Local Option

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BEER AVG
3.83/5
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:
16
Reviews:
261
Ratings:
1,610
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
90
Ratings:
206
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Taps:
31
Bottles/Cans:
101
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 90 | Ratings: 206
Reviews by jampics2:
Photo of jampics2
2.85/5  rDev -33.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Perennial Abraxas variants on tap the night before FOBAB? I'm in. But, wait, should I be?

**Never again at this place!**

We got to the bar at 3:00 and snagged a table. We had a bowl of decent guacamole and a bunch of beers as the place filled up. Once it got slammed, the service was horrible, but it was decent until an hour or so before the tapping.

A server stopped by and we asked about the tapping around 5. He said "no worries, we're pro's at this - we'll make sure you get the beers! No pre-orders but we'll be by to make sure people like you who have been here for hours get served."

The tappings were at 6:00. At 5:30 there was a line 5 people deep at the entire bar. Again, a server stops by and says "At 6:00 you can order your beer from me".

We don't bug him. Why would we? He's assured us we'll get the beer and I'm not sweating it, since they're pro's at special releases.

At 6:00 the beer is tapped. We've been there for three hours, since there were 20 people in the bar. Could have grabbed a bar stool or gotten in line at any point. The server comes by and says "I'll be right back to get your order".

At 6:05 he tells us "I can't get you the Perennial Abraxas beers. They're pouring from the bar and not for table service. Sorry."

Biggest "Oh no you didn't" moment of my beer drinking career. I had to leave my table and fight tooth and nail through a line of bearded beer geeks and beer farts to luckily get a pour of each variant. The idiots at the bar were pouring, serving and taking cash - duh, "pros" - have one guy doing nothing but pouring. One doing nothing but handing empty glasses and taking back full ones. And the three servers standing to the right of the bar picking their asses as the melee goes on infront of them - why not let them dole out the brews?

Look, I have no problem with a bar handling a release/tapping any way they want. This was a cluster, and self-created. I'm patient. I could have had my beer at 6:30 if I was guaranteed to get one. Never bugged the server. But a heads-up and decent info would have been great. I'll never go to this place again because they obviously don't know what they're doing. Anything but pro's.

Should be called "worst option".

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More User Reviews:
Photo of cryptichead
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | 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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Photo of JNForsyth
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Monday night visit so barely anyone there. Bartender was knowledgable and helpful, excellent beers from a recent funk/sour fest still on. Loud, but good heavy metal/rock music, would go here all the time to hang out if I was from the area.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Keene
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of jophish17
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beerhemoth
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Stevem68
4.44/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Came here for a local beer tap event. Beer selection was great, food was good and had a great atmosphere. The service was excellent. The guys were very helpful, will definitely be bck

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