Taps: 50 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by cratez:
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
09-06-2011 22:07:10 | More by cratez
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
01-28-2014 19:31:02 | More by evileye
4.19/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-10-2013 23:57:23 | More by Rizalini
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
01-27-2012 14:34:13 | More by chetripley
Sheffield's in Chicago, IL
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