eat BBQ platter with ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. The waitress let us order 2 platters to split between 3 of us. The food was awesome and some of the best BBQ I've had. The place wasn't packed so we could take our time eating and drinking. Would love to have been there in the summer for the beer garden. Will be back next time in town for sure.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a recent trip to Wrigley Field before the game.

We sat in the Beer Garden, which is a really nice patio area that is well shaded so the sun isn't in your face as you drink.

The tap list was pretty good here with an assortment that included Founders, Bell's, Three Floyds, North Coast, and many more. I enjoyed a Daisy Cutter and a Gumballhead, which were both excellent!

Service was good, but the place was not busy at all. Didn't have any food either, so I can't comment on that.

One complaint I had is that they didn't have a SINGLE tap of macro stuff. That is only a complaint because one of the friends I was with is not in to craft beer at all and I couldn't convince him to stay for more than 2 pints as a result.

Photo of ginger420
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is definately a great stop while in chicago! there are 3 different rooms as well as a huge outdoor beer garden with an outside bar when the weather is nice! there are also 2 fireplaces as well when the weather is not so nice! They have 40 different taps (bells hop slam and sparkling ale, surly furious, green flash grand cru, lost abbey red barn to name a few) , a cask and about 90 or more bottles! they have a great little beer book that describes all beer styles as well as a short description about all the bottled beers they have. in the "beer school bar" they have a lot of special events like beer dinners and meet the brewer events. I also enjoy that every employee here knows beer! male, female, bartender or server! they are more than happy to help you pick a beer or give you tasters! Their food is pretty good too. everything is smoked right there in the kitchen. Pulled pork with carolina sauce, delish!

a lot of people forget this place has a great beer selection and its not just another wirgleyville bar! Its an average corner bar with some damn good beers!

Photo of AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Went for the Surly Darkness release party. I have been to Sheffields plenty of times in law school but never managed to go in back for the Beer School. I was immediately impressed by their list of beers. Decent enough tap selection and they cellar some bottles of local Goose Island for a couple of years to sell as well. Nice touch. Sheffield's doesn't have the hugest selection, but it looks like they go out of their way to feature beers that people will want to try, my guess is that they update and feature new beers fairly often.

The staff was nice and attentive, although one server might have had the worst pour ever on a beer as she went too large on the head and it went all over the table, but we'll forgive her for that.

Nice lively atmosphere full of obvious beer lovers, one guy had a Dark Lord shirt on. Nice to see my fellow Beer Advocates out in force.

Food was typical bar food, which is fine, I like bar food, but nothing that sets it apart from any other bar.

Reasonably priced, can go out without spending an arm and a leg, but obviously you do pay a little more to get nice beer.

Photo of jrallen34
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

I went to Sheffields for Darkness release party.

I got there a little early and was able to peruse their beer list. There was a ton of nice local stuff (GI) and lots of nice crafts from all over. They had Surly Wet on tap I was told by the server they always have Surly Furion on. That's pretty impressive by my count.

The prices were reasonable and the wait staff was fairly knowledgable.

The biggest complaint I would have is that the beer list consits of mircro brews, but ones that I would almost consider marco like Sierra Nevada.

They had a couple great Belgians like florefee prima melior.

Price was decent. I didn't have the food but it was typical bar crap all around me. Nothing I would eat.

Photo of ShareANevada
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Met some friends here for a couple this past friday night. We may have lucked out on weekend crowds by showing up around midnight.

The front of the bar is dim, and nicely decorated with wood, with a few taps on display, this particular night, bourbon county stout being one of note.

My friends saw me and waved me into the second room, where a smaller bar with several taps awaited. Port 3rd anniversary, and La Folie were waiting on me. $6 pour for each, and the La Folie was in its own glass, and comparatively, a huge pour. Awesome.

I felt the urge to revisit the BCS, as having it on tap before had proven unbelievably fiery, and my fairly small wine glass ran $10.
I was a bit confused how I could have a huge pour of awesome beer from CO for $6 vs a locally made, widely distributed one for $10. Ohh wells.

The bartenders seemed average. I don't think the girl in the back knew much about beer, but we didnt need the help. The guy in front seemed like your average sud-slinger.

Of note, when getting close to closing time, the staff/bouncers took on quite an unfriendly shine. I understand it's their job to clear out, but there are better ways of handling the situation, and there was plenty of time left (time enough for the tender to pour me a BCS).

I will be back to check out the selection. The calm, dim vibe of the back (and front, really) made for a nice setting to have a few with friends.

Photo of beertooth
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped by here for a Founder's beer dinner. I thought it was my first time there, but I released I had been there years before once I stepped outside into their beer garden.

The layout of this place is large. Various rooms with different bars and tap towers. They also have an outdoor area which I mentioned above.

Service was fairly fast and friendly. Our food came out quickly and really hit the spot. The beef brisket was a little fatty, but still tasty. The vibe was a little bit better than I thought it would be since it's so close to Wrigleyville.

The selection is better than most bars in the area and it focused on American craft, Midwest, and Chicago locals.

I'd avoid it on the weekends, but I wouldn't mind stopping by during the week if they had something special on tap.

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped here after taking in a game at Wrigley, an easy walk. Not too busy when we first arrived. Great selection of beer on tap. Featured brewery for the month was Sierra Nevada, so I had a $4 pint of their SummerFest Lager. Also had a pint of Robert the Bruce on cask, which was excellent. They also have a Beer School Bar in the back which has even better selections. Wish I had known about that when I came in. Not sure if you can order beer from the Beer School Bar, their taps are not listed on the beer menu you get in the main bar. Had the brisket which was melt in your mouth tender and very tasty. Wife had the pulled pork which was OK.

By the time we were leaving, the place was rocking. Highly recommend stopping in after a Cubs game for some great brisket and beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

sheffields is a great great place - walking distance from wrigley

the bar has a great vibe with plenty of barstools, a huge beergarden, and another bar in the back

the most recent visit featured tulips of la folie and a 750ml bottle of goose island sofie. the online taplist featured a few surly beers that were not on when we got there. i believe bourbon county stout was and there were a bunch of other micros. bottle list was great too. add this to your wrigley routine, probably postgame

i had some wings, but i dont feel comfortable rating the food.

Photo of robbyc1
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I am loving this place, after my third visit. Came in on a lazy Tuesday afternoon for lunch. First off, they have super barbecue selections, done on premises. I had the pulled pork, with vinegar type sauce, just lovely.

The atmosphere, described elsewhere, is very inviting. Lots of room, the outside beer garden wasn't open, but great when it is.

Taps in the front number 18 plus a cask as well. I had the Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce on cask, very smooth and slightly sweet. Also the Sierra Nevada Brown Saison, and Half Acre Baume. All taps are American micros, mostly unusual ones (e.g. Brechenridge 471 Small Batch ESB, Surly Furious, and Sprecher's Hop on Top EPA), and the bottle list runs to 170 or so beers, very deep. The back bar was not open, but they pulled me the last taste of Surly 2, kept and stored here for a full year, wow, wish I could have had more than the final 4 oz left! Very friendly service, knowledgeable servers, don't know how it goes when it's busy but service should hold up.

For combination of food and beer, this may be the best stop in Chicago.

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Sheffield's in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.