Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

569 W IL_22
Lake Zurich, Illinois, 60047
United States

(847) 550-4801 | map

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

For years, the best bastion of quality draft in the immediate LZ area was Beelow's. It says something when the bar at a steakhouse is the best you can do without hitting the road for twenty-plus minutes. A couple years ago, though, things changed with the opening of Consume. It took me a little while to actually stop in, as I thought it to be more of a restaurant with a bar (much like Beelow's), and I also thought it was gonna be all snooty or hipster-y. Not exactly. The interior is a decidedly modern take on the restaurant/bar idea, with wood on the floors and walls, an exposed ceiling with dangling bulbs, a nice marble bar, and a trio of flat screens, two of which are almost exclusively used to show the most up-to-date draft listings (though I have seen some big games or events played on them from time to time). You've got some booths along one wall, booth-table hybrids along another, and small tables in the middle. The lineup is constantly shifting, and there's never a time when there isn't something extremely tasty to drink. Occasional tap takeovers allow for some deep dives into breweries (a recent Avery takeover was a welcome sight). The whiskey collection is something to see, with a Laphroaig 35 constantly mocking me from the shelf (one day...). The staff is all-around excellent, with the bartenders friendly and knowledgeable (both about beer and liquors), the servers amiable and attentive, and the chef both talented and talkative. Speaking of, the food is damn fine, if a touch on the "artisanal" and pricey side (at least from the perspective of a nigh pauper and philistine like myself). I tend to stick with the quinoa and risotto cakes in a white wine reduction sauce and veggies, but the burgers and appetizers have all treated me well in the past. The attached bottle shop is a little boutique thing, but the selection is just as well-chosen as the draft and bottle lists.
Without question, this place has become the regular local haunt for my friends and I, and I couldn't be happier to have them nearby. I hope to have many more years to share, so long as my wallet and liver allow...

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Photo of AuntBea
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Nice Place. Great variety of craft beers, wine and a few cocktails. Our server was knowledgable about what was on the beer menu. The beer menu changes, daily. Good food menu - small but, a variety & eclectic. Will return to see what is on the beer menu! Our server, Adam, was very friendly and returned often to make sure we had what we needed.

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Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Cool spot near the lake, definitely a high demand for a place like this in the area. Located in a nondescript strip mall with black tinted windows, it gave off the vibe of a speakeasy or something from the parking lot. Inside it was shiny and modern, with a marble bar, pendant lighting, and digital flatscreen beer menus. Tables in the middle and booth seating around the perimeter. A bit sterile but nice.

Service was very good, they greeted patrons and were quick to chat beer right away. Prairie Krafts was a new brewery on draft, and they were able to tell me plenty about them I didn't know. The beer menu was well organized with serving size, style, and price.

The bottle shop certainly held some quality stuff, though it was small with a limited selection. A lot of Destihl for some reason, Pipeworks, Tighthead, Only Child, Jolly Pumpkin, and a few other obscure ones. Skewed more towards US craft. Some nice small batch whiskeys as well.

Overall it was a nice little place, i'd return sometime to try more rotating drafts and sample the food.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

The vibe is warm and welcoming. The quality of the craft beer on draft is usually top notch. Service is friendly and helpful. The selection of beers on tap and in bottles is not huge but it more than adequate. The food is pretty good. I really like the truffle fries. Recommended.

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Photo of xdtfx
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Like joshdaut said below, you really can't find better beer on draft in the area. Lake Zurich was in a desperate need for a place like this. With that said, there are plenty of taps with nice local offerings, rare to find variants of local offerings, and national seasonals. They also have a good selection of bottles and local bourbons. Mondays are "Rare Keg Monday" tappings, where they will tap something nice (usually a big beer, BA or not) around the lunch hours. They host tap takeovers from time to time from breweries such as Goose Island and Half Acre. One of the entrances is a bottle shop room that has a small but good selection of locals and out of state distro to-go, sometimes containing some gems. The food menu is not huge and mostly small plate stuff but is very good, seems fresh, and has tax included in price. Staff is very friendly and the owners/management have been in the beer game for years, so they are very easy to talk beer with. If you ever find yourself thirsty and hungry in the LZ area, this is the place to go.

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Photo of joshdaut
5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best selection of craft beer on draft in the area by far. The owner, Reed, is a super nice guy and very knowledgeable when it comes to craft beer & bourbon. Their food is also very good! Give this place a shot, you won't be disappointed!

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Consume in Lake Zurich, IL
Place rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 7 ratings