Quenchers Saloon


16 Reviews
Quenchers SaloonQuenchers Saloon

Type: Bar, Eatery

2401 N Western Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2011
United States

(773) 276-9730 | map

Cash only, ATM on site.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My wife and I were walking and came across this place. Walked in and the place looked a bit like a biker bar and an old western saloon. Complete throw back, and I loved it. Bartender was a tough looking guy who could not have been more nice. The crowd was funny......it was a quiet Saturday afternoon and a bachelor/bachelorette party was there organizing for the day and starting with some beers for the bus ride. When they left all that was there was about 10 older fellows who looked like regulars. Completely random crowd. A lot of beer here! They had cans of Pipeworks I was having trouble finding so that was a treat. Didn't try the food, but looked like your basic comfort grub.
Great place....hope to be back

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Photo of matjack85
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Located on the northeast corner or Western Ave. & Fullerton, Quenchers is one of my all time favorite beer bars. It's divided into 2 large rooms plus an outdoor beer garden. The main room houses a large bar, popcorn machine, and several tables, while the second room is used for live entertainment.

Every bartender here is beer savy and they all enjoy talking beer with you. They have close to 300 bottled beers here, many from smaller countries that you don't usually see at other bars. I've had an Isreali beer here, beers from Peru and Argentina, and even a beer from Singapore. They also have an impressive list of Belgians, Germans, and American domestics. They only have about a dozen taps, but they rotate monthly and there is always something new to try. They also offer beer flight samples if you want to try several beers in one visit without having to down a full serving of each. And this is not a snob place either. While they have $10 snifters of craft Belgian beers, they also carry $2 cans of iced cold Genesee Cream Ale along with Blatz and PBRs. It's a friendly bar no matter what your taste or budget. Also check their website for special promotions such as their Euro beer fest, stout week, etc. etc.

As for food, they do have a limited menu of items, but they only offer them after 4pm, so don't come here for lunch if you're coming to eat. Some of the favorites here include Earl's famous chili, and tater tots, and the popcorn is always free.

It can get pretty crowded on nights when they have live entertainment, but any day before 6pm is usually wide open. I've been there at 2pm and was the only one in the place. They don't have their own parking lot, so you either have to find your own street parking, or take either the Fullerton #74 bus or the Western Ave. #49 bus, both of which have stops right there at the corner.

I can't think of any reason why you wouldn't have a good time here.

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place is really dingy looking with a small sized room attached with a stage for music acts. They have a huge international selection in bottles displayed in a cool wooden cooler. Their draft list has a lot of special things on it. It’s super neighbor-hoody, friendly, and charming, but it’s not a place I would take a girl on a first date.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

So we got bored at the Maproom and decided to head here by suggestion... I love it.

This place is like Three Floyds-- only bigger, and in Chicago. It's got a total biker bar feel-- sawdust and peanut shells vibe with wood everywhere. I fucking love it here.
There is a stage in back for bands to play-- I want to see a show here!

The bar had two sours on tap, and several more in bottles. I talked with the bartender for a while and he was great. Very cool guy with tons of knowledge and friendly advice. We split a bottle Cuvee De Ranke by his suggestion and I liked it quite a bit.

The taplist was huge! I certainly plan on coming back here! Prices were good.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
4.1/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is definitly one of the best hidden secrets of Chicago's beer scene. Down the stret from the legedary Fireside bowl and right down the street from the EL.

From the Interenational beer list on the chalkboard above the coolers, or the Craft list on the ajacent side. If you can't find a good beer here you need to keep looking. All beer is priced very affordable unlike many other bars/pubs in the area.

Food is ideal for a great night of good beer drinking. Sandwiches and Tator tots anit nothing wrong with that.

Definitly has a punk/hipster feel but great staff and even better selection.

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Photo of hawks10
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Been to Quenchers a couple times now, figured it was time to add a review...

Usually there on a Friday or Saturday night, can get kind of crowded, one of those beer bars where you might actually have to stand (gasp!) for most of the night...good mix of people that is pretty much typical of any Chicago beer bar...inside is fairly dark with the normal wooden/old look that so many Chicago bars have...bar area itself is fairly large and their is a big chalk board with their taps and some (most?) of their bottles listed...

Had a lot of taps, with a few things that I rarely see on draft...also had a large array of bottles (like 200+ I believe), but since I only get draft when at a bar, this had no bearing on my rating...

A few little TV's, this is definitely not the place to catch a game, more likely the place to catch some crappy local band, but sometimes those are the most fun!!

Overall a pretty good bar with a relatively crappy location (busy intersection) as parking can get rough and it is pretty loud/busy outside...will definitely be visiting again though...

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Photo of RTrain12
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Very awsome place!!! Its about about a hour north of my house. So if were in the area we usually stop at Quenchers.

Very clean place with alot of room to move around. They also have a stage for band to perform. There was music playing in the background when we were there. They also have a instant photo booth if you want to take a pic.

I have only been there twice and there is usualy only one guy working the bar. I think he might be the owner. Very cool guy tho. Later in the night you might have to wait alittle longer for a beer.

If you cant find a beer you like in this place there is something wrong with you! They have well over a 100 beer and I think about 20 taps. Last time I was there it was stout fest. And they had 20 stout taps! So being a stout fan I was happy!

I havent ate here but my brother inlaw had a turkey club sandwich and he said it was good.

Prices are reasonable for chicago area. Overall I really like this place and plan to visit it again!

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Currently an IPA fest is underway for the month of June... 30 IPA's rotating, order 5 from the punchcard, get 1 free.

Ever expanding selection of bombers, including Flossmoor, Port/Lost Abbey, New Holland. Michigan had it's own chalkboard, and the micros were listed by state. There's still the random lager from every country, but the gems have definitely improved here.

Service was excellent, Bob the beer guy gave the rundown on the IPA fest, and chatted when there was free time. Looking forward to going back this month for a few more IPA's... Also, CASH ONLY!

Original review: 02-26-2008

Decided to check out Quencher's for lunch today, hadn't been in there for quite awhile. My choice meal was Frito pie and a Hamm's, purely for nostalgia's sake. The bill was a whopping $6.

I've seen pizzas come out of the kitchen, and they looked good. To their credit, there's a creative list of sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, and it's all very affordable.

The daytime/after work atmosphere of Quencher's is pretty relaxed...a well worn L-shaped wooden bar, wood-lined cooler doors, several breweriana signs scattered around, and a huge chalkboard for the beers. A small tap chalkboard was at the far left end of the bar, in an awkward place, but several were also listed on the bottom of the big board. Ed Fitzgerald was $5, and Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy was also on tap.

There was a photo booth, pinball, and cd jukebox along one wall when you walk in. In the side room, bands play nightly on a small stage, and there are cases full of vintage glassware on the walls. Glad to report the ratty couches of yesteryear have been removed. The crowd is mixed, you will get hipsters, tourists, and local barflies on any given night. Invariably there are people standing right in front of the door, who are waiting at one of two bus stops.

Selection-wise, there are many standby options, especially Belgian/German/UK imports, though nothing too obscure. The US craft selection is more interesting: 3F, Lagunitas, Ommegang, GI Reserves, and a couple from Founders. The bottle count on the lower right corner of the board was at 266 as of 1/08. Admittedly, half of these are crappy lagers from every far flung country in the world, so that whittles it down to only 150 or so worthy options. Random sampling: Aventinus, Orval, Abt. 12, Dupont, Matilda, Boon Kriek, Lagunitas Gnarlywine.

Not my first choice destination, even though I work near here, there are too many other options in the area that win out first.

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Photo of boralyl
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I was in Chicago for business and ended up at this place on a friday w/ about 15 other people who were around for the conference. We got there around midnight and had to wait roughly 10 minutes to get in. The inside has 2 rooms. They are both about the same size. The back room had a band playing, which was nice considering there was no cover charge. The beer selection is on a chalk board above the bar. They have many beers from many countries. During my visit I had a ST Unearthly on draft, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial porter on draft, a ginger beer from Japan and a PBR to cleanse the pallette. The prices were reasonable, and they had some pretty good us microbrews on tap, and in bottles. Their selection of imported beers is larger than the us brews, although about 1/3 of them are crappy lagers/pilsners. The crowd was a mix, a lot of people listening to the band were going for the cheap $3 beers. I had some popcorn, but can't really rate their food. I had a blast there, the band was punk/screamo which I enjoyed. Certainly worth a visit. About 4 blocks aways is a 24 hour mexican restraurant for the munchies, and one more block down is the train.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Without a doubt one of the best kept secrets in Chicago, Quenchers Saloon has it all! The first time I went here, my band played a show in the back room. The staff were warm, friendly and very accommodating. They treat everyone here nicely and offer various beer options to different people. Whether you're into hefeweizens or pale ales, the staff have great knowledge on all of their beer.

While it is quite a ways from any of the major train stops, it only adds to the beauty of it. Nestled on Fullerton & Western, Quenchers doesn't look like much from the outside, but the inside is awesome. There's a table-top Ms. Pac-Man machine in the back, a killer jukebox and plenty of room to stand and drink. It's a very comfortable atmosphere and yeah, there's so many types of beer its ridiculous.

Definitely becoming one of my favorite spots in the Windy City!

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Photo of stevehousebeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Cool rock bar, just off I90 with parking.

They have a nice bottled beer list devided by country and routateing taps. When I say country I mean from America to Ukraine. The mean price for a beer is about 4 bucks.

I found the staff to be both freindly and they know good amount about beer. The staff also has a nice knowalge of the well stocked liquor shelf.

They have a stage but I've never been in for a show, I know they serve food but I have yet to sample it. Overall I like this bar its comfertable and a good place to bring beer fans and your non beer buddies for a fun night out.

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Photo of dotlikeimpact
3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Quenchers is very close to my house so I end up there quite a bit.

Loud, noisy, smokey, this is a dive bar with a good beer selection, do not come here for the ambiance or the 'dedication' to good beer. There is absolutely no attitude about 'good' beer here.

Selection: How many macro lagers can you fit on one board? they seem abcessed (yeah I meant to spell it that way) with having beers from lots of different countries that ll taste the same. Stick to the american craft scene, (anderson, victory, etc.) and you will do well.
They seem to rotate about 15 taps through, although this is not a place I would trust a tap line in.

You will have to bug them for a glass.

You will not pay a lot for your beer.

Go here to enjoy beer that you already know and love, there is no horizon expanding to be found, just comfort.

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Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This worthy destination is, I believe, the first of the better beer bars in Chicago, operating with that goal since 1979.

The beer selection is one of the best in the city, only eclipsed by a few places. On last night's visit they had Capital AUTUMNAL FIRE, Maudite, Chambly Noire, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Spaten Oktoberfest, BBK Pils, Summit Oktoberfest, Bells Oberon, Allagash White, Mad Hatter IPA, Fat Tire, Czechvar, Guinness, Smithwicks, Fullers ESB and Newcastle all on tap. In other words, nice range -- dark, malty, belgian, german, british and hoppy. Something for everyone. I had the Autumnal and it was malty sweet and perfect for a crisp Fall evening.

Quenchers has started serving food at night sometime within the past year. This includes their own pizza menu, which lists a chicago italian beef pizza that has giardinera on it and is pretty darn good for dive bar food. There is also free, salty popcorn (also good with the complimentary hot sauce).

This is a nice place with a neighborhood dive feel. The main entrance opens into the main bar room, with the arcade games now along the front wall, and the L shaped bar at the rear with an extensive bottle collection listed on chalkboards. Beeraphenilia lines the ceilings and walls. Beer history and extensive beer list in one. The back room has a stage (music has started to come back) but also a number of tables including a sitting area with comfy chairs/couches around a tv.

The weak point if anything are the bartenders who can be a bit distant. But, its a relaxed place that usually doesn't get too crowded. And of course it has the added advantage that the Map Room is a nice, between-beer walk away at Armitage and Hoyne.

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Photo of Tbone
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Quenchers has a great local old pub atmosphere, plus Golden Tee, sit-down mis pac-man for 25 cents, and good local music (starting again soon). Food includes rather cheap sandwiches, dogs, brats, and personal pizzas and is decent quality. There is also a free self-serve popcorn machine (with option hot sauce).

The bottle selection is impressive and listed by country (in the top 5 in the Chicago for imports). Drafts number about 12. They rotate regularly and usually include beers from Three Floyds, Unibroue, and Goose Island. They were the first place I saw Ococim Baltic Porter on draft.

Quenchers is 1/2 mile north of Maproom, which is a 1/2 mile north of Piece Brewpub. This makes the Bucktown area the hands-down #1 area of quality brew in the Chicago area.

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Photo of nogoodreason
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place has two thing going for it, and a few things against it.

For it:
1) The beer selection is really broad, there are a few stinkers on the list, but there are quite a few top-knotch beers. Most of their beers are bottled, and they've only got 10 or so tap beers.
2) It's a comfortable place. There was plenty of seating (even on a Saturday), and the music wasn't too loud to talk over.

Against it:
1) The service. The bartender wasn't rude, but he was inattentive. The first few times I ordered, I had to specifically ask for a glass. After a few times he figured out that I wanted a glass and provided one with my beer. Speaking of glasses:
2) They don't have enough glasses, at all. I fail to understand how a pace can go through the motions of developing a beer list as expansive as their while being unprepared to serve this beer in the proper manner.

All in all, I could see spending more time at a place like this, it was easy going and I did get glasses once I asked, but I can't say this is a must-see if you're visiting Chicago. It was close to the Map Room, so it's worth stopping by if you've got time, but if you're short on time, stick to the Map Room, their commitment to beer is much more apparent.

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Photo of jackndan
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Quencher' Saloon: A typical Chicago corner tavern, with a decidedly atypical selection of beer poured very well. North of the very trendy Buck Town area, this Tavern is filled with locals, and those looking to sample from the extensive beer menu. The staff was very helpful, and quick to provide a sample, or to give a recommendation. I understand they have live music, and great food at lunch. But I came and stayed for the beer and the conversation. This Tavern has the most extensive selection of imported beers I have seen in Chicago, and it is the only place to go to try Beers from at least twenty different countries. A must stop if you are in the area, and even if you are not.

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Quenchers Saloon in Chicago, IL
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