Old Chicago

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Type: Bar, Eatery

2960 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, Arizona, 85719-2813
United States

(520) 327-6200 | map

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Photo of UlfAndreas
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of DonDirkA
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The service here varies from excellent to terrible, just like any chain.

The beer selections are alright, I can always find something good but usually I can only find something new ever 4-6 weeks. The food is good and priced in the pretty average range. My favorite thing is the World Beer Tour card where you can get points and prizes and they occasionally offer special rewards (like $5 on certain holidays or a free pizza on your bday). I like being rewarded for drinking tasty beers. They usually have Old Chicago exclusive brews on some of their mini-tours too which have been pretty good from what I have had so far. This is my favorite place to eat and get craft beer in Tucson, but only because they are literally the ONLY restaurant in Tucson that sells craft beer and is open after 11pm (and since my girlfriend or I usually work until 10 that is a must)

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I hold this particular place in Tucson, Arizona dear as I spent the majority of my college days at this watering hole. This is your All-American bar/grill that is spacious, filled with sports memoriabla, great food (especially the wings, pizza, calzones, and burgers) full of courteous and knowledgable staff/bartenders. The Old Chicago franchise is known for its 110+ beers and its legendary "World Beer Tour" which took me about 9 months to complete. As a reward, my name and personal quote was engraved on a plaque on their "Hall of Foam". An Old Chicago usually has over 20+ brews on tap and hundreds of bottles from all over the world - mostly mainstream and easily accessible however. Oftentimes, the Old Chicago establishment would serve up local beers from its state or region. Thumbs up for this place!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in the Campbell Plaza, just north of Glenn, I heard strains of Wichita Lineman as the bus crossed through the intersection. It was a nice, big, standalone building with the entry on the road side, slightly right of the center line. Entering, I transited a vestibule with benches and a doorway with the lavs to right and the m.d.s. left. Continuing aft, past the m.d.s., there were a good number of high tables and chairs on either side of the short pathway followed by a green-felt pool table, a couple of electronic video games, a satellite jukebox, and the Hall of Foam, all along the far right wall. Continuing aft from the m.d.s. was the "U"-shaped blonde wood bar with its bank of 30 taps and a 3-door cooler to the right filled with bottles. To the left of the m.d.s. was all of the extensive restaurant area, a mixture of booths, tables, and chairs and the kitchen all of the way to the left.

It remains one of the smartest things that I ever did - signing up for their World Beer Tour while visiting Lincoln, Nebraska in 2006. I get a postcard every year around my birthday good for a free one-topping medium pizza. So what, since I live in Pennsylvania, right? Wrong! One year, it was in Boise, Idaho, this time, here.

My afternoon: pizza, boobs, and beer. Back up, hold the phone, come again. One of the waitresses remarks to the other that she thinks that the other has a nice pair. Yikes! But no, the owner of the rack smiles, takes her colleague aside, stretches her top away for a peek and then her partner returns the favor. Yow! It is like the old adage - men look at women, women look at other women. Happy Belated Birthday, to me! I wonder if the corporate office knows about this sort of goings on...

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Photo of mulder1010
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

A--- Typical Old Chicago. So can not complain about the atmosphere at all. A little more on the UA crowd but that is a good thing I think.

Q--- A mix and match of good beer with some bad beer. This is a corporate restaurant so I can not complain much. If I wanted more boutique beers I would go to 1702.

S--- I think the strong suit of this place. Good bartenders and servers who are attentive and do recgonize people who come in often and willing to talk and chat a bit even when busy.

F--- Typical Old Chicago. Calzones are solid and the pizza as well.

V--- The other strong suit of Old Chicago is the happy hour. Can do 2 mini pizza's and 2 decent beers for under $20. That is the best part of the place. Good crowd at the second happy hour so always worth going in late night.

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Photo of mkorpal
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

my room mate and myself were in Tucson Colorado Rockies Spring training for a week. It was the first time being in Tucson so we decided to find an Old Chicago because we knew it was reliable. The problem was it was St. pattys day. When we walked in, it was obvious that the bar was out of the question. We waited about half an hour for a table, which was to be expected. But we passed the time while playing some pinball. We finally got a table and ordered a deep dish pepperoni pizza and our first round of beers. I started out with a Murphy's stout to celebrate the holiday and my room mate for some reason ordered a guiness/sprite thing. The beer was to be expected. The second round was better though. I noticed they had Old Rasputin on the list of bottles so i ordered that along with a pint glass. My room mate ordered a Left Hand Milk Stout and a pint glass. By now, our pizza had arrived, it was standard, but good none the less. Our third and final beers were Kiltlifter Scottish Ales from Four Peaks. They were also good beers.

