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Type: Bar

1850 N Damen Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-5550
United States

(773) 862-1688 | map

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Added by Jayespy on 06-13-2015

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Lemming's fully encapsulates 1990's Wicker Park, but feels even older.
It literally feels like nothing has changed in decades, and that in itself is a testament to it's longevity. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Since 1896 it's been a bar, according to the bartender. It was a general store during prohibition, and was a greaser bar in the 50's-60's.

The vibe inside is a laid-back and unassuming retro timewarp, which doubles as effective yuppie repellent. Local art on the walls, dim lamp lighting, assorted Schlitz breweriana, original tin ceiling and an antique Brunswick back bar, wood pillars, mirrors, and all. Near the door sits a long church pew, and further back there's an L-shaped banquette booth with several tables. Pool room in the back. Very classic and effortlessly cool.

You can always count on a full pint here, which is sadly not so common anymore. Typically the selection has a couple FFF and Bells options, a couple locals like Rev and Hopewell, currently they even had a "sour IPA" from Epic. Talk about cutting edge! Around 8 taps in total. Bottles and cans included Off Color, PseudoSue, Hopewell First Lager, Steigl Grapefruit Radler, Lone Star, and a few others. Respectable whiskey selection included a few dozen options.

Service was great. Cameron was the bartender, and he was a very gregarious guy. He offered samples and chatted about beer and the bar's history at length, which was nice. There's a crowd of regulars, and an annual rib competition out back.

Overall, Lemming's is a nice neighborhood place. Map Room nearby may eclipse the beer selection, but the vibe here is more relaxing in the early evening.

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Lemming's in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1 ratings