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Haymarket Pub & BreweryHaymarket Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(312) 638-0700 | map

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

Added by Todd on 12-24-2010

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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 goethean
4.8/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Nice new place in a convenient location, west of the Loop, a few blocks from Ogilve station, and just off the Kennedy.

Service was attentive and thorough. Glasses are rinsed just before beer is poured.

The beers are consistently well-made and professional. They are flavorful but have a clean, dry, well-attenuated finish. When spices are used, their use is appropriate and restrained. The use of bittering hops are restrained, and the result is that the beers do not have a harsh hops bite, but are nonetheless full of a lovely variety of hops flavors.

The beer selection is surprisingly extensive for a new place, including several tasty examples of a great variety of styles --- blonde ale, pale ale, saison, IPA, IIPA, Belgian IPA, dubbel, tripel, etc. You can choose a 4, 12, 16, or 20 oz serving for most beers.

It only took some vague interest on my part for someone to give me a fabulous mini-tour of the brewing facilities, equipment, serving tanks, cooler, etc. The brewer has procured some oak barrels and will be wood aging some of his beer very soon.

I had already eaten, so I couldn't try the food this time. I look forward to a very promising future for this enterprise!

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Photo of SirWalkAbout
4.78/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I had a four hour layover while taking the Amtrak through Chicago to Michigan. Looked this place up and decided it was within walking distance of the Amtrak station. I think it was less than half a mile away, ~10 min walk. Well worth it.

I was there at about noon on a Friday and the place was pretty dead, which is fine by me. I sat at the bar and the bartender came right over and informed me about the house brews and visitor tap selection. The bartender is what stood out about this place. He was really friendly and knowledgeable about the beers they were serving. I also started a conversation with another patron who was a beer enthusiast and it really made the place seem great.

I did a flight and must say their Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout was awesome. Also got to try Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf which was pretty good. They had bottles of Goose Island Bourbon Barrel County Stout, but at $13/bottle I wasn't that desperate to try it out. Just the fact that they had it was impressive though.

Overall, the service and selection is what stood out and I would definitely recommend heading here if you have a layover at Amtrak and need to kill some time or live in the area and need some good beer.

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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 cratez
4.75/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Our first stop on a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: dimly lit ambience, large bar greets you at the door with a couple flat screens playing the ball games, attractive open dining room with ample space between tables, casual cosmopolitan crowd that minds their own business, really nice patio.

SERVICE: Angie, our waitress on both occasions, was friendly, relaxed, and welcoming, and she answered all of our questions regarding the drinks and cuisine. When we left to flag a cab in the rain, she gave my girlfriend an umbrella and told us we could keep it. Truly exceptional service.

SELECTION: the brewpub beers cover a broad range of styles (pilsner, stout, tripel), guest taps and bottle list are particularly impressive. Over the course of two visits I had a Founders All Day Pale Ale, Haymarket Black Sox Porter, 3Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf DIPA, Haymarket The Saison Also Rises, SKA Modus Hoperandi IPA, and Green Flash Summer Saison. While the house saison left something to be desired, their porter was fantastic and I was very satisfied with the draughts from other breweries.

FOOD: we each ordered a House Salad and split the Italian Sausage Pizza with tomato, basil, and pulled pork. Everything tasted great and paired well with our beer and wine. We also liked the fact that you can add extra pizza toppings for $0.75. Prices are quite reasonable as six drinks, two salads, and a pizza came to $55.

OVERALL: Haymarket is a benchmark brewpub with solid house beers, an insane guest draught lineup and bottle menu, appetizing food, outstanding service, and an approachable atmosphere. We came twice and will gladly revisit on future trips to Chicago.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.75/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A-To be far, I have only been here on Sunday afternoons. So this rating has to be taken with a grain of salt.

Q-Top notch. Beer is always good and so is the food.

S-knowledgeable staff. The bar tender I had was kid of Eh, but the service I had the first time there was enough to keep this at a 5

S-All their own brews and a few guest taps. Their Brews are really hit or miss so I would get a sample before diving into a full pint.

F-Get the Pizza with pulled pork. Stop reading this, and just do it. You won;t be disappointed.

V-Reasonable about says it all

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Photo of BasementBer
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Haymarket brewpub was fantastic. The historical elements alone were enough to pique my interests and seek this establishment out. I had just gone to the Haymarket Memorial and to Emma Goldman's grave-site so this was an exceptional establishment to read the historical replicas on the walls.

