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Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery

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Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & BreweryHaymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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 dcsoke
2.78/5  rDev -33.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Before commenting, I just want to throw it out there that my visit was only two days after they opened. Surely things are more organized now.

A - Very cool place with two main rooms; bar area & dining with the fermentation tanks in a glass'd off room along the side for all to view. Vibrant establishment. So many guest beers it was amazing and at decent prices too. They even had the Dogfish Head & Three Floyds Poppaskull on tap!

Q - Food wasn't as good as expected for the price, but the menu had a lot of interesting items on it.

S - Service was horrible. Wish it were different, but the bartenders didn't know what beers were what or where they were. When we got a table to order food the waitress was slow, forgot to bring the drinks, and placed our orders incorrectly.

F - Only being open two days they were low on inventory and were out of a lot of menu items. Food wasn't that great and we even stuck to simple menu items like burgers and mac'n'cheese.

V - Good prices, about average for a brewpub.

Going to wait a month and go back for another round once they get more organized and have their own brew on tap. Hoping this time it will be much better.

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Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
2.88/5  rDev -31.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

I had been wanting to try this place out for a few weeks and met a friend there last night.

The size of the place is impressive and it has a good, clean interior. There was more seating than I expected and lots of TVs which I consider to be a plus.

It was very crowded and loud, more people noise than music/TV noise. Surprisingly there were some seats at the back bar and at any given time there were several seats available.

The thing I commend them most on is that they offer four different sizes on most of the beers on tap. I do not commend them for not offering volume discounts (i.e. five 4 oz's costs the same as getting a 20 oz).

I did not like the variety in two ways. One way is that there are too many IPAs on the menu. I would like to see them change that as they pick what they will brew next. The other way is that they seem to rely too heavily on just Amarillo and Warrior hops. I'm guessing they are trying to save money by not using more varieties thus getting a volume discount from their supplier.

In addition to their own beers they offer some "guest" beers that are mostly from local microbreweries. They have some bottles too, common good ones such as Chimay and a humorous section entitled "American Crap" with Pabst and Hamm's on it ($4 for a Pabst can though, come on).

I had their porter which ranked among my favorite porters and then I had the saison which was rough. My friend did one of the IPAs, it was 10% ABV and not bad. After that he got some type of Christmas Ale. He liked it.

The bar was way understaffed. There were three people who couldn't effectively handle the large amount of customers (not their fault, they need to hire more people). I had to stare forever to get another beer.

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Photo of W_Des
2.94/5  rDev -29.8%
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 qcbrewer
3/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Clutch5
3.1/5  rDev -26%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Food was alright. Looking for the imperial stouts more

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Photo of jophish17
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of beertooth
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

I stopped by with a few people around 8:00p.m. on a Saturday evening. We had a 45 minute wait, but the place was starting to clear out once we were seated. We ordered beers at the back bar while we waited and two different bartenders botched two different orders. Understandable, but it's also a pain when it takes so long to order, oh well.

This place feels weird. It's split up between two bars. There are flatscreens everywhere you look, it's a little overkill. The layout felt cluttered and can be confusing when full of tipsy patrons. The music was bad and way too loud. I didn't feel comfortable at all. It felt like a giant sports bars.

The beers were the best part about this place. I sampled the Belgian IPA, a 7% DIPA, a Pils, and a 10% DIPA. The Pils was ok, as were the Belgian and 7% DIPA. The heftier DIPA was the best beer of the night. I've had tons of Pete's beers in the past and he usually knows what he's doing. I also really liked the different serving sizes. The guest taps were fine and featured some local favorites from Metro and Half Acre.

Service was a little slow and it seemed like the staff were more interested in standing around and chatting with each other than helping out patrons. Our server was flighty and flubbed a few orders as well. Oh well, they did just open, right?

The food was more or less average pub offerings. Pizza, sandwiches, sides, etc.. My burger was cooked well and the house cured bacon was tasty, but the whole thing was swimming in grease. The fries were lackluster, but. the sweet potatoe tots were tasty, as was the pizza, but it seemed a little overpriced for what you got. I guess I was expecting better from someone who worked in the Kitchen at Three Floyds.

Not a cheap place, but better priced than some other brew pubs. My wallet wasn't hurting when we left.

Overall this place needs a lot of work still. I'll be stopping in for a growler fill or a beer during off hours. The army of TVs and ill placed dart boards have got to go.

