64 Ratings

Type: Bar

2771 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60614-1320
United States

(773) 472-2771 | map

Sunday-Friday: 4pm - 2am
Saturday: 4pm - 3am

Sundays in the fall - open at 11am for Buffalo Bills games
*Open 365 days a year

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Photo of Chuckrutter
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Open every day of the year with about 700 whiskers and a couple of hundred beers to go with. They have great events with verticals, rare and limited releases, and tastings. Mike runs a hell of a place that is my favorite bar in the country. If you visit Chicago or live in the area and like whisky, beer, good service, or just having a damn good time you should definitely check out Delilah's.

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Walked over to Delilah's from Local Option on a snowy winter's night. Love Chi-town and appreciate the hospitality.
Itinerary assistance from many BA's who provided suggestions and comments.

Old west-style facade with "Delilah's" in large letters.

Walked into small vertical room, bar on left and tables along right wall.
Excellent "classic" punk tunes and Army of Darkness playing on the flat screens.

Brew selection was deep and varied, including sampled 3Floyds, GLBC, and Daisy Cutter from Half Acre.

Pool table upstairs, friendly bartenders, who, though slammed on a Saturday, were helpful and efficient.

Top notch, recommended, with the caveat that if you are adverse to punk music and Goth in general, find another locale.

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4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a helluva beer joint in the city!

Somewhat out of place in the mostly yuppie stronghold of south Lakeview/West Lincoln Park, this is the kind of beer bar ya want to hit if you're of the slightly punk, rockabilly sensibility musically-speaking, but with a palette for great brews.

The bar consists of two levels: the downstairs contains the main bar with enough Belgian/English/German bottles, American craft draughts and a stellar hard-liquor selection to satisfy the most fickle of drinkers. And they keep a quality selection of wines, too. The physical layout downstairs is one of dank, dark nicotine-riddled walls that support local artists' work on them. The jukebox is chock full of local, national and international punk, rockabilly, hard-core country and 80's Brit rock. The focal point of the downstairs is the long bar, and the awesome staff are ready to serve up some great libations, and usually equal good tales.

The upstairs contains a smaller bar, with just a few draughts but still a nice bottle selection, plus there are pool tables and an 'Adams Family' pinball machine (yes!).

I think that the off-the-beaten path beer tourist would do well to seek out Delilah's. I know that other good beer oasis' get more press, but that's OK. Delilah's is sort of the dark horse great beer joint in the city. Going in with the mindset that you may encounter some slightly seedy, but good-hearted and interesting patrons, you'll have a wonderful time. This place is a spiritual kin to the Toronado in San Francisco in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5

Delilah's is not only one of Chicago's grittiest gems of authenticity, it is also one of the most awesome places I've been in the whole U.S. of A. On back-to-back nights: one night was 100% James Brown, all night long, nothing but the Godfather; the next evening was really legit Oi/HC/Streetpunk of the early 80s. I admire a place that can authentically wear several hats; it is a sign of deeply steeped culture. The Lambic list is admirable, as are the barrel-aged beers available. On consecutive nights I had 3f Doesjel, Cantillon Iris 05, and Classic Gueuze, KBS, BCS, GI Dominique, et al. I also consider their whisky selection to be among the finest I've encountered. Expect a classic dive bar vibe, some potentially tough customers, and to really get what you pay for. Can't argue with that; I love Delilah's.

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4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Somehow i've passed over reviewing this quirky Chicago original.

What you can't see in the photo above is the roof, which has cottage style wood slats, and a *giant* red Duvel sign: the beer geek bat-signal. Also missing is the hanging sign, which features a two-sided portrait of the evil queen from Snow White. Inside, check out the work of local artists, and an impressive display of bottles above the bar. When you first walk in, there is an awesome lit-up Oerbier sign (3-D doughboy from the De Dolle label) next to the second-floor door (pinball upstairs). The atmosphere is decidedly noir, they were screening Halloween & Friday the 13th on my last visit. Usually i'll end up here for the music, like the monthly Smiths night.