Beer was fantastic, I would say three of my favorite beers were from this brewpub. Only one of the samplers I got was sub-par compared to the 9 stellar beers I got.

Took a walk through the back to see the bright tanks, not much in the way of explanation but if your into this sort of thing you know what your seeing. The clientele was the only thing suprising to me. More bourgeois than I would have expected given the namesake and the account of the beers.

Price was fine, no more than 1.50 to $3 for each 4oz sampler. Good service, gave us the lowdown on the beers and received what we paid for. Took a growler home too, thanks Haymarket!

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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 Christieson
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

A great place to wile away an afternoon. An excellent selection of beers, good quality pub food and an extremely knowledgeable staff. What could go wrong?

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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.


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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Ambiance is what you would expect from a brewpub -- good place to watch a game and grab some chow (especially the RIOT burger), but the number one reason to come here is the BEER.

Not only is the guest selection exceptional, the in-house selection invariably covers a broad range of styles regardless of the season. A nice combination of old standbys like pilsners and stouts, but also adventurous Belgians, rauchs and Hop-creations.
Award winning brewer and it shows.

Closest great beer destination to downtown -- and worth a trip even if you are coming from somewhere else.

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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 elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Getting here from downtown was a bit of an adventure but it was well worth it. They have a number of house brews on tap along with guest selections. Between myself and the dozen or so members of our group we probably worked through the entire list. Some of their beers were phenomenal, some were …well, forgettable… but their ratio was definitely more delicious than not.

Ordered vegan chili which was decent. But—the kitchen stayed open late. And, vegan chili! Something for me. No complains on that end either. Plenty of tasty fried foods too.

Our server handled—juggled—our orders and not once slipped up. Left a hefty, well-deserved tip.

Would I go back? Oh, in a second.

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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 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 bashiba
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We ran into this place purely by accident on our way to Piece, and it was a nice surprise. The interior was nicely done and pleasant. Loved seeing an actual whiskey barrel upon entering the pub. The selection of beers was great with around 8 of there own beers and a pretty good list of guest taps, not to mention a great bottle list and a really strong Bourbon Selection.

The Service was very good, and they kept us well lubricated. Unfortunately we were about the only people in there on an Early Saturday Afternoon. Which really seemed strange since we went straight to piece after that and it was wall to wall people.

All of the house beers were very solid offerings with a nice range of styles. Didn't eat there so can't comment on the food.

Can't wait to get back here when I have more time.

I liked that they have several sizes for most all of there offerings and the 4oz pours of the big bears are perfect.

Just adding to my first review. Actually got to eat here this trip. The food was very good for brewpub style food. I had the Riot, a homemade Italian Sausage patty covered in Mozzarella and pulled pork, it was great. All of my friends were very happy with their food as well, and the prices were very reasonable. And they had some great guest taps as well.

This place seems like such a gem, I'm always surprised when I visit Chicago that its never as busy as some of the other local brew pubs, as to me its the best of the bunch.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch on a Thursday. Stop #202 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub...work to do.

Lots of TV's and very, very friendly staff. The place was 1/4 full which may have something to do with it.

Kudos for the 4oz size of house and 3rd party brews. Makes it easy to sample. House beers on tap...

Imperial IPA
Belgian Pale Ale
American IPA
Belgian IPA
Double IPA

16 guest taps with a good mix of local (3 floyds, half acre, and metropolitan). Server said 90% of what they sell is house beer.

Had the veggie buger with house cured bacon. Best veggie burger ever. Homemade sausage also on the menu which I had to pass up for lunch.

Server said they will have up to 20 house beers on tap in the future.

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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 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 ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Haymarket is my favorite brewpub in Chicago, and one of my favorite eateries in the city, as well. The food is fantastic, the menu is all-inclusive, from delicious vegan options, to the best smelling bratwurst I've ever encountered (at the table behind me.) The left-wing culture aesthetic is cool too, regardless of politics, as it is steeped in history and celebrates cultural impact rather than the factional ideologies. The tap handles are nice, with Founders Double Trouble and FFF Arctic Panzer Wolf being the winners of the day for me; the house beer is quite good, too. LA/Port seemed to be well-represented on the tap handles when I was there; apparently Tomme Arthur had just been there earlier in the week. Haymarket rules; definitely go there and support that place, they are doing a fantastic job.

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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 Northsider
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I went to Haymarket after work on a Friday night, about 4:50 or 5pm. Outdoor seating was very nice, though it was hot out so I opted to sit inside in the air conditioning.

