Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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BEER AVG
3.9/5
Haymarket Pub & BreweryHaymarket Pub & Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

737 W Randolph St
Chicago, Illinois, 60661-2103
United States

(312) 638-0700 | map
www.haymarketbrewing.com

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

Added by Todd on 12-24-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
67
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
1,501
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
224
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
6.3%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
80
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The wife and I attempted to have brunch at Le Cheval in the busy restaurant row of Randolph Street, but the waits were insane. And seemingly every place we tried was either too busy or closed on Sundays. So we gave up on fine food and went the beer way at Haymarket.

I expected this place to be a mainstream beer joint for the masses but was surprised at all the quality brews they had: eleven taps, ranging from a pilsner to a barrel-aged barleywine, plus 10 guest taps.

I particularly enjoyed the Mathias DIPA and the Clare's barleywine aged in Woodford Reserve barrels.

Beers are served in 4-12-16-20-32-64 ounces (love the variety!). Service was really nice bartender the pimento cheese spread we had was top-notch. Will revisit, they are serious.

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Photo of 3fdread
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Located in the old meat packing district in Chicago. Cool space, actually feels like a bar. Each beer is better than the next, have plenty of cocktails available to. Food is amazing, definitely get the sausage plate w/ pretzels and the house mustard. Service was good, please leave your man buns at home. Can't go wrong with a trip to the market.

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Photo of sdaly3
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Good spot, about a dozen or so of their own offerings which were all pretty good and quite a few guest taps. Its nice that they have 4,8,12,16,20oz pours so you can do as you wish. Was here at opening on New Years Day so pretty quiet.

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Photo of W_Des
2.94/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Went after lunch on a Wednesday and the place was about 3/4 full with 3 servers working. Had the worst service at any brewery I've ever been to. We sat for 10 minutes before a guy that was not our server came to our table. He took our beer orders and said he would pass it to our server who was supposedly swamped but able to carry conversations with some tables. Took another 20 minutes to get our beer after we had to remind someone to remind our server to get us beer and finally come by!. There was a good selection with 7 taps for Haymarket brews and the rest being guest taps. Beer was ok. Nothing stand out and nothing worth waiting 30 minutes for. Not coming back and I'd just recommend everyone go to Revolution or Half Acre instead for way better beer and service.

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Photo of agwalters
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Haymarket is a gem in the West Loop of Chicago. Always a great selection of brewed-in-house beers along with decent guest drafts. The prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of beer and I love that you can enjoy 4oz pours of anything without any hassle whatsoever. The food menu is somewhat on the shorter side, but extremely solid.

Bottom line is that in a city like Chicago where bars and breweries are plentiful, this one still stands out as one of my absolute favorites. Anytime a BA beer is on the menu it's going to be a must have. GREAT SPOT!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Very nice tap list at this brewpub - about a dozen Haymarket brews and probably another 10-12 guest taps. We came for the Mathias DIPA, which was very good, but there are other quality brews as well. A good place to hang out while waiting for a table at the Girl & the Goat.

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Photo of 98green
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped by at 7 on a Sunday in late June. Place was hopping, but easy to get a seat at the bar. 25 handles, about half their own and half rotating. Prices a tad high at 7-8 a pint, but I guess that is big city pricing. Prices are linear at 1.50 - 2.00 per 4 oz pour, which I don't see often. I didn't have any food

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Photo of Suds_Suds
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I live a few blocks from the brewery and go here often. They have a pretty good selection of beer that keeps changing constantly, so every time is a different experience. Love the Mathias, probably one of the best IIPA I've had.
They tend to be open even on all holidays, which is a nice plus.
The best thing I like about the pub is that they do 4oz pours of all their beers on tap, which makes it nice to be able to sample a wide variety.
Food is about average; they do have a couple of vegan options as well.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Didn't try the food, but the atmosphere and beer were excellent. Their Mathias and Fresh Hop Mathias are world class beers. I'll definitely be back on my next trip to Chicago.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Didn't try the food. I walked in not expecting much. Vibe was nice, normal kind of yuppie nice local brewery place (I'd equate it with Silver City). Prices were decent to high. Selection was pretty good, but not huge.

But, I was blown away by two of the three beers I tried there, and impressed by the third. Mathias is great, and Fresh Hop Mathias is unbelievable. I put it up against Hopslam and Pliny any day. I'd love to try them side by side. Their stout was very good.

Based on quality of beer, if I get a chance, I'll go back. If I get half a chance, I'll turn it into a whole chance.

