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Two Brothers Roundhouse

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

13 Reviews
Two Brothers RoundhouseTwo Brothers Roundhouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

205 N Broadway
Aurora, Illinois, 60505-2663
United States

(630) 264-2739 | map
twobrothersroundhouse.com

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Added by emerge077 on 06-27-2011

PLACE STATS
Score:
91
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
55
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
4.4%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 55
Reviews by JoeAC:
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Went with the wife and kids and had a great time. I believe the restaurant has only been open a month and a half, and it definitely feels like a work-in-progress (there are still many elements of its previous incarnation as Walter Payton's Roundhouse evident), but the space is very open with lots of nice, dark wood--a beautiful space with loads of potential.

The food was exceptional, especially the Roundhouse Burger (you can see their menu and descriptions at their website), and we were told an expanded menu will be coming in a few weeks. Along with the food, the service was also excellent. Our server was more than willing to discuss both the food and beer menus, and occasionally, other servers would chime in with recommendations or comments.

My only disappointment was that beyond the regular Two Brothers portfolio, only two extra beers--an imperial pilsner and a porter--were on tap (I didn't try either). I had a Hop Juice on tap, and it was fantastic. Another disappointment (which you may or may not care about) was that the only beer-to-go was in growlers, no bombers or six-packs, and they didn't have any other gear for sale (no pint glasses or t-shirts, et cetera).

You should absolutely go here if you're in the neighborhood (we were at the nearby outlet mall), but I wouldn't make a special pilgrimage just yet. The space needs time to develop its own unique personality and settle into its true potential. I assume much of this review will be nullified in a few months time, but this was my experience.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ZEB89
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of johunnic
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of roncho67
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great food, Good food, very cool building. The roundhouse is an awesome place! Two Brothers lucked into an awesome situation! Good job fellas!

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Photo of ChiCubs78
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Huge brewpub/eatery with great food and a large beer selection. Stop at the main entrance bar where they occasionally randall their fresh brews with hops. Plenty of to go beer available via growler or bottle.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

As an Aficionado (my current BA title) and an urbanist (and someone who did not get along with his brother in a business venture), this brewpub was on my list for a long time. Plus, their original brewery later was built three miles from my childhood home.
Amazingly, I got everything tied together in one visit (well, not the sibling reconciliation... that was too complicated to do over a beer.)

First, why we are here: the beer. Over this century and perhaps 100 bottles, my general impression: good, sometimes very good, but not yet great. These 2 Bros built their business on two cash cows (Cane & Ebel, and Domain Dupage... for both, I like the brew along with the double meanings in the names.) I frequently try their other offerings and go back to a few... but more based on sentiment and support for local efforts than extraordinary quality.

This outing, I had a flight of four to get warmed-up and the DuPage biere de guarde with the meal. All good. All worth the price... well, maybe the dish was undistinguished. But, a Northwind stout with chocolate ice cream made up for the dish.

Stop right now, unless you want to hear about my urbanist side.
Retired from the headaches of developing mostly affordable housing, I now blog about central stations. (If you are interested, ask for the link to my series on Americans largest central stations.)
I'm also a transportation gadfly and wrote an article for changing how Chicagoland funds this. A former staffer from the key agency (also a blogger) emails me. He lives in nearby Naperville. We take the train here. And, we solve every cities' problems with beers !

The Two Bros are to be commended for this adaptive reuse and saving one of the oldest and largest 19th Century roundhouses. It adjoins the multi-modal Aurora Transportation Center. And if you take the train from Chicago, you will come to it through 30 miles of suburban sprawl. Aurora's downtown is mid-way through its revitalization. Among Chicago's several satellite rust-belted cities, Aurora's chances are best.

There is a lot wrapped up in this roundhouse. You will enjoy it.
Maybe now, I should bring my sibling.

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Photo of Azz
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of firkingroovin
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.6/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Aurora is like the odd suburb where everyone is Mexican but there is a massive brewery complex in the middle of town. The Roundhouse is attached to the working train station and contains the restaurant, brewery,an event space, a second bar and what not.

9 regular taps and 2 seasonals at the main bar, and sadly the DIPA was sold out. Boring lineup, as expected from a boring brewery. But the food menu is cool (if not always well-executed), with a series of small plates including risotto, corn croquettes, bone marrow, vegan tacos and duck’n’grits).

Check out the separate casual café to the left as you enter the roundhouse- they have three taps with better brews than at the main bar (Smoked Black Tea, Imperial Stout, HopJuice, Berliner Weisse). Very expensive and widely unsatisfying, but still worth a trip.

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Photo of jeffrotell
4.5/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bryanweppner-123
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Zuidman
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Davit
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of rossracing
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of bfrank8
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DraftDaddy
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Csikic93
5/5  rDev +22.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great atmosphere, great people, and great beer. I love two brothers. They have really good beer and there are always events going on at the roundhouse. If you ever in the aurora area Two Brothers is a must. It's historic and fun and the people are awesome.

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Photo of kidzord
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of badmotorgrunge
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of bwood06
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Were there for a New Year's Eve party last night. Great selection of beers although a few less Pale Ales would have been appreciated since I tend to like stouts and darker beers better. Although I did try their single stout offering which was excellent. Would definitely go back and highly recommended.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Had to pay $24 for samples, that being said, beer pretty good not top tier. The venue was awesome. Old train station built in 1850s with unique qualities that I couldn't fully take in due to two teens waking up coming in to nag wife (DD) and I when you guys done? Bartender knowledgeable and friendly. Atmosphere extremely airy. Kids gave me a bite of phenomenal bbq wings.

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Photo of michaelsmith11
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Dcar2627
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of iliketigersalot
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora, IL
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