Taps: 18 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 27 | Display Reviews Only:
4.02/5 rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Have read about Delilah's for years now. Mostly based around their whiskey selection, and I know this isn't Whiskey Advocate, but I'm giving them style points because Whiskey and beer go hand and hand.
Had lunch at the Northdown, and was walking over to Goose Clybourn, and bam, there was Delilah's and it was erupting with sound! As it turns out (and is noted above), that during the Fall, Delilah's will open early to show the Buffalo Bill's games. Mike the owner is from Buffalo, and sure as shit, you walk in and there is a bunch of Buffalo Bill's fans. As pathetic of a team as they are (zing), there is a good contingency of Bill's fans in Chicago. They were passionate, and drinking LaBatt's. I thought that was funny.
Anyways, they had a great little tap selection of beer. We ended up getting a Noel de Calabaza from JP...and that beer is no slouch, so I was very excited to see that on the list. He's got some great vintage bottles, and does a Christmas themed party ever year where he busts out some really gnarly verticals of shit like Anchor Christmas, SN Celebration and so on.
Mike is my favorite kind of bar owner. He stocks things because he wants to carry them and believes they are good products. Not because the beer community is drooling over them, or they are the newest and greatest, or anything like that. It's a great way to show people you give a f*ck, and that you are passionate about what you do. Right on Mike, keep it up dude.
Now his whiskey. World class selection. Shit you will not see anywhere else, ANYWHERE! Many hand picked casks by Mike himself, and some blends that he has done with distilleries. I love this.
This place is everything a great beer/whiskey bar should be. Dark, rough around the edges, and well stocked. A MUST stop in the Chicago area, I will absolutely be back.
12-12-2013 15:27:50 | More by MarcatGSB
3.73/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
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 -1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Too dark to properly evaluate the appearance of your beer. So depending on how serious you are in rating, that may be an issue.
The glassware was pretty weak. Weird little small glasses. But they were clean.
Selection was pretty damn good, including lots of top self beers. Bottles of every Trappist brewery minus Westvleteren. Founders, Goose Island, Unibroue.
Service was a bit snarky, but after a few tips, lightened up and was helpful. Not the best way to do service, but whatever. They were nice in the end.
They offered free samples. Pretty decent place.
09-19-2011 21:58:29 | More by ZenAgnostic
4.45/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | $$
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 +2.6%
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
Delilah's in Chicago, IL
94 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.