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
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 96 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by cratez:
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The final beer bar that my girl and I visited on a recent trip to Chicago. We popped over after grabbing brews at Half Acre and were not disappointed.

VIBE: nice low-key atmosphere in the daytime, a large bar greets you at the door with cozy tables and booths off to the side and another room in the back. Lots of light coming in through the windows, patrons mind their own business. Awesome neighbourhood joint.

SERVICE: our waitress was cool as hell. I explained that I wanted to try some beers but I was driving back to Canada and didn’t want to get blasted. She gave me four 2-ounce draught samples free of charge. Food came to the table quickly and the server left us alone while we ate. High marks here.

SELECTION: I had a Lagunitas Lucky 13, Mikkeller Single Hop Warrior IPA, Left Hand Good Juju Ginger, and Mikkeller Single Hop Simcoe IPA on tap. Other draughts were Lindemans Pêche, Goose Island Sofie, and Founders Centennial IPA. My girlfriend enjoyed her glass of wine. Similar to Local Option, I didn’t bother looking at the bottle list since the taps were so impressive. Also, several pints were $4.00 or less.

FOOD: both of us went for the Turkey Jack sandwich on whole wheat bread with a side of french fries. It was flavourful and reasonably priced and the huge portion filled us up for the long trek back home. We were very satisfied with the drinks and fare.

OVERALL: Bad Apple is an outstanding gastropub that we would return to time and again if we lived in the area. This overlooked gem was the unexpected sleeper hit of our Chicago beer bar tour. A solid spot all around.

Sep 12, 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
Bad Apple in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.34 out of 5 with 96 ratings