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The Publican

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
98
world-class

41 Reviews
The PublicanThe Publican
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, Illinois, 60607-1318
United States

(312) 733-9555 | map
thepublicanrestaurant.com

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Added by rhoadsrage on 11-26-2008

PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
99
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
4.89%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
46
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 99
Reviews by beerwolf77:
Photo of beerwolf77
3.35/5  rDev -25.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

One of our many stops while hanging in chi-city.

First off everyone in our group hated the atmosphere in this place. The long communal tables and the booths with doors on them. WTF? We joked it looked like some sort of brothel where people could get hand jobs while they eat. So weird. The high back chairs were obnoxiously high. The biggest kicker was having to stand and drink. Seriously? No option to sit unless we were eating. Seemed rather douchey.

The beer list was decent an well put together. We ended up ordering the house made gueuze and lambics. Both were pretty good considering the source.

We weren't there to eat but the menu looked like they had some great options.

Honestly I would only go back here to eat. Not as a beer destination. I'm sure this is where the high marks come from. Otherwise I just don't get it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmcdonald33013
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What a great hang out, beer selection, food.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Superb restaurant located on the west side of the Loop. Super décor with large wooden table, close booth and plenty of standing room with an open view on the kitchen. Beer selection isn’t the largest but very beer is well chosen and fresh Lindemans lambic is quite the treat. The food is just about incredible with some of the best chicken and fried I have had the chance to eat. Waiter are super nice and they know their menus.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.36/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.59/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.45/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of wdberkley
4.89/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place is wonderful. Meats - and high quality ones shine and only improve when paired with one of their extensive beers. Seating is a little strange if you don't know what you're walking into.

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Photo of barleywin
4.38/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

This place is tremendous. The European-style beer hall vibe is great and the food is really excellent. Tap and bottle list is not super-extensive, but what is on there is great. If you are in Chicago, don't miss dinner at the Publican.

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Photo of JoeMans
4.85/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.44/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of mojiboo02
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of Clutch5
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Amazing food and amazing selection of brews. Great place for any occasion!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of djgoodwi
4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.14/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of beinerso
4.68/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of pagriley
4.15/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

just okay. beer menu was interesting, but nothing really exciting, food was sub-par.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

First class food here at The Publican - this is somewhere for meat lovers, as you might expect from the name. Tucked away on a slightly less busy part of the booming West Loop neighborhood. Excellent beer offerings, that often provide a great balance to the very extensive food choices. Their drink menu changes often and is picked to reflect the menu, though some standbys such as their 'house' lambic tend to remain. Consistently top class.

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Photo of KATCanada
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

First of all I am one of those foody's so am picky about food. First of all this is a very fun vibe with the communal tables and Pig photos and wood everywhere. Nice noise level and unpretentious servers with excellent beer knowledge. Very solid list of locals and imports/regionals with BCBS available by the bottle. Food is very good overall with some dishes rating "excellent". My vegetarian wife was happy with the big selection of fish and vegetable dishes. Must try the pork rinds. I had their collab sour for a starter with oysters - excellent way to begin, followed by a 4 Winds Rye IPA and then an Biscotti Break (on tap no less) with dessert. Don't miss this place if in the windy city!

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Photo of saemick
3.8/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Ken134
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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