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Durty Nellie's

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Durty Nellie'sDurty Nellie's
BA SCORE
88
very good

31 Ratings
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.49%
Taps: 27
Bottles: 132
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

180 N Smith St
Palatine, Illinois, 60067-2401
United States
phone: (847) 358-9150

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @durtynellies

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(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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Reviews by GoCubsMatt:
Photo of GoCubsMatt
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%

Well if you happen to find yourself in Palatine, IL for some bizarre reason, this is the bar in Palatine. This is the kind of place that if you are from Palatine (as I am), you are more than likely to bump into someone you know from high school. They usually charge a cover fee for some crappy band Wednesday through Saturday. However, during the past July, they had Rogue American Amber and Bell's Oberon on tap for $2.50 a pint. I think they also had some Goose Island Honker's, but I was pretty stunned at the opportunity to have Rogue on tap in my boring suburban hometown that I don't quite remember if they did have it. They also have the standard Bass and Guinness in addition to the normal flavorful AB/Miller/Coors variety. During the summer they open up the outdoor patio, so at least you can sit outside and enjoy a good pint. This place really isn't much, but again if you find yourself in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and truly have nothing better to do, this place may do it for you. They are supposed to move locations sometime soon to a new building very nearby (it's less than 100 meters away), so check before you head out.

update- they are at the new location now. It is significantly cleaner than the old joint. The dank is gone, as are the troughs in the men's bathroom (personally, I miss them). The selection has improved, and there's definitely a lot more room to move around.

I went there for dinner with my parents, and we had an enjoyable meal. The food is a step up from pub grub, and the menu even includes some recommended beer-food pairings. The owner is very friendly, he came up and introduced himself and asked how everything was.

As far as the improved selection, they now have 3 Goose Island offerings, 2 Bells, 2 Rogues, De Konick, Delirium Tremens, a couple of Sierra Nevadas (including the Brown Ale), a decent bottle list, and other decent taps that I don't remember off the top of my head. Nothing earth-shattering, but a pretty good selection for a random suburban joint.

Still sucks to have to pay a cover for a crappy band during the busier times, but I'd definitely recommend it for dinner.

GoCubsMatt, Nov 07, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Davit, Monday at 05:31 PM
Photo of maxcoinage
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Nellies is a top notch beer bar with a fantastic rotating tap list and huge bottled list. They hold 1/2 big beer fests per year in addition to several beer event/dinners. They feature a craft beer of the month for good value ( eg Founders All Day IPA $3 pints). Food is awesome, they get a good lineup of bands in, from cover to nationally touring bands.

maxcoinage, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of PickleBucket29
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

PickleBucket29, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

bowzer4birdie, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of MSG0125
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%

I have been going here for years and the only gripe I could say is all the young Dbags that congregate around here late on the weekends really keeps this place from being legendary. It's also not really cool to charge a door fee to everyone after 9 PM unless you are going to see the often lame band that they have that night. The place is setup to allow those who want to drink to do so and those that want to see a show see it. They are separate! So to charge everyone that walks in the door is poor practice. Great beer selection, though they have a hard time keeping the best stuff in, keeps me coming back and the food is quite good for pub food. I recommend this place but just watch the day and time of day you come in if you don't want to have to deal with the fratboy nonsense that happens almost every weekend night.

MSG0125, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%

Durty Nellie's is located right across the street from the Palatine Metra Station. A nice area overall with newer construction built to look like it's been around for decades. This place is connected to a small music venue/theater. A large, open, high ceilinged seating area makes up the restaurant with a smattering of TVs behind the bar playing Sporstcenter. The whiskey, rum, tequila, and other booze seemed to be pretty run of the mill but the taplist was pretty impressive.

25-30 taps make up the beer selection with 7 or 8 being mainstays (Daisy Cutter and some macros). The other 20+ taps are rotating. There was a nice selection of styles and breweries available. Off Color Troublesome, Solemn Oath Grumpess, Anchor Zymaster Saison, and Gumballhead were a few of the taps available. Zombie Dust and Akari Shogun were listed but, unfortunately, sold out The bartender was helpful and talkative apologizing for being out of a couple things although there was plenty to drink anyway. Prices are in-line with Chicago prices. Most pints run in the $6 range while some smaller pours of bigger beers go for around $8.

I wouldn't go so far as to say Durty Nellies is cookie cutter but there's not a whole lot of character. That's the only real knock I have on this place. The taplist is well thought out and the beer seems to be well cared for. The bartender was friendly and there was a good selection of locals. Durty Nellies is certainly worth a stop if in the area.

joe1510, Aug 24, 2013
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4.17/5  rDev +6.6%

Impressive draft list, high quality options like Zombie Dust, Off Color Troublesome, Ale Syndicate Municipal IPA, and more. Well organized bottle list, broken out by style. Not many places do this... a really impressive list with options for most every style.

Patio in the shadow of the Metra tracks, well shaded with umbrellas and trees around. Inside, the bar was to the left, and had a looming back bar with impressive styling. Lots of tvs placed high around the bar area, natural light coming in the front windows.

Around 3 in the afternoon we were joined by children in the bar seats next to us... granted they were well behaved, but this isn't Wisconsin (where that's legal). Never expected to see kids sitting at the bar, especially when there were dozens of empty tables in the dining area and around the bar.

Overall this place has a great beer list, the atmosphere left a little to be desired, bit service was good. Walking distance from Emmett's, Bauer's, and Cardinal if you have time to kill in the area.

emerge077, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of Kestrel452
2.65/5  rDev -32.2%

I'm not a fan of Palatine's flagship bar, and for good reason. This isn't really a place you can go to just chill out, you have be a person of relatively high energy in order to enjoy such a busy/bustling place. Getting a drink at the bar is a pain, good luck trying to find an open table as well. It's like the college bar experience, except I've had better while I was actually at college...

Kestrel452, Aug 04, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Durty Nellies is located close to the train station in downtown Palatine. There are lots of new condos nearby, so they should have a good close in base of business.

There is a small parking lot & patio out front.

It is a really nice space. They have an impressive ceiling height (20 plus feet), nice windows/light, dark wood, well-worn wood floors and strategically placed big screen T.V.s. The bar runs alongside the south end of the main room. They also have a second story with another bar and a band room.

They offer a good tap list. There are 6 regulars and by my count 25 rotating taps. Lots of locals (Revolution, GI, 3F) plus other Midwest favorites. They also have a huge bottle list broke down by style. It is Impressive in scope, size and quality. I think the beer choices are well thought out and decently priced.

The food menu is large with lots of burgers, sandwiches (house made corned beef!), salads, appetizers and entrees. You should find something you like.

It is Beer centric in focus and service. Every town deserves a place like this.

Redrover, Dec 19, 2012
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Durty Nellie's in Palatine, IL
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.