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Yard House

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
85
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.08%
Taps: 123
Bottles: 6
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1880 Tower Dr
Glenview, Illinois, 60026-7783
United States
phone: (847) 729-9273

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @yardhouse

Notes:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:30pm or later
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:30am or later

(Place added by: jackndan)
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Reviews by chetripley:
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

When I first found out about this place I was thinking it would be small without much variety being in a higher class section of the suburbs, expecting an overload of wines and vodkas, but I was presently surprised to see 100 beer taps that include lots of Three Floyds, many German beers and Bell's varieties. I think I can understand why the beer prices are high here but they at least try to give you a variety that is otherwise not available in this area of town.

I have been here a few times and never had the same thing twice. As the name implies they will serve you your favorite in a yard glass (actually only in a half-yard, since due to too much breakage they don't serve the yards anymore). I did not have one, just opting for the 20 oz pints, and while the couple I observed being sold were local macros, I did see something that warmed by heart-a petite girl looking about 25 yrs old ordering a half-yard of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

The food is pretty good. I have tried various appetizers and a burger, and all were cooked to my liking.

The only drawback is the service, which is hit or miss. On a Friday night there are many bartenders present and they are knowledgeable, but they tend to hang out with each other a little too much for my liking, and what is funny is that the girls know more about the beers than the big guys there, which may be just a coincidence for the nights I have been there. But on afternoons you might be hard pressed to be served promptly-the bartenders always seem to be busy somewhere else.

chetripley, Oct 30, 2009
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A climb through the Chicago rush hour traffic leaves me with a short stint at the hotel and a thirst that only beer can quench. A quick search of the Beer Advocate BeerFly section and www.beermapping.com tells me that the Yard House is the best choice in the vacinity. Giddy-up!

A charge into the semi-new urbanist neighborhood carries a sense of charm and newness that's somewhat quaint and somewhat grotesquely pristine. I've always found it odd to see these compact, all-inclusive designed neighborhoods out in a prairie or a cul-de-sac ridden subdivision. Stay on topic Kevin, stay on topic.

Diagonal parking a block up the street was no problem on a lazy Tuesday night, but the view of parking garages around suggests that parking in the area can be cumbersome at times. Past an ice cream joint, a steak house, and a few night life venues, here's the Yard House at the anchored corner. A step inside conveys a send of warehousey minimalist architecture with exposed ceiling joists, duct work, and pendant lighting. It's not too much off of the look and feel of Buffalo Wild Wings anywhere. The large bar sits smack-dab in the middle of the joint with a large racetrack oval arrangement. I'm guessing 50 patrons can belly up along the wood and glass bar. Although the menu clearly spelled out the beer offerings, it took a couple laps for me to decide.

Round one led me to the stalwart Yard House Pale Ale, and then on to Two Brothers Resistance Ale, Big Sky Moose Drool, and Timmerman's Strawberry Lambic. Though the evening kept the vast restarurant half full, the bar staff was fairly friendly, albeit a tad pretentious and knew their products reasonably well but probably over-sold their beer knowledge a little. But a peruse of the beer menu gives about 50 options that range from a few industrial lagers to a wide array of higher craft options, but nothing earth shaking. Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Half Acre, and Goose Island seemed to be the finest of their ales.

Since dinner was in our rear view mirror, we couldn't resist dessert. The fresh baked brownie with mint chocolate chip ice cream was certainly more than I could handle, but I ate it anyway.

The bar overall has an Applebee's-ish feel to it and I never really got comfortable with the polished and overly sculpted pretend-old look, nor with the classic rock music that might have appealed to me more in the 1986. Regardless, my thirst has been quenched and my nerves are settled. Time for bed as I have a full trip of beer-related activities planned for the short week in the windy city.

BEERchitect, May 31, 2012
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Yard House in Glenview, IL
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.