Fischman Liquors & Tavern

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

51 Ratings
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Beer-to-go

4780 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60630-3629
United States

(773) 545-0123

// CLOSED //

Notes:
Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat: 10:00 am - 1:00 am
Sun: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Added by emerge077 on 06-06-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
14
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
3.95%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

2014: At a recent blind tasting event, we were lied to by the bar staff in a misguided attempt to "prove a point". Before the tasting they said all the beers were from different breweries, then the next day posted that they were all from Three Floyds. On facebook they said something to the effect it proved all FFF beers aren't the same, which it doesn't if you lie about it. There was an actual beer prize if you won, which of course no one did, and made the experience all the more dishonest and misleading.

2013: Been here a number of times... Store selection has always been great. In general though, the staff doesn't really know much about the beer. Often times, new releases are sitting around in cases on the floor, and aren't in the system/for sale, so i'll just wind up buying them elsewhere.

The bar is a real no-frills dive full of townies, and I enjoy dive bars, but this one doesn't offer much besides a good beer selection. The food truck events are a better time to go, with a more diverse crowd (not exclusively old drunks). Sought after beers on their printed list always seem to be tapped out in person, and draft prices have crept up.

The place is great on paper, but can be hit or miss in my experience. A good local spot for Jeff Park locals, not really an all-city destination. They sure did hire some slick marketing though. Seems like a lot of potential, but not there yet.

6-6-2011
Stopped in here today after passing by and remembering seeing it on beermenus. It's a small liquor store with an adjacent "tap room" bar (sadly a dying breed in Chicago, one with any good beer is especially rare). Walking by the bar, the front windows were open and there was an island bar in the center with seating on all sides. 4 clusters of taps around the bar, the one closest to the window had Firestone Walker Double Jack and Lagunitas IPA.

Inside the store, beer coolers with craft bombers were the first thing on the left, lines from Stone and Three Floyds including Dreadnaught and Blackheart. The aisle on the left side held all the beer, a broad selection focused on US craft on the warm shelves. Full lines from Victory, Bells, DFH, Goose, FFF, Founders, Half Acre (x6), Metropolitan, Southern Tier, Two Brothers, recently arrived Boulevard, Green Flash, Uinta, even Madrugada Obscura (in a corner liquor store!?). A few quality imports including Mikkeller, Chimay, Hitachino, Unibroue. Overall a very respectable selection in this small shop. There were written signs mentioning they will special order beers if you ask. Behind the counter on a high shelf was Infinitum, Ovila, and Old Curmudgeon. Cashier was friendly enough, but generally they lack any beer knowledge.

For the Jefferson Park area, there's not much in the way of beer bars or decent stores. WFM Sauganash is over 2 miles away, Golden Leaf Liquor is even further. Fischman's kills 2 birds with 1 stone with a great craft beer store & tap room combo.

Sweet FFF mural around back:
http:[email protected]/5540641974/

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerOps
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

This is a small little store front but it packs a great deal of good beer into that space. I really liked all the local gems as well as a good solid number of craft brews from around the states and some good uncommon beers from Europe. I will be back.

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4.72/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.81/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of joe1510
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Fischman's is basically your standard, old school liquor store that has a solid craft beer selection at good prices. Sometimes I don't want to talk to an employee about what's new (won't happen here) i just want to run in and grab a six pack from a good selection (happens and be gone (happens here). I usually stop in here on my way to go shoot some pool.

There's really not a whole lot to say about this place except they have a solid selection at reasonable prices. If you're in the area it's worth a stop, if you're not in the area there's better liquor stores around the city. There are some things floating around on the shelves here that have been sold out at other, better known stores.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tim007007
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Chris-1911
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Definitely add this place to your list of "go-to" stores. For sure one of the best independents in Chicago. Small, but densely packed with good selections. Probably the best selection of local beers that I have come across. You can occasionally find gems, but just like everywhere else they disappear fast. You can get on the mailing list for email updates about new arrivals. Always nice to get beer updates delivered to your inbox. Lots of interesting tap takeovers and other events at the bar. Almost always have a couple unique / hard to find things on draft you will be excited about.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.43/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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Fischman Liquors & Tavern in Chicago, IL
4.3 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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