Haymarket Pub & Brewery

BEER AVG
3.91/5
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
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:
64
Ratings:
1,567
Reviews:
274
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
231
Reviews:
70
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
6.28%
 
 
Taps:
24
Bottles/Cans:
80
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 231 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.18/5  rDev +1%
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 emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

The Haymarket is an absolute stop if you are in the area, anywhere near downtown. They are brewing up a storm, with about a dozen beers on tap, so I had to be selective. Their bottle selection was decent too. Very attractive environment inside, huge bar, very good service. They were brewing some unusual styles here, hoppy Belgians and the like. Samplers in good glassware in available. Open later than most other places we visited. Music is not too loud. The Hipsters come here. Not the cheapest place for a pint, but also closer to tourist hotels.

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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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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 qcbrewer
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Yetiman420
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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
Pilsner
Belgian Pale Ale
Dubbel
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 Redrover
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was finally able to stop by and check this place out. I used to go to this spot years ago when it was Barneys Market Club. Barneys was known for large steaks, its proximity to the old Chicago Stadium, killer house made potato chips and always answering your order with a “Yes Sir Senator”. You know what; this is a great reuse of a classic Chicago location.

As you enter, you will see a bar to your right and the dining room and tanks to our left. Lots of classic dark wood, a great bar back, cool lighting, etc. There is a larger bar in the back in the SW corner (Halsted Street side). I think the larger bar is a great place to hang out with your friends, watch some sports and graze on the very good food options.

My party of four had diner in the restaurant area and received pretty solid service. The food was very good and I can really recommend you try the homemade sausage platter. Other good choices were the burgers and the braised short rib. Portions are medium sized.

I counted 9 house beers plus a very nice guest tap list and bottle list. I may be in the minority, but I would like to see a few less Belgian style beers and some emphasis on other styles. 7 of the 9 house beers were Belgian inspired/styles. Now having said that, I really enjoyed the Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA and Oscars Belgian Pale Ale. I also had a super fresh Founders Red Rye. I like that you can order beers in 4oz, 12oz, 16oz or 20oz sizes.

Note that they run shuttle buses to and from the Black Hawks and Bulls game, so this is now my new “go-to” place for these events. Street parking can be problematic, but they do offer valet service. I also think this is an easy walk from the two main train stations.

I’m looking forward to a return visit. Yes Sir Senator indeed!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dwagner003
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of orangesol
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Bung
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here on our way out of town for lunch.
Darker interior greats through the revolving door. Blend of contemporary and classic woody stucture. Large open room with view of brewing equipment.
10 house, 13 guest taps listed. Good selection of styles. Almost a bottle shop selection in the coolers behind the bar. Full bar as well, not important for a beer geek, but probably makes this place more accessable for others.
Homemade sausages, pizza a varied enough menu.
Bartender was knowledgeable, brewer was interacting with some of the patrons.
Would be here often if I lived in Chicago, much better than Goose or Rock Bottom in my opinion.

I wish I would've stopped here earlier in the trip.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

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Photo of markgugs
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.89/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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