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Type: Bar, Eatery

155 N Wacker Dr
Chicago, Illinois, 60606-1787
United States

(312) 884-0000 | map

Monday - Friday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

Added by ferrari29 on 11-08-2010

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Reviews by Northsider:
Photo of Northsider
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is corporate thru and thru. The only people I've ever seen here are working folks in suits. Similarly, I've only been here while with colleagues after work. For that reason, I can't say the atmosphere is all that great. The space is nice and open, and has nice long bar-style tables to sit at. But it all just feels sterile and fake.

Service is usually decent for me since I go early and with high-rolling bosses of mine. Selection is actually surprising...lots of good crafts can be had here. I almost always go with my mainstay: Gumballhead.

I'm not sure about the food, as I've always only had appetizers and my bosses have paid, but the whole place just feels expensive. Not my kind of place, but look for it if you are feeling for crafts in the loop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MikeThumel
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of emerge077
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Primebar reeks of utter sterile mediocrity.
The place had a forced, affected vibe of pretentiousness and felt like a cross between an airport lounge, hotel bar, and upscale corporate chain (which it is). Need to impress clients at a power lunch? Got an escort to entertain?
Primebar is the place.

The piped in muzak here was terrible. Michael Bolton? Freeze Frame? Wanted to leave the moment after walking in the door, but we needed to warm up and get a beer on the way over to Monk's by way of the Franklin Tap.

Revolving door, loungey couches up front, dim lighting, repetitive framed photos of heavily mascaraed eyes and drinking flirty women on the walls... okaaay. Mosaic-tiled pillars behind the long U-shaped bar, leather & brass tacked bar seats, a cluster of modern lamps hung over the dining area. Crowd was rather douchey. Most were drinking wine and cocktails, got snooty looks at the bar after ordering a round of Founders Porter (thanks Chris).

Beer list was in a narrow leather-bound menu holder, it looked more like a cocktail list. Beers were listed by brewery and neatly organized, though there were no prices listed, which seems common downtown. There were a few errors such as "Troubadour Belgian IPA" from the "Magma Brewery". Selection was ok, basics from staple Midwest breweries like Metropolitan, Goose, Founders, Three Floyds, but nothing more than 2-3 from their standard lineup, no seasonals. There was no bottle list, but the bartender listed off 6-8 bottles that were fairly random (a couple Rogue, Sofie, and Lost Abbey Inferno oddly enough).

Plenty of better options in the Loop: Monk's, Miller's, Villains, Hackney's, Gage, etc.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Since this place opened late Winter '10 it has been a hit with the downtown working community. A regular hang out for follow co-workers and other professionals in the area, it has become my go-to place to get premium craft beers on tap or in the bottle. The atmosphere is pretty chill and its located in the great spot, pretty close to the trains (5 minute walk to Union Station) and right near the river. The interior is cool, modern, dark and sophisticated with a touch of class. I know I can go to this bar and get the beers I can't find at Binny's (because they are always out) or at other pubs, FFF-Gumballhead, FFF-Pride & Joy, 2 bro's Cane & Ebel to name a few.This bar has yet to fail me and until it does I will always come back to it.

There are a few things that caught my eye though, for one the bar service can be pretty slow. When it gets packed the bartenders are constantly making rounds with other patrons and wait staff. Which may make them lose track of who had what. It can get pretty noisy when it gets packed but otherwise a really great place to get some good craft brews and enjoy some food.

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Primebar in Chicago, IL
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