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Photo of saemick
4.75/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of my favorite places to go in Chicago. Great food (The Riot is amazing), great beers on tap all the time, and their barrel aged beers are phenomenal. Claire’s Thirsty ale is one of my all-time favorite beers, followed by Acrimonious & Indignant.

They’ve won a number of medals at multiple beer festivals and they are well deserved.

Pete is constantly pumping out quality brews, but one of the tried & true staples is Mathias Imperial IPA. It is absolutely amazing, but at 10%, it’ll sneak up on ya after a couple.

Easy walk from Ogilvie Metra station and not far from Union Station, if you haven’t gone before, I’d definitely recommend going.

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Photo of Drucifer
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Great place near the loop. Some of the best beer in the city as well. The food is not the best, but it is very good. There are a lot of high end restaurants nearby as well if you're a food enthusiast. Haymarket is a fantastic place to watch a game and grab a beer. If they have any barrel aged goodies on tap, do not hesitate to head over.

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Photo of IPAdams
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Atmosphere- Good mix of bar/brewery and restaurant. Lots of TV's to watch the games, the walls have interesting facts about beer. Overall good feel.

Quality- Haymarket makes good beer and good food, nothing else to say.

Service- Our server was very friendly and was able to make good recommendations on food and drinks. We didn't feel like we were constantly bombarded by him nor did we feel neglected, really great service.

Selection- Good selection of beers here. They have about 10 of their beers and about 15 guest beers. Great variety of styles and breweries. You could order beers in 4 oz, 8 oz, 12 oz and 16 oz. Really cool that you could get samples of almost every beer.

Food- Food was great and relatively cheap. We tried a burger, Bison Brisket and their Beer Pretzel. No complaints about anything we tried.

Value- Prices were very good on beer and food. We had about 6 beers, a burger, a brisket, and an appetizer for around $55. Can't beat it.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Haymarket is a nice, big brewpub in the west loop at Halsted and Randolph. The building is split between a dedicated bar area and another section filled with tables for sitting down and having a bite to eat. The whole place is filled with TVs featuring sports but for some reason it didn't dominate the place such that it felt like a sports bar.

As far as beers go, they have a great selection of maybe 10-12 of their own spectacular brews as well as another 8 or so guest beers. Each of their own beers come in a variety of sizes (4, 12, 16 and 20 oz glasses) with thorough descriptions. They don't have any kind of flight happening but with the 4oz glasses you can surely sample quite a bit.

The food is not the most outstanding in my opinion but it isn't boring either. They feature what is mostly pub food but everything is a bit inventive in its flavors such as a BLT with bleu cheese or a selection of burgers with unique flavor combos. Everything I've had there is at the very least, satisfying. And the service is certainly above average. The waitstaff are kind, very attentive without being overbearing and always happy to help you make a decision.

Great beer, great service, and pretty good food and atmosphere. They can accommodate large or small groups and, overall, are one of the better places in the west loop to go for lunch and a brew.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This is a newer brewery located in the West Loop, and has the feel of a neighborhood pub rather than a brewery. The building is split into one room showcasing the bar and another with more restaurant style seating. I sat at the bar and ordered some samples (per my usual routine) and tasted some beers. Overall the beers were pretty solid, with none showing outright flaws. The Bier de Garde with cherry was not my favorite, but the Simcoe hopped brown ale was a treat. I ended up talking to one of the guys next to me at the bar and as it would turn out, he was a brewer at the newly opened Dry Hop Brewpub. I had hoped to get down there to check it out, but time did not allow. I can't speak to the food at Haymarket, but the beers were pretty good--I'd go back if I was in the neighborhood.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to Haymarket on multiple occasions for work outings and happy hours.

The Atmosphere is great. They have a clean, comfortable layout with a small bar area and a bunch of tables spread throughout the place. They also have a back room with a separate bar that can be rented out for private parties.

The Quality is fantastic. They serve good beers and great food.

The Service has been very uneven. I've had multiple waitresses that have been slow on keeping up when we need something else to drink, even when it's not overly busy. This only occurs at the tables, and it hasn't happened every time. The bar normally has great service without the delay. All waitresses have been nice and knowledgeable.

The Selection is excellent. They normally have a good number of their house brews on tap, but the list tends to be rather IPA-heavy. They have about 10 guest drafts, and I like the ability to order 4 ounce pours on all drafts so you can try a bunch of different brews. They also have a bottle list of about 50-75 different beers as well.

The Food is outstanding. Everything I've ordered has been delicious. I highly recommend The Riot pizza.

Haymarket is a very good beer location in the city offering good house brews along with fantastic food. The at-times slow service is the only thing to complain about here.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Haymarket is turning into a chicago mainstay and the vibe is great. I is inside of an old Bar Louie, so it's a huge space, but they fill it well. I really like some of the brews they have here. The brewmaster is awesome. You can try a lot of them with the 4 oz pours.
The food is pretty much the definition of above average.

