Bad Apple

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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 360-8406 | map

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

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Stopped in today with d0b and joe1510. The angular bar seats about 20, and had a view of bustling Lincoln Ave. Red globe lamps hung above long tables to one side, and curtains partially obscured the dining room in the back. A hidden game room off to the side past the bar held a pinball machine, foosball table, an old school Galaga Ms. Pac-Man table, and a display of board games. The walls were painted with a tree silhouette mural, and a few interesting stained glass panels in the back. We sat at the bar and had a couple beers.

The selection was solid, with taps that were varied and interesting. Half Acre Daisy Cutter (brewed right across the street) was $4, and GLBC Dortmunder was only $3.50. On the high end was Tripel Karmeleit for $7.50. There were taps from Founders, Surly, Arcadia, also limited ones like New Belgium Dandelion, Goose Fleur, and New Holland Imp. Mad Hatter. Allagash White, Flying Dog Gonzo, 2 Bros. Ebel Weiss, Lindemans Framboise, and Matilda rounded out the list. Bottles were equally solid and varied, nothing too obscure, but they did have La Trappe Isid'or, which i've never heard of. Staples from DFH, Weihenstephaner (including Vitus), GLBC, Founders, maybe 15 Belgians and a handful of UK & German. US Micros were broken down by state of origin.

Service was quick and friendly, they offered tap samples, and water was served in elegant stemmed glassware. There were maybe 15 or more unique branded beer glasses behind the bar too. The owner mentioned the possibility of expanding their tap selection in the future. Joe's burger looked killer, and i'll definitely be returning for some beer-infused cuisine soon. With the opening of Half Acre's tap room on the horizon, this would be a no-brainer stop for dinner and relaxation.

Edit: The Steak Frites & Strange Famous burgers were good, but the Hangover burger was AWESOME. They are proud of their Pat LaFrieda beef!

2010: Consistently great food and tap list. Prices seem to be going up for smaller pours though. 6 oz. of beer ain't much... and charging for 1 oz. samples is somewhat questionable.

2016: Food and beer still great, maybe a little less mobbed all the time due to more options in the area now.
Always a great time here, though beers can get pricey. They always have an interesting selection though.
Creative burgers that top best-of lists from year to year. Definitely a worthwhile destination.

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

Photo of sholland119
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Man does Chicago have a million places to eat and drink. This is another good one.

Hit this place for Sunday brunch and late night the next day with friends and enjoyed both visits. Beer selection is excellent, with plenty of local and regional taps and a cider or two.

The food is very good, with the burger menu (yes burger menu) the thing that caught my eye. Very tasty indeed.

Service was just ok for me both times, but still a very worthwhile stop, especially with Half Acre just across the street.


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Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I was finally able to make it out to the Bad Apple. It has created quite the buzz and I was anxious to check it out.

The barroom is in the front room. There are several tables to share and some nice rail seating along the Lincoln street side windows. The dinning room is in the back area. The bar is tastefully decorated and has some cool lighting fixtures.

Side note, this place used to be a German restaurant and they had a statue in the outside niche over the door. I wondered what happed to the statue, as it was really cool. They still have two of the stained glass windows that show Bavarian pastoral scenes in the dinning room, so it is cool that they left a bit of the history in the place.

They have a nice balanced tap list with very reasonable prices. They were offering an Arcadia Pale Ale for only $3.50 and fresh Daisy Cutter is only $4.50. I liked that they had options from Flossmoor, Goose, Founders, etc. Beers were fresh and the tap lines seemed to be in tip-top shape. The bottle list is also great and there are plenty of choices for any beer lover. While I mainly stuck to the draughts, we did split a bomber of Great Divide.

The food is tasty with a big emphasis on burgers. I always order mine medium rare and the arrived at the perfect amount of doneness. Great to see a restaurant that does not overcook everything. I like their appetizers and really recommend the olives & pickled garlic assortment.

Service was spot on. Our waitress was always there when we needed her and was quick with recommendations. Note that we had a very leisurely dinner and they did not try and hurry us up which is appreciated.

This is a great addition to one of my favorite neighborhoods. I will be back soon!

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

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

stopped in the bad apple after dinner at the nearby bistro campagne. located just south of lincoln square on the major artery, lincoln ave.

the bar was pretty large, and very crowded. there was a separate dining room and area with shuffleboard/etc.

the tap selection was nice - Half Acre Daisy Cutter (brewery directly across the street), a few goose islands (matilda, white city), greenflash ipa, rotational offerings from new holland (dragons milk), ommegang (zuur), stone (oaked bastard), new belgium (belgian ipa), founders, great lakes and a few standard belgians (urthel, dupont, etc).

