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The Map Room

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

220 Reviews
The Map RoomThe Map Room
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

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

(773) 252-7636 | map
www.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
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
338
Avg:
4.43
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
230
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 220 | Ratings: 338
Reviews by kensuthe:
Photo of kensuthe
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Atmosphere - The Map Room has the feel of a dark, comfy neighborhood taproom on steroids. The room is somewhat narrow without feeling cramped, with the bar following most of the right side of the room, tables following most of the left side, and pool tables and more seating towards the back. Expect to see a lot of wood in the architecture, and windows interspersed with old magazines and documentation along the outside-facing wall. Chalkboards over the top of the bar tell you what's on tap, what's new in bottles, and what specials are available on a given day of the week. The rest of the upper area is full of bottles and bar schwag, with shelves full of glassware and an industrial coffee machine on the wall behind the bar. The beer coolers are off to the side behind the bar, heading towards where the kegs are stored. The restrooms are located to the left of where the bar ends. The map room doesn't serve food, only drinks.

Quality - The beverages are served in the proper glassware and at the proper temperatures. I have yet to get anything from either the tap or the bottle here that wasn't exactly how it should have been.

Service - The service is good, even though the place can be packed to capacity. One slight complaint is that it can get a little loud and the bartender might have a little trouble hearing your order. There are usually several bartenders working at any given time later in the evening. And even though not all bartenders are created equal, they all do a pretty good job here.

Selection - The draft selection clocks in at somewhere around 20 to 30 beers available, but from my experience I'd say they have a high turnover on their taps. The bottle selection fills up the entire back side of the laminated beer menu, with close to 250 options sorted alphabetically by brewery. There are often cask-conditioned options, monthly and weekly specials, and new options to try, and the menu can change somewhat frequently.

Value - The price for a draft or a bottle is pretty reasonable, and three of us drank lively for two or three hours at no great cost to any of us. The one complaint that some people have is that the price of bottles isn't listed on the menu, but if you're familiar with given styles or breweries then you should know well enough to make an educated guess. Or you could always ask, but that's not as much fun.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Carpentiere
3.84/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hopfarts
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of IceAce
5/5  rDev +12.9%
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 tbeckett
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.85/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Mgm54
4.18/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.67/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of pbgnar
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
3.83/5  rDev -13.5%
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 -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.86/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of jophish17
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Kegatron
4.11/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.
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