Owen & Engine

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92
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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
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

small place. dark and quiet with lots of dark wood and an english pub style decor. looks authentic, but what do i know, having never been to an english pub. still, it doesn't look as kitschy, pre-fab, and cookie cutter as other english or irish-style pubs. older, quieter, more artsy-fartsy type crowd. 20 taps and 4 cask taps/engines or whatever the fuck you call 'em, however only 2 cask choices available when i went. went looking for zombie dust on cask but the bartender said he blew through 2 10.5 gallon firkins in 2 days. had an arctic panzer wolf instead. all of the selections are quality, no crap beers noted. selections run the gamut with a slight focus on english styles and american crafts. a bit pricey. the bartender gave me a free shot of some rye whisky unprompted, which would have been very nice had i wanted whisky before my drive home. noticed a cicerone certificate on the wall. place also focuses on whiskies and cocktails. it seems the staff is interested in and cares about the beers and other drinks they serve.

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Photo of ClubberLang
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place was designed in the style of a nicer English pub, and is quite pleasant. The second floor has some leather couches and chairs around a fireplace, as well as a bar and dining seating, with the first floor a bar and dining area. They have also added a small outdoor area on the second floor. Really love the look of the place, and one of the few places with a quality tap selection that is a legit date night spot.

Beers: Given the name of the place, the most obvious aspect is the four engines (does anyone else in the city have more than two?), which are mainly midwestern craft brew casks but you do see others rotate through. Some are slightly different than the normal versions of the beers, dry-hopped or in some cases something more different (like an Arcadia Whitsun that had hibiscus flowers -- the beer came out pink). 20-ish taps with a nice range of options, solid bottle selection, and usually pretty reasonable pricing on the drafts. Not Map Room or Bad Apple cheap, but not Bangers & Lace expensive either.

But the best reason to come here is the food. I would actively choose this place to eat regularly even if the beer selection was garbage, and there are precious few places I can say that about. Best burger in Chicago. If you like your burger with a whole bunch of stuff that isn't the burger on it (the Kumas style) then this may not be for you. If you care about the meat above all, try this one. It's the meat (blend as noted in emerge's review), a worcestershire-tinged sauce/spice blend, sauteed onions, on a potato bap. Delicious. The fish & chips are among the best I've had anywhere, and the other food I have tried thus far has also been excellent. The menu changes often based on what's available and in season, with the burger, fish & chips and a couple other items always on the menu. Just a great combo of food quality and beer selection.

Why $$$ then? Well, that burger and chips is $14, the fish and chips is $17, so the food is on the pricier side, but honestly, everything I've eaten has been well worth it. The beer prices, as noted above, are not bad at all.

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Photo of MowryJC
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I've been to this pub a couple times, and have been greatly impressed by both experiences. Slam dunk on the english pub feel, very comfy but lively, with a nice atmosphere at dinner time if you want to have a couples meal. The selection of beer is great, all the drafts being fine examples of styles across the board (English, Belgian, German, and predominantly American craft), and the cask ales are quite tasty. I went there on a Thursday by myself and then brought my wife on Saturday, and they had changed a few drafts and one cask since then, so I think they have a nice rotation going. The bartenders and servers are incredibly friendly and suitably knowledgeable. They will be happy to give you multiple samples to try so you can make sure you get something you like. Also, I never in my life thought I would put a place with 17 dollar fish and chips as "reasonable," but the food is of such outstanding quality I have no problem paying for it. You will be greatly satisfied with your experience at Owen and Engine. Also, there's 2 dollar parking across the street from it, so there's no problem finding a place for your car that won't break the bank. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

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Photo of dandigsbeer
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The beer selection at Owen and Engine is off to a great start. I hope they plan to change up the cask selection as the two times I have been Two Brothers were the primary cask beers. While a big fan, have had Two Brothers in casks from Chicago to New York. The food is great. Try the oysters as well as the fish and chips. We went with some of our foodie friends the second time, and all loved the pairing of the food with the beer. Selection ranged all over the spectrum with some good Belgians as well. If you go say high to the wonderful owners, Bo and Arden. They will be happy to see you.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A perfect place for date night being right across from the movie theatre...Inside is pretty cool, total English pub feel, however out the front window is busy Western Avenue, so its kind of distracting. Upon seating we waited a good 5 minutes before anyone came to us, way too long as I was getting antsy to get one of their tastey cask beers. I was disappointed again as the 2 selections on cask were 2 Hearted and Robert the Bruce. If I'm at an English pub, give me some damn Enligsh beers on cask. There were 4 English drafts and about 10 other Belgians and American staples. About 20 bottles, but pretty over priced, especially the English bottles. All the English beers on tap were light, after dinner I really wanted something roasty but I was left with American options. The food was pretty good, mussels and fish chips both worth trying again. Really good crunchy fries are worth getting as your side. Our server was really slow with everything, especially our bill when we were trying to hustle to the movie.

A decent place to grab dinner and drinks. Just don't go expecting to have an awesome selection of cask or English beers.

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Photo of emerge077
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Owen & Engine is a new British-style gastropub on the outer edge of Logan Square.
It's in the vein of The Publican or Longman & Eagle, but more casual.

The main draw for me was the 4 beer engines behind the bar, which the place is partially named after. Their niche is decidedly English, but the beer list is well rounded with an equal number of choices from the UK, US, Belgium, Germany, and others. An imperial pint of Two Hearted on cask is always a fail safe option too. We had Batemans XXXB and Fullers 1845 with dinner. A few things on the list you don't often see, like Leelanau and Meantime London Porter, mixed in with local classics like Daisy Cutter and Krankshaft ($5). The beverage director Andrew stopped to talk beer with us, and mentioned they will be sending out casks to be filled, so look for a rotating selection in the future.

Food was really great, very hearty and tasty. The burger was a blend of short rib, brisket, and ground beef, hand formed and served on a homemade toasted brioche bun. It was really unique and delicious. Fish and chips were also tasty, they serve fresh Haddock, which is flown in often apparently. The wings also looked good, I saw several others at the bar enjoying them. 2nd visit for brunch, tried the beef hash and pastry plate and both were great.

Service at the bar was really top notch. Our bartender Tracy was really nice and on top of things. We were offered samples of the cask ales, and I got a freebie short pour of Dupont when the keg had issues mid-pour. 2nd visit we were seated upstairs, and service again was timely and flawless.

The atmosphere was pleasant, lots of wood trim and leather. The bar chairs had a nice rest on the back, and they were comfy. It felt like being in the study or drawing room of a British estate, with somewhat high ceilings and chandeliers. It was Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick! Upstairs the room was smaller, with a fireplace and leather chairs in addition to a smaller bar for 6-8. 4 cask engines upstairs (same casks) and ten drafts.

O&E is destined for greatness. They are doing it right, and have their own niche. The odd location makes it more of a destination, and I hope it doesn't get overrun like Kuma's or Hopleaf. Time will tell...

2011: All 4 beer engines running, rotating selection included Greene King Abbot, FFF RtB, Wild Onion King Paddy DIPA, and Bells Best Brown. Beer list is regularly updated here: http://www.beermenus.com/cities/chicago/bars/owen-engine

Draft menu was broken out by country of origin, with style, ABV, and prices listed. 15 British beers, 5 on draft, one on cask. After several visits, O&E continues to impress. Food is exceptional, brunch is a great time to go.

2012: O&E still holding it's own. More one-of cask treatments here than anywhere else in the city, believe that. Always a great dinner or brunch option in the area.

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