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The Firkin

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

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
Place 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 Star80:
Photo of Star80
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A nice hidden gem off Milwaukee Avenue in the Northern Suburb of Libertyville, was going across the street to Mickey Finn's for years without realizing this place existed. The pub is your typical long narrow bar, with lots of festive holiday themed lights hanging from the ceiling. Big beefy Chicago style bar, always crowded at Happy Hour, brimming with good obscure beers, a couple of cask ales on hand, and a variety of upscale pub food which I have never yet tried. The place looks antique, and has a certain character and I always wonder if it was always a bar, or if this is a really exceptional faux-aged looking bar. My guess is that it is real. Last time I was there I tried an exceptionally smooth Alpha King on cask. My wife who is a Miller Lite drinker always gets Alflegem Blonde in a chalice, nice. I do find that the service while good can be a bit crazy overwhelmed when I tend to show up, like 5:00 pm on Fridays, but their oft rotating beer selection makes it worth the wait. And the bartenders are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their beers. One of these days we will sample some of the food. Beer always tastes fresh, they get a good selection of obscure Belgians and the like, and while the price in high, this is an upscale neighborhood and by FAR the best beer selection in the local suburbs I have found, and in fact, I think they are on the same level as the Map Room, but FAR closer to home and more accessible. I look forward to the next visit.

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JackNip
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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