Old Chicago

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3.42 w/ 6 Ratings
Old ChicagoOld Chicago

Type: Bar, Eatery

826 P St
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68508-1328
United States

(402) 477-2277 | map

Per Lincoln City Ordinance this establishment is non-smoking throughout.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by here when I had to get a hotel in the area due to a long road trip. Pretty much the same food and overall experience as other Old Chicago places I have been to, except the beer was more local and regional than other locations obviously. Service was a little slow and there were quite a few college aged folks filling the place. Prices were decent. Wouldn't hesitate to stop again if I was in this part of Nebraska.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I was again steered away from coming to this place, but somehow, the idea of one hundred and ten-plus (110 +) beers was a just a bit much to pass up. Also, in hindsight, it paved the way for much of the rest of the Woody Him Forward (WHF) 1 tour.

As I ascended a set of steps and passed through the vestibule, I arrived at the maitre d’ station and the “U”-shaped wooden bar was off to the left. Over thirty (30) taps and a well-stocked cooler comprised the back bar. To the right of the bar were a goodly number of booths, tables, and high tables, with a central spiral staircase leading up to a second floor restaurant area. Being the curious fellow that I am, I went up and had a look around. The second floor featured its own bar with taps and coolers, plus a game room with billiards, foosball, and video games. There was also a third floor, but I was told that while it was currently being used only for storage, there was thought being given to converting it into apartments.

The waitstaff was jocular and friendly and I signed up for the “World Beer Tour”, but I doubt that I will finish the tour while living on the east coast when this is a Central Plains chain. Their selection of beers had a high percentage of pedestrian stuff, but they also had a good range of Boulevard and New Belgium products both on draft and in bottle. It was enough to keep me occupied and happy.

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Photo of swid
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Standard Old Chicago disclaimer: if you've ever been to any OC location, you have a very good idea of what every other location will offer with respect to food, beer selection, etc.; therefore, this reviews focuses on what differentiates this particular location from other Old Chicagos and from other nearby offerings.

The chain did a very good job of incorporating the building's old-school architecture and feel into this particular location; its proximity to downtown and the Nebraska campus gives it much more of a "community" vibe than most other Old Chicagos I've been to. It's large and spacious (two bars on two levels, party room in the back), yet laid out so that most seating areas have a cozy feel to them.

Service is generally good, despite a high employee turnover. The selection, while very lager-heavy, is (sadly) the second-largest in Lincoln. The on-tap and rotating offerings are a bit more adventurous than other OC locations I've visited.

The food is also consistently good; $1.50 slices and draws are available on Wednesday evenings. Other than that, beer prices are a bit higher than the Lincoln average, with food being inline for casual dining chains.

Overall, the Haymarket Old Chicago rates as "good", nothing more, nothing less; however, the local offerings nearby mean that this should only serve as a fallback dining/drinking location.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The original Old Chicago in Lincoln is in the Haymarket. The place is in an old building and is easy to find (at the corner of (9th and P). If you are in Lincoln and staying downtown at the Holiday Inn it's right across the street, or a short 2-block walk west on P from Embassy Suites. Can't help but mention that Lazlo's is about a block and a half to the west from here.

The main level is primarly for dining. I assume that the menu is the same at all locations. I like the food, large portions at a decent price, consistent (at least in my experiences), plenty of variety.

The second floor contains the main bar area with some seating and the customary pool table. The beer selection is the same as the South Pointe location (as far as I can remember, I didn't right them down). Great for Lincoln, but less than what others may expect. This location does have a college night (used to be Wednesday) with food and beer specials (usually cheap personal pizzas or some other appetizer special, the beer special tending to be cheap macro pints or pitchers).

I like the atmosphere better at this location (it helps that is not in mall), but I rarely go here because the parking is terrible (unless you want to pay $$ at a parking garage). I do think the service is not as good, probably due to the higher amount of college kids at this location. OK place to go for a beer or two before walking across the pedestrian bridge and catching a Husker basebell game in the outfield. Always packed for Husker football games (very close to the stadium).

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Photo of bditty187
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Located in the “historic” Haymarket District in downtown Lincoln. I’ve never visited this location on a non-Husker home game Saturday (that means football). Why else go to Lincoln? Anyway…

This place is pretty lively then. The staff does a great job managing the large crowds... it is pretty friendly and caring for a chain beer bar. I’d say about 75% of the help is beer knowledgeable. That’s nice. I don’t think they serve in frosted mugs at this location but I would double-check before ordering.

The selection is heavy on mediocre to lousy lagers. Every location has the same core imports (see website) with a few individual import options. The domestic beer, i.e., micro/craft beer selection is okay. I hate the fact they offer almost no hoppy beers! They do offer Nebraska beers, a few Empyrean beers (Lazlo’s is only a few doors down) and sometimes Spilker Ales. I would ignore the menu and visit the bar to check the taps and bottle selection in the cooler.

This is a multilevel location with a bar both upstairs and on the main level. There is a good amount of seating; it is a rather large place. Pool tables, darts upstairs, and a private room upstairs... restaurant seating too. Good atmosphere all things considering.

The food is good, something for everyone. The grub is American & American-Italian, everything from hamburgers to calzones. I like the nachos. Prices are good for the food.

A well-received place for a pre-football gathering for all beer loves (macro-swillers and mirco-drinkers) of all types.

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Old Chicago in Lincoln, NE
Place rating: - out of 100 with 6 ratings
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