Avenue Ale House
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 75
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 1 | Reviews: 1
3.21/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Wound up here instead of Poor Phil's for some reason, I had put the wrong location into the gps. It was off the Harlem exit on the Eisenhower, on a little street that didn't have much else open at night. Smirked at the valet parking sign, and parked around the corner.
From the outside it had very bright lights trained on it's big "A" sign and stripey awning. There were large open windows in the front, and a host station when you walk in. The lights were pretty bright inside too for some reason. Lots of slick polished wood and exposed brick walls. There was a rooftop deck on the 2nd floor that I failed to inspect, went over to the bar instead. It was a rounded rectangle, with an island in the middle. Everyone else was drinking martinis or Michelob Ultra. In the back there was a fairly large open dining area, sparsely decorated with macro mirrors and miller lite pennants. At the bar there were flatscreens above the bar playing basesball/espn, and they were reflected in the shiny bar surface. The place felt sterile, like a suburban bar chain.
Each tap tower had the same 8 macro/pseudo-micro taps. Fail. Leinies & Sam Adams were as crafty as you could get...Miller, Stella, Guinness, etc. filled the rest of the handles. Eh, let me see the beer list. There was a long list of 25 "domestics" some macro imports, then maybe 10 craft beers. One each from GLBC (Ed Fitz.), Founders (Reds Rye), DFH (60 min), Breckenridge (Vanilla Porter), then FFF was the feature, with 4 of their standards, GBH, Alpha King, RtB, & P&J for $4.50. A beginners sort of list, and not really beers I would actively go here to seek out. To their credit there was a display board in the back hall with the 4 FFF beers with their descriptions. For an "Ale House" though, there wasn't much of a variety.
Bartender was a friendly guy, chatting with the regulars and providing timely service. I had to ask for a glass for a Gumballhead, and got a chilled 14 oz. miller glass. Maybe the food is good here, but I wouldn't return to find out.
07-10-2009 14:59:28 | More by emerge077
Avenue Ale House in Oak Park, IL
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