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Delilah's

Not Rated.
Delilah'sDelilah's
BA SCORE
95
world-class

47 Ratings
Ratings: 47
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 150
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar ]

2771 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-1320
United States
phone: (773) 472-2771

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Sunday-Friday: 4pm - 2am
Saturday: 4pm - 3am

Sundays in the fall - open at 11am for Buffalo Bills games
*Open 365 days a year

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Photo of kajerm
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

Interesting place-- very eclectic crowd. This is definitely a punk bar, but with a lot less of that dingy, anarchist feel that makes me want to shower afterwards, and it kept the good music selection-- nothing but the Pixies the entire time I was there.

The bartender was a cool, extremely laid-back guy. Extra points for quality and service for having a really cool bottle-washing device.

Very nice beer list, with a fairly comprehensive Belgian selection. BIG up for the grey market beer selection-- you can get Bell's here, and 750s of New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red (albeit at a pretty significant markup.) They've been known to get the Westies and vintage J.W. Lee's here as well, although they were out when I visited. They're also probably the last bar in Chicago to still have bottles of 2006 Bourbon County Stout in May. Also, the whiskey selection is absolutely stunning-- I don't know that I've ever seen better.

kajerm, May 26, 2007
Photo of Xadoor
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

Delilah's was on our list of bars to visit while on our trip, but certainly not near the top. We happened to eat at Gino's down the street, so we popped in since we were already so close. Unfortunately, we were told that the upstairs was closed, so the downstairs area was pretty full and smoky. The beer selection was surprisingly good and I ordered a Pride & Joy, a beer that I had been enjoying a lot of that day. Not necessarily a place worth seeking out, but worth while to drop in if you're in the neighborhood.

Xadoor, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of soper2000
4/5  rDev -7%

This will be a fairly short BeerFly as we didn't put in a very long session here.

Delilah's was actually a secondary destination for me on this beer trip but our Chicago friends recommended that we hit up the Geno's East and then walk the block over to Delilah's for a beer. Being a Saturday night, this place was beyond standing room only. I was quite surprised by how small it is, although I guess it didn't help that the upstairs was in use by a private party. Cozying up to the bar with our heads a little light after a serious session at the Map Room plus a few Alpha Klaus's at our friends place, I decided to go with the another pint of the fantastic 3 Floyd's Pride and Joy (My roommate from the college days frequently drove up to FFF's just to score some of this nectar and having it on-tap in the apartment kegerator probably single-handedly lowered my GPA by a tenth. Well worth it). The pint was spot on and delivered without wait.

A non-BA friend of mine was more than a bit "happy" at this point and decided to order a good ole Harvey Wallbanger saying that the Golden Girls was his inspiration. The bartender did a double take but got the drink to him in a hurried fashion. The look he provided was well worth the trip. I nursed down my pint enjoying the eclectic jukebox and 70's movie (Nightvision?) showing on the tv's. Finally we decided to call it a night and retire to the hotel to consume a Rock Bottom growler and some Goose Island. I would love to go back to this place during less crowded hours but I left satisfied.

soper2000, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of brushpig
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%

This bar was a bit of a surprise. Have driven by this place for years
always wanted to see what it was like, and I am glad I did. Fun atmosphere, black walls, weird movie running on the screens. Alt Rockin music playing. Very good selection of beers. It has a very good tap selection of about 15 beers. Lots of Belgium, English German and American bottles to get excited about as well. Met a very helpful bartender that knew a lot about beer and the massive Scotches, Vodkas and Whiskeys that they had. Not like many other beer bars you'll find. It has a city edge to it that I like a lot. Great find, Great bar....GO. CHECK IT OUT

brushpig, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

With Judas Priest blaring, not one or two songs but every song, as I enter. The wall painted with naked womenholding guns. But the beer selection is great. Vintage of a lot of them Thomas Hard'ys and such. Crowded, hard to get to bar this night. Food did not try. Service was good considering the crowd. Yet the quality of the expirence was good, Although very smoky. This is one for a unique indiviual. Not just a beer enthusiast. But worth a try if you have time somewhat hard to get to. This would go good after a concert, or before one

amatuerbeerguy, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of brdc
3.86/5  rDev -10.2%

This is a peculiar place. It is not the general bar I would try, but was recommended as a great selection of beers and I decided to try. It is all black, and very dark, so you cannot really appreciate the colors.
Music is variable, that specific night was punk night, so it depends if you like it - they have different stuff the other nights. The rowd is highly variable, nice looking girls, strange people, a couple of annoying drunks, pretty much everything.
The service is acceptable, Iggy Pop look-alike serves beers and has a good taste, recommends well but does not really describe beers in detail - just like it or don't like it, but everything he likes is really good.
The beer list is very good, and I finally found Sinebrychoff Porter, so the trip was well worth my time.
Would go back.

brdc, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by Delilah's considering that I didn't expect to find a decent beer selection at all. They have probably 12 or so beers on tap with very few BMC selections among them. A couple Unibroues on tap, Bells Two Hearted, and... New Holland Oak Aged Pilgrim's Dole from 2004! That was tasty. Perhaps most surprising of all, they also have an excellent cooler full of Belgian bottled selections.

