Owen & Engine

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16 Reviews
Owen & EngineOwen & Engine
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2017
United States

(773) 235-2930 | map
www.owenengine.com

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 5pm - 2am
Saturday: 11am - 3pm brunch, 5pm - 3am
Sunday: 11am - 3pm brunch, 5pm - 2am

Garage parking available across the street for $2 (all day).

Beer Menu available at:
http://www.beermenus.com/places/2109-owen-engine

Added by emerge077 on 09-29-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
31
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
5.24%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
47
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 31
Reviews by coldriver:
Photo of coldriver
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

I got off the plane at O'Hare and decided to hit up this place for my introduction to the Chicago beer scene before heading for my downtown hotel. Hard to detect at night when you're driving through a busy area with no navigator and no lighted signs. In fact I was convinced I wasn't really in the right place and was about to give up when I decided to circle the block to make sure. This is a fairly small place with a nice rustic pub feel. Probably 20 or so taps, including many on my Chicago must-try list, plus four cask engines. Bartenders loved talking beer with those of us seated at the bar and were quick with samples if we showed any interest. Nice lively (but not beligerent crowd) on hand and they were quite friendly. This place was a nice welcome to Chicago.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Not far from my home, I've been three times that I can remember.
The food was good, but not great; given that it really is thoughtful bar food.
The beer selection is quite good. And the casks are what brought me in... and will do so again.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Best burger in Chicago, in my opinion. Good beer selection. Other food options are great too, including the fish and chips (though I only know this as someone was kind enough to give me a bite; I can't seem to order anything other than the burger). Try the scotch egg too.

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Photo of pagriley
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

English style pub (sort of) - tap list featured many interesting cask and english ales with some good US craft alternatives if you wanted an IPA. Food was awesome - one of the best burgers I have ever had.

Parking was super easy and cheap - just use the multi story behind the cinema which is across the street - cost $2 to park for almost 3 hours.

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Photo of jschott75
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of djgoodwi
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Owen and Engine is located opposite a very busy cinema chain venue, which means that at any time it is fairly well packed out, often with families. For a pre-post movie option this is a great place to go. They have a solid rotating draft selection, which includes up to 4 cask ales. The initial theme was ’English Pub’ in the food, beer and decor. Whilst the decor remains the same the beer and food options have come slightly center of left, to include some more US-centric options, which isn’t a bad thing. As an English ex-pat it can be nice to enjoy a Youngs Chocolate Stout or other such classic on tap every now and again.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.2/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

A great place for English style fare. Portions are generous and delicious. Beer selection is mostly UK crafts and American breweries that specialize in English Ales. They had Old Chub on cask which was awesome as you can imagine. It is a bit pricey but worth it. Parking isn't friendly.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Fluffheady
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Owen & Engine is a really great spot. It’s a little small, so sometimes wait times for a table or a bar spot can be a chore. We first went on a Tuesday, and they had a cool deal where, if you bought the burger, you get a short beer and a shot for an extra dollar. They also had Ichabod on cask, which is awesome. Their beer prices are great ($6 for most imperial pints). The food prices are a bit high, but I forgive it because of the cheaper beer and the high quality of the food. The bartenders are all-pros and have fascinating rhythm.

They have one of the best cask programs in the city (four). I’m very happy to have the opportunity to drink some of the best-attended fresh cask beer around. I gave them such a high "selection" rating because having 4 casks takes almost as much effort as the rest of the list.

One last word of advice: be sitting at the bar at 10:23 (or thereabouts). The huge clock behind the bar broke 3 days after opening and was stuck on 10:23. If you’re sitting at the bar at that time, be prepared to participate in a communal round of shots!

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Photo of divineaudio
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

i've never been to england, but i'd say this place is a good approximation of an authentic english pub. lots of wood and decorative moulding, brass trimmings on the bar, wall sconces etc. overall, it has a bit of an upscale feel to it.

the staff at the door were not exactly helpful. it took the two of them about 15 minutes to explain that tables are (usually) for reservations only or there would be a 45-60 min wait, or we could just sit at the bar upstairs for drinks without waiting. the bartenders upstairs, however, were quite knowledgeable and friendly. in the hour or so that we were there, i heard them accurately explain countless beers to other patrons and make recommendations that everyone seemed to be quite pleased with. all beer upstairs is served in proper glassware per style and each glass is rinsed before filling.

selection is good with 4 beers on cask, something like 12 or 14 taps and many bottles. i ordered a fw double jack since i can't get that in michigan and my gf had the wild onion jack stout. we didn't order food so i can't comment there, though many of the menu items sounded tasty.

drink prices were reasonable, about what i expect from a bar.

overall a nice visit. i'd like to come back and sample their casks and food next time i'm in chicago.

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Photo of Florida9
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

O&E can best be described as an upscale modernized British Pub. The food is updated British fare, but the beer is mostly American craft.
There are roughly 20 taps and 4 available beer engines, though on my recent visit only 2 of those engines were actually in use. And while the beers on tap are good beers, their selection typically does not include any one-offs or rarities. Unfortunately the selection of beers they offer could easily be located in a dozen other bars through out the city.
The real draw for O&E is the food. Rooted largely in British pub cuisine, with some modern updates and local ingredients, this is the real reason to visit O&E. Scotch Eggs, bangers and mash, cornish pasties, burgers, all well prepared and well worth the visit.
Atmosphere is of a British pub, albeit a higher end pub. There is a bar with high backed chairs and a couple of tellies, wooden tables and chairs, and a seperate dining room upstairs. However, the fine china and table settings give this place an air of sophistication not found in the average pub.
Service is friendly, helpful, and attentive and I believe that all of the servers have some level of Cicerone certification.
Overall, I'd return for the food and enjoy the available taps, but couldn't ever see making this a destination beer stop.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

First, let me say that I've only been to brunch at this pub (about 8 times), but that's because my wife and kids think the crumpets are to die for. Me, it's all about the beer, the the beer is good. I love the fact that they have real beer engines, with a mix of craft brews. The menu is interesting, local, natural and organic mixed together. I've had something different each time, so I've now had most of the brunch menu. My daughter is convinced they're burger is the best in the city. Anyway, if you have a chance, I don't think you'll be dissapointed.

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