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Clark Street Ale House

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

742 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60654-3502
United States

(312) 642-9253 | map
clarkstreetalehouse.com

Notes:
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 4am
Friday - Saturday: 4pm - 5am
Sunday: 5pm - 4am

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
93
Ratings:
110
pDev:
8.54%
 
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Reviews by bobbyc881:
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4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here for the second time on a trip to Chicago.

Had a wonderful evening here... great selection, with a concentration on local stuff. About 16 or so taps, along with a hand-pumped cask ale (which was incredible). Excellent service. Very friendly, attentive bartender who made some very nice recommendations. No food here, but some seriously good pretzel rods all along the bar. Roomy bar with plenty of stools and pub-height tables. Good weather while we were there... so the window up front was open, and the place wasn't smoky at all, despite a number of people smoking.

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Photo of ksolekjr
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Love it

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Photo of Gatch
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Fantastic patio. Solid selection but average for the users on this website. Can't go wrong though. Plenty of Midwest staples and great European beers. For liquor lovers, the selection is stellar. Especially the whiskey/bourbon/scotch. Recommended for anyone in the area.

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Photo of wapcap
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This place surprised me. Its a great place, perhaps one of the best in Chicago. Great, carefully sorted craft beer menu. Foods are solid and they source local. Hours are also solid. Should be a destination for a craft beer lover, beginner or nerd level.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of DMcGirr
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Definitely a no frills atmosphere. Relaxing place to have a drink with great selection and a friendly and knowledgeable staff. I've spent many an enjoyable night here.

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Photo of jophish17
3.34/5  rDev -18.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of srletend
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Thursday night in July around 9 PM. Walked in and heard the blues (spotify?) station. Great music. Couple of local guys standing at the bar. They bantered back and forth with the staff, but never engaged me. Decent beer list, but not anything special. Beer garden area in the back pretty empty too. I can see the potential in this place, but it wasn't there for me (solo) on that Thursday night...

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Photo of 98green
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by at 5 on a Sunday. Dark place with classic metal playing quietly. Almost nobody inside, but the outside beer garden might have been. Came for the Zombie dust, left satisfied. 25 handles and $6 pints ($7 snifters for high abv).

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of evan35
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.47/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

4 am bar right by my place... so solid and always a New Belgium Sour on

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Photo of deakin
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of TheRealPour
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of PYITE86
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Alpar
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of cadaugherty
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here as part of my nearly-weekly excursions into the Big City. It's a cozy little pub, the kind of place I could see drinking at after a long day of working in the Loop or something, with dark-ish wood lining the place, an L-shaped bar to the left, and small tables spread out around the rest of the area. I was surprised to be greeted by a dog upon entering, but he was well-behaved, and I didn't mind much at all. Things were relatively quiet, so I bellied up to the bar, as per usual, and perused the beer list. The draft list wasn't anything overly impressive, but it was relatively expansive considering the place's appeal (...maybe that's not the right word...how about apparent target audience?), with a supposedly custom-brewed pale ale from Two Brothers and offerings that included Three Floyds, Boulevard, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Two Brothers, Metropolitan, and Southern Tier, among others. Pint glasses seemed to rule the day, but I only partook in the pale ale, so I don't really know if they employ other styles of glassware. The bartender was friendly enough, if a touch aloof, and I didn't really press him as to his knowledge of the beers. (Maybe I should have, if for no other reason than to get more information concerning the pale ale...lord knows Two Brothers probably'd never get back to me...) The prices seemed right in line with the majority of Chicago bars. Overall, this place ain't half bad. I don't think I'd consider it a destination, really, but it's a very nice option if one were to find oneself in the area and desired oneself a drink.

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Photo of SpasticKoala
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was definitely a solid place to go. I went during somewhat "off-hours" (a Saturday afternoon) and hung out for a few hours. I was pretty impressed with their beer selection on tap and ended up trying 3 snifters and a sampler of 3-5oz beers. Since it was fairly quiet, I got to chat with the bartender. He was rather knowledgeable about the beers that they serve and gave me some insight on what they were aging and what I should try.

Overall, I'm looking forward to going there again. It sounds like they rotate their selection and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they get.

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Clark Street Ale House in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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