The atmosphere of Delilah's is probably the top draw here. Dark walls and dim lighting accentuate the abundance of leather & punk vibe. Don't come dressed up, but be prepared to hear some great tunes and drink some good beers. I'm told their bourbon and scotch selection is top notch, so if that's your thing you should definitely stop in.

gmcfarre, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%

Oh, hell, yeah! Whoever wrote the Essential Guide for CHI-town (Day 5) was spot on! I’m coming up on the place, wondering to myself, “Will I fit in?” You have to understand, as a young man, I sported a black leather jacket with a Circle Jerks bumper sticker that had been slapped on my back by their lead singer, Keith Morris at a show in Nawlins in 1985. Today, I am a balding schoolteacher with a developing bay window and a nerdy 1950’s look. I just don’t exude anarchy the way that I used to. As I was transiting the doorway, the doorman asked to see both my ID and my beer patch jacket and his really cute cohort (her words) asked me to buy her a snakebite. Effin A! I was home! This was the El ‘N’ Gee Club on Golden Street in New London, Connecticut, circa 1985/86. I started looking around for Annie Newsome and her brood, but to no avail.

Décor? Black. Flat black; black striping (glossy); black, black, black, as far as the eye could see, which wasn’t far, given the Stygian nature of the lighting. A pressed-tin black (what else?) ceiling; illuminated shrunken heads; B & W horror movies being shown on the monitors; an extensive back bar (therealbeerfly will need to vet this one for its selection); a cooler of great beer (that I got to hold open while it was being reloaded); and a corner lounge with black leather seats. I had arrived! What little lighting there was came from Christmas tree lights (mostly blue and white, but with some colored bulbs), strung together at irregular intervals.

To the left of the entrance was a flight of stairs, semi-obscured by a black velvet curtain. Up a flight of stairs, marked in neon as “Stairs”, was a second-floor lounge with its own foreshortened bar, pool table, pinball machine, stools covered in leopard skin and eyeball patterns (take note, BlackJeremiah), leather booths, and one lavatory. You should definitely check out the Frankenstein electronics that lined the stairwell.

The third Wednesday of every month is “Rockabilly Riot” night, plus you should not pass up “Punk Rock Mondays”. Yeah, man, I’ll be back. ‘M tellin’ ya, bro. My seatmate at the bar, Dave, had this to say about me: “You’re a strange guy, Woody.” One of the bartenders reminded me of Iggy Pop with his gaunt features and Midwestern accent.

Mom Test: Unh-uh. She wouldn’t speak to me for a year. Oh, wait. On second thought, I’m bringing her directly here.

woodychandler, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of malcontent
4.43/5  rDev +3%

Delilah's is a tough review for me because as a beer bar it's only so so. Not bad by any stretch, but there are a number of bars in Chicago that specifically cater to beer drinkers. Delilah's DOES have good beers available (not to mention the usual presence of Strongbow on tap, which is always nice) but it isn't a bar built for beer hounds.

What it is, & this is almost as exciting, is the bar with Chicago's best selection of bourbon & Scotch that doesn't require a suit & tie. It gets better when you throw in the fact that it's not nestled in an area over-saturated with the frat/sorority crowd. After that everything else is just gravy.

"Tell me about this gravy of which you speak." Well, for starters, the place has a killer selection of music (albeit on themed nights; rockabilly, metal, mod-rock, etc.). It also has a great upstairs room (free for party groups on non-weekend nights provide you supply enough patrons {30, I believe}) with a pool table that doesn't have annoying waits/sharks.

Once again, my score is based solely on the fact that this is a beer website. Both the Hopleaf & the Maproom are better choices if beer is the primary objective. However, if this were just a review for overall quality, Delilah's would have a 5 & then some. My favorite bar in Chicago.

malcontent, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of TheLoneGunman
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

A great beer bar made special by its vintage selection. Long bar on your left, tables to your right.

Definitely a punk bar. But its the Bourbon and Single Malt selection that really gets me excited.

The real problem with the place is that it's a smoke fest. Honestly, you can't properly enjoy the wonderful libations that are available. The addition of a top-notch ventilation system would get me in the place a lot more often. This is coming from a former regular smoker. Even in my current "have one or two when drinking" situation, my experience simply gets dominated by the plume.

That said, I stand firmly behind Mike and his wish to run a smokey bar. But he'll see me a lot more often when that Chicago smoking ban kicks in. Ironic. I hate the law but it will give them more of my business. So that is why my atmosphere score is so low. I just can't get past it. Beer selection gets a nice score, but never forget that it would be about a 10 out of 5 if you are a whiskey fan.

TheLoneGunman, Apr 02, 2006
Delilah's in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.