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Delilah's

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Delilah'sDelilah's
BA SCORE
95
world-class

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: n/a
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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4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a helluva beer joint in the city!

Somewhat out of place in the mostly yuppie stronghold of south Lakeview/West Lincoln Park, this is the kind of beer bar ya want to hit if you're of the slightly punk, rockabilly sensibility musically-speaking, but with a palette for great brews.

The bar consists of two levels: the downstairs contains the main bar with enough Belgian/English/German bottles, American craft draughts and a stellar hard-liquor selection to satisfy the most fickle of drinkers. And they keep a quality selection of wines, too. The physical layout downstairs is one of dank, dark nicotine-riddled walls that support local artists' work on them. The jukebox is chock full of local, national and international punk, rockabilly, hard-core country and 80's Brit rock. The focal point of the downstairs is the long bar, and the awesome staff are ready to serve up some great libations, and usually equal good tales.

The upstairs contains a smaller bar, with just a few draughts but still a nice bottle selection, plus there are pool tables and an 'Adams Family' pinball machine (yes!).

I think that the off-the-beaten path beer tourist would do well to seek out Delilah's. I know that other good beer oasis' get more press, but that's OK. Delilah's is sort of the dark horse great beer joint in the city. Going in with the mindset that you may encounter some slightly seedy, but good-hearted and interesting patrons, you'll have a wonderful time. This place is a spiritual kin to the Toronado in San Francisco in my opinion.

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4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

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.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Iggy Pop is stripping and cutting himself with razor blades when I walk in. At any moment I expect Legs McNeil to pop out from behind a booth, and as if this were a PBS documentary on punk rock relay a story about some night in 78 when Iggy did too many queludes and fell through the front window of a bar just like the one I’m standing in right now.

The bartender has that heroin look about him like he might have been in a Calvin Klein ad in 1992. The only other souls in the place are straight up rockabilly. The Jerry Brown version of DK’s “California Uber Alles” is playing quietly over the sound system.

The place isn’t more than 30 ft wide and 200 ft deep. Tall tables and black vinyl booths line one wall. The bar pretty well covers the other. Posters proudly proclaiming specials on PBR and union whiskey dot the walls. I admire their graphic designer.

A nice array of taps confronts me as I approach the bar but I force my self to ask for a bottle list. I’m pleased to say the least. I can finally try the Westies. They don’t let down. Next I move to a wonderfully sour winter saison and notice that the table next to me is drinking grey market New Glarus Belgian Red. Then I’m on to Westmalle. This I follow with a mellow from FFF because by this time the 70’s punk rock and strong Belgians, not to mention Iggy, are all starting to get me riled up. The FFF does the job well and I come back down to earth just in time to move onto Sheffield’s with the rest of the BA pub crawl crew.

Great bar, great selection, great Iggy.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Yet another stop on the BA/CTA Pubcrawl. Delilah's is an awesome little punk bar with a sweet beer selection. Upon entering I knew I was gonna like this place. It's basically a long narrow room with a long bar on the left and black leather booths and tables on the right. Odd/creepy artifacts and music posters on the walls. Dim lighting along with black walls and some of the best abstract/freaky art I've ever seen in a bar. I though the emphasis of art on the walls was really cool. Vintage bootleg Iggy Pop concert playing on the TV, including an impromtu strip show by Iggy as well!

The beer selection was wide ranging both on tap and in the bottle. Plenty of vintage bottles made this is place all the more better. We ended up going in on a bottle of Westvleteren 12 and passed it around for everyone to try. I had some nice Pride & Joy on tap as well. The bartender was really laid back, but was always there when we came calling. The combination of punk ambiance and a great beer selection makes me want to get back here ASAP...altough it does get a bit smoky in there.

There was a diverse clientele and everyone seemed to be really chill and relaxed. Not overcrowded and not too loud. This is the kind of neighborhood bar I always seem to take a liking to. I just wish I didn't live so far away and that I could visit here more often. If you're coming to Chicago I'd definetly say that Delilah's should be on your list of beer bars to check out. It'll be an experience to remember in more ways than one!

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Delilah's in Chicago, IL
95 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.