Poor Phil's Bar & Grill
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great rotating tap of seasonal craft beers. The bar tenders are generally very knowledgeable about the beers. Great selection of bottles as well.
Yes they still carry garbage such as miller and bud light, but their ever changing beer menu keeps you coming back time and time again. Enjoying a Founders Double Trouble IPA as I write this sitting at the bar.
10-04-2013 01:07:53 | More by pourchoices
4.35/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Poor Phil's is the cheaper of the two restaurant/bars in the Carlton Hotel in Oak Park. Until a few years ago, Oak Park was a largely dry town, and the few bars in the area were nothing special. In the last couple of years the craft beer scene around Oak Park, Forest Park, and Berwyn, IL has exploded, and there are lots of great offerings nearby.
In terms of beer selection, Poor Phil's is definitely the best bar in the area. Two dozen taps plus a HUGE bottle list, including occasional rarities one would normally not find lying around. The bar staff, while not beer someliers by any means, know a good deal about what they have on tap. Service can be a tad slow when they are crowded (happens more often these days) but never all that bad.
The amazing beer selection is reason enough to come here. Sadly, the food is usually nothing special. The hamburger is kinda decent enough, but most everything else is meh. Do come for the annual $9.99 lobster dinner if you find out about it ahead of time. Oh, and the oysters aint bad.
Honestly, it's the awesome beer that makes this place. Always at least a dozen great beers on tap or in bottles -- many of which you wont see elsewhere.
05-24-2013 18:40:54 | More by electrojosh
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Happened to stop in here a day after a Bell's takeover and they had Hopslam on tap. Score! The tap list is impressive and always changing (or so it seemed). The prices were not bad at all for drinks and beer. The food was tasty - Friday nights is $1 oysters and shrimps, which were both delicious. the buffalo chicken po'boy was fantastic but my wife's fish and chips were not as good however. The batter was soggy and not crispy at all; luckily the fish inside the batter was pretty good. Anyways, GREAT beer spot in Oak Park - definately go here to drink some brews.
03-04-2013 23:55:39 | More by Buttermilk
3.86/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stayed at the Carleton so we could be at a location easy to get to the Brookfield zoo and the L. This place is attached, which was convenient.
Tons of brew and Chicago paraphanalia on the walls. Somewhere between a beer bar and Red Lobster. Staff was descent, though for the crowds vs staff ratio I would have expected better. Good mix of local, regional, national and imports on draft and bottle. Plenty of variety of styles. There wasn't anything that was like wow I can't believe they have this, but a lot of quality stuff. The Evil Twin Biscotti Break was pretty new and they let me know about it as soon as I walked in the 2nd night.
Thought it was a bit pricey, but attached to a hotel and in Oak Park probably explain that. The wine and cheese place is the only other thing in the immediate vacinity, so I'd probably be here alot if I lived in the area.
I wouldn't stay out in Oak Park again unless I had to, but would definetely stay by this again if I did.
08-29-2011 02:45:01 | More by Bung
3.66/5 rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here on the way home (sorta) from Maywood. The street was under construction, but that just allowed for a quiet walk from downtown. The place is a strange combination of lobster shack and Irish pub, with all sorts o' random shit on the walls. Not very many people in this day, making for a generally quiet air. I went straight for the bar. About ten minutes later, no exaggeration, I finally saw the bartender for the first time, and he approached me a couple minutes later. I have no idea where he was, as he certainly wasn't looking after the other patrons. He did seem pretty knowledgeable, though, as evinced by his descriptions of the beers to other patrons. The selection presented to me was pretty damn nice, especially for the immediate area, and everything was served in the appropriate glassware. I made sure to finish my first beer quickly, while the bartender was still in sight. My gambit worked, as he relatively quickly got me my second. Unfortunately he vanished again after that. I wasn't in the mood for food, so all I wanted to do was pay and leave, but couldn't do that for almost ten more minutes, when the 'tender materialized from the ether again. The prices were a bit on the higher side, but I half expected that, given the nature of downtown oak Park. Overall, this place is a sort of Jekyll and Hyde establishment: On the one hand, it's got a very solid list of great beers; on the other, the prices are kinda steep and the service leaves much to be desired. If I find myself in Oak Park again, I'd probably stop in to see what they've got, but I wouldn't try too hard to make it back again.
08-02-2011 05:25:32 | More by TMoney2591
Poor Phil's Bar & Grill in Oak Park, IL
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.