Local Option

BEER AVG
3.89/5
Local OptionLocal Option
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1102 W Webster Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-7020
United States

(773) 348-2008 | map
localoptionbier.com

Notes:
Bar:
Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00am

Kitchen:
Tuesday - Thursday 4pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm

Added by tyee on 01-16-2008

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.
BEER STATS
Beers:
18
Ratings:
1,652
Reviews:
270
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
214
Reviews:
91
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Taps:
31
Bottles/Cans:
101
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is basically 'Kumas Lite'. The atmosphere of Local Option has the same tattooed edge, the same hard rock (though more subdued) playing while you eat, and the same "don't like it? Tough shit" attitude. It's a narrow building, so it seems like it could get really crowded during the busy times...and LOUD.

I went after work around 4:45-5:00ish...not too many people there. They didn't have a bottle menu, but the waitress said the bottles are more large Belgians. Ok...helpful-ish. The draft menu is on the chalkboard in the front and features many beer I've never heard of. Rare? Maybe. I don't know. Good selection though, nearly 35 taps to choose from. I went with Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. My wife was really itching to try the Hitachino White Ale, which of course they "ran out of". She then asked for Gumbalhead, which she initially also said they "ran out of". After we glanced at each other with a "WTF" look, the waitress then said dryly, "ohh yea, we DO have Gumbalhead still. Uhh...okaaaay.

Food was unique for sure. I had the swordfish tacos and it was pretty damn good. Not the standard brewpub/gastropub choices here, which is a bit refreshing. I get sick of burgers and beer all the time.

Another major drag here was the cost: 9 bucks for the Bam? Jesus! It wasn't THAT good. Most of the beers were priced pretty high. Is it the neighborhood? Not sure.

Overall it's fun place to check out, but I can't say I'd be back. I can't stand the neighborhood, and the dazed staff definitely didn't make me want to return. Check it out if you like 30+ craft choices on tap, alterna-rock music, and tattooed staff. Otherwise, skip it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cincysig
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I loved this place and wondered why I went anywhere else in Chicago. Great selection of outstanding brews. Super knowledgeable and friendly staff. If you can hang with bearded dudes and doom metal, this is your spot. (Did not eat food there.)

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Photo of brights
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mig100
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SSGCujo
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AlanFollett
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I find the dark, goth-y ambience offputting, but their beer selection is magnificent. One of the three or four best multi-taps in Chicago, in my opinion.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Were it not for the attitude-laden folks behind this place, this would be one of my favorite beer jawns of all time. It is a metal bar with premium beer near a Catholic university. How cool is that?

Listen to black metal while sipping on rare brews from Three Floyds, Surly, Half Acre and, of course and most of all, Local Option. Of the 19 taps, 8 are Local Option and 4 are FFF. The chalkboard has no descriptions or prices, and the unfriendly bartenders have no patience or will to explain and guide you through the menu. So do your homework and check BeerAdvocate before ordering.

8 bucks per snifter of Total Option brews is a lil' high but worth trying.

The cool (but very expensive) bottle menu has 3 Fonteinen, Jolly Pumpkin, BFM, Boon, Hoppin Frog and much more.

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Photo of coz
4.57/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Eman17
4.57/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dataylor21
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Gambyt20
4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of FlaviusG
4.61/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of MikeSchieve
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Good quality beer bar with a limited but very delicious food menu. They always have their contract brewed beers on tap which are good. Plus you can also count on some of the better local Chicago beers on tap, with a meticulously curated bottle selection. I would frequent this place more often if I only lived closer.

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Photo of RajaSTL
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BRami127
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of j_nees
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I love that there is an awesome beer and death metal bar tucked away in Lincoln Park where clearly a Lululemon For Pets was supposed to be. Really great beer menu featuring their house beers and a ton of guest beers, including a healthy dose of FFF and a few sours. Looked like about 25 or so draft lines. Servers know their beer. Kitchen was also on point. I had a crab quesadilla and a bacon wrapped scallop roll. Definitely recommend for beer and food.

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Photo of 98green
3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Stopped by at 7 on a Friday. Surprisingly light crowd for the timing, easy to grab a seat at the bar. As advertised, the bartender was a bit of a dick, but no big deal to me. Don't let the "heavy metal bar" moniker intimidate, it was actually a mellow place. I won't go out of my way to go back, but if I'm in the area it is solid

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Local Option in Chicago, IL
3.89 out of 5 based on 1,652 ratings.
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