Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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3.75/5
Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 W Grand Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-4806
United States

(312) 755-9339 | map
www.rockbottom.com

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87
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116
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3.84
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 116
Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

a) the beer
yes its a chain, but the brewers at each location have the opportunity to brew outside the standard selections at their own discretion. Pete Crowley does an excellent job and there's usually an interesting special brew or two on tap. Right now there is an especially stellar selection including a bourbon barrel aged imperial stout (red line), a bourbon barrel aged doppelbock (doppelbarrel -- absolutely lovely, $6 snifter, worth every penny) and a bourbon aged stout.

In addition there is also a selection of special brews available including a strong scotch ale, hefe, imperial pilsner and an oatmeal stout. The scotch ale was served in a pint for $4.50 and was nice, sweet and malty (although it didn't seem as strong as in previous years if this is the scotch usually availble over the holidays).

The seasonal beer selections are on par with Goose Clybourn although selection may be a tad more limited (atleast that generally seems to be the case, although not this week!). This is the best beer destination in downtown. They also do regulars right with their mug club and affordable growlers.

b) the food
we usually get the pretzels and ahi tuna appetizers. Both are decent size servings and make a dinner with a few strong beers. The nachos are also quite ample. The entrees are typically oversized as well. The food here is quite good, especially for a brewpub. They often win the Chicago Beer Society Brewpub Shootout beer and food pairing, and for good reason. The entrees are a bit pricey but they are also good sized, so its still a good value. Also if you consider its downtown location, the prices are reasonable for the area.

c) the atmosphere
its a large space but thurs and fri after work the place gets PACKED with an after work crowd. Times other than that are better for relaxed beer enjoyment.

d) directions
Take the red line to grand.
Take the south/west side exit.
As you emerge, Rock Bottom will appear before you.
The bar is on your right as you enter through the spinning door.
Don't drive here. Parking is difficult.
Use public transportation if at all possble.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

At the end of a family vacation to Chicago, I stopped into this place with my family. It was a Saturday night, and the place was absolutely packed, yet the wait wasn't quite as long as we expected. They have an open rooftop bar with a city vibe. The restaurant is fairly large, with plenty of seating. The service was prompt and friendly. We had the sampler, which was tasty and well-made. but not particularly interesting or outstanding. The food was also solid. I had an entree of beef tips that were very enjoyable.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Photo of DMcGirr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Brewery chain that turns out decent food and good beer. Nothing really outstanding here, but not a bad place to hang out. Vibe would get a higher score if Chicago had a longer summer; the rooftop can be pretty nice.

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Photo of Gorf_Minor
2.88/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of jschott75
3.8/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.84/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in at 8pm on Halloween Saturday. Was the only place that wasn't completely packed, so that is a plus for me. The beer is fine but not spectacular.

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Photo of Boone757
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of McAfee85
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75

Nice place for an afterwork beer...food is just ok.

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Photo of JDoHo
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Photo of 31Sam13
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of ovaltine
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of poppollutesminds
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of baybum
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of irish6174
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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