Ask for the bottle list to see the scope of their selection. Taps are good too, recently they added Chimay White for example. They don't rotate much, save for a seasonal or two. New Jolly Pumpkin bottes: Luciernaga and Bam on my last visit. I finished the night with a vintage Drie Fontienen Oude Gueuze. The vintage stuff has dwindled some in the last year, but it's still a rarity in this town...expect to pay accordingly. They also host seasonal vintage tastings several times a year.

Do yourself a favor and get a carryout pizza from Gino's down the street to bring over. Also worth a mention is the Home Tavern up the street. They have German taps if Delilah's is too crowded (most every fri/sat night), and you don't mind a real dive (not a beer bar).

2012: Bottle list is no longer pages long, but still contains gems. Gets way crowded on weekends, and some of the crowd is a bit questionable. Good service despite that, escape to the 2nd floor after 11pm.

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Photo of malcontent
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Delilah's is a tough review for me because as a beer bar it's only so so. Not bad by any stretch, but there are a number of bars in Chicago that specifically cater to beer drinkers. Delilah's DOES have good beers available (not to mention the usual presence of Strongbow on tap, which is always nice) but it isn't a bar built for beer hounds.

What it is, & this is almost as exciting, is the bar with Chicago's best selection of bourbon & Scotch that doesn't require a suit & tie. It gets better when you throw in the fact that it's not nestled in an area over-saturated with the frat/sorority crowd. After that everything else is just gravy.

"Tell me about this gravy of which you speak." Well, for starters, the place has a killer selection of music (albeit on themed nights; rockabilly, metal, mod-rock, etc.). It also has a great upstairs room (free for party groups on non-weekend nights provide you supply enough patrons {30, I believe}) with a pool table that doesn't have annoying waits/sharks.

Once again, my score is based solely on the fact that this is a beer website. Both the Hopleaf & the Maproom are better choices if beer is the primary objective. However, if this were just a review for overall quality, Delilah's would have a 5 & then some. My favorite bar in Chicago.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Hit up this place after a concert to celebrate my girl's birthday. Got here at 11PM on a Saturday and the place was PACKED! It was like wading through another concert, just absolutely crowded. The clientale was a mix of punk rockers, blue collars, rockabilly chicks and other subcultures - all very friendly and cool people. Hipsters were mercifully absent. The jukebox was pumping out some psychobilly and surf rock...nice!

There are two levels (upstairs is cooler, downstairs has a better bar) 3 Floyds, Half Acre, and Great Lakes on tap along with another 20 or so taps of local crafts and imports. Bottle list was nice, with everything from Trappist ales to Bourbon County Stout (all server in the proper glassware),

Prices were pretty average for Chi-town - $5/pint and I don't think there was any food, but one of the girls who worked there brought our table cupcakes for my girlfriend's birthday. We stayed for a few hours and when we left at 1ish it was still packed.

This is a very cool place and the kind of bar you can take someone from out-of-town to show off your city. There's something surreal about watching a crowd of skinheads and old punk rockers sipping away at Duvels, Double IPAs and aged house rye whiskey. Very cool place!

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A great beer bar made special by its vintage selection. Long bar on your left, tables to your right.

Definitely a punk bar. But its the Bourbon and Single Malt selection that really gets me excited.

The real problem with the place is that it's a smoke fest. Honestly, you can't properly enjoy the wonderful libations that are available. The addition of a top-notch ventilation system would get me in the place a lot more often. This is coming from a former regular smoker. Even in my current "have one or two when drinking" situation, my experience simply gets dominated by the plume.

That said, I stand firmly behind Mike and his wish to run a smokey bar. But he'll see me a lot more often when that Chicago smoking ban kicks in. Ironic. I hate the law but it will give them more of my business. So that is why my atmosphere score is so low. I just can't get past it. Beer selection gets a nice score, but never forget that it would be about a 10 out of 5 if you are a whiskey fan.

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Delilah's in Chicago, IL
4.21 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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