Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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

View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 231
Photo of dcsoke
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

 1,167 characters

Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

 1,731 characters

Photo of W_Des
2.94/5  rDev -29%
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.

 774 characters

Photo of beertooth
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

 2,001 characters

Photo of wort01
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

 1,101 characters

Photo of immobilisme
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

 879 characters

Photo of bigkingken
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

 2,200 characters

Photo of cookiemonstr
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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....

 728 characters

Photo of EricCioe
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

 1,832 characters

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

 735 characters

Photo of ferrari29
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

 2,552 characters

Photo of sweethome
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
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

 1,338 characters

Photo of Jackofallbrews
3.72/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

 793 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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!

 819 characters

Photo of tapman
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Typical brewpub atmosphere: brick walls, sight where you can see the brewing equipment, etc. Lots of t.v.s which is nice for catching a game now and then. However, good luck getting a seat as this place is treated like a yuppie hangout by many locals.

I agree with a lot of the other reviewers. Lots of people with mixed drinks and wine. So many bars do those drinks better, why not leave us a space at the bar for beer drinkers at a brewpub.

Anyways, the beers are pretty good and slightly better than some of the other breweries around, like Rock Bottom and Metropolitan, though not outstandingly so. Food is pricey and they do try to switch it up. Compared to other brewpubs it is relatively below average in price, which is a damn shame.

Service is fine, though the servers, besides the bartender, are pretty unknowledgeable about the beers.

Plenty of house brews and a great guest tap. Plus as others have mentioned, the four sizes (4oz, 12oz, 16oz and 20oz) is great. I did the math and they charge per ounce so you won't be charged more for a 12oz serving than a 16oz. That's pretty cool.

I guess the food is alright. They do offer vegan entrees most of the time, but the menu changes randomly so when I brought my vegan friend here, luring him by saying that they had a decent vegan menu, much to our surprise the menu went from four or five options to one vegan option. Inconsistent.

The brewer here is the old brewer from Rock Bottom and makes fine brews. Check them out and support craft beer.

 1,512 characters

Photo of sdaly3
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

 234 characters

Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

When I visited Chicago for NYE 2010, I stopped in this place. They had just opened on Christmas Eve and none of their brews were ready yet. However, they have a 30-tap capacity, and already had a good 15-20 working, with a Founders event lined up. I'd definitely go back to this place when it's fully operational. Food was very tasty, and the staff was friendly.

I think my favorite aspect of the bar was the drink size options. For just about every beer on tap, you could choose to get a 4oz., 8oz., 16oz., or 20 oz. Great option for your mood depending on whether you want to do some adventurous sampling, or relax with your favorite pint.

I'm very interested to go back to this bar and see what's up now that it's in full operation and they have their own brews going.

 774 characters

Photo of cagocubs
3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

It's nice to have a place like this in the West Loop. Good and easy location to get to.

The layout is nice with a long bar divided from a dining room area. The bar gets crowded at busy hours with people trying to move and you find yourself dodging people if you can't find a place at the bar. The actual dining area is great. A nice comfortable place to sit with a group and enjoy some beers.

The service is good. A host is awaiting you to try and find you a table. I usually check in and have a beer from the bar while I wait. The service is kind and quick.

They have the essentials in terms of selection. They have nice examples of beers and carry many good beers. However, if you are looking for a surplus of selection, you can find places with a larger beer menu.

The one downfall of this place is their food. I have had multiple things from their menu, and each time I have not been impressed by the food. I would be content getting their chili as my meal from now on.

Overall, a good feel, selection, and service. Good beer, mediocre food.

 1,052 characters

Photo of smartassboiler
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 1,326 characters

Photo of Suds_Suds
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

 511 characters

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I stopped by here with all my BA buddies to check out the Founders event. Not a bad location over in the West Loop, a quick walk from downtown. I walk in and holly cow, this place is huge; a bar area to the right, a table area, then a huge bar in the back with more tables. I'm not really down with the decor. Modern, spacious, lots of wood and metal, not much decorations. Feels more like a regular Chicago chatch bar than it does a brewpub. I like more brewpubs with more personality, cozier environment. I'm just not totally feeling it...Service was decent but slow, granted it was a crazy release so I can't comment too much, I don't think they were prepared for the crowd that came...They had 11 Founders on tap, a couple other good things. None of their beer was ready, so I'll have to come back to re-evaluate. They have a big bottle list, about 50. I'm not impressed though. BELGIAN heavy with almost exclusively Belgian and American Belgian style beers. Most everything that was there were staples I can get anywhere. They did have quite a few Lost Abbey beers but they were over 20 per bottle...I didn't have the food but it looked pretty good, above average bar food.

I've got re-try this place when the beer comes out, but right now I can tell this isn't a haunt I will be frequenting much unless their beer is unreal. Just not the right scene or feel.


I came back they released some beers. Solid beers, nothing special yet. I'll be back in a few months. Guest draft list was sick though, tons of awesome ipas (hop rod rye, dreadnaught, dc)

 1,564 characters

Photo of dirtylou
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
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

 702 characters

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Spent an afternoon drinking here recently. Dark beer bar meets brewpub atmosphere. Emphasis on the dark. We took up residence at the bar and got to work. I loved that every beer could be ordered in the sample size. I managed to sample everything they had on tap. Some were better than others but all solid. I was very happy to see some traditional guezue on the bottle list. I ordered a few of those to finish my visit. The bartenders were really nice and made sure we never had empty glasses. We didn't try any food since we had dinner plans.

Overall a decent brewpub to spend an afternoon drinking.

 602 characters

Photo of Florida9
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 1,509 characters

Photo of BeerOps
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 1,059 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,540 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.