Bangers & Lace

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

14 Reviews
Bangers & LaceBangers & Lace
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1670 W Division St
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-3878
United States

(773) 252-6499 | map
www.bangersandlacechicago.com

Notes:
Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

Open 365 days a year.

Added by emerge077 on 11-04-2010

PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
42
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
4.96%
 
 
Taps:
32
Bottles/Cans:
70
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 42
Photo of cjacobsen
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

B&L is not very flashy and I almost wasn't sure I had arrived at my destination when I found it. Very simple place. The open air front made for a great afternoon of sitting and enjoying a beer. Not too many people there so it was nice and relaxing. It rained too, which was a nice plus to have the fresh smell and the soft sounds outside.

32 taps which is quite impressive. A decent selection of home town brews mixed with some of the more recent national releases. Their bottle selection was quite impressive. Stuff I would expect to see in people's cellar, not at a bar. The bottles are kind of expensive, especially for the bombers of stuff that you see on the menu that you feel you should probably order it since you probably won't find it anywhere else.

The staff is very polite and knowledgeable. They know what they're doing. Really nice and have no problem having a conversation, or just leaving you be if that is what you desire.

Didn't try the food, but I've heard fantastic things about it. One of these days I hope to partake. Will definitely be looking this place up again next time I'm downtown.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Bangers and Lace allows me to participate in one of my favorite Chicago summer activities - drinking beer outside. With a large tap selection and a fair amount of bottles as well, this would have the beginnings of a great beer bar.

The best part about the beer menu is the Six Pack, were you can get 6 2 oz. samples for $9, normally of an interesting mix of beers.

Right now, I think it is a few steps away from being in the category of great beer bars I would visit regularly. The service is all right, although I have normally gone during off-peak hours, so that might have an impact. The prices on the tap list are coincidentally all $1 too expensive for an equal or smaller pour than other bars around.

The food leads me to the same conclusion - there is nothing inherently bad about the quality, but I am left wondering why it costs so much, considering it is pretty average. Mostly consisting of sausage products, the menu is also not very substantial.

This is the type of place I will head if they have something special on tap, but it will not become one of my regulars.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Olga tracked down this place is a great recommendation to hit up after FoBAB. Great location on Division, close to my house and other hot spots. The inside looked new and very modern decor mixed with folksy cabin in the woods art (metal art and stuffed animals. The bathroom is very cool as the wood is so new it smells freshly cut. A decent amount of drafts and bottles, however the selection and quality isn't the greatest. A ton of basic staples beers but I had a difficult time spotting stuff I either hadn't had or wasn't easily available anywhere else. The highlight of this place is the food; high end sausage joint. Deluxe offerings such as a foie gras corn dog, and ham peanuts. All the food was tasty and there several options that I would come back to try. The biggest disappointment about this place was the service. Our server seemed totally disinterested in helping us and didn't know a damn thing about beer. She could not offer basic suggestions as to what was tasting good on tap right now, or even have suggestions. If you want to be a beer place gotta have better service.

This is a must stop for a meal and decent beer, probably wouldn't come just to get a drink though.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Back to my old stomping grounds, West Division Street has changed a lot, even in the last ten years. Nelson Algren probably wouldn't recognize it today. Gone are the derelict storefronts and package goods dive bars, enter boutiques and bars like this one. The hanging metal sign out front reads B&L in a cryptic script.

Once inside, it's an open space, fairly modern, with ironic details to evoke a folksy charm, yet some elements come off as somewhat more isolated and sterile than rustic. Taxidermied animals perch atop a wooden cabinet storing a rotating selection of six 1/6th barrels, wall mounted deer head: check, lace curtains, brown glass chandeliers, lots of wood. The back hall to the restroom actually still smelled like the fresh cut wood planks it was paneled with. More inviting elements of the place: the pot belly stove in the back room with idyllic rural scenes painted overhead along the walls, and the comfortable bar.

Beer selection was good, some exclusive drafts like Goose Island Minx, Palo Santo, and Leipziger Gose. Draft and food menu were combined, and the bottle list was separate. Both were well designed, listing prices and tasting notes. The only thing missing was the size of each pour, which varied from 8 oz. to 16 oz. US craft was the main focus, rounded out with German, Belgian, and English imports. Other unique drafts: Meantime Stout, Jacobins Rouge, and Petrus Aged Pale. Certainly not a "typical" selection. The 32 draft lines were set into the brick wall, with uniform wooden handles and numbered plaques, which reminded me of the Publican.

Service was good, Eric the spirits director was our bartender. He offered samples of the drafts and was friendly and helpful. Never had a problem getting samples on several visits.

Food was good, mostly high end bar food... sausage-focused. Think Hot Dougs and Franks N' Dogs. Venison sausage was tasty, as was the pretzel with stout mustard, and the fries with a taleggio sauce were especially good.

A welcome addition to a transitioning, nearly 100% gentrified neighborhood.
Other nearby options: Piece, Jerry's, Smallbar, Handlebar, Rodan, Moonshine.

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