Bad Apple

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Bar, Eatery

4300 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60618-1712
United States

(773) 360-8406 | map
badapplebar.com

Notes: Bar Hours:
Monday - Wednesday :: 4:30pm - 2am
Thursday - Friday :: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday :: 11:30am - 3am
Sunday :: 11:30am - 2am

Kitchen Closes:
Sunday - Thursday @ 11pm
Friday & Saturday @ 1am
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.34
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
96
pDev:
7.83%
View: Place Reviews
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Reviews by Birchgrove77:
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Birchgrove77 from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Combined a trip to Half Acre with a lunch stop across the street at Bad Apple on 01/15/2011.

Large bar area upon first entry with a larger dining room just beyond that, and a small game room to the right of the bar. Decor was definitely very nice wood, exposed brick with a few very well done sculptures adjacent to the windows.

Staff was very friendly and inviting. Wasn't particularly crowded, but this was a late lunch (2pm) on a cold Saturday afternoon. Service was a bit slow at first, but by the end of our visit the entire staff, including chef/owner, were filling drinks and pitching in wherever needed. Staff was very well informed of kicked kegs that were on the draft list and notification that pretzel buns were not available to substitute.

I and guest were there strictly for burgers and beer, but the menu seemed well thought out and organized. I ordered the Slow Burn and found it to be exactly as described and well crafted. Guest had the Bad Apple burger and very much enjoyed it. Pickles popped on first bite, and the house made ketchup is excellent - please bottle and sell on site. Fries were excellent, as well. Only had three beers between us Goose Island Dominique, Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Stone dry-hopped Arrogant Bastard all of which were excellent. Beer menu was very reasonably priced and I would have loved to have some more time to imbibe. Loved that the large format bottles were seperated from standard bottles so no confusion on price. Beers varied from bottles of Black Ops, canned Wittekerke, GI Dominique, and many other craft breweries so you shouldn't have trouble finding two to three selections that intrigue you.

Overall, I can't wait to return with more time and a designated driver. The service was really good and I loved the atmosphere. If you're in the mood for a burger, fries and a beer or six this is a must visit in Chicagoland that is very reasonably priced.

Jan 17, 2011
More User Reviews:
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Eman17 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nov 06, 2020
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kidzord from Illinois

4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Feb 18, 2018
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seanchai from Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jun 21, 2016
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Gorf_Minor from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Jan 08, 2016
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JArt from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Jul 22, 2015
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Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

4.34/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jul 13, 2015
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drac86 from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Visited this again for the first time in a few years, and I was very pleased. The food is standard pub fare, but the quality is definitely above average and is fairly priced, especially considering that it is in Chicago! The beer selection is expansive and well curated. Plus, it is literally across the street from Half Acre Brewery, which makes it even more appealing as a destination.

Jun 30, 2015
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bolognasuave from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

May 04, 2015
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djhowell from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Apr 30, 2015
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Mar 23, 2015
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Mar 20, 2015
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KeithE from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Mar 15, 2015
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aussiebeer from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Feb 25, 2015
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30MinutesSouth from Indiana

4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Feb 19, 2015
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djgoodwi from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 18, 2015
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misternebbie from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Feb 04, 2015
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mtoriski from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

This place takes its beer selection very seriously. Love the atmosphere and it is often a place I bring out-of-towners. Food selection is good, basically above average pub grub, but the beer more than compensates.

Feb 02, 2015
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HartsyThaiFood from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Jan 30, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I've liked this place for a while now but I have to say they have really become, for me, one of the best beer and burger spots in the area. The food in on point and the beer menu (bottle and draft) is outstanding. From fairly rare Midwest offerings mixed with a healthy selection of newer or prominent local breweries. Servers are friendly and knowledgable.

Jan 24, 2015
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KrajDoesBeer from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

my favorite place by far to get beers and food. just awesome

Jan 05, 2015
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Dec 22, 2014
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cfh64 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Dec 10, 2014
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drewone from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Dec 06, 2014
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waitwhatamidrinking from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Nov 13, 2014
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