Headquarters Beercade

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Type: Bar

950 W Wolfram St
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-5006
United States

(773) 665-5660 | map

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Added by MasterSki on 11-10-2012

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Photo of BRami127
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3

Games galore. Of course, when everything in Free Play, people bring groups to play all day on the same game and not let anyone else play. But onto the beer. They're selection is...ok. Couple of local brews available, but not like going to Hopleaf or Map Room for 100+ beer selection. It's just enough to get you through the ending of your favorite video game (if they have it).

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Photo of MasterSki
4.11/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I've been to Headquarters more than a few times over the last couple of months, but held off until the finished their expansion to write a review.

A - Vibe is somewhat mixed, as the pinball expansion seems very cocktail and spirit focused while the original area is all about beer. Clientele also seems highly varied depending on when I show up; it's not really a place where I'd feel comfortable striking up a conversation with random person about the beer I was drinking. I dig the reruns of classic WWF and American Gladiators, and appreciate that they switch over to hockey and basketball when the games are sufficiently important.

Q - Good serving temperatures, somewhat generic glassware. Had a problem when a line wasn't flushed during switchover and ended up with a bizarre mix of Pipeworks Majestic and Perennial Hopfentea, but the bartender made it right. The video games and pinball appear to be serviced regularly, other than a persistent sticky joystick on the Simpsons.

Sr - It gets loud, so I've occasionally had some miscommunications with servers, but they've always been quickly resolved. I think they are still integrating the POS systems between the two sides, which can be a tad confusing if you've moved from video games to pinball and want to order a drink from a server. Staff are friendly, and the host will order food on Grubhub for you if you ask.

Sl - The draft list is one of the most eclectic in the city; even I haven't heard of half the beers a lot of the time. Lots of tiny local breweries, and almost always a mead or cider for gluten-free folks. Cocktails and spirits selections are quite good as well. Love the focus on cans, as they're much easier to deal with while playing games.

Drinks are about a buck more expensive than you'd expect, but the games are free so the value is actually pretty good in that context. One of my favorite local haunts; wish they'd add some drafts to the pinball side of things and work on integrating the two sides of the bar.

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Taking a cue from Barcade in Brooklyn and more locally Emporium in Wicker Park, Headquarters steps into the arena of retro arcade concept bars. Located off Sheffield near the Diversey brown line, the building could have been an auto body shop in a former life, with the rolldown garage door now a pair of glass entrance doors. Inside there is a large central seating area, and the walls are completely flanked with vintage arcade consoles, with a couple table games in the front windows. The ceiling has vintage wooden beams and a cool skylight. Bar is inside on the right side, with two columns on the wall listing their drafts.

Arkanoid and Rampage were the games of choice while drinking a Brickstone APA (recent GABF gold winner) and a Greenbush Dunegräs IPA. Beermenus lists their current drafts, including Dupont Biere de Beloeil, St. Feullien Biere Amite, Green Flash Retro Pale, Dark Horse Raspberry, Stillwater Art of Darkness, and an eclectic mix of others. Bottle/Can highlights included Ten Fidy and BCS, as well as Lagunitas IPA and Uncommon Siamese Twin. Selection was small and tight, handpicked and obviously not chosen by a distributor. A phrase on the wall spelled out in magnetic letters: "No Miller, No Bud, No Bombs, No Energy Drinks", definitely a "beercade".

Sam was the bartender, he knew his beer, offered samples and was quick to chat about a number of things. HQ seems like it fits right in here, or maybe just a little too hip for stodgy Lincoln Park, in the iconoclastic vein of Local Option nearby.

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Headquarters Beercade in Chicago, IL
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