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Type: Bar, Eatery

308 N. Randolph
Champaign, Illinois, 61821
United States

(217) 359-6977 | map

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here on a busy Mom's weekend at U of I. Sort of hard to find and sort of weird but sort of cool concept. You seat yourself, you can see the entire kitchen from your table, this place is small. Tap has about six or seven beers, good for the area I am assuming, as I am not from here but just happen to be passing through. Southern Tier IPA, Oberon, Guinness are the ones that I can remember, I had the Southern Tier which was quite good and paired nicely with my burger. There is a pretty decent sized list of bottles but nothing out of the ordinary. Burgers are what this place is famous for, they are pretty decently sized and have that messy, crumbly, lopsided look that lets you know the patties have been formed by hand. Not sure what this adds to the flavor of the burger but makes for a nice change in texture from what I am normally used to with burgers. The burger was decent, not bad, not great, sort of forgettable, inoffensive is probably more correct in describing this burgers, unremarkable would be a bit too mean. The place is insanely popular (at least this weekend) and I showed up just before this place got packed. Service remained consistently fast, but I suppose this is easier to accomplish in a smaller amount of space. I would probably check this place out again just to give another one of their burgers a try, after than, not so much.

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Photo of redjameskidd
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really trendy place to be for those who know it's there. The trick is in knowing it exists to begin with.

Farren's is hidden deep back off the street, behind the Nitaya Thai restaurant. It's almost impossible to know it's there without already being aware of it. You can also get in through the basement at Nitaya Thai.

The burgers are very well known in town. They won Buzz Magazine's "Best burger in Champaign" 8 years in a row. Prices are higher than anyplace in campustown. 7.50 or more for a cheeseburger, but they're quite good.

Excellent beer selection on bottle, some on tap. Has a ton of microbrewed styles. Manager is a homebrewer. I counted at least like 7-8 different IPA styles alone.

The atmosphere is really nice. You can sit at the bar and shoot the breeze with the workers about beer, and they seem to know quite a bit about it. The only real issue is price. Not cheap.

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Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a nice, quite, out of the way place to grab a beer and a meal. They have only five or six taps, but a pretty extensive bottle list. Everything is of good quality and very reasonable prices. Only 4.50 for a pint. They have great burgers, sandwiches, and salads. For lunch I had a steak salad and a Rogue Halzelnut Brown Nectar (on tap) that was excellent. The service was a bit slow, but a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. A place I visit often when I am in Champaign. Farren's might not have the best overall selection in town, but the quality is hard to beat.

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Photo of siodhachain
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I've recommended this place often to visitors in town who want a good meal and a good beer. Mostly pub grub, but the specials are a step up. The beer menu isn't extensive, but they do have quality micros and imports in bottles which can be lacking at other locales. Only 5 beers on tap sucks, but once again, you'll find at least one gem. Plus, if your dining with people that aren't beer geeks, the wine list is much better than the "beer" bars only a couple of blocks away. They close early, 11:00pm I believe, so it's a good place to start an evening or have lunch at. Service is quick and friendly and at least knowledgable of their menu.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I had dinner here on the suggestion of fellow BA, siodhachain. Its acutally a little difficult to find, as it sits off the street, behind another building. After finding where it was, I sat at the bar and had a Bell's Oberon. Their tap selection was minimal, at 5 and I don't recall what they had in bottle form. Definately not a place to go to drink. The bartender was very attentive to me when I arrived and got my order taken care of quickly. The menu was very much pub-grub, but that is what I was looking for. My burger was very nice and served as a good base for the drinking I did later that evening. I recommed this as a place to grab a burger and a beer. Very simple and out of the way. Its a nice stop before going out for beers at Crane Alley or the Blind Pig.

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Photo of mportsch
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited Farren's last weekend for the first time... more of a restaurant atmosphere than bar, which was fine for us since we came to eat dinner. The bottle selection was good, but not great... on the downside, there were only about 5 beers on tap... Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Fuller's London Pride were among them. In bottles, they had an ok selection - I had a bottle of Unibroue Maudite that was excellent. The service was very good - we had a table of 10 people and had no problems. Nobody really asked our waitress any beer questions, so I can't vouch for their knowledge.
The food was mostly pub grub, but above average quality, and reasonably priced ($7-12 per meal). All in all, Farren's is worth a visit for dinner and a beer or two, but I'd hoof it over to The Blind Pig or Mike n Molly's for a real beer bar.

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Farren's in Champaign, IL
Place rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 6 ratings