Villains Chicago

Bar, Eatery

730 S Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60605-1743
United States

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Gtwreck45 from Missouri

4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I was incredibly impressed with this place. The place is new and had up to date (maybe a touch hipster) decor. The music was outstanding, ranging from Bon Iver to hard rock.

The tap list had about 30 beers and much more unique and international selection than most Chicago establishments. After having an Alpine Duet, I had a flight of 4 stouts (they must have had 10 different stouts available) - a Japanese dry stout that I forget the name of, Danish Metal, Speedway Stout, and Grappa-aged Spaghetti Western.

The food was also impressive - really enjoyed the soup and the pork belly sliders. Would go back for dinner and drinks in a heartbeat.

The one downside people might find was the area and lack of a crowd. This is not a heavily trafficked neighborhood, and the bar was near empty. I liked it because I like to enjoy my beer, watch a game, and have the occasional chat with a bartender.

Edit: Went back here for their one-year anniversary. In one night I tried or had Cantillon Geueze, Lou Pepe Kriek, and several Bomb! varieties (AB Noir, BA Bomb, Pirate Bomb, and Vanilla Noir). This was a one-off night, but it gives you an idea of the kind of beers this place can pull in. This is a must-try if you're in the south loop area.

May 04, 2016
More User Reviews:
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dec 05, 2016
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psoriasaurus from England

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Sep 16, 2016
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aussiebeer from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Aug 26, 2016
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Redrover from Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I was in the neighborhood prior to a concert and thought his would be a good place to meet.

The “L” shaped bar is against the south wall. The rest of the space is occupied by table seating. I liked the large community table by the front door.

Lots of wood & metal in the décor. It could make the place seem dark, but the large windows facing Clark Street lighten the vibe.

Service at the bar was professional and knew the beer list. Minor quibble - They could have been a bit more patient with some of the folks who were trying to decide what to order (no one else was sitting at the bar so it’s not like they needed to rush off to take care of someone else). They are free with samples for kudos for that!

Beer choice was very nice. They had a wide variety of styles and a nice selection of breweries to choose from. I like that they clearly state the size of each pour. Note that on most beers you can get a smaller or larger glass.

The food we had was tasty and I would like to go back for a full meal.

Glad I was able to stop buy and think this is a great option in Printers Row.

Jul 25, 2016
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Azpittil57 from Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went to Villains with great expectations. They have a great beer list and was looking forward to sampling some new brews. As the night went on I was disappointed. I had 8 samplers and of the 8, only two were beers I wanted to have again. When I put in my ratings, I noticed every beer I had fell way short of the BA average rating. My friends all reported a similar experience. Is there not enough traffic and the beer was going bad? Were the lines not clean? Not sure.

The food was fabulous.

May 14, 2016
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scxcrunner from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Apr 10, 2016
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Jan 2018
Bloom is off the rose I guess. Stopped in here on a Saturday night and it was dead. The bartender girl was super disinterested and didn't respond to conversation when I was the only person at the bar. Kind of by the numbers experience overall. I found it odd they had a shirt hanging up front with the Cantillon logo and "Villains 2015" instead of the brewery name. And no traditional lambics at all, guess they lost their hypey Cantillon connection after charging $100 a bottle.

Still the selection had some obscure and interesting stuff, Koutská 12° Dvanáctka Czech pils and a Vietnamese passionfruit wheat, also Fantome saison for $40 which just rubbed me the wrong way. Lots of Prairie and Mikkeller, not a whole lot of local representation. Pricey as hell, $20+ for a 4 beer flight. Overall it is what it is, still one of the better draft selections in the South Loop.

Jan. 2016 / 4.5
The new Villains is ridiculous, pretty much a 180° from their old space. It was very laid back at the bar, very comfortable with some understated modern decor. It had a similar vibe to the Publican somehow, can't put my finger on it. Semi-upscale, but relaxed. Friendly people at the bar, had some nice conversations.

Service at the bar was great, very prompt and friendly, the bartender made a mean cocktail too.

Beer selection was very impressive, there were a number of the Mikkeller Spontan series on draft, a number of Prairie drafts, Logsdon, and more. Lots of depth and variety. There was a reserve bottle list with some spendier stuff that I haven't seen elsewhere. The menu was well organized, with prices and sizes listed, and they offered half pours. Just an amazing selection.

Overall a great experience, I'd return again soon to try some stuff off the menu. Best bar downtown in my opinion.

Jan 25, 2016
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

My wife and I live nearby so stopped in recently. I was really impressed. It's a beautiful space, great service, and a really phenomenal beer list. When I was in, it was mostly Ballast Point as there was a recent tap takeover, but the list changes regularly and is always impressive. It is a little expensive, but is worth it and the burger is a delicious, cheaper option if you are in the mood. I'm definitely hoping they are successful as this is a great addition to the neighborhood.

Sep 24, 2015
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Place rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 9 ratings