Links Taproom

Links TaproomLinks Taproom
BA SCORE
95%
Liked This Place
4.33 w/ 40 ratings
Links TaproomLinks Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1559 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60622-2009
United States

(773) 360-7692 | map
linkstaproom.com

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Added by Fluffheady on 01-12-2014

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
40
Liked:
38
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by emerge077:
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3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

10/24/14:
Links has improved since my last visit, the bartender greeted us, explained the ordering system, and what beers had just tapped. Also he produced a bottle list when we asked, and I noticed a new sign over the coolers mentioning this. They had 3 casks running, and several 4 Hands beers had just been tapped for the night. Better variety of draft seasonals and one-offs as well.

2/14/14 - 3.8
Stopped in here recently to see what all the raves were about. Sure there's a great local/regional craft focused tap list, but that alone doesn't necessarily make a destination in itself anymore. It seems like everyone is opening a brewery or new beer bar nowadays, it takes something unique to keep people coming back. I'll avoid making the obvious Bangers & Lace comparison.

Once inside and past the bouncer, the wooded ceiling and exposed ductwork and brick interior stood out, lending to the minimal industrial vibe. Quirky beer themed touches like growler lights and keg tables, bottlecap flooring, magnum bottle lamps, with tap list screens glowing like giant iPhones on the wall. It was almost as if someone let an interior designer run wild with the whole "beer" theme. Modern and hip, though ultimately sort of sterile... not so much of a cozy place to drop in whenever, but still much less cheesy than 99% of the Wicker Park bar scene.

Everything is self service, kitchen and bar, no printed beer list available when I asked the bartender, they directed me to the overhead screens. There were 2 cooler doors full of bottles towards the back, but no mention of them or prices. Kind of awkward. Noticed Navaja, Pipeworks, Une Anée, and La Roja in there after I'd ordered a beer already. Local stuff on tap like Half Acre, Revolution, Solemn Oath, Temperance, Buckledown, and regional staples like Founders (Imperial Stout and Backwoods Bastard), and Stoney's favorite: Green Flash Palate Wrecker. No imports. Prices were fair, though they charged tax on beer at the bar which is an annoying pet peeve. Oh, that $6 beer will be $6.57... and get your own water. Tragically hip and cafeteria-style, a fairly by-the-numbers experience that left something to be desired. Not at all a bad option if you're intentionally hanging out in Wicker park, but more often than not i'd rather be at Piece or Map Room.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FowlerWorldPeace
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Photo of cryptichead
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

The Links is a long, narrow and cavernous space in the main bar thoroughfare of Wicker Park. Full of douchebags and annoying white people, probably from the suburbs. I would completely avoid this place on weekend nights. It is crowded, super loud and the atmosphere is thoroughly terrible... but man, the beer!

35 taps and 2 casks and so much quality stuff: Almanac, Goose Lolita, Madame and Halia, Revolution, Oso, Temperance, Solemn Oath, New Belgium, Pig Minds… pricey for small pours ($7-$8) but such cool shit, yo!

The loud and douchey atmo ruins it for me, but maybe on a weekday it is not as bad. Service at the bar was surprisingly fast and attentive.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of sd123
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of osickeym
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of dexterk1
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of chitowntink
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of wapcap
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Another good place in ChiTown. Selectionn of brews was good, and larger than some in the area. The layout and service were good. Foods were good and well prepared. I'd recommend checking out. There are also a few good craft beer stores in the walking area, and at least one brewery close by. A half days visit.

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Photo of 98green
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is my kind of place. Stopped by at 6pm on a Sunday. Not packed at all but a solid rotating crowd. 40 handles including 4 cask handles if that's your thing, concentrated with a few locals when I was there. Bartenders were quite attentive. Didn't get any food but the sausages looked and smelled awesome. My only knock is that lots of offerings were on short 13 or 9 oz pours

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of gatorlove
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of mmesce2
4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Let's be honest. They are named for serving sausages...no homo. And they do just that, very well. The vibe is that of a restaurant which serves beer as a secondary...not quite a gastropub. Their selection is great, and diverse. I have been there about 5x and each time there has been a very knowledgeable employee. I don't think the food is worth the cost imho, but it is tasty. Give it a try and tell me I'm wrong. I love it because wicker park desperately needed a diverse taproom, and it filled my hole (no homo).

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Photo of tim007007
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of aussiebeer
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MaximumYuks
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of tjcapture
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great beer selection. Love the screens with beers on tap and even showing keg status. Had the Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout, which was amazing itself. Bartender was very knowledgeable and a great guy.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of FlaviusG
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I have visited several times, and would recommend Link's to anyone looking for good beer and food. Each time I have visited they have had a good mix of different beers, including beers on tap, cask, and bottles. It is clean, the staff is friendly, and the food is very good, and reasonably priced for Chicago. They utulize a cool menu that is displayed on TVs, that shows all the beer (and wine) they have on tap, with notes, as well as how much of the keg is left. Great spot!

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Photo of Jfishe13313
4.59/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Great beer selection, great sausage selection, great knowledgeable service.

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Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Links Taproom in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 95% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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