Emerson's Ale House

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Type: Bar, Eatery

113 S Emerson St
Mount Prospect, Illinois, 60056-3219
United States

(847) 870-1996 | map

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Added by Treebs on 12-13-2011

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 2
Reviews by Jas45678:
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4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Great burgers, decent brew selection, but not enough taps.

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Photo of bcaputo99
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Florida9
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Emerson's has the feel of "high-end" dive bar with a atmosphere that is much more bar than restaurant. There is a large square bar in the middle with a few booths and tables around the edges. Most everything is dark colored wood, though the rear wall is done in a simple mosaic. And like every dive bar, part of the atmosphere includes the requisite drunks populating the bar stools.
Beer selection is slightly better than the average restaurant, but is average (or even below-average) in terms of beer-bars. Drafts are fairly limited with the two most exciting drafts being GI Green Line and Matilda. Bottles include Founders, Three Floyd's, Bell's ("when available") and a couple of the standard Belgians (Chimay and Karmeleit). As an indication of how "seriously" this place takes their beer, Shiner Bock is humorously listed as "Shiner Bach" on the menu as I am more than confident not a single person in this bar knows what a Bock actually is or that the listing is incorrect.
Food is fairly average bar food and not even worth commenting on.
Our server was attentive, friendly, and considerate, but knew little about beer or even the menu. Upon running out of SNPA, she took it upon herself to substitute it with Green Line, which was fine considering I like Green Line, but probably shouldn't have been done without consulting me first. On top of this, she still charged us the higher SNPA price and trying to get the price corrected turned out to be an ordeal not worth the effort.
Overall, with average food, a basic beer menu, and an atmosphere that I'd rather forget than remember, I can't see any reason why I would want to return here.

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Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place recently opened up a few months ago and thought I'd check it out. Went there on a Saturday night, and the place wasn't crowded at all.

The place is a typical square shape with the bar filling in the middle so the seating circles the bar. TV's above the bar, maybe 10 of them. The place reminds me of an upscale (in terms of looks) sports bar. It looked very well kept and cleaned.

The service was fairly average. I could tell a few of the servers had no real formal training and this was some of the first serviing they had done, either that or they just weren't that good. I'll chalk it up to a new place with new employees. I didn't get a pint glass(or any glass for the matter) when I ordered a bottle of Robert the Bruce and it took me asking several times for them to bring one. Also at this point there is no knowledge about the beer besides what they currently have. Educating the servers at a place called "Emerson's Ale House" seems appropriate.

The selection of beer was decent. Nothing to crazy on the bottle list or tap list. Good representation of in state and surrounding state's breweries. I had a Robert the Bruce bottle and an Arrogant Bastard pint on draft.

They have a decent food menu as well. My girlfriend and I split a few appetizers. We did not get any of the entrees so I cannot speak on those, but the appetizers were good. Spinach artichoke dip, chicken wings and sliders were all above average and tasty.

For three apps, two beers and two martinis the bill was around $55. The prices are fairly reasonable on everything.

Overall this is place I'm sure I'll frequent as it's the only other bar worth going to in the area (the other being Blues Bar which is conveniently a block away). They do have ways to go in terms of service and beer knowledge of the servers, but it seems to be trending upward.

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Emerson's Ale House in Mount Prospect, IL
Place rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 7 ratings