The Map Room

BA SCORE
98
world-class

344 Ratings
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:
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.

Added by jackndan

PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
344
Reviews:
222
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 344 |  Reviews: 222
Reviews by cratez:
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3.49/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1 | selection: 5

Came here with my girlfriend during a recent trip to Chicago.

VIBE: crowded hard rock/metal dive bar. Surly bouncers check for I.D. at the door. Clientele seems to be a mix of insecure, stuck-up regulars and students getting pie-faced. Not my type of place.

SERVICE: laughably abysmal bartenders. They wouldn’t allow us to run a tab, so we had to pay for each set of drinks, which ends up costing more since you have to tip every time in order to get served. Also, The Map Room calls itself a "traveller’s tavern," but the laundry list of rules contradicts that theme. No debit or credit, order at the bar (no table service), no food available, and no wine or liquor list, even though they offer both. Servers were hostile and made me feel rushed while ordering. The last straw was when I asked the barkeep what type of wine he was giving me (after I requested their best "white" for the lady) and he simply turned the bottle so the label was facing me. I withheld my tip and we left after finishing our drinks. Very pathetic service.

SELECTION: obviously the big (perhaps only?) draw here. Gargantuan draught and bottle lineups with many hard-to-find beers. I went with a 3Floyds Dreadnaught IPA and Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner on tap, and a can of Half Acre Daisy Cutter. Other draughts included Firestone Walker Parabola, Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, and Stiegl Paracelsus Zwickl. In terms of bottles, De Ranke XX Bitter, The Bruery Coton, and Victory Headwaters Pale caught my eye. However, my girl did not enjoy her mixed drinks and she thought the wine was just okay.

OVERALL: this bar boasts one of the best craft beer menus in the city and that is why it has such a high rating. But for me the shoddy service, bizarre set-up, and annoying drunken patrons overshadow the great selection. Although I quaffed three excellent beers, I likely won’t return. A disappointing experience.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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

Photo of CLEtoCINtoCHI
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Love this place. Outstanding selection - with a heavy bias for high-octane brew and belgians. Great vibe. Appealing as both a place to relax with a brew or get some work done on a Friday afternoon as it is a place to spend an entire evening exploring delicious brews.

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Photo of mig100
3.93/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | 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 fermentedbarley
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

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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
4.44 out of 5 based on 344 ratings.
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