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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

41 Reviews
Bad AppleBad Apple
PLACE INFO

Type: 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

Added by joe1510 on 08-11-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
94
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
5.69%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
150
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went to Kuma's Corner on Belmont for the first time about two years ago. A couple months later, as people who have been there tend to do, I was raving about it to a friend who lives in Lincoln Square. She agreed with me on Kuma's, but then told me that her neighborhood had a spot that basically delivered the same thing, but without the heavy metal and without the extremely long lines - Bad Apple.

She was correct.

A week later I made the trek from Evanston down Lincoln to check it out. The spacious main bar area greats the guests with plenty of seating and room to stand if necessary. One of the first things you'll notice upon entry is the excellent tap selection - roughly 24 beautiful tap handles are always on display and as far as I can remember I have never seen anything from Bud or Miller/Coors up there. The bottle list is impressive as well, many local/Midwestern beers are available and the small section of beer cocktails is worth a look. Whiskey in your beer can be a beautiful thing.

As for the food, if you choose not to eat in the main bar area there is the main dining room directly behind it and another one, which is occasionally used to host parties, off to the side - both rooms are spacious and inviting. The menu's focus is on the burgers, in fact, in a dozen trips, I have yet to venture off the burger menu for my entree and I don't see any point in doing so. The burgers are delicious.

In addition to excellent food, the service there has always been prompt, professional and very helpful. I generally like to sit at the bar when I'm in a place like this because the bartenders tend to know a lot more about everything at the restaurant, but Bad Apple is an exception. Their bartenders certainly know their stuff, but so do the servers. It's nice to feel that you'll have a good experience regardless of where you feel like sitting.

So go to Kuma's, yes, but when you aren't in the mood for the metal, the crowds and the wait, head over to Lincoln Square and check out Bad Apple.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of seanchai
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of JArt
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of drac86
4.43/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of bolognasuave
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of djhowell
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of KeithE
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of aussiebeer
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of misternebbie
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mtoriski
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of HartsyThaiFood
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.81/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Kraj30
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
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

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Photo of Sweffin
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of cfh64
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of drewone
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of waitwhatamidrinking
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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