The Rocking Horse

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The Rocking HorseThe Rocking Horse

Type: Bar, Eatery

2535 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2629
United States

(773) 486-0011 | map

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Added by emerge077 on 02-03-2010

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 3
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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Jeremy328
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Barnoloid
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Good neighborhood bar/restaurant. The tap list is usually very decent, with an emphasis on seasonal offerings mixed with popular craft standbys and cheaper options for those who prefer that kind of thing. Food options are solid ’bar food’ classics - think tater tots, burgers and wraps. Enjoy the service here and the more chilled out feel that you get as opposed to some other Logan Square spots.

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3.52/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Fluffheady
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

This is a nice addition to the Chicago beer scene. It is going to make money and it is going to be there for a while. As a beer dork with a short attention span, I don’t know if this will be on my short list to re-visit. However, if I lived in the neighborhood, I would probably visit about once a month. It’s a cool place. There’s a fun pool room in the back. Food was definitely above average. Our particular server knew very little about beer. It's pretty telling that there's only a couple reviews of this place on here. I keep seeing more of these places pop up - where if feels like they consult someone to set up a "large craft beer" list, but the passion isn't there.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Rocking Horse is part of a new wave of drinking establishments in Logan Square, including Revolution, Longman & Eagle, The Whistler, and Cole's. Small Bar and Weegee's were the first beer bars in the area, to my knowledge.

Everything inside seemed to exude both shiny newness & nonchalant cool. From the black walls and artsy mismatched chandeliers, to the black wood of the bar itself. Two modern T-shaped tap towers held 8 taps each, all craft & import, no macros. $4 draft specials during the week included Bells, 2 Brothers, and Lagunitas. Highlights were Dreadnaught, Hopslam, Daisy Cutter, Founders Breakfast, Surly Bender, SN Porter, and Lost Abbey Devotion. Bottle selection was US micro focused, with about 15 quality imports rounding things out (Duvel, Tripel Karmeleit, Belhaven Scottish ale). The list was by price, so things tended to jump around if you were looking for a particular beer or brewer. Prices were very affordable on most things, I think the most expensive bottles were $12 for Sofie & Black Sun Stout. Other solid options were Cane & Ebel, Green Flash Hop Head Red, and Two Hearted.

Service was alright, it was early in the evening and the staff were mostly talking at the bar. There was some beer talk going on, apparently they just put on Daisy Cutter for the first time.
There were 2 flatscreens above the bar that were set back and not obtrusive. They were playing dueling film channels, IFC and Fox movies... I haven't really seen anyone playing movies much outside of Delilah's and Small Bar.

Food is pub fare, focus on burgers, wraps, sandwiches, and a range of appetizers. The bbq bacon gouda burger was really tasty, and the chimichurri fries were very garlicky, almost too saturated with oil though.

Overall Rocking Horse is a fine tavern in Logan Square, maybe a better beer list than Longman & Eagle, but that's about it.

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The Rocking Horse in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 7 ratings