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The Berghoff

The BerghoffThe Berghoff

Taps: 6 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.89%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

17 W Adams St
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-5502
United States
phone: (312) 427-3170

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @berghoffchicago

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cagocubs

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

Atmosphere: I stopped in during a lunch break and the place generates a big crowd for their classic lunch line. Many businessmen that work in the loop frequent this place. It is crowded, but you can still comfortably find a seat.

Quality: The quality of beer is okay. It is not the greatest beers in the world, but they are tasty enough to compliment your food.

Service: Service wasn't great, but it was sufficient. Bartender was friendly and answered questions about the beers.

Selection: With seven beers on tap, the selection isn't great. Four of the beers on tap are actual Berghoff beer (ehh) and three guest draughts.

Food: The trick to the Berghoff is to eat at the cafe section where they are serving the lunch lines. The food is similar/same quality as the menu food at a fraction of the cost. The food is good overall.

The Berghoff is a great place to go for historical value. If you are looking to get amazing beer and service this may not be your place.

08-05-2011 12:25:22 | More by cagocubs
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Virginia

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scottwurst

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

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sportscrazed2

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

I stopped in this place today for a mini trip to the loop. I had a corned beef sandwhich which was pretty good but nothing to write home about. I also had a pint of the pale ale which was way too sweet and malty and I couldn't tell if it they put any hops into it. Probably my fault for ordering a hoppy beer at a german restaurant. They have soccer on tv which is a plus for me because I can never get enough soccer. Overall the food was decent and fair priced but the beer was mediocre at best. It's alot cheaper than the elephant and castle down the street but they have fullers esb on tap which this place can't compete with

02-29-2012 00:37:44 | More by sportscrazed2
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YonderWanderer

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$

The Berghoff in Chicago had pretty tasty food, but the beer definitely lacked a bit. Went there for lunch one day and enjoyed a tasty hamburger with their homemade chips. Also had perogies for an appetizer, which were great.

However, overall it was fairly uninspiring. The atmosphere is fairly bland overall. I imagine at night it might be a bit more lively in the bar. The food was good, the service was decent. The beer lacked, but I'll address that in the beer reviews. Good place for a meal at fairly reasonable prices, but not a lot else I can say about it. Average otherwise.

11-06-2009 15:49:17 | More by YonderWanderer
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emerge077

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$$

Kind of a bland experience here. Bar entrance on the left, restaurant on the right. The place was sold but kept in the family after all the hubbub in 2006 that it was closing. It's a Chicago landmark with historical significance, but not really a beer bar, more of a nice restaurant with some German and contemporary food. Crowd was mostly loop businesspeople and tourists.

The bar was long on the left side of the room, with an authentic wall fresco above the bar, along the ceiling. Under that was another interesting artwork, inlaid wood panels of more pastoral scenes, with a built-in clock that kept the correct time. Unfortunately that was the highlight of my visit.

Service was ok, although I was served a more expensive glass size than what I intended to order. A 16 oz. Berghoff Hefeweizen was $5.75... a 6-pack is maybe $7 at the store, Loop prices I guess.

About 10 bottles, all macros. There were 6 house taps and a root beer. They were out of the "seasonal" whatever it was, so there was a pretty limited selection: dark, amber, lager, hefe, and pale ale. Considering these beers are contract brewed (by Minhas, yuck) and available at most area grocery stores, I was hoping for something better at the bar they were named for. The menu sounded interesting, but expensive. "Berghoff Brewery: A midwest craft beer tradition" was on my glass, which was just plain confusing, since the beer has been contract brewed for half a century.

Trivia tidbit: Apparently this was a "men's only" bar until 1969.

08-07-2009 02:45:32 | More by emerge077
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$

The Berghoff was our first stop on the CTA/BA Pubcrawl. Due to the recent announcement that the restaurant would be closing...when we arrived we found what would have probably been a 2.5 hour wait for the restaurant with a line sprawling down the sidewalk. Luckily..there's the Berghoff Bar which is attached to the restaurant where we stopped to have some brews.

The bar is a bit like walking into a time warp. There's a long wooden bar on the left hand side with ornate woodwork and lots of old time pictures of the Berghoff. The bartenders are all dressed up rather formally which was kinda cool. There was some nice banquet style food selections on the right...however they kinda cramp the bar and make the walkway narrow. The place was pretty packed when we were there. Basically the entire Berghoff line is on tap for around $4 a pint. I had the hefeweizen, which was quite nice on tap, being that it's one of my favorite bottled selections. Bartenders were nice and attentive even though it was crowded.

This would not be a destination bar for me unless I was in the area...but it was cool to get the chance to stop by and check it out. Rumor has it that the bar will be staying open even if the restaurant closes. Berghoff is a classic Chicago landmark and a nice vintage bar..check it out if you're travelling in the area and try the hefeweizen!

02-01-2006 23:27:39 | More by orbitalr0x
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The Berghoff in Chicago, IL
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.