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Poor Phil's Bar & Grill

Not Rated.
Poor Phil's Bar & GrillPoor Phil's Bar & Grill

Taps: 36 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

139 S Marion St
Oak Park, Illinois, 60302-2893
United States
phone: (708) 848-0871

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Reviews by AylwinForbes:
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AylwinForbes

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$

The location is quite nice, very close to some of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes that make Oak Park a destination for out-of-towners. On a nice day there are sidewalk tables with sun or shade on quiet streets. It all seems quite civilized. Having found it via BA and done a bit of research on their website, we approached with some anticipation. Unfortunately, we left a bit disappointed, though not out of pocket. It seems to be one of those places that offers much more than it delivers: there is cask beer of the day - though when you ask you find that they are out right now. The beer menu offers a good selection of American brewers but it can be very frustrating because the list doesn't necessarily jive with what they do have at the time. Eventually we went to the bar rather than go back and forth with the waitress in a futile go-round. FFF Dreadnaught!! was on the board; but when it came it clearly wasn't; so another discussion ensued. After all the fuss we were not charged for beer. Food was only adequate; but we didn't experiment with any of the seafood stuff - I would be skeptical.

Okay, I've been a bit negative, but for sure the beer selection beats a lot of places, so we would return if in the area.

05-31-2008 23:46:53 | More by AylwinForbes
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pourchoices

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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.

Cheers!

10-04-2013 01:07:53 | More by pourchoices
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electrojosh

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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
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Buttermilk

Illinois

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
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Bung

Michigan

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.

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Poor Phil's Bar & Grill in Oak Park, IL
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.