The Pub

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The PubThe Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

1212 E 59th St
Chicago, Illinois, 60637-1604
United States

(773) 702-9737 | map

Located in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. $3 entrance fee required for non-members.

Hours of Operation:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 4:00pm – 1:00am
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday: 4:00pm – 12:00am
Sunday: Closed

Added by dorktron on 07-10-2008

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by BeerBelcher:
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I remember reading about this place in the BeerAdvocate magazine a long time back. And it wasn't what I was expecting. The University of Chicago is IMO a stodgy, overly serious place. The architecture is quite formal and stern, and my perception is that the university is very serious about academics, but pays little attention to lighter aspects of life like recreation, social skills, and athletics. So, given the cold, church-like beauty of much of the campus, the pub feels a little weird because of it's informality. It's also weird because of how different it is from everything else I saw on campus; it feels like someone's basement rec room, with an unfinished ceiling, a rough bar, heavily used furniture, pool tables, and a Golden Tee machine. To be honest, it is the place that I probably felt most at home during to my visit to U of Chicago.

The bar offered an impressive tap-list. I had a FFF Gumballhead and Pride&Joy. Both tasted fresh. Our bartendress was young and seemed to know nothing of the beers served (including what beers were available and which tap belonged to which beer), which was a bit of a problem. Food was available, not fancy, and not decidedly well-executed, but not bad. We had nachos and burgers with our beers, and life was good. The food and beer was a good value (well priced).

I liked this spot - if I return to visit U of Chicago, I'd plan to return here. It was far from the greatest bar I've visited, but it was the best place in Hyde Park/the University Area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SammiWreschner
4.86/5  rDev +23.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My favorite bar in Hyde Park by far. Such a cool place, and I've tried so many new beers here because of the Wednesday night beer passport. I highly recommend it!!

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Photo of little_star
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of zgwarnki
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

The best bar in Hyde Park, by far. Unfortunately for anyone who's not a University affiliate—student, faculty, or staff—, or a guest of a University affiliate, it's not accessible to you. If you do, however, fall into one of those categories, quit wasting your time and money elsewhere.

If you want good beer, the Pub is not just the best bar in Hyde Park, it's one of the better on the southside of Chicago.

Indeed, their handles pull a wide array of craft brews, including regularly-stocked supplies of Three Floyds luminaries such as Alpha King, Gumball Head, Pride & Joy, and Zombie Dust—not to mention one-offs you usually have to travel up to Bangers & Lace or Hopleaf to score—along with a frequent collection of other noteworthy craft selections. They seem to have a very good relationship with the regional distribution-network, snagging great kegs from Two Brothers, Solemn Oath, Half-Acre, Founder's, Revolution, Bell's, et al, with varying degrees of regularity (and somewhat dependent on season). They also frequently host tastings, during which you'll at least nab some free sample-pours, and you may—like the time Lagunitas visited—earn a free pint or some free branded glassware.

It can become busy, depending upon the time and the night; but, whether the population's heavy or sparse, I find the Pub a great place to read, write, or study simultaneous to drinking. It's also the perfect pairing to Doc Films, either before, after, or—on double feature days—between screenings.

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Photo of lstokes
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

To gain access to the Pub, you need to pay 10 bucks for a yearly membership if you have a UChicago ID, or 3 bucks (I think?) for the door fee if you have a friend with a UChicago ID.

In return, you get a dingy rec room with a couple of TVs playing sports, a perfectly adequate menu of burgers, appetizers, sandwiches, and tacos, a quiet vibe on the weekends and a loud one during the weeks (my department descends en masse on Wednesdays, for example--on the weekends we try to leave Hyde Park if we can), friendly but not super-knowledgeable service, and the best tap list in Hyde Park, with about 20 taps and a few bottles at any time.

I find that the tap list is sometimes a little unbalanced--I went there about a week ago and was upset to find mostly IPAs at the beginning of winter--but they keep in a good selection of locals Two Brothers, Goose Island, Great Lakes, and Three Floyds, with a few other breweries coming in and out--recently I've seen Dogfish Head, Stone, Harpoon, and Smuttynose, among others.

There's also PBR and Sapporo for the times you just need to drown your graduate student sorrows--which is to say, this place is exactly what it needs to be for the UofC community and those who choose to venture out here, but it's not a must-visit. The beer selection is far worse, yes, but Jimmy's has more of the UofC vibe, and I would direct somebody who wants to have a fun drinking night while in Hyde Park there or to the Cove.

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Photo of skberke
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

I have a deep fondness for the Pub. They have a respectable beer list--numerous options on draft, including Weihenstephaner and one or more FFF options, plus an extensive bottle selection that includes some Belgians (i.e. St. Feuillon triple). The food is nothing special, but it's incredibly cheap--I recommend the curly fries. Service is usually good.

The atmosphere is exactly like a dark, half-finished basement rec room. The perfect place for grad students to drown their sorrows. The place is usually packed on Tuesday nights for trivia, and is generally fairly busy during the week. Weekends, surprisingly, are pretty dead--probably because grad students venture beyond Hyde Park on weekends!

Some caveats: (1) the Pub is operated as a private club for the University community, so you need someone with a UC ID to get you in. There is normally someone at the door checking UC IDs. (2) There is a small door fee, I'm not sure how much (annual subscriptions are $15). (3) The Pub is only open when classes are in session; it closes for interim periods, and tends to have a poor selection at the end of the quarter as they run down their kegs in preparation for closing.

If I had no affiliation with the U of C, I would not go out of my way to visit the Pub. But if you're a U of C person, or friends with one, it's definitely worth checking out. It's certainly the most worthwhile bar in Hyde Park.

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Photo of EricCioe
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm a big fan of the Pub. A group of us used to go every Monday for wing night. Prices are reasonable for Chicago, and the taplist is pretty extensive. The food I've had there, mostly wings and other appetizers, has been decent or better. The service really depends on who you've got waiting on you. One of the bartenders started to recognize me after a while and offered sample of new stuff that they got in, like Alpha Klaus last winter. Not a great bar but probably the best in Hyde Park, especially for selection.

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Photo of pizzahead
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by the U of C pub last week for pub night, a twice-summerly occurence. We were the first ones in the place, so we got to look around. Overall perception is that of a dungeon, since its dark, old and in the basement. Perfect for a college pub. Its pretty large with two pool tables, a full length shuffleboard table, and a few dartboards. Bar is fairly long.

Selection was very good. About 20 taps, which ranged from PBR to Alpha King. Other notables were Beamish, Gumballhead, NB Skinny Dip, Two Bros Cane and Able, Harpoon IPA, a Great Lakes and some Goose Islands. Price was from 2.25 for PBR to 5 for most craft brews.

Didn't try food; Service was attentive but scattered once it got packed.

N.B.: The Pub is supposedly for U of C students and guests, though nobody checked when we showed up.

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The Pub in Chicago, IL
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