Taps: 18 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 27 | Show All Ratings:
4.02/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Have read about Delilah's for years now. Mostly based around their whiskey selection, and I know this isn't Whiskey Advocate, but I'm giving them style points because Whiskey and beer go hand and hand.
Had lunch at the Northdown, and was walking over to Goose Clybourn, and bam, there was Delilah's and it was erupting with sound! As it turns out (and is noted above), that during the Fall, Delilah's will open early to show the Buffalo Bill's games. Mike the owner is from Buffalo, and sure as shit, you walk in and there is a bunch of Buffalo Bill's fans. As pathetic of a team as they are (zing), there is a good contingency of Bill's fans in Chicago. They were passionate, and drinking LaBatt's. I thought that was funny.
Anyways, they had a great little tap selection of beer. We ended up getting a Noel de Calabaza from JP...and that beer is no slouch, so I was very excited to see that on the list. He's got some great vintage bottles, and does a Christmas themed party ever year where he busts out some really gnarly verticals of shit like Anchor Christmas, SN Celebration and so on.
Mike is my favorite kind of bar owner. He stocks things because he wants to carry them and believes they are good products. Not because the beer community is drooling over them, or they are the newest and greatest, or anything like that. It's a great way to show people you give a f*ck, and that you are passionate about what you do. Right on Mike, keep it up dude.
Now his whiskey. World class selection. Shit you will not see anywhere else, ANYWHERE! Many hand picked casks by Mike himself, and some blends that he has done with distilleries. I love this.
This place is everything a great beer/whiskey bar should be. Dark, rough around the edges, and well stocked. A MUST stop in the Chicago area, I will absolutely be back.
12-12-2013 15:27:50 | More by MarcatGSB
3.73/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Finally made my way into Delilah's this past weekend following a bachelor party the night before. Someone before me described the place as gritty, and I doubt there's a better word out there. It's kinda small, decidedly dark, and has a definite punk-ish edge to it. Interestingly enough, I got in there just after opening on a Sunday, and "The Empire Strikes Back" was playing on the TVs, already about 15-20 minutes in. Right on. The bartender seemed somewhat terse, not in a negative way, really, just a slightly distant one. I have no real problem with this. At all. Good on ya, mate. The bathroom's mirror is composed of shards arranged close to each other, approximating a real mirror. Adverts sitting around told me to stop in for some psychobilly DJing. Nice. The beer selection was solid, if on the smaller side, but, then again, I doubt they're really catering to the true beer geek crowd: they just like to serve tasty brews is all. There looked to be some nice bottles in the small fridge at the end of the bar (hell, I wanna say I spotted a Cantillon 375ml, but I'm still not sure), but I never got a good look or asked about it. Overall, I really wanna go back. I feel I would really enjoy myself here on a decently regular basis. If only I knew what they had on-tap before heading in...
07-24-2012 01:18:36 | More by TMoney2591
4.21/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Too dark to properly evaluate the appearance of your beer. So depending on how serious you are in rating, that may be an issue.
The glassware was pretty weak. Weird little small glasses. But they were clean.
Selection was pretty damn good, including lots of top self beers. Bottles of every Trappist brewery minus Westvleteren. Founders, Goose Island, Unibroue.
Service was a bit snarky, but after a few tips, lightened up and was helpful. Not the best way to do service, but whatever. They were nice in the end.
They offered free samples. Pretty decent place.
09-19-2011 21:58:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.45/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
Delilah's is not only one of Chicago's grittiest gems of authenticity, it is also one of the most awesome places I've been in the whole U.S. of A. On back-to-back nights: one night was 100% James Brown, all night long, nothing but the Godfather; the next evening was really legit Oi/HC/Streetpunk of the early 80s. I admire a place that can authentically wear several hats; it is a sign of deeply steeped culture. The Lambic list is admirable, as are the barrel-aged beers available. On consecutive nights I had 3f Doesjel, Cantillon Iris 05, and Classic Gueuze, KBS, BCS, GI Dominique, et al. I also consider their whisky selection to be among the finest I've encountered. Expect a classic dive bar vibe, some potentially tough customers, and to really get what you pay for. Can't argue with that; I love Delilah's.
05-12-2011 01:11:43 | More by ktrillionaire
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Hit up this place after a concert to celebrate my girl's birthday. Got here at 11PM on a Saturday and the place was PACKED! It was like wading through another concert, just absolutely crowded. The clientale was a mix of punk rockers, blue collars, rockabilly chicks and other subcultures - all very friendly and cool people. Hipsters were mercifully absent. The jukebox was pumping out some psychobilly and surf rock...nice!