The service was very good. We had a very nice waitress who took good care of us (she was cute too). She stoped by at least once ever 5 minutes to check up on us and always had a new beer on the way before the old one was done. Considering how crowded it was there, she was awesome.

The atmosphere was the same as ever other old Chicago. the only difference was the bagpipe band that came though and blasted my ear drums for a good 20 minutes. Oh well, thats St pattys day for you.

The beer selection was what separated this Old Chicago from the rest. The ones up in Colorado always shy away from beer with more than 7% ABV. So, I was shocked to see Old Rasputin on the list. And the fact that it was the same price as some lesser beers was a definit plus.

So, all in all, it was the best Old Chicago I have been too.

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Photo of UberWasser
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I read the reviews here and checked out their website before visiting Old Chicago, so I had an idea of what to expect. Overall, it lived up to those expectations.

From the outside, the building fits seemlessly into the square-building shopping center with a bit of flair from the awning and signage. It was rather boring looking though. And the interior followed suit. Light wood walls, booths and tables, TV's, pool tables, hanging plants, "funny" signs on the walls, etc. Honestly, I am a bit tired of the typical Americana restaurant/pub look.

We were seated by a smiling hostess and before long out waiter arrived. He spoke too quickly for me to understand him well, so I had to keep asking him to slow down, but otherwise he was to the point, quick and helpful. My only possible complaint was when he forgot to bring me my second beer until I reminded him, but that happens sometimes.

Speaking of the beer, there are 30 taps or so (the best tap selection I have seen in Tucson, so far) and over 100 bottles available. Some of that is macro stuff, the prices of which are quite good. What I had, though, was a Stone Smoked Porter and, after eating, I had a Young's Double Chocolate Stout for desert, both on tap. Both were served in pseudo-proper glassware and at temps that were just a bit too cold but that warmed up enough fairly quickly. Quality was good, the beer tasted fresh, and the Young's had far more chocolate taste than I remember from the bottle. So, good selection and quality.

As for the food, it was quite tasty. I had a thick crust single serve pizza with pepperoni and roasted garlic. The crust was yummy and the toppings were well cooked. Another person I was with had a vegetarian wrap that they raved over and the third person with me had a burger that they very much enjoyed. Good food.

Overall, good beer selection, good service, good food, reasonable prices, but a boring atmosphere that, to me anyway, takes a bit off the edge of my enjoyment.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Old Chicago has a large selection, with plenty of taps, unfortunately they don't always have the best choices. I like that they try to have one or two brews from each brewery, it's just that they sometimes pick ones that aren't that highly rated. The taps change often, with new seasonals etc, but their bottle list usually stays the same for months on end. And as for Belgians I think they have Chimay Red and that's about it.

The atmosphere is ok, lots of TV's, pool table, games, a real sports bar. I've always had good service, although I wouldn't say it was exceptional. The waiters usually don't know much about the beers unfortunately, but they are friendly. The food is pretty decent, lots of pizzas and Italian fare, appetizers too. Prices are very average for food, a little high for beers, but still reasonable.

They have a beer tour where you get points for how many you drink and it goes towards making the wall of fame. This would be cool, but to get through it you'd have to drink alot of crappy beers in addition to the good ones. Give it a try sometime, they might have some unique stuff occasionally...

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Photo of Bcant
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Old Chicago is a University of Arizona student bar. But do not let that keep you away from this place. They have 30 beers on tap, several of which are rotating and a large bottle slection. While there are the standard Bud and Miller products, the majority of there selection are Micros and good quality larger brewerys like Sierra Navada. Despite the fact that many of their patrons are undergrads, the turnover is high enough to keep fresh beer on tap and they obviously keep their lines clean. They also have a commitment to serving local and regional beers. The food is average, but not overpriced. While some of their bartenders are proficent, the core bar and wait staff are not only excelent servers but also very knowlagable about the brews they serve. One major drawback is that the Old Chicago is a small chain in strip mall (that's Tucson, now West Village feel here) and that the juke box music can be, well not great (but everyone has their own taste).

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