Local Option

BEER AVG
3.9/5
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
Reviews:
269
Ratings:
1,651
PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
91
Ratings:
214
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Taps:
31
Bottles/Cans:
101
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 91 | Ratings: 214
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4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This bar is tucked away on a relatively quiet street in Lincoln Park. It has a mostly glass facade, with it's name on the windows in vertical neon lettering. Once inside, there is alot of dark wood and candlelight. There were tables in the front room around the bar area, and more private booth seating in the back. A chalkboard in the hall listed some food specials. Around 2-3 tv's in the bar, and a couple craft neons. Strange abstract Rolling Rock themed mural that had been severely tagged up... supposedly the previous owner was the first in Chicago to serve that beer.

The emphasis here is on sizeable portions of cajun food, and more recently, craft beer. There is a handsomely mounted metal-plated draft tower that holds 20 taps. Selection was well rounded with a few goodies tucked in there. Taps included: 2 Bros. Heavy Handed, 3F Pride & Joy, 2 Rogue, Brooklyn Black Chocolate, Surly, Left Hand Milk Stout, 3 Unibroue, Victory Hop Devil, Dupont, De Proef, Chimay White, and Monschof Schwarzbier. Prices were sort of up and down, a Brooklyn BCS was $8... even more than Surly. Others were more in line with typical prices.

Bottled beers were lined up on a long shelf on the back wall adjacent to the bar area. mixed up import and craft options galore. Among them were: 5 2 Brothers, 5 Lagunitas, 3 Victory, 5 Unibroue, 3 Ska, Duvel, St. Bernardus 8 & 12, Hopf Dunkel Weisse, Schlenkerla Urbock & Helles, 3 Hitachino, 4 Brooklyn including IPA and Black Chocolate Stout. I was told their beer list was "in progress".

Jambalaya was the meal choice of my 1st visit, it had large chunks of chicken, sausage, and shrimp, simmered with rice in a zesty cajun sauce. Cheesy jalapeno corn cakes were on the side. On later visits I had the steak tacos and quesadillas, which were just ok. Stick with the cajun is my advice.

Overall it was a nice experience on a weekday evening. Local crowd with some DePaul grad students thrown in. Staff was accomodating and friendly. The owner Tony mentioned which kegs were on-deck to be tapped, and said they get new beers in often.

****
2009 edit: Though I love this place, some of the import draft prices are outrageous. $9/10 oz. of Hitachino White & $12/10 oz. of Cantillon Vigneronne will make me think twice before splurging on these import drafts next time. What's up with all the "draft list" reviews?

If you're looking for a beer store nearby, check out Vrai Amour down the street on Webster: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18656
If you're from out of town, 2 solid deep dish pizza options are also nearby: Pequods & Bacinos. Bacinos has a beer bar: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/19629/

****
2010 EDIT: Finally they have a beer list!!! Drafts are generally $6-9 now which is easier to swallow. Food can be hit or miss, we've gotten burnt grouper and grey guacamole before. Stick to the cajun items, and you should be alright.

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Local Option in Chicago, IL
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,651 ratings.
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