Local Option

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 348-2008 | map

Notes: Beers are brewed at / by another brewery. Bar:
Sunday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00am

Tuesday - Thursday 4pm-10pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm-11pm
Sunday 12pm - 9pm
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Reviews: 94 | Ratings: 225 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by kevanb:
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kevanb from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Local Option is my favorite local place, I probably visit 3-4 times a month, more during Hawks season. The atmosphere is fun, it's loud and bustling on most weekend nights, and some weeknights when a Blackhawks game is on. The music typically metal or punk, although occasionally, oldies, funk and r&b is playing. The crowd is a good mix of beer nerds, local LP residents and metal heads, and it's very harmonious. The lights are low, keeping the place dark, but never in an obstructive way. The taplist is fantastic, always, nearly 30 taps going at all times that are always pouring something great. Whether its a hard to find beer from Europe, a great local treat, seasonal and one offs, there is sure to be a beer for everyone. Lately, they've been showcasing a lot of their contract brewed beers, many of which are quite good. The bottle list also makes their selection hard to beat, lots of foreign treasures, lambics, quads, tripels, as well as domestic things, barrel aged this, limited that, there is always something special on the list. The service is always good, the servers know their stuff about beer and can easily guide someone to making a good beer choice, while being friendly and engaging rather than pretentious and snooty. Beer and food are always served as promptly as possible, and while the food is nothing special, typical bar fare, the cajun twist on things and the consistent product is great.

The prices on beer are a little higher than usual, $6-10 depending on the volume and beer, imports and rarer things run higher while locals and bigger craft offerings (new belgium, laginutas, sierra nevada, etc) are on the cheaper end. The food is fairly priced for bar food, $9-13 for burgers/sandwiches and other entrees.

The parties/events here are top notch, with tap lists that rival any place in the world. The prices are fair and the servings are large, but the place gets PACKED and service slows down to a halt and their small staff gets pushed to the limit, but they still do a bang up job.

Verdict: The best bar in Chicago in my opinion, friendly staff, amazing beer, solid food, fun atmosphere and the Hawks are always on.

Oct 11, 2013
More User Reviews:
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 16, 2020
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

May 16, 2019
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Apr 15, 2019
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JuanAlberto from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Jul 05, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

this is a weird one, usually i only review places that are breweries, but this sort of skirts the line. see, it is a brewery, as in the have a whole range of house beers that are under the local option label, but they arent brewed in house. not sure if someone from here oversees brewing operations and its just made off site or what, but this is their taproom, a really no frills beer bar, kind of punk rock dive vibe to it, chalkboard beer menu, and a killer bottle list. its smaller than expected in here, as much a hallway as a bar, which i like. mellow energy here, kind of dated, not full of beer nerds carrying on about this or that, but with a list to satisfy literally the most adventurous and discerning of tastes. they have a cool range of their own beers, brewed somewhere else but i dont know where, very little information available it seems, but the ones they make are great, and i have been enjoying them for years. some cool collaborations too, looks like they have spread their wings pretty well. the bottle list blew me away, fairly priced lambics and wilds and beers of all persuasions. attentive low key service, a diverse food menu but i didnt eat, and just chill vibes all around. a neat place to drink some next level beers when you are in chicago. id like to know more about their brewery side, sounds like a sort of gypsy brewery set up, however its arranged, the beer is awesome.

Jun 12, 2018
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AngEo from Texas

3.34/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

May 27, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I love this place. It can be off putting if you don't like metal and the dive bar feeling this place puts off. They have a few house brews and several from others, most of which I'd never seen or would even be able to get my hands on. They dropped a case of Canadian breakfast stout right in my face, then poured me a glass. The bartenders were awesome and engaging. Told us about a great pizza place right down the street. Maybe not the best place to take the family, but a great place to hang with your dudes.

May 07, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Dec 08, 2017
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dannycohen62 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -22.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 16, 2017
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chicagobeerguy from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Jul 23, 2017
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Jonnydrinker from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jul 04, 2017
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cincysig from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.2%
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.)

Apr 05, 2017
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brights from Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mar 21, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Feb 08, 2017
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bigred89 from Maryland

4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Jan 15, 2017
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Dec 05, 2016
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SDRedDevil from California

4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Oct 11, 2016
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mig100 from Texas

4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Sep 23, 2016
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SSGCujo from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Sep 08, 2016
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cryptichead from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Aug 28, 2016
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AlanFollett from California

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Aug 21, 2016
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Aug 16, 2016
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coz from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Aug 14, 2016
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Eman17 from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Jul 25, 2016
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