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Photo of wort01
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A - As many have commented, you got your sports bar in my beer bar. Loud. March madness visit with loud TVs and loud alternative rock. Pick one or the other but don't have both
Q - Had the Belgian IPA and wife had the Pilsner. Not bad,not great. The Belgian IPA was more like a hefe Belgian IPA. Seemed to have been rushed from the fermenter. Food was mediocre at best.
S - Okay. Mostly attentive.
Se - Good variety of house made, guest taps, and bottles. Food selection is pretty meager.
F - Average at best. As some have commented, the Sweet Potato Tots were the highlight. Of additional note for BAs with kids, there is a Kid's menu on the website, but nothing official in the restaurant. Our server didn't know it was mentioned on the website.
V - The beer menu is actually a decent value. Not great, not bad. The food value is joke. I ordered the "specialty" sandwich and it was small and came with no sides for $10.
Overall - Better than okay for beer and maybe the tots. Less than okay for food and vibe. It could be a cool spot with better focus on food quality, food variety, and food value.

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Photo of shirtless_mike
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of immobilisme
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2

I live right down the street and had been anticipating it's opening for many months.

I can say that I am disappointed overall in Haymarket.

Their beer is quite good. The Mathias Imperial IPA is one of the nicest I have had and I had had my share. Haymarket does best with hoppy IPAs. Their Belgian styles are a little disappointing, but service-able.

I enjoyed their Veggie Burger, but the Spaghetti Squash BBQ sandwich was just not good. The Mac & Cheese was very bland. The pizzas are fine. I can't speak to any of the meat dishes.

The crowd is also annoying. Way too many people drinking mixed drinks and wine at a brewpub. It honestly is the only decent "pub" (I don't count The Publican) in the area, so it gets a lot of after-work folks and then folks from the "neighborhood" later.

This place is only 1/4 mile from my house, but I would rather head up to Revolution.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

My girlfriend and I were trying to get a head start before the crowd at the Goat and the Girl between lunch and dinner, but discovered that the Chicago gem doesn't open until 4:30. So instead, we wandered down the street and were attracted by the giant sign on the corner proclaiming, "Brewpub!"

The interior is a sleek, stylish, modern restaurant/sports bar that fully delivers on its beer-infused food but falls a little short on its actual brews. Dark ceilings, hanging light fixtures, solid colors and, well, you get the idea. It's an upscale sports bar that isn't pretentious while being modern and crisp. I'd head here for a game - or multiple games at one time - any day of the week.

The food was their strongest offering. They try to use their beer in as many of their recipes as the can, which ranges from house-made sausages to house-made condiments like catsup, mustard and tartar sauce. Aside from thin crust pizza, the pub offers a nice selection of sandwiches and sides. We enjoyed our fries and sweet potato tots, but the star was the pizza topped with the ingredients from their "riot" sandwich: spicy Italian pork, pulled pork, giardinera spread and mozzarella. It's not on the menu, but the waitress suggested we try it after their cook drunkenly threw one together the night before. (Major points for the service!)

The beer was a bit of a letdown, though. The selection was nice with eight of their own taps accompanied by about the same number of guest taps. But the execution left something to be desired. The three IPA's all failed to fully utilize their hops beyond the upfront bitter bombs, the farmhouse sour was barely drinkable and the Belgian single tasted sour as well. Their Trappist-styel Dubble failed to hit the sweetness marked by the best of the category, but wasn't too bad. The Trippel was amber and very drinkable, which leaves the porter for lest, which was clearly their best but still nothing to write home about.

The service was awesome. She suggested food off the menu, and prompt and attentive, showed an interest in our thoughts on the beer and knew plenty about it herself. Hopefully their brew master will soon live up to their wait staff and chefs.

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Photo of cookiemonstr
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We went to this place during Chicago Craft Beer Week, a Sunday that was Michigan Beer Day. I wasn't sure what to expect. The location is pretty cool, pretty easy to get to via CTA, walkable from the Loop. The building itself is really nice, with doors open to the sidewalk, dark wood, cool tile floors, etc. I was surprised at the crowd, though. Lots of non-beer folks, which during an event like that surprised me. One couple brought an infant along, which I thought strange, but to their credit the kid wasn't annoying.

We had to wait for a table, no big deal, and the hostess made it seem like they were unusually busy for a Sunday, probably due to the event. But I looked around and there were lots of straws sticking out of glasses. Our waiter was friendly but not very knowledgeable. Apparently while we were there KBS was tapped, and we weren't informed. We made it clear that we were there for the Michigan Beer Day, and I ended up ordering one of their stouts when I had the only beer on the MI menu I thought I had to try. As an aside, I saw this guy pick up the menu more than once to explain to customers who asked what the beer was like. Presumably they can read and don't need him to do it for them. We also waited fifteen minutes with empty glasses waiting for the check, which he only brought when I got his attention as he was walking by. They were busy, but not busy enough to excuse that.

