Local Option

Local OptionLocal Option
BA SCORE
66.2%
Liked Their Beers
3.84 w/ 1,653 ratings
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
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
1,653
Liked:
1,095
Average:
3.84/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
93.1%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
216
Liked:
201
Avg:
4.39/5
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by onefmatt:
Photo of onefmatt
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is quickly rising my ranks of bars in Chicago and is making a play at being number one.

The atmosphere is not what you would expect for being right around the corner from DePaul. It is a bit more eclectic but simple the rotating tap list is shown on a large chalk board. It is also a bonus when you can play Buck Hunter with your pint.

The tap list...insane...Mikkelller on draft!?! And three different varieties!?! When I was in there the other day FFF Pride and Joy, Two Brothers Long Haul Session, Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti, Great Lakes Holy Moses, Bell's Hopslam, Avery Maharaja, Ska ESB, Dark Horse and the list goes on. The owner apparently has very good connections with both the breweries and the distributors so they are often the only bar in the city with certain beers. The bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly. In my experience, I have seen them be quite patient with patrons who may not have the same knowledge.

The food is also quite good, mainly cajun type food, Po' Boys, Tacos, and very tasty fries.

Weekends it can get a little busy, but during the week it is very laid back.

Overall, the Local Option is easily in my top 5 of bars in a city with many great choices.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
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 -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of cincysig
5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 -10%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of dwagner003
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mig100
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of SSGCujo
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AlanFollett
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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 -7.5%
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 +4.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Eman17
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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 -5.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of MikeSchieve
4.11/5  rDev -6.4%
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 +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BRami127
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Soloveitchik
4.81/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of dexterk1
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Local Option in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 66.2% out of 100 with 1,653 ratings
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