They have a free shuttle to and from Bulls/Blackhawks games if are interested in those teams. We tend to come here a lot before sporting events and concerts in the downtown area. The staff has always been nothing but amazing, inviting, knowledgable, and friendly.

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Photo of Offa
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a great brewpub in the West Loop area of Chicago. It's a neat old brick building nicely modified into the brewpub, and overall has great food and great beer.

The old brick building, as usual, provides a good basic platform for a great atmosphere, with nice big windows looking onto the street, high, open ceiling, a good bar area, plenty of room yet not cavernous, so reasonably cozy, too. It is lively and the worst thing is that when it gets busy, it is really loud.

Beer quality is excellent. Every beer we've had ranged from good to outstanding.

Service was great, friendly, effective.

Beer selection and variety was excellent, with pilsner, IPA, Belgian Ale, stouts of various types, etc. , so running the gamut of approachable session beers to more heavy duty .

Food was excellent, an imaginative and well-executed take on pub fare, with great variety and ingredients which were overall prepared very well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

this is a very cool spot if you are visiting Chicago. its large, almost chain looking inside, but there is some great outside seating on the street, and its not far off the beaten path really. there are maybe ten of their brews on, and a glorious list of guest taps and bottles and cans too. some nice diversity of styles on the menu, and all beers were at least in the B to B+ range, with a couple of exceptional hoppy brews. Also glad to try some dark horse stuff and see hard to get three floyds brews on the menu too. service was uninspired and it wasn't even that busy, but we weren't there to be charmed or pampered, so no biggie. food was the best part though, the chicken legs are simply divine, and the riot sandwich with sausage, pulled pork, and cheese was unreal. I was happy to sit here and drink all day while reconnecting with old friends. things were just a bit pricey, but I guess this is downtown in a major metropolitan area, and that is to be expected. I look forward to my next visit, and to track their continued evolution. well worth the trip.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Atmosphere: came in on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend to have lunch and a beer with another BA. Nice place that isn't too crowded, comfortable and not too noisy even with some live music. Well-lit, lots of windows, clean.

Quality: I drank a Herkules IPA which was good if a bit too resinous; also had a taste of other beers that other people were drinking- I can tell that Haymarket does their stuff very well. I'd have liked to try more but I had more drinking ahead of me later in the day before driving home.

Service: Very good- always coming by to take care of us but not too often enough to be a bother. Food took a while to come though.

Selection: Lots of interesting guest taps and bottles for an out-of-stater to try. Too bad I didn't spend more time here- there are lots of stuff here that I see at Binny's all the time but never pull the trigger on; that I can just buy a half glass for $3-4 and try. I would do it.

Food: I had the Riot- and that is a f'ing delicious sandwich. I highly recommend it to everyone including vegetarians.

Value: Pretty reasonable for a pub in downtown Chicago. It was $11 for the burger plus another $1.50 for a side of fries. $4 for my Herkules IPA. Not that bad, and the food was definitely worth it. I prefer GI Clybourn as my place in Chicago to get a beer and lunch so far, but I have a lot more places on my list to check out.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

ppy Thanksgiving! For our turkey day we're at Haymarket Pub & Brewery with a few other lost souls. Thanks to The Beer Mapping Project, it was fairly easy to find an open pub so that the highlight meal of my Thanksgiving Day wasn't the fish sandwich meal deal at McDonald's en route to Chicago. The manager Janna was especially helpful with an email to confirm veggie options on the reduced menu.

After an eerily quiet, few block walk from the L, we crossed the street into Haymarket with the bar up front and restaurant tables and booths in the next room. We skipped the dimly light, long dark wood bar that had a smattering of happily celebrating folks for a large booth in the back. The easily seen but not obtrusive big screen TVs with Dallas getting it's butt kicked was a nice addition.

Our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter gave honest recommendations and and his humor complimented our good cheer. Our niece and nephew reported that the wings were mildly hot, flavorful and great. We tried the sweet potato tots with ranch; good, but not sure if we'd get them again. Oddly, too sweet. The very thin crust veggie pizza was really excellent. We topped off dinner with chocolate stout cake with peanut butter that wasn't the OMG we were hoping for from the description. Blending with syncopated patron noise in the background was an eclectic music mix from alternative to folk that was a little loud but not enough to interfere with conversation.

