Old Chicago

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8 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

7626 E Kellogg Dr
Wichita, Kansas, 67207-1614
United States

(316) 685-3111 | map

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Added by jbmorch on 11-30-2006

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of KansasBeerLover
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Stopped in this place just after the noon crowd. The server knew nothing about the beer selection. The chalkboards were either outdated, blank, or had a generic description, such as Sam Adams' seasonal.

For a place that was almost empty, the service was lousy. I think the two are related. The server came around to take my drink order, deliver my drink and take my food order, deliver my food, and leave the check. Had he been around, I would have had a second beer, and I probably would have left a lot better tip.

Food was the same as most OCs. I prefer mine hot, but this was warm.

Beer selection is the same at the three area stores. Of their 100+ beers advertised I can usually find 5-10 that I haven't tried before. Most of those are ciders and such that I don't consider beer, even though the state calls them a cereal malt beverage.

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Photo of hopstradamus
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I normally wouldn't review a place like this as there isn't much to say that has not been covered in the previous whopping TWO reviews but it strikes me that this place has not likely been reviewed since it moved (only 1 block) to a brand new building as a result of the aforementioned road construction. Also the previously mentioned tasting group quit meeting here shortly after the move due to a disagreement with the folks at Old Chicago (corporate- the local people were great!)

The atmosphere is different at the new location. The crowd is the same and the new building is nice and appears cleaner but the old location had a lived-in comfortable feeling I preferred.

The quality and service are still great and it is worth repeating that the tasting club loved meeting at Old Chicago but corporate policy made this no longer an option.

The food and beer selection are what you would expect from this chain. I think this location has better draft choices than the other 2 locations but all are limited by the repressive Kansas beer laws.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Note that there are 3 Old Chicago's in Wichita. This one on the east side, one on the west side (21st and Tyler) and one downtown in Old Town...This one was the first of the 3 and my favorite I suppose, but if you've been to one Old Chicago you've basically been to them all.

Seems strange to rank a selection so large as only a 3.5...but then it seems silly to have so much of their large selection wasted on mediocre - at best - beer. I rarely do one of their mini-tours anymore, and half the beer on their main tour is stuff I don't want to drink. Service is pretty decent, but I wish (most of) the help knew more about beer.

So why go there? Well, the food is good, there ARE a few beers that are rarely elsewhere in town, and every month a group in town has a beer tasting. Pizza and beer for 10 (now 15) bucks, not bad, even if the tastes aren't anything truly wild.

The do a very good job on their pizza and calzones, but otherwise the food is a bit better and wider ranging at Granite City.

There is usually something truly excellent on tap at Old Chicago...it is just usually fleeting. The first example that comes to mind is the great Free State (Lawrence, KS - check it out!) Oatmeal Stout which was on tap last fall, but that I haven't seen since.

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Photo of jbmorch
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

On a business trip to Wichita I was able to check out Granite City, River City, Mort's, The Anchor and Old Chicago. Though not a brewery, I thought the tap handles were the best at Old Chicago - about 20 handles, predominantly micros, with a fair number of IPAs. Their bottle selection is their pride, and with good reason. The bar had a good, social, talkative crowd. The standard American pub food was good. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to just sit for a while, have a few nice beers, maybe some grub and either watch some sports or chat with the locals.

They have an interesting mug club - drink 110 different beers, get a prize. Do that 10 times, and get a huge pewter tankard emblazoned with your name. They keep track of your progress electronically.

The location is a bit out of the way from other night life (such as Old Town), and at the moment it takes some creative driving to get in the parking lot because of freeway construction, but it's worth checking out.

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Old Chicago in Wichita, KS
Place rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 8 ratings