The house beers that we had varied in quality. The food was good but not great. The prices seemed high, but then tax was included. As an aesthetic preference, I wish they would have given their different size beers names other than "4 oz," "12 oz," "16 oz," and "20 oz." Made me feel like I was at McDonald's. How about sample, snifter, pint, etc?

Overall, the place was okay, but I was really turned off by the service.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of j-rod18
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have been looking forward to stopping in at the Haymarket for quite some time now, and I was in town for the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer last weekend, so we stopped by. I had read alot about Indignant, their BBN Stout, so I was excited to see it was till on tap.

The food was nothing special, honestly. I would say it is average microbrewery food. The overall feel and vibe was lively, but the decorating was kind of corporate and stale.

The beer was fantastic though. The Indignant hit the spot, and the BBN Barleywine they had on tap was equally as satisfying. The smoked Porter they were pouring that night was a real hit, with a huge smokey nice and rich body. It's worth a stop for the beer, maybe pass on the food.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I walked in and my first thought was "this would make a great neighborhood bar." My initial visit made me think that this place has great potential to standout in Chicago as a prime place for craft brews. Nothing flashy about this joint, just good food and a good place to have a beer.

Great atmosphere. I liked the look and position of the main bar when you walk in. The steel fermentation bins filled with beer get the mouth watering and the wide array of TV's mean "non-stop" viewing action, especially for sporting events. Comfortable booth seating is available, but the high wooden chairs and tables do the trick. I also like the beer taps. They are made out of what appears to be hand made carved blocks of wood; its unique and cool.

I will admit I was a bit disappointed about the service even though they were friendly, I did find that the presentation and suggestions were a bit off. I asked the bartender to recommend a good beer pairing for hot and spicy food and even though I said no IPA's, I was told to try the beer with the highest hop flavor. I have reason to believe that the server wasn't listening to what I was saying, but much rather picking the most popular item on the menu. The other thing I noticed was the improper use of glassware. I purchased a Speakerswagon Pilsener and got it in another Tulip shaped glass instead of a Flute or Stange. Not sure if they were out of that type of glass or if the bartender didn't know what they were serving, but I must say its been happening quite a bit in the area lately.

Other than that, the service came with a smile which made up for a lot of the things I just pointed out. The selection of beer was slightly above average, as most of the menu was their own brew with a couple of "guest" entries which was mostly local, like Half-Acre. I could have used a few more imports to choose from.

Food was also slightly above average. The sausage appetizer was a treat and pizza's crust was baked to perfection. I ordered the hottest pizza and it definitely didn't pack any heat. I tried using one of the hot sauces available and that barely helped. Some minor adjustments and fine tuning on their "hot" items will go a long way.

I'll need to stop in again, but most first impression was a positive one and I'll recommend Haymarket to others. I'll also continue to come back to it with the hope that they'll change a few of the minor details I mentioned. Location is key and this place definitely has plenty of potential to hit the bull's eye and become a staple in the neighborhood.

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Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

I have been here a few times now - held off from first visit due to allowing them time to get the kinks out back when they first opened. Most recent visit is source of rating.

Two bar offerings - for whatever reason - I just haven't felt comfortable at the front bar - maybe it's just the setup. The back bar room just seems more like pub.

Service has been spotty - but getting better

Great variety of house brews and very nice selction of guest drafts. Focus of house beers is to hops and belgian styles. More barrel aged to come as Pete gets that going. I really liked most of the house beers I tasted. The belgians were mixed results - liked the double - not the trippel. IPA and Double IPA were very good.

Interesting guest drafts like a collaboration between Shorts and Half Acre - and another from Flossmor Station.

It all falls apart with the food. Most recent visit I ordered a so-called house specialty pizza with house cured bacon. There were maybe 10 small pieces of bacon. One slice had no bacon. If house curing it makes it special - why not highlight the bacon versus skimping on it? Another in our party had the house sausages - she wasn't impressed. I had tried them in the first days after opening and felt the same way.

The food is not keeping up with the beer...The beer warrant an A rating - the food a D rating

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Photo of Eman17
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of schroeder1200
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
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 WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The Haymarket Brewery located near the Loop of Chicago was good place to visit. The bar area was large with many TVs to watch your favorite Chicago team. Plently of tables and high tops along with a lengthy bar with numerous seats. The quality of the beer was great. The server we had was not very good. He didnt really know beer and was kind of slow. The beer selection was very good. There were 10 home made beers on tap and several guest offerrings. The bottle menue was good....but I noticed this bar seemed particulary to favor IPA and Belgian ales. Outside of that there was not much to choose from. Didnt try the food....so good luck with that. The value was fine. What I liked most about this place was the ability to but 4oz tasters...even of the guest beers...no other place has ever offered that awesomeness!

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Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,654 ratings
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