The Firkin

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96
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50 Reviews
The FirkinThe Firkin
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

515 N Milwaukee Ave
Libertyville, Illinois, 60048-2018
United States

(847) 367-6168 | map
www.firkinoflibertyville.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
96
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
86
Avg:
4.37
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
Taps:
27
Bottles/Cans:
50
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 86
Reviews by Czap:
Photo of Czap
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What can I say about The Firkin that hasn't already been said? Not much. The place is, without a doubt, your quintessential hipster (not always a bad thing) urban beer bar, pulled from Earth, roots and all, out of some random North neighborhood in Chicago, and gently placed down in the North Suburbs. Thank you for that, because the pickins are pretty slim in McHenry and Lake County, at least for the time being.

So yes, if you're from out of town or a local who for some reason hasn't been there, just go. You will like. The decor and atmosphere is inviting and chill. Every bartender I have encountered is knowledgable on the beer selection. And speaking of the selection, it is always fresh and constantly changing. Great place.

But you have heard this all before from previous reviews. So maybe something different I can tell you is to go next door. The Tavern is literally on the other side of the wall and has the same owners. The beer menu is smaller and the food menu is bigger. The atmosphere alone is worth checking the place out. The Tavern is a great compliment to The Firkin, so enjoy.

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Photo of BrewTheEvolution
4.86/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

We typically go to Firkin whenever we are in the Libertyville area. The beer selection is great, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and always willing to work with you to find a great selection based on your individual tastes. They are definitely one of the best craft beer bars on my list.

I love that Firkin has a revolving beer list and we've had some great beers over the years that we normally wouldn't have had an opportunity to try. I recommend sitting at the bar, chat with the bartenders, and ask questions about the current offerings.

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Photo of emkay
3.2/5  rDev -26.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Either I came to this place at the wrong time or people in Libertyville are nuts. Burgers and apps were aight, Mahi was gross, pannini was a joke. Beer list was weak, check beer menus for an updated list.

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Photo of dexterk1
4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Lutz1978
4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bkroeter
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Jaycase
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Big fan of The Firkin. Usually have a few appealing things to me on draft. They keep their draft list fairly up to date on beermenus which is a definite plus. Draft prices seem on par with other local options. Cask options are a plus as well. Available parking in the back lot during the times I've stopped by. Service is good. I typically get the pretzel (great mustard) there so not overly familiar with their food options.

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Photo of Hoppity1
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Best beer selection outside of Chicago!

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Photo of disentombeuvel
4.95/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place is awesome! Always rotating new and exciting beers. Only place i have seen around the area which have two cask kegs on tap, which have a lot more flavor then the regular kegs. Great people to talk to about beer because they know what they are talking about. Always pointing their guests into the right direction from just knowing what kind of beers they like. Overall, a really awesome place to try lots of different kinds of beers.

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Photo of scottwestphall
4.89/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Everything is spot on and they offer an amazing rotating stock of beer. Bottled, tapped, cask, it's all here. Here beer is a religion.

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Photo of 1eyed_jack
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a must visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of BronxChef
4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nice atmosphere here with a good selection of beers to choose from. Food is good and the staff is attentive.

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Photo of coohoolan
5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I have been coming here for years. It is by far the best beer selection in the area (great job Dave). I love that there are always Belgians on tap and if you are a hop-head you will not be disappointed! The food is not your usual bar fare and they put on seasonal specials that are usually great. Very eclectic styling. No highchairs so usually not a lot of kids.

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Photo of OKFine
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beerguy1977
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of saemick
4.56/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of juik99
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3%

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The Firkin in Libertyville, IL
96 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.
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