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Type: Bar, Eatery

601 N State St
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-3834
United States

(312) 266-4932 | map

Located downstairs below Pops for Champagne.

Open Monday to Saturday 5:00 pm to 2:00 am
Kitchen open late, Closed Sunday.

Added by ferrari29 on 07-24-2011

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Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 5
Reviews by lurpy1:
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2.63/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4

Not a place for beer enthusiasts. It is in the basement of Pop's Champagne on State and Ohio - a very stylish and somewhat swank champagne place. Downstairs, the atmosphere is somewhat forced, like the proprietors bought a "dive beer 101" kit and went to town. Fairly comfy, but too sceney and fake. The selection was a series of regional bottled microbrews, FFF, Goose, GLBC, and Bell's, Jolly Pumpkin were a few I noticed. All in all, about 25 bottles. Oh, and 2 tap beers. Yes, 2. 2! Fortunately, they were both terrific, Blackout Stout and Jolly Pumpkin Noel Casomethingsomething. Prices, however, were ridiculous. Some Jolly Pumpkin bombers were over $35. Service was not good, and it can only partially be blamed on crowds. We did like the little dessert we got.

You can find good beer here, but you will pay too much and you will be limited in selection. Unless you are desperate for a decent beer and unwilling to walk any further, I say avoid.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.3/5  rDev +32.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Watershed attempts to project a local Great Lakes focus, much like Farmhouse, but on a smaller scale. Entrance through the Pops door on the corner, past the bar to the back corner door with a "W" overhead. Dim loungey grotto vibe, a trio of booths along the back wall, a few tables, and several scattered armchairs and endtables near the bar area. Low slung bar with armchairs, a nice wood back bar with glass shelving. The vibe felt a little forced, but was comfortable enough once we settled in.

2 taps (currently Greenbush Norton the Second DIPA and Solemn Oath Oubliette), rotating seasonal bottles from regional microbreweries like Pipeworks (2x including Last Kiss), Central Waters (Slainte, Satin Solstice), Founders, Jolly Pumpkin (3x including Weizen Bam), Two Brothers (Revelry), Tyranena (Headless Alt, Devil Made Me), Metropolitan, and Three Floyds (P&J, Gumballhead). Sadly the Pipeworks beers were $20-24, 100% markup from retail. Bottles ranged from $6-$25 for JP 750s, drafts were $6. To say this isn't a place for beer enthusiasts would be an outright misrepresentation. Prices range from average to expensive, typical for River North, though a $6 DIPA draft is actually pretty cheap for this area.

Service was up and down, the host at the door refused us a table for four since there was supposedly a beer dinner happening, but for the hour we were there, there were six empty tables and three parties seated after us at tables that were only drinking, including an odd pair of young guys with matching bad red hair dye. Our server came by and said they had wrong info at the door, but didn't offer a table either. Food/drink service was timely and the dishes we ordered came out quickly. Small plates and charcuterie is what the focus seemed to be. The cold smoked duck jerky was good, so was the pork & duck rillette, though it wasn't very smooth texture-wise. Curds were crispy and tasty, though the sauces were a little bland.

It's River North and pretty much what you'd expect, though it's something of an oasis from nearby uber-pretentious and tourist places, but not really an essential one. It tries to be homey and laid back, but still felt a little forced and pretentious. Several bars nearby would be better suited as beer destinations, Farmhouse, Clark St. Ale House, Jake Melnicks, Stout, etc. This is more of an after work spot for the downtown 9-5 crowd.

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Watershed in Chicago, IL
3.25 out of 5 based on 5 ratings.
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