We didnt eat dinner but after about 5 rounds we dove into 4 separate orders of fries - truffled, curry, chipotle, and creole. My freaking god - all 4 were fantastic, especially the truffled. Hell - the burger won best of Chicago by beating out Kuma's so i think this place is worthy of a revisit.

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

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a must visit place in Chicago. Tap list has a good mix of quantity and quality. Bottle list is also stellar, which includes a list of harder to find bottles. Enjoyed a couple of pints and a bottle of Perennial Mint Chocolate Stout.

Atmosphere is nice. Big enough to be able to get a seat. GREAT burgers. Friendly and knowledgeable servers.

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Photo of spointon
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in here for a quick pint before the Small Animal Big Machine release. The place was empty, save for a couple others at the bar. Some nice, random music was playing in the background. The ambiance is slightly eclectic, with various animal skulls on the walls, dark cherrywood tables and bars, and a neo-southwestern motif. The beer list is pretty nice, with an extensive bottle list. The bartenders seemed pretty knowledgeable and were decidedly amiable. I didn't try the food, but I will be back some day to get one of these burgers I hear so damn much about. Pricing is pretty fair, especially for the city (I've had some real gougings before...). Overall, a great place to take down a few brews, especially convenient to those who make the trek to Half Acre every now and again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I stopped by here while picking up some beer at Half Acre. The atmoshphere inside is nothing special, just a regular beer pub, prety spacious in the back but boring. Music was too loud and way to hot depsite only about 3 other customers...The quality of the beer list was pretty impressive for a bar. There was at least 20 taps with about 80 bottles. The taps were really nice, good variety and some nice rarities. The bottle list represented Belgium and the US well with lots of craft staples. My biggest complaint would be that thier wasn't really anything special or rare I couldn't get any other decent beer bar...The food was decent good sandwhiches, but stay away from the fries. Super boring despite sounding awesome with the different toppings they have. Decent bang for your buck, $37 for two sandwhiches and 3 beers.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Have been here multiple times and it has been very good each and every time. The beer list is really nice. It has a lot of different beers and a good selection of beer styles. They are usually able to talk with you about different beer and make recommendations from time to time. Price is pretty reasonable as well.
Food is very good as well. Burgers are excellent and they have an array of them to choose from as well. Burgers and beer are the best reasons to come. Not just the selection of both is excellent, but the quality is good as well.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

When you walk in the Bad Apple you're instantly greeted by a wooden bar that runs the length of the front room with a dip here and a curve there. Exposed brick walls and dark paint coat the bar area with a few tables along one set of windows and a bar along the other set. Hanging bar lights and wooden floor make for a fairly cozy feel.

The seating area is in back and more dimly lit with some cool Asian sort of influence. Between the bar area and seating area is a small hallway that leads to a completely chill lounge area with pinball, foosball, Galaga and a whole wall full of board games. It's dimly lit, the windows are covered and the ceiling is of hanging fabric. Especially cool!

There were 12 taps all of which were well thought out. Uber-fresh Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Surly Cynic were my drinks of choice and outstanding. The others included some one off Goose Island FultonWood Series, New Belgium Lips of Faith, a couple IPAs and so on. The most mass appealing beer on-tap was Allagash White, which is really saying something for this place.

The menu sported a bottle list that went about 50 deep with a lot more, well thought out choices from Belgium to Germany, Scotland to the US. It's all craft beer in this place besides the cans of Miller Lite and PBR.

The menu is a mix of gourmet burgers and sandwiches, all of which have beer as some sort of ingredient. I had a killer burger called the "Slow Burn" with beer sautéed chilies and onions on top bacon and white cheddar. Hand cut fries are extremely good as well and perfectly cooked.

This is my new neighborhood bar and I'm more than happy to say that. I will be in this place often. The vibe, beer, and food are all top notch.

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Photo of cratez
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of botham
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

for only being a few weeks old, Bad Apple is already a solid beer bar. a very laid back atmosphere and a decent tap list would be great, but there is also a healthy bottle list and a dining area in back, along with a game room as well.

atmosphere is laid back and low energy (though it may get busy on the weekends), with decor of dark glossed wood and dim lighting. the taps are very season-based, with mostly lighter styles for the late summer. this BA had a Half Acre Daisy Cutter and a Founder's Centennial, both were fresh and tasty. clean conditions and proper-ish glassware.

service is friendly and prompt. can't speak for busy conditions, but during a lax period on a Wednesday night, it was great.

selection is good for a place so young, but still could be improved on in the coming months. around fifteen to twenty taps, with no real focus as far as a brewery or a region. still, a solid lineup.

food is great. the home-cut fries are prefectly cooked, and the burgers are big and juicy. the black & blue burger was excellent!

overall, this place should become more popular as time passes, with the only downfall being that it is a bit removed from the brown line trains and the Lincoln bus stops running mid-evening, but that is only an afterthought.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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