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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 by woodychandler:
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The sign on the side of the building advised, “Don’t be lost.” Well, as a beer traveler trying to make his way to The Map Room for only the third time in his life, I felt compelled to start with a FOUND-ers, and in this case, the Back Rye. Thanks again to Sopor for having opened my eyes to the magic of rye.

They are located on the corner of Hoyne and Armitage Streets with the doorway on the southeast corner. The long bar started just inside the door, to the right and lo and behold there was an empty seat, so I found myself pretty quickly upon arrival. I thought I heard some voices coming from the buffet just to the left of the door, but before I could act on it, the Melissa Leo-look-alike bartender with dreads came over and complimented me on my beard. It was like home, sweet home. Hers was an appropriate comment, since the little voices that I had heard were saying things like “I like your beard.”; “Neat jacket.”; “Cool glasses.”; “Great shoes.” I was baffled, since I did not see anyone and my psychosis usually does not come on full strength until much later in the day. When I inquired, Megan (the bartender) told me that because it was the afternoon of the ChiSox/Cubs game, the bar had gotten a barbecue buffet from Leon’s BBQ at 2418 N. Ashland Street and the buffet was complimentary! Very complimentary, if you ask me. Ha ha. I simply cannot resist these jokes. Thank you, I’ll be here all evening.

The Beer Menu looked like the old elective curriculum choice sheet from when I was a high school student. It was on 8.5” x 14” paper, printed front (draft beer) and back (bottled beer), with the reverse in agate-type because there were so many of them. I urge you to check out “A Traveler’s Guide to the Map Room.” This had to be one of the most comprehensive explanations of beers and their styles that I have ever seen, outside of a full-blown book.

The space was long and narrow, so let us reorient ourselves at the entrance and face aft. To the immediate right was the bar. The back bar was an amalgam of a coffeemaker/cappuccino machine; wood shelves with whiskies; and glassware of every shape and stripe. Above the back bar were a total of eight blackboards, detailing specials and upcoming beers. To the left of the back bar was a tribute to past taps; three shelves of spent bottles; a ceramic Chouffe gnome; and in the left corner, a cooler that would set any beer traveler to drooling. Proceeding aft were the washrooms, still on the right-hand side, followed by a map of Chicago neighborhoods, a collage of US maps, then a raised-relief world’s continents mural that extended all of the way aft, past the pool table and wrapped around to the back wall. The left wall started off as a series of bookshelves, primarily filled with National Geographic magazines, but also with quality brewspapers. The overhead was a pressed-tin ceiling with a ceiling fan, plus the walls were ringed with multi-national flags and tin signs. It was a cartography buff’s dream.

Are there any specials offered? Yes, but on Fridays, “You’re already special.” Aw, shucks. Gee, thanks.

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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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