Old Chicago

Old ChicagoOld Chicago
11 Ratings
Old ChicagoOld Chicago

Type: Bar, Eatery

1938 W Grand River Ave
Okemos, Michigan, 48864-1702
United States

(517) 347-1111 | map

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Added by frazbri on 07-11-2005

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by nortmand:
Photo of nortmand
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I've been here a few times and thought it was about time to review.

Very Disney chain restaurant atmosphere. Literally like being in a theme park.

The micro stuff they have on tap is actually pretty good. Everything else sucks though. And that's the thing about this place. They reel you in with "110 brews" and you get excited and there are 8 good beers on tap, a few in bottles (which I never buy at the bar unless I can't get them elsewhere or it's a special Belgian treat), the usual "good" UK beers and a whole lotta crap.

They also have this "neat" world beer tour thing that's free and lets you keep track of all the beers you tried and if you try everything, you get a free pint or something, except when I joined, my first "tour receipt" came back, after I had a Dark Horse Crooked Tree and an NH Poet, stating that I had two "rotating specials." So I guess if I want my free pint I have to drink alot of BMC. Oh well, what more could I expect from a place that's sole purpose is to make money.

For the price, quality of selection and general atmosphere, Tuba Charlie's just down the street is a much better place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of NateDyk47
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Not a bad Italian/pizza place. They have over 100 beers, but a lot of their selection doesn't rotate. A decent number of local beers. Food is good, but a bit pricey. Service is ok- every time I've been there I feel like they're trying to rush me out of there, whether it's busy or empty.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Cotton_27
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of HardyA
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Biere
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

It's Old Chicago - I won't go into all the details of what that means since others have already covered that. Yes, they do have a very large draft selection, but at least half of the taps are always the same macros/imports. The majority of the handles that are micros tend to be the flagship beers from that brewery. That said, they usually do have a couple of specialty or limited release beers from Michigan micros on tap.

Prices are fairly expensive. In addition, I'm not too interested in their world beer tour - way too many crappy beers and styles that I don't prefer. I would rather focus on the the few unique selections they have on tap at any given time rather than spending way too much on beers I don't want to "win" a crappy tee shirt.

Most the staff are pretty friendly. Crowd is typical chain restaurant crowd, with a few more beer geeks mixed in. I have encountered a spectrum of patrons at the bar - from ultra beer geeks to pretentious businessmen type-As sucking back Heinies. Fortunately they have buzztime trivia so I can ignore those types when needed.

Food is over-rated. Stick with the Chicago deep dish and you will probably be okay, but anything else is a real gamble. Food prices are also a bit expensive.

Overall, there are better beer bars in the Lansing area, but not a bad place to check out and find a few good beers on tap if you are in the Meridian Mall area.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I frequent Old Chicago and am currently doing my first World Beer Tour. If not for their impressive beer menu there are many beers that would not have come under my radar. Dragon's Milk for example.

Old Chicago carries many Michigan micros and many beers from around the world. 110. They have mini-tours from time to time. Right now they have a St. Patrick's Day mini-tour going. On that list there are many concoctions that include Guinness. Some that I think they are just making up: Guinness + Killian's, and Guinness + Sierra Mist.

The waitstaff varies and you can have a great server that is knowledgable about the beer, or you can have someone with almost no experience. It is a restaurant after all.

The food isn't really anything to write home about but it isn't terrible either.

I go for the selection of beer and to try new things.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was visiting family in this area and they suggested Old Chicago because the sign boasts "110 Brews". I'm skeptical no more...

After reviewing the beer menu, I chose to start with the Bell's HopSlam. It simply couldn't have been served any fresher. The waitress stated there were approximately 35 brews on tap at this store and they totaled a few more than the 101 brews on the sign. Their selection had the typical American macros but they also had some imports that can be tough to find in a restaurant. They had Westmalle on tap, as well as some other Belgian styles, including a Kriek (cherry lambic).

This place isn't cheap. I gave up just under $5 for my initial 16 oz. draught of HopSlam. But the food is good and the bar area is very nice, comfortable. In addition, they have a "world beer" club that you can sign up for and track the beers you drink from around the world. Passed on the club.

Cool place, check it out.

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Photo of MasonBeerMan
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Chain restaurant, great to take your kids to and have a micro or two. They always have founders, great lakes, bells, arcadia, new holland, dragonmead and some others on tap, but they don't change much, good selection of bottled beers. What I like is that the bartender will let you sample any of the beers on tap before you buy one. Food is average, some of the pizzas are very good and different. Old Chicago has one of the better selections in the Lansing area. The price of beer is fine and the food is not too pricey. Nice place to take the family to.

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Photo of frazbri
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My brother, dad, and I stopped at the Okemos Old Chicago a little before noon on a Sunday. It wasn't busy, but that wasn't suprising that early on Sunday. The location is suburban mall front property.

The centerpiece of Old Chicago's menu is pizza, but the selection was more varied than I expected. We opted for a deep dish Chicago seven pizza. It was pretty tasty. Our server was friendly and helpful.

Old Chicago has 30 beers on tap. Many are the basic, bland American lagers, but there are many very good options for the beer advocate. A good selection of Michigan beers are on the list, including beer from: Founders, Michigan Brewing, Bell's on tap and Dark Horse and New Holland bottled beer. My memory fails me on all the specific beers, but that gives you a start.

This isn't a neighborhood bar, but I'd love to have this kind of selection at my local. The pizza is good, the service is friendly, and the beer selection is nice. This is the kind of place you can take your coors drinking friends, and still be happy with the beer choice as well.

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Old Chicago in Okemos, MI
Place rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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