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The Gage

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10 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

24 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-3301
United States

(312) 372-4243 | map

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Added by lanietone78 on 01-18-2014

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

2014: Looks like an employee added The Gage. It's a good restaurant and pretty good for beer, geared towards tourists lodging at the many nearby hotels. The beer selection has some good stuff, but it's small overall with a good amount of filler. Seems like that hasn't changed in 4 years, judging by their current list.

Sat, Jan 30th 2010

The Gage is a place i've been ambivalent towards for awhile, their tap selection is lousy, but overall it's a good beer destination considering the "gastropub" food and fairly eclectic bottle selection. To be in the same league with Publican though, they would need to step up the beer selection quite a bit. To me the highlights were Sofie ($25, ridiculous) and Schlenkerla Helles ($12, too pricey) and 2 Hearted on tap. Robert the Bruce, SN Porter, DFH Chicory Stout were the other seasonal taps of note, otherwise, the taps were pretty typical. Scotch and Bourbon on the other hand was off the hook. Rare spendy stuff here that would run you a few benjamins a pour, but rare stuff in the $8-15 range too.

Service was highly professional and seemingly personal, they were able to run down the vegetarian options on the menu with ease. We had 3 dishes, the poutine (awesome), mixed green salad with hazelnuts, cherries and blue cheese, and a side of roasted potatoes with brie. These were all filling and tasty.

The atmosphere was fairly upscale, dark wood, tile floors, modern lighting and shelving behind the bar. Crowd seemed well-to-do and trendy, but not all. A couple strollers were parked by the door, so family-friendly I guess?

Overall a great place for lunch or dinner and a rare scotch if you're on an expense account!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Eman17
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BeerOps
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of mlockman
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Really awesome vibe and around 10 really awesome locals beers on tap with a pretty wide range of styles. The food appetizers were amazing, but unfortunately the service wasn't that great: the waitress spilled water on a member of our party and didn't even blink, nor did she apologize. Of course, this one instance with one member of the staff may not be representative of the entire staff as a whole.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

I have been to the Gage a number of times and was able to revisit it this week, so I thought it was time for a review. Great location near the Art Institute, The Bean, etc. so you can expect a mix of locals, business folks and tourists.

Small patio in front and then inside a long bar along the north wall. There is lots of seating and the place is bigger than it first appears. Nice decor, it reminds me of a Midwest take on a bistro. I love the green subway tiles and the wood.

Food is very good and a bit spendy. The regular menu is solid and some of the specials border on other worldly.

Service is prompt and professional. If you want some beer talk, sit at the bar.

The beer list is solid (both draft and bottles) and they rotate stuff on a regular basis. I like that I can find some rarer offerings from Half Acre, Metropolitan, etc.

This is a nice stop if you find yourself in this part of the Loop.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Will_Turner
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tangoafterdark
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

The Gage in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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