Lord Stanley's Annex

Bar, Eatery

142 E Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, Illinois, 60115-3228
United States

(815) 754-9031 | map

Notes: Opens daily at 3pm.
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 8 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rossracing from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Aug 04, 2015
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phizzle from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Aug 25, 2015
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Devil_Doc from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Feb 22, 2015
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NewGlarusFan from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

This was my place when I went to NIU, Darts pool and stiff drinks. Craft beer is moderate more bottles than taps. Hippies, hipsters, art folk, professors, and no frat boys is what makes it nice.

Feb 13, 2015
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bluemoonswoon from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Sort of an odd place, the Annex is an offshoot of the main Lord Stanley's bar and opens later in the day than the main bar. Has a very divey feel to it because it is, what with the Christmas lights hanging from the bar and the latent aroma of cigarette smoke and the smattering of grizzled locals.

The selection is vastly improved from the BMC only selections from the main bar. Taps on this side are a variation on Sierra Nevada products, Leinenkugel's and Sam Adams but what makes the place a beer destination in DeKalb is the beers available in the cooler. Great Lakes, Three Floyds, Goose Island are a round up the American selections coupled with a fair selection of Belgians to round out the list.

The only food available is pizza and if you don't try to bite into it when it's piping hot it's not too bad and delightfully greasy. Pretty standard territory for DeKalb in terms of food really.

Sep 29, 2010
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mynie from Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

This isn't really a beer bar so much as it's a bar that happens to sell a few good beers.

The crowd was nice and the service was friendly but it was a little loud and smokey. The music was standard pub fare. There were TVs with sports on them and dart boards and all that business.

The bottle selection was pretty small but respectable. Nothing obscure, but a handful of Belgians and most of the big regional craft brewers. There were six or seven taps and the best beer on draft was Redhook IPA. They also inexplicably had Moosehead on draft. I dunno. The owner must like it or something.

A nice little place if you're in the area but certainly nothing worth seeking out.

Jul 08, 2007
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assoctw from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I turned 21 in this bar back in the early 90's. It was the bar of choice for pretty much everyone I knew - and it still is. There was a short period of time where it was closed down, then a teen club, then it was rescued by Lord Stanley's. Regardless of ownership, the hallmarks of the bar have always been a great selection of beers, outstanding specials, and good service. I learned to love beer there.

I've never been able to tell if it's as friendly for someone that isn't a local, but it seems like there's a core of regulars and a constantly revolving group of passers-by. Based on the two other reviews thus far, it appears that outsiders find it as nice, calm and economical as I always have.

Apr 20, 2006
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zjungleist from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is my regular watering hole.

They have fairly selection, easily the best in DeKalb, but their taps leave something to be desired. The coolers make up for it a little bit, becuase most of what they do have is quality.

The staff is cool, and so is most of the crowd. The prices are not awful, but you're looking at $3-4 for a decent bottle of beer. The pizza is ok, but not great. The music is usualy just good enough to ignore. The thing I like about the joint is that it has all the charm of a grimy hole in the wall, but without all the grime.

Aug 13, 2005
Lord Stanley's Annex in DeKalb, IL
Place rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 8 ratings