Taps: 8 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 6 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
3.41/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25 | $$
I've always considered Beat Kitchen a music venue with a handful of craft beers on draft. It's your typical, old school Chicago bar as you enter. A longish wood bar runs the left of the narrow interior with high back booths running the length of the right wall along the windows. It's dark and cozy with a couple tiny TVs hanging at the corners of the bar. Heading to the back, through a small entrance is the music venue, small, same width as the front with a stage a couple feet off the floor. The sound is good but it gets loud so bring your earplugs if attending a show.
There are 8 taps and a mostly craft focused bottle/can list. Drafts usually include Three Floyds, Great Lakes, Two Brothers, Lagunitas, Metro, Goose, Half Acre, and a something random. Bottle list runs the same with some more depth but nothing out of the ordinary. I've never really had problems with freshness but nothing has ever blown me away either. The service has always been average but never bad. The prices are your standard Chicago bar prices.
The music is what makes Beat Kitchen a destination but the cozy bar atmosphere doesn't hurt either. It's a cool little neighborhood spot. The shows are cheap, give the list a look, find something to go see and check out Beat Kitchen, I'm fairly sure you'll enjoy the place.
11-01-2013 18:34:00 | More by joe1510
2.79/5 rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.5 | $
Great place to catch a show in the back room. The front bar is quaint, nothing fancy. A good hang out spot even without a show being the main purpose of visiting. Run of the mill selection of beer. Perfect for drinking a tall boy and watching a band.
06-08-2013 00:21:12 | More by tbergsli
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I've been here a few times, but I prefer to remember it most fondly as a place to go on a lazy Saturday morning mid-bender. When you wake up at 10:30 and swing by at 11, you can get some good pub grub and a decent selection of draft beers as you get back into the swing of you extended fun.
Laid back atmosphere with laid back staff--and if you are there at the right time (early enough after opening), you are the guest of honor.
The place gets jumping at night, where in a back room you get a good mix of ecclectic and up-and-coming Chicago rock performers.
01-12-2009 04:29:05 | More by larsee01
2.83/5 rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Re-visit 04/08: Had dinner here early in the evening, it was pretty dead and the service was aloof. I had to ask for a glass with a craft beer, not a big deal. There was an ant found crawling in the bottom of my water glass (indoors), and the server just made a joke about it and walked off, instead of offering to comp a drink or simply apologize. The food was ok, but the sandwiches were pretty dry and small for being $11. The cajun potato side was similarly dry and low on flavor. Go here to see a show, but don't go out of your way otherwise.
Re-visit 05/07: Still a nice little place, the selection seems to be a little smaller and less interesting. Pretty good taps, although they stick with what sells instead of rotating new stuff. Also, serving drafts in plastic cups in a nice bar is somewhat lame. Half point off for quality there...
Stopped in this establishment over the weekend to see a friend's band play.
There are about eight taps at the bar, among them were Rogue Dead Guy, Summit Hefe, Guinness, and Bell's Oberon. Bottles numbered around 28 total, and were lined up on a high shelf under a large mirror above the bar. Nice vintage wooden door coolers behind the bar at eye level. My Duvel was served in it's own glassware, but later had to ask for a glass with following beers after that. Notable selections were 3F Pride & Joy, SNPA, New Holland Dragon's Milk, Anchor Steam, Franziskaner Weiss & Dunkel. There were Delirium glasses under the bar, but I didn't ask if they carried it.
Overall, they had a small, well-rounded selection that seemed to favor US micros with several quality imports. Service was quick and friendly. In warmer months, there's also patio seating along the side street off Belmont. It can get fairly smoky indoors later at night.
This is a good place to see a show, or to have dinner.
10-30-2006 14:44:02 | More by emerge077
Beat Kitchen in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.