There are two levels (upstairs is cooler, downstairs has a better bar) 3 Floyds, Half Acre, and Great Lakes on tap along with another 20 or so taps of local crafts and imports. Bottle list was nice, with everything from Trappist ales to Bourbon County Stout (all server in the proper glassware),
Prices were pretty average for Chi-town - $5/pint and I don't think there was any food, but one of the girls who worked there brought our table cupcakes for my girlfriend's birthday. We stayed for a few hours and when we left at 1ish it was still packed.
This is a very cool place and the kind of bar you can take someone from out-of-town to show off your city. There's something surreal about watching a crowd of skinheads and old punk rockers sipping away at Duvels, Double IPAs and aged house rye whiskey. Very cool place!
02-22-2011 16:20:42 | More by JohnnyChicago
4.7/5 rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Walked over to Delilah's from Local Option on a snowy winter's night. Love Chi-town and appreciate the hospitality.
Itinerary assistance from many BA's who provided suggestions and comments.
Old west-style facade with "Delilah's" in large letters.
Walked into small vertical room, bar on left and tables along right wall.
Excellent "classic" punk tunes and Army of Darkness playing on the flat screens.
Brew selection was deep and varied, including sampled 3Floyds, GLBC, and Daisy Cutter from Half Acre.
Pool table upstairs, friendly bartenders, who, though slammed on a Saturday, were helpful and efficient.
Top notch, recommended, with the caveat that if you are adverse to punk music and Goth in general, find another locale.
02-05-2011 22:47:38 | More by CaptCleveland
4.1/5 rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Delilah's could pass for a goth child's bedroom in regards to aesthetics, but comfortable surroundings, friendly staff and a solid tap and bottle list more than make up for that (if you think of that as a bad thing)
atmosphere is pseudo halloween-esque with a bit of hard rock flaire; quite dark with orangish amber lighting throughout. the bar is to one side, with lounge seating in back. and a rail up front looking out to the sidewalk.
quality and service are great. clean glassware, fresh taps and barkeeps that don't mind talking about beer.
selection is great as well. around 20 taps, along with an extensive bottle list which contains an excellent selection of hard to find Lambics (pricey).
overall, this is a worthy stop for those in the area, as well as to seek out when something good is on tap or one is in the mood for lambics.
09-28-2009 22:57:03 | More by botham
4.28/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I've frequented Delilah's on a few occasions and its always fun in a different way. They have a great beer selection for the beer geek with a focus on Belgian and German beers. As others have highlighted, the whiskey selection is unbelievable. In general the different types of liquor they serve for a bar its size is amazing.
The crowd is laid back style but has the punk/heavy metal rock type of image in general. The music is always blasting at full tilt so not a bar to go for conversation.
The service is always great and the price specials are a deal. Friday and Saturday nights can get quite busy and louder than normal.
A great time but different time and well worth the visit for beer geeks in Chicago.
01-25-2009 21:46:36 | More by spycow
4.36/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a Tuesday night, hardly anybody in the place. The atmosphere is right down my alley, it's darkly lit, punk music playing, odd trippy paintings on the walls, and I saw 3 HDTV's showing Star Wars Episode 2. There were ~15 taps, including Maudite, Matilda, and a reasonable split between other NA microbrews and German beers. No food is served, but they allow you to bring food with you, or even order in! Overall a very friendly spot, about 6 blocks from the brown/purple line, easy to recommend.
06-11-2008 13:33:16 | More by TurdFurgison
4.44/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Somehow i've passed over reviewing this quirky Chicago original.
What you can't see in the photo above is the roof, which has cottage style wood slats, and a *giant* red Duvel sign: the beer geek bat-signal. Also missing is the hanging sign, which features a two-sided portrait of the evil queen from Snow White. Inside, check out the work of local artists, and an impressive display of bottles above the bar. When you first walk in, there is an awesome lit-up Oerbier sign (3-D doughboy from the De Dolle label) next to the second-floor door (pinball upstairs). The atmosphere is decidedly noir, they were screening Halloween & Friday the 13th on my last visit. Usually i'll end up here for the music, like the monthly Smiths night.
Ask for the bottle list to see the scope of their selection. Taps are good too, recently they added Chimay White for example. They don't rotate much, save for a seasonal or two. New Jolly Pumpkin bottes: Luciernaga and Bam on my last visit. I finished the night with a vintage Drie Fontienen Oude Gueuze. The vintage stuff has dwindled some in the last year, but it's still a rarity in this town...expect to pay accordingly. They also host seasonal vintage tastings several times a year.
Do yourself a favor and get a carryout pizza from Gino's down the street to bring over. Also worth a mention is the Home Tavern up the street. They have German taps if Delilah's is too crowded (most every fri/sat night), and you don't mind a real dive (not a beer bar).
2012: Bottle list is no longer pages long, but still contains gems. Gets way crowded on weekends, and some of the crowd is a bit questionable. Good service despite that, escape to the 2nd floor after 11pm.
11-12-2007 21:06:17 | More by emerge077
Delilah's in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.