It was about half full inside and surprisingly loud. The loudness really knocked the atmosphere points down a bit, as it was annoying and distracting to shout to my wife the entire dinner.

Service from the waiter was excellent! He checked in often, gave us history and recommendations on the beer. Hostess was a bit bored and unenthusiastic. Not a huge downer, but would have been nice to be seated with a smile.

We ordered the spicy pizza. It was SPICY! Beware. Great pizza however, I recommend it.

Selection was excellent! No the typical craft selections...many rare beers are server here (don't be surprised to see beers for $15+). House drafts are decent, I loved the White Chapel. Most styles seem to fall into the Belgians and whits style, which I love.

Overall, great place to go to. It's loud however, I can't imagine what it's like when full. Good food, great selection, knowledgeable staff.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

What's best about the Haymarket is the beer and the atmosphere. I've been to the Haymarket probably 15 times since it's opened, for a combonation of lunch, dinner, beer, and just to buy a growler. I really feel like they are a beer lovers place. I appreciate that they brew small batches and keep experimenting with the recipes. Lot's of variations and always something new to try within a couple of weeks. I also like that they bring in about 12 guest drafts, providing a lot of variety to try. Also, they clearly price out testers. They selection of drafts has been so varied, I haven't yet had to resort to the bottle list to get something new to dry. As far as quality, I'd say they do an exceptional job of making drinkable brew.

Food. A little plain. The garbage sandwich and pizza, and the chicken chili are the best, but after I've had them a few times, I've wished they ran a kitchen with more variety; maybe some daily or weekly specials.

All in all, I'll continue to go, and hope this establishment has long success.

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Photo of AnnArborJoe
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I really am impressed with this beer bar. Staff is friendly and knowledgable. Samples are poured freely including the guest taps. A few times that I had a question about a house beer that the barkeep couldn't answer I was either met with a brewer at the bar or invites into the brewery or downstairs for a full explanation of the beer or process or whatever. Food is pretty good - better than standard pub grub. House beers are varied and fit all tastes and guest tap list is usually pretty stellar. Price structure is everything is set at a $ per ounce and it is the same if you buy a 4oz sampler or a growler.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Chicago's latest brewbub, at long last, is finally open for business. The space looks great... dark, modern, clean, with simple industrial light fixtures and paneled wood accents. Revolving door entrance, bar immediately to the right, dining room to the left. Intricate tile floors in the dining room, with booths along the back wall with exposed brick above. Brewing equipment is visible through large windows in the rear of the dining room. A second bar and lounge areas is toward the back also. A dozen flatscreens in the dining room was overkill though, they were everywhere.

Beer selection was great, there was a Founders event going on, with 10-11 dedicated Founders tap handles: Newaygo Co. Cherry, Backwoods, Nemesis, Canadian Breakfast, Double Trouble, Curmudgeon, Porter, Reds Rye, Centennial IPA, and Pale. Other drafts: NH Imperial Hatter, Wild Devil, Wipeout IPA, Gossamer, and Krankshaft. Bottle list was extensive, very Belgian-centric, with a selection of 15 American IPA, DIPA, and strong ales. There were sections broken out for Belgian, Lambic, Trappist, American Belgian-Style, and "American & English Crap" (Blatz, Hamms, PBR, Strongbow). Prices ranged from $4-40.

Fairly crowded on the night of the Founders event, several communal tables in the dining area with large parties, and SRO at the front bar. The back room was a full house too, but a bit more relaxed. Our server was friendly, though still learning the ropes it seemed. The food and drafts were affordable, some of the bottle prices were up there though.

Food was good, nothing extraordinary yet, but solid pub food. The housemade sausages were good, the hot link was the standout. With some time, everything will hopefully fall into place.

Can't wait to go back and try Pete's beers once they are ready to go. Great potential here, definitely one to watch... If you aren't familiar with Pete Crowley, he's been involved in the Chicago beer scene for a solid decade, winning numerous awards at FoBAB and abroad during his tenure at Rock Bottom. I've got the utmost confidence in his brewing program at Haymarket, and expect great things to come.

2nd visit, 2011: Tried the 8 house beers, all were solid... a nice rotating lineup with something for everybody. Bacon & blue cheese and Riot pizzas was great, pizzas in general seem to be the best deal. Roasted chicken looked very good. Others weren't impressed by the sandwiches they got though. Food still seems somewhat hit or miss.

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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