Old Chicago

3 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

2918 Pine Lake Rd
Lincoln, Nebraska, 68516-6010
United States

(402) 421-3388 | map

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

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of gpflepsen
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

OC is evolving through the years. In some ways for the worse in the price to value ratio. Probably better for the corporate profit margin though.

The WBT Holy Grail, er 10 tour stein has been downsized from 32 oz to a reported 22 oz. The one tour sweatshirt is made of a much lighter weight (cheaper) material now, too. One point for the bottom line. One slash at the heart of the beer tourist.

The food menu has transformed in a few ways that many find to be a step backwards. Prices inch up, but that is understandable. What is not understandable is the contraction in diversity. My biggest disappointment in the menu is the removal of some items, such as the shrimp dishes, i.e. fisherman's catch and shrimp basket are gone. They recently have added the tavern thin pizza, which is very good. This undoubtedly improves margin through streamlining inventory. One point for OC.

Happy Hour food specials have gone from being outstanding to overpriced, just give me a normal menu now. HH Mini Pizzas went from being $2.25 to over $4 now. HH beer $1 discounts are not always applied; watch your ticket when settling up. One local (Lincoln NE) chain of stores does not give HH discounts for any Mini Tour beers. Even other OCs think that is just wrong.What's up with that? Double points for the OC franchise bottom line.

A beer is going to be well over $4/pint, unless you are having a BMC. Mini Tour beers are typically averaging over $5 now. I guess the bums are staying out of the place now.

The quality of the draft beer can be hit-or-miss. The OCs in my area (6 to choose from within 45 miles) use beer gas for dispensing the kegs. Woe is he that orders a slow mover, for it will be seriously decarbonated and flatter than a third grade boy scout. A tip is to stick to rotators and fast movers. Do not hesitate to return a flat beer, after all, you are paying a premium price for a product that should be presented as the brewer intended. I'll give OC two demerits for this practice, they should know better.

Finally, the good points. OC presents a fine selection pf beers. Sure, they try to rotate the local brews, but some of the other further sourced beers hang on... and on. I'd like to see some more diversity in the rotation. This may reduce the slow moving flat beer issue.

The wait staff and bartenders are usually top notch and are an asset. Sure, some are not beer nerds and know next to nothing other than the beer's color, but they are always very personable and quick with service.

The food is generally above average quality and well portioned. Service is typically quick and friendly. Food value is good, but the beer prices are making someone a wad of cash and detracting from the overall "110 Beer in One Bar" experience.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Chain store, in South Pointe Pavilions mall, next to the movie theater. Small wait area upon entry, bar is in front and to the right. There are a couple of pool tables. Seating for dining is more to the left and in the back. The entire establishment is now smoke free thanks to the Lincoln smoking ban. Not far from my home (I've walked to South Pointe) but I don't frequent it as often as I maybe should cause it's in a freakin' mall.

The beer selection may be frowned upon by some, but for this town, it is about as good as it gets. This place has an actual beer list which is a pretty novel idea for Lincoln. There are plenty of macros, and other non exciting brews, and it is possible to actually complete about half of the World Beer tour with out ever having to get real adventuresome (hey, BMC guy can get a t-shirt and drink all klinds of beer, but not actually have to drink that "motor-oil" Guiness) There are some beers of note, I was actually amazed they had Chimay, and on my last visit when my friend and I order one (if I remember it was the most costly) the bartender remarked that it ws a popular choice.

There is a pretty broad menu with something for everyone, but the focus is on pizza and other Italian favs. The food is good, served n generous portions and at a decent price.

One thnig of note: This place is not real large, and gets quite busy due to its location. Plenty full of people waiting for their movie to start or taking a break from shopping.


Recently visited here on Sunday, Nov. 20. Sunday early evening (5:30 pm). Not real busy, no one waiting when we got there. It took them 10 minutes to get a table together for a party of 6. Service was all downhill from here. Just too slow, had one beer, never was asked if I wanted another or a glass of water.

The beer menu looks close to being the same since my last visit as do the prices (I did not memorize the list). As I have experience more and better beers I am a little disappointed in the list now, I noticed more of their "combos" which did not interest me in the least. Still, it is sadly one of the better places in Lincoln for beer variety when dining out.

The food was good as usual, although my wife said her burger was a little dry. Will I go back? Probably so, but I hope that the service will have improved.

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Old Chicago in Lincoln, NE
Place rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 3 ratings
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