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
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
Score:
98
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
339
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
230
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 339
Reviews by nogoodreason:
Photo of nogoodreason
4.8/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

There is a palpable love of beer in this place.

A long, narow room that was fairly crowded when we arrived. Regardless, we were able to find seating immediately.

They have a great number of beers on tap, focusing mostly on Belgian (St. Bernardus Abt 12, Tripel Karmeliet, Saison Dupont, Delerium Tremens and more) and US Micro selections (Bell's Two-Hearted, DFH 90 Minute, Allagash White, etc.) with several British and German options thrown in for good measure. One thing that pleased me greatly was a lack of macroswill. Very few bars have this broadness of selection without throwing the macros a bone.

The service was remarkable, all beers are served in the brewer's branded glassware. On top of that, each glass is hit with a rinser before being used in order to promote head retention. Talk about going that extra step. The bartenders though obviously busy, were friendly and knowledgable.

The only thing against this place was the noise. The music was loud and the crowd equally loud. We were able to converse at our table, though it required raised voices. I think this place would be even better on a week night.

A definite must-see when you're in Chicago.

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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 tbeckett
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

Photo of jophish17
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of SergeLowpz
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.
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