Goose Island Clybourn

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BEER AVG
3.87/5
Goose Island ClybournGoose Island Clybourn
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1800 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-4939
United States

(312) 915-0071 | map
www.gooseislandbrewpubs.com

Notes:
All beers listed under Goose Island Beer Co.
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Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

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BEER STATS
Beers:
17
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
73
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
441
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
8.19%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 441
Reviews by rowew:
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch, located in a strip mall area of Lincoln Park. Only a couple blocks from the Red Line metro stop, which is convenient. Once inside we went straight to the bar area. I saw some other reviews criticize the atmosphere, but I thought it was a great looking bar area. Split into a few different levels, with the brewing equipment visible through a window. Beer selection was clearly marked on a large chalkboard, and fairly extensive (including 4 cask offerings). I had a couple build your own samplers - choose 4 different beers from the list. Food was great, and focused on a lot of local offerings. Prices were a bit high, but we certainly felt like we got our moneys worth. I'd definitely recommend this as a lunch stop if you are in the area. Also right across the street from a Sam's, which is convenient.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nater919
4.4/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of CKlinchock
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Vibe - Pretty large old English styled bar. Easily found room for 2 at the bar on a Saturday afternoon, diverse group of patrons watching soccer / baseball. Vibe was pleasant.

Quality - The establishment based in an old and rustic location, but seemed very clean and well kept. Including all the bar setup, draft system seemed clean.

Service - Was great, staff was knowledgeable and willing to discuss and work with you on their selection. They are supposed to charge for their samples, yet provided a few while discussing with them. Everything seemed to kick as we were leaving (4-5 all at once), but they were attentive and knowledgeable.

Selection - Had a fair amount of beers available for selection as well as their Vintage Menu which offered many more. Girlfriend and I were both easily able to find 3-4 beers to sample a piece with no overlap and then settle on a Pint of our favorites from there.

All in all, solid location! Wish we went hungry, but maybe next time. Would recommend to other to check out if they want to get a good feel of what Goose Island has to offer without having to go to the huge main brewery location with more hustle and bustle.

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Photo of haaat
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Jaszucs
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice English style pub with plenty of room and a solid selection of Goose Island beers. Food is pretty solid for English style pub with waitress really knowing her beers. I loved the selection of beers of very different styles including some casks. Prices are pretty fair for quality. Worth a stop for sure.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Old school, and better for it. Large square centrally located wooden bar just past the side entrance where you can see the tanks and people taking tours. The bar has super old school and comfy elbow rests with some old but clean dark wood. As mentioned this particular bar is just at the side entrance, it is surrounded by restaurant seating. The main side is a whole other restaurant style area.

Very quick, friendly and informative service, making you feel like you're in a small town bar than a huge bustling city. Tons of quality brews on with a wide variety. Don't be turned off by so many lagers, some are jarringly complex.

The food looked good but unfortunately we did not order any while we were present.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of dukeandduke
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

2/1/16 - This gem on the North Side has over 20 beers on tap, including cask conditioned beers. Servers knowledgeable and beers served in proper glassware. Food good, not great. Join the MBA program for free growlers every 15 beers.

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Photo of Tomkob11
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of boilermakerbrew
5/5  rDev +20.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of my favorite stops every time I'm in CHicago! The vibe of this bar is somewhere between Cheers, a brewery, and your favorite hole in the wall neighborhood bar. Always great music on, from classic rock to early 90's rap. The service is always great with most servers being knowledgeable about both the beer and food menus.

The food and beer selection are both excellent. The food ranges from traditional pub fare (burgers, fish and chips, pretzels) to more contemporary items (meatloaf, club sandwich, pulled pork). As for the beer list, at least 10-15 offerings on tap, maybe 20, I can't remember the exact number. They have most Goose offerings, from 312, Sofie, and Matilda, to in-house releases, both year round and smaller batches. Last time I was there, the 1814 brown ale, Impervious stout, and Campfire smoked Helles were all awesome. They also have some of the more limited Goose offerings occasionally. They also have a small, high quality tap/bottle list of both ciders and wine for those non-beer people in your party.

Overall, this is just the type of bar I love frequenting. Old school feel and vibe once you're inside, good food, awesome beer, friendly staff, and not much of the pretentiousness so many tasting rooms/brew pubs today have evolved towards.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice spot, pretty big, with above average food. Nothing mind blowing on tap unfortunately, but good service and some cool things that aren't normally on tap in the North East. Can get flights, would certainly visit again.

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Photo of Claytonis
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of elkinbrown
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of 98green
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Visited at 6 on a Friday. It was pretty busy but not overwhelming. Got a seat at the smaller back bar. Solid selection, including several ipa/APA variants, which I like. Didn't get any food. I know that goose is a bit "corporate" at this point, but this place is fine for some good craft selections

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.9/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Sat in the bar area at a table, decent crowd for a Monday but the Cubs were playing a playoff game. Waitress didn't have much to say about the beer, was barely around. Plenty of interesting options on tap, had the cuban sandwich and it was excellent.

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Photo of Abbo
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place. Glad I visited

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

-Layout is fine. Well-designed, but pretty standard. Nothing physically to set it apart from a thousand other pubs.
-Service was great. Everyone was polished, crisp, on their game.
-Food... bad. Highly disappointing poutine (to save time I won't elaborate, suffice to say everything about it was wrong), decent German-style burger, the few other things I had were OK.
-You know their distributed beers. All are solid (312) through incredible (BCBS). Their pub-only brews are fair through great, usually leaning towards fair. Maybe they test the marketability of potential wide-release brews here? It is nice that a lot are brewed on-location.
-Only their beers are available, but they also have a good selection of wines and spirits.
-Growler fills available.
-T-shirts and other merchandise is available.

With so many other places with actual character nearby, I wouldn't pick this as my first choice for a place to hang out with friends. Still, if I am here, I know that there are a few humbly great brews beneath those handles.

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Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
92 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.
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