Risqué Café

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Type: Bar, Eatery

3419 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-1605
United States

(773) 525-7711

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2008

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by onefmatt:
Photo of onefmatt
1.94/5  rDev -50.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2

Seeing how highly this place was listed I felt obligated to add my two cents.

It is smack in the middle of Wrigleyville, so the majority of your bars here are built around the cubs or have gone the route of tailoring to the 'wanna go to expensive clubs but don't have the money' crowd. I have been in here on multiple occasions because some of my friends who have started appreciating beer more noticed they had more than the standard domestics on tap.

Walking in at night you can barely see the faces of the people sitting across from you. Coupled with asian porn playing on some of the TV's it is clear they are gunning for an 'alternative' look as seen through the eyes of a prep school kid who enjoys reading Metal Magazines and dreaming of starting the next Anthrax.

The beer list is impressive, except that bottled or not, I have to come up with 4 beers before I can land on one they have, which usually is a standard FFF, Bell's, or Two Brothers. I love all of them but why tempt me with the likes of Devil Dancer and then not have it? An updated beer list is far better than an extensive one that you can't actually back up.

Overall opinion, this place would be considered an excellent beer bar if all you were accostomed to prior was the big 3 (AB, Miller, Coors).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

another sweet wrigleyville joint - full of great beer!

this review may be a little fuzzy as i visited this spot after a cubs-brewers game this past weekend

immediately upon entering i noticed 2 massive stouts on the menu - goose island bourbon county stout and founders breakfast stout. there was a boatload of bottled beer including a number of port things and lots of other micros (check the website)

atmosphere is open-air, dark wooden and maroon interior...actually pretty dead on this visit

worth a stop for sure. go to murphys before the game and slug pints of gumballhead, head to risque immediately after on your way to sheffields. god - what a neighborhood...

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Photo of boralyl
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

On a recent trip to Chicago I stopped in here on a Sunday afternoon for some lunch. It's a couple blocks down from Wrigley Field. The inside isn't very large, there is a large bar on your right and some tables in the front and to the left. There were several TVs playing some B-Horror movies, and one was playing Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

The bartender was an attractive woman in her late 20's/ early 30's. She seemed to know where things were and used the correct serving glasses. She was also had some knowledge about the brews b/c when I asked for a 3F Gumballhead, even though they didn't have it, she was able to give me a decent recommendation of the same style. I was the only patron during my visit, and she spent most of her time on her laptop, but was always there when I needed something.

I just got a hamburger and chips, and it hit the spot. It wasn't anything spectacular, but it was what I was looking for.

I was able to try to brews here, I got a Surly Darkness on tap poured into a tulip glass. I also got to try a Crooked Tree IPA by Dark Horse Brewing. They had about 10-15 beers on tap, plus a huge bottle selection that was behind the bar. Lots of locals and some other central and Midwest brews. Overall they had a pretty decent selection.

Worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of emerge077
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in to try the new Metropolitan tap here, Flywheel Bright Lager. The place was sort of dimly lit, typical bar layout, tables in the front and on the left side, bar on the right. Five free standing tap towers, one was occupied by bourbons, and the closest one was Sam Adams, 312, and Point. Luckily the three in between those had some good craft options. Dark Horse, Metropolitan, FFF Gumballhead, GI BCS (not anymore), and a few others. The selection here is exclusively American craft, with a broad bottle list, though limited to US produced beer. The list is organized by state, which adds a daunting step for the average joe that just wants a damn beer. Inebriated folks aren't thinking about the state of origin of their beer, believe me. Try reorganizing by style... In many cases they have a full line of a brewery's offerings, especially from Dark Horse, Jolly Pumpkin, Leelanau (our bottle was a year old), Hoppin' Frog, Allagash, FFF, 2 Bros., Sierra Nevada, etc.

For the love of hops and all things holy, WHY are they selling two year old Flossmoor IPA's for $17?!? >:(

Didn't try the food, haven't really heard good things, and i'm picky about my BBQ. I hear the country fried bacon is a heart stopper. Looked like they had house-made sauces, very similar to Sheffields.

Service was sort of slow, and admittedly limited on the beer knowledge. The bartenders were sweet and friendly though. For some reason I was charged tax on a bar tab for beer only...$20 minimum on cards.

They were playing a few movies such as Evil Dead II, and Janes Addiction on the stereo. There were christmas lights up front, 2 pinball machines, and cheesy rockabilly pinup girls on the walls. Though I rarely venture to wrigleyville on purpose, Risque, Guthrie's, Uncommon Ground, Sheffields, Murphys, The Yard, and Goose are some decent options in a sea of otherwise mediocre bars.

Addendum: Pick Me Up Cafe is a 24-hour coffee house institution, right across the street, if you happen to close down Risque...

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Photo of BarnabyHooge
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

If you're looking for a place to get a beer that you won't find anywhere else in Wrigleyville, this is the place. Great bottle selection with a very respectable draft menu. Food is nothing special but it does the trick. I must say that I was pleased the fried pickles came with peanut butter.

Bottom Line: Atmosphere is not bad, but nothing to get excited about. The beer is a bit pricey, but if you hit it on a night when they've got a good food special you'll brake even. There are definitely other places I'd go first, but if I'm in the neighborhood I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

They have a great beer menu that is broken down by state. I really liked the huge menu. I was a little disappointed by the cost of the better beer it didnt detour my purchase of a FFF Broo Doo. It was the last they had and at 17.25 a bomber I thought it was a good time to get it for me. Ive always wanted to try it. A dude named Casper was very cool and knew a bit about great beer. Im assuming he was the owner. They had a crappy band the night I was there but the jukebox made up for that.

Overall, I liked the place and will make a return at somepoint!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on a Friday night, had dollar Hamms on special so couldn't really complain. The inside is pretty cool and had some kind of suicide girl porno on the televisions so I can see where the name comes from. Had about 15 taps and a huge selection of bottled beer. Both the taps and the bottles seemed to have a domestic focus with offerings from Surly, Bear Republic, New Holland and many others that I can't remember. The patrons tend to be the younger/ hipster set though this particular night it seemed more like metal fans. Its a pretty nice place and has a cool feel and decent drink prices for the area but it was just too damn loud in there, metal just blasting out of the speakers, I was sitting at a table with some friends and had to yell just to be heard so that part is the only negative that I can think of, other than that a pretty cool place with a pretty cool selection of beers.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've had varying experiences with this place in terms of atmosphere. I've been there after Cubs games when rowdy fans celebrate victory, and when there are just a few friends getting together to have good beer. Overall though, I really like the atmosphere, relaxing and friendly.

The bartenders here are helpful and knowledgeable about your beer/whiskey needs. It's a place where you won't be given a strange look if you have a somewhat nerdy beer of whiskey question.

The food is good, better than typical bar-fare, but it's not of the quality of a true smoke-house BBQ place. Worth the price in most cases.

The selection of draft beers is nice. I have had a few of my favorites on tap here. Bottle selection is where this place shines. Though a little pricey, I have found many rare and out of season beers here. I was able to try beers that have been sold out for months with no problem here.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was able to stop by this week for beers and diner before the Cub game.

The bar is on your right as you enter the smallish space. It seats about a dozen. There are table for about 50 more eaters & drinkers. Everything is freshly decorated and I liked the old style pin-ups they used for decoration.

The food is pretty good. The smoked wing appetizer (get the rubbed version) is outstanding. I liked my brisket and rib combo, but the folks I was with said their pulled pork while tasty was on the dry side. Nice home made fries and passable cornbread rounded out my dining experience.

They have about 12 beers on tap and a massive bottle list. The beer list is divided by state or country of origin. I would rather see it by style but that's just me.. They have some really good options and I think you will find plenty of choices to keep you occupied. I like that they have a "beer of the month" special. It was only $4 a pint.

Our server was friendly and seemed really into beers. She told us how she was starting to develop a taste for IPAs and was enjoying working her way through the beer menu. She took great care of us, but once the place filled-up she was overwhelmed as she was working tables and the bar. There was one other waitress, but they needed at least one more person to handle the crowds.

I think this is a nice addition to the area and its great to have another option for good beer when going to the ballpark.

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Photo of AllSeeingPie
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Went here after the rave reviews here. Went 3/9 in the afternoon. Quite possibly the best bottled beer selection in the city though there's no taps yet. I had two porters which were in top notch condition.
Decor has a bit of an identity crisis with a strange mixture of the modern with chrome and 1950's burlesque posters.
Service was superb. The only downside was the food. I had the brisket which was a little bland and the chips were over cooked.
I really hope this place succeeds. A bit more attention to the food and this place could be my favorite bar in this area.

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Photo of bryanroe29
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I too was excited to see some new beer blood breathed into Wrigleyville, that wasn't contrived irish or trendy. The menu is pretty good. The house sauce is sweeter than i prefer but had some heat to it. The macaroni and cheese, my wife ordered, looked incredible, and could not be finished in one sitting. Not the best barbecue in chicago but really good.

The beer list is commendable. I mean come on they have the "Pizza beer." My only suggestion would be to organize the beers by type and location. I know styles i like, and new ones i want to try, but not necessarily if there is a good barleywine from georgia. The service was good, our server was able to suggest alternatives when they were out of some things. and it's the only place i've been with Utopias 2007.

My only critique is they are still feeling out the clientele and what beers to stock. We were there and they ran out of Dragon's milk from New Holland, And Bourbon county stout from Goose Island. But with ample options it wasn't a problem.

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Place rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 11 ratings
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