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The Map Room

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

221 Reviews
The Map RoomThe Map Room
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-4560
United States

(773) 252-7636 | map
maproom.com

Notes:
CASH ONLY (as of June 2009)
ATM on premise

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
No alcohol served before 11:00am.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

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PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
341
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
230
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by bditty187:
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4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

It wasn't love at first sight. The Map Room was smaller than I thought. A bit more worn and dingier than I though.

When we stopped it was about 5pm on a Monday night. The seats at the bar were all taken and there was roughly 10 other people milling around. We grabbed a seat as close to the bar as possible.

For some reason I was expecting more taps and more American beer on tap too. I got over it quickly. Over the next five hours or so we drank Hop Rod Rye, Hop Ottin', Allagash Curieaux, Houblon Chouffe, Hitachino Nest Celebration, and Victory Prima Pils all on draft. The bottle selection was very good, we got a bottle of Flossmoor IPA, GL Imperial Dortmunder and Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor (which we got on the house). Overall the beer selection was great, nice diversity and some rare gems in the mix as well. Every beer was served in, more or less, the proper glassware.

There was free food to munch on which was a nice bonus.

The service was great. Every time I ordered at the bar I got my beer in minutes plus they ordered us a Taxi at the end of the night. They even found the Cubs game on the TV for us (as it was blacked out in ESPN). That took sometime as neither bartender seemed to be much of a sports fan.

We got caught in a bad thunderstorm/tornado warning which was nothing for a couple of Nebraskans. We waited the storm out, the bar got fairly full by the end of the night as people were seeking refuge.

I enjoyed The Map Room and will return but not on a busy night as the small bathrooms and lack of space overall worries me. Is The Map Room the beer geek Mecca it is made out to be? I am not sure after one visit. If nothing else the beer selection is very good in a small, neighborhood bar.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smb
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AlanFollett
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite Chicago multi-tap, and a place I make it a point to visit several times on every Chicago visit. Great draft and bottle selection, with new items almost daily. Nice, beer-savvy people on both sides of the bar.

Oh, and they now do take credit cards.

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Photo of Carpentiere
3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is my neighborhood bar... a mere two blocks away from my home of the last 15 years.
The Map Room is widely known and loved by most. It was a pioneer in brining Chicagoans a wide variety of craft beers.

I started going in 2003 after returning from England and finding out that The Map Room had an engine that poured English beers from a cask.

My only suggestion is that they should serve flights.

Visit The Map Room when you are in Chicago ... But, know that there is much more in what many here believe is becoming the center of the third generation of craft brewers.

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Photo of kfmeke
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.61/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hopfarts
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of IceAce
5/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My go-to, very first stop when visiting Chicago. Possibly tied with Belmont Station in Portland as my favorite place in the US to bend my elbow. Fantastic beer selection, well-educated staff and, well...it is truly a Map Room!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Mgm54
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.67/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of pbgnar
4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Map room consistently has a solid tap list and more than a few interesting bottles. Only issue is that they seem to run out of what you are looking for quite often. Not to worry! A quick chat with the bartender will result in you finding a new beer or even brewery that is just as good, or better, than the one you were originally seeking.

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Photo of jschott75
4.18/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
3.83/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This is a good craft brew place to visit. Seemed to be set up like a coffee shop, but with craft beer. Meaning, ample space to set up your labtop and get some work done, while enjoying local brews. The service was fine, but slow, but that was mostly due to another patron and a long winded story. Selection was fine, and they had several local options. But the selection didn't blow me away. The place came highly recommended, and while not quite living up to hype, I'd still recommend checking out.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.86/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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