Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by JHE73, Jun 23, 2013.

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  1. JHE73

    JHE73 Zealot (560) Mar 7, 2013 California

    I'll be in Chicago this week and and looking for info on bars and bottle shops that might be off the radar

  2. justyouraveragebeerguy

    justyouraveragebeerguy Initiate (0) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    The beer temple is a must for bottle shop. Chris Quinn runs it and he is very knowledgeable and friendly. Other bottle shops you should check out are west Lakeview and Binny's south loop.

    Map room
    Long room
    Hop leaf

    Half acre
    Haymarket-personal favorite
    Goose island Wrigleyvill/clyborn
  3