Between Ben and I, we tried all of the Haymarket brews. Lucy's Belgian Tripel was the low point with the rest all highly rated; it came down to the Passion House Coffee Porter, Rubber Monkey Belgian Wheat IPA and the Effigy Black IPA for a draft: Effigy won. From the guest tap, Gloria liked the quadrupel from Uncommon Brewers called Sinister Twin and was happy with her choice for the night. When I was undecided for my final draft, our waiter very evaluated my choices with frankness, getting me to Butterfly Flashmob, an excellent Belgian IPA from Solemn Oath that was a perfect digestive while we chatted around the table.


Our server said the bar fed them so well before the 5 pm opening that he was lethargic from the multiple types of turkey offered. Got a great vibe from Haymarket: well brewed and interesting beer, a range of food for veggies and meat eaters, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and a drinking & writing theater. For Christmas, a radio play styled production cal "A Beer Carol" was playing on Wednesday and Saturday nights on location.

A former student recently discussed with me her love of living in Chicago, pointing to the unique neighborhoods as one of the reasons. Haymarket seems to be a strong part of the local neighborhood, forming an intelligent and bonded drinking community that I think I would enjoy. My long held belief has been that Chicago is cold and blustery--the weather and the people. However, Haymarket helped me see another side of the windy city, a side that I look forward to trying again in the future.

http://pintsizedrevelations.blogspot.com/

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Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

kind of a strange place - over in the meatpacking district, so an ideal stop before/after eating at some of the finer restaurants in Chicago and beyond (the Publican is just up the block)

decent sized bar, and a large separate dining area. We ate at the Publican on this fine night, but stopped at Haymarket before dinner and after dinner (twice). Eek.

Tons of taps - Haymarket seems to specialize in HOPS - i had a few of their DIPA's, which were all good but short of spectacular. The oktoberfest was pretty good.

Lots of guest taps as well - arctic panzer wolf was the standout at the time

I'll be back - makes for a nice pre-dinner combo. I also like the option of having multiple serving sizes

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Photo of BeerOps
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited on a Saturday afternoon with my wife.

Finding parking close to the pub can be a bit of a challenge. After a few trips around the block, we found something metered about two blocks away. We arrived mid-afternoon and the place had a large crowd. We were seated promptly at one of the few open tables and had a nice view of the entire pub. The server was courteous and explained the beer and menu options well. We settled in for an afternoon of sampling and tasted all of the various house selections available. The Mathias was the highlight of the flight.

Food arrived promptly and we started with a chicken leg appetizer. It was not really my thing, but my wife enjoyed it and it was a nice attempt at something other than standard chicken wings. I had The Riot sandwich and my wife tried a burger. Both were a bit on the greasy side and a mess to eat.

Overall I would recommend Haymarket for its selection of beer styles and overall vibe. Food was standard pub fare, nothing we tried blew us away. The service was good, the beer was above average.

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Photo of cookiemonstr
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 2

First visit and was looking forward to Revolution and Peace brewing's competition. The beer was pretty good and reasonably priced. I got a growler of rubber monkey and when I got home- they hadn't tightened or sealed the cap- half the growler is in my trunk- thanks guys.
The service was great and knowledgeable about the beer selection- 12 house taps and a dozen guest taps. The food= shrimp sandwich (more spice than shrimp) and chicken legs (eww) left something to be desired.They have some cool shirts, glasses and hats.They have a great location with challenged parking, a great bar with multiple tvs for sports- but they couldn't close the deal with the food. I'd go back for the beer , but not to eat and no carry out....

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Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I've been to Haymarket a few times now and figured it's ripe for a review.
Haymarket is located on Randolph in the West Loop, just down the street from some fancier, trendier spots. It's a large open space: A bar up front, seating to the back and an entire other room with it's own bar located past the kitchen. Everything is darkly colored; black with dark gray and dark wood accents. There are a number of flat screens on virtually every wall. Considering they're virtually always have some sort of game on, Haymarket could easily pass for a sports bar.
The amount of beer on tap is really quite amazing. They tend to have a hell of a selection, both in terms or their own brews as well as guest brews. Unfortunately, while many of the house brews are good (and some are exceptional), they tend to fill in the gaps with beers that are fairly average. And as noted numerous times below, all of the beers are available in at least 3, if not 4, different sizes.
Service is good with the servers being well aware of the menu options and available beers.
Food though is nothing spectacular. Better than average bar food, but not that much better than average. So while I've never had a bad meal here, I've also never had one that wowed me or made me feel the food was as good as the beer being offered.
Overall, Haymarket isn't a bad place. In fact, in most places, Haymarket would be an exceptional brewpub. But in comparison to the rest of the Chicago beer scene, Haymarket just seems to fall short for me.

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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