Local Option

BEER AVG
3.86/5
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:
17
Ratings:
1,653
Reviews:
270
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
216
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.12%
 
 
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Updating my review after a visit on 4/13/11 where the selection was so amazing, I had a very difficult time selecting a beer. I went with...

Einbecker Mai-Bock - $7 (because I just brewed a Mai Bock)
De Dochter Nobelesse $9.95
Jaipur IPA $8
Peche Mortel $9

I rolled the dice and let the bartender pick a transition beer form the Nobelesse to the Peche and he went with the English IPA which I would not have picked. Their keg had been kept cold since leaving England and was one of the most beautiful beers I've ever had.

Got to chat with the owner as well on a low-key Thursday and can say these guys totally get it about good beer and proper treatment. I made the decision to try Local Option again after a couple of ho hum experiences at the other top Chicago beer bars and this is my new go-to option for the best beer in Chicago.

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As part of our twice a year beer/food/shopping visit to Chicago, I plugged The Local Option in as a stop before the Hopleaf. This works out well from a logistics standpoint because they are both a couple blocks from the red line El (different stops).

The wife and I dropped in on a Sunday night around 5:40. I was really excited upon entering - it's a nice, clean place with TV's to watch football and some neat, old Miller brewerania. The bad part was they were preparing for a 6pm beer dinner and it would be standing room only for non participants. More bad news was that they would not serve my wife one of the only three beers she was interested in because they were part of the beer dinner. I'm cool with the beer dinner, but the not serving a beer aspect gives them a lower service score.

The beer selection was comprised of all the very good, readily available craft beers available in Chicago. I didn't notice any of the exception beers as others have mentioned. I was zero'd in on Surly and a bit distracted by the beer dinner and my wife not being able to get a beer she wanted.

I had to quickly down my Surly Furious so we could head out because the dinner folks were filling all the tables.

I'm not going to let this experience jade me and I plan on a return visit in the future. It's a good place to get a number of excellent craft beers. I suspect it's easier to get a table or a seat at the bar here as opposed to some of the more popular beer bars in the city. I'm also very interested in sampling their Cajun/Creole food.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Local option is a decent place to try great craft beers. Good music and good vibe. Definitely on the pricier side though. What you see is what you get here. Don't know if I'd go regularly but if you're in Lincoln Park and need a break from all the BIG 10 douchebag bars this is a good spot.

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Photo of Jonnydrinker
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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

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Local Option in Chicago, IL
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,653 ratings.
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