The Firkin

The FirkinThe Firkin
BA SCORE
4.5/5
87 Ratings
The FirkinThe Firkin
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(847) 367-6168 | map
firkinoflibertyville.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
87
pDev:
9.11%
 
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 50
Reviews by Vdubb86:
Photo of Vdubb86
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Firkin is one of the best, if not THE best place to get craft beer in all of the northern suburbs of Chicago. I first fell upon this place when my uncle took me there to show off the original remodeling job he'd done on the place. This perhaps makes me bias to the unique atmosphere as well and all of the custom built bar shipped all the way from a saloon in Montana. It's got a unique feel to it and I must admit it was even a nice enough date atmosphere.

As far as beer is concerned there has to be a beer on tap/cask for everyone who goes there (under the assumption you like beer, if not they have a decent wine list and Sprecher Root Beer for the kiddies). Every month seems to bring about a new beer menu some remain seasonally, some are just monthly brews. There are so many beers available on tap they have barely any room to put all of the choices on the 2 chalk boards they have behind the bar, and that doesn't even include the bottles list. You can get beer at Firkin, on-tap, that you'd be hard pressed to find in even the savviest beer emporiums.

The food's nothing to scoff at either. I've tried something new every time I've gone there, and I don't recall disliking any of the dishes. The food is of a high quality and even if you're nervous, you could watch the chefs make your food if you so desired.

The service is pretty good and if you are having trouble ordering a beer, the staff is quite knowledgeable as to all of the beers available, and that takes a lot of time to be able to accomplish. The prices are not cheap, but I wouldn't call them overly expensive either.

Overall, if you're looking for a high quality brew, decent food and good service I highly recommend going to Firkin. But be sure to get there early on the weekends or give yourself lots of time, it's a small and very popular local watering hole.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ShawnL
4.32/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of BrewTheEvolution
4.86/5  rDev +8%
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 -28.9%
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 -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Lutz1978
4.79/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of bkroeter
5/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Jaycase
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -1.1%
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 +10%
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 +8.7%
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 -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 -8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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 +11.1%
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 -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of LegitCraftBeer
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Beerguy1977
3.5/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of SAEmick
4.56/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of duobob
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of juik99
5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of bcm75
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

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The Firkin in Libertyville, IL
Place rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 87 ratings
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