Northdown Cafe and Taproom

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

16 Reviews
Northdown Cafe and TaproomNorthdown Cafe and Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

3244 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-1109
United States

(773) 697-7578 | map
www.northdownchicago.com

Notes:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 2am
Saturday: 9am - 3am
Sunday: 9am - 2am

Added by KickInTheChalice on 06-21-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
52
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
5.67%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
100
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 52
Reviews by Fluffheady:
Photo of Fluffheady
3.34/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 1.5

This place looks and feels like a west coast bar. There's pinball machines and tap handles all over the wall. But it’s just not....right. I want to like it so badly.

Their draft list is super cool, short, and quality over quantity.

As for the food, well, I was embarrassed for them. They charged $22 for a charcuterie plate. There were three meats on the plate. Two of the meats were literally 2 circular slices each of poor quality salami. The cheese was sliced insanely small. I get charcuterie at nearly every place I go. I f***ing love cured meats and cheeses. Not only was this about $8 overpriced, but it SUCKED. The rest of the food we had was pretty sub par. I know this is a beer website, but I was so floored at how bad it was, it had to be included.

I don’t know what to think. It is honestly awkward for me not to like a bar with this good of beer. I’ll probably give it another chance, but it won’t be my only planned destination of the night. **edit - I met several people in Amsterdam who had been to and like Northdown. I’m definitely going to give them another chance.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of nickfl
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A reasonably sized beer bar, a bit more of a hipster vibe (especially from the staff the night we were there) than Green Lady down the street. They have food, but we did't try it. The beer selection is excellent, they were having a Perennial tap takeover of sorts the night we were there and we took advantage. Service was good, if a bit unrushed, and the beer quality was superb. Definitely a must stop in Chicago.

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Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of kylehay2004
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of orangesol
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of muskiesbadgersnbeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Pedro13
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best, great people great selection!

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Photo of MikeSchieve
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Barnoloid
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Worst service in the city, but damn they have great events and quality beers

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of stephensinner
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of HealthyOne
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Relatively smaller tap list by today's standards (12), but packs a serious punch. FFF's, Mikkeller, Surly, Off Color all seem to have a big presence. Always an interesting selection with a lot of beers you don't often see on tap. Bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly without being pretentious. Food has sometimes taken a minute to get but is worth the wait. Love this place!!!

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Photo of misternebbie
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of beinerso
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Kraj30
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

very solid for lakeview... loved that FFF is always on tap

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Photo of dexterk1
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of drewone
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Nuggetz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Irishace9
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of birdsellam
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Robyn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Northdown Cafe and Taproom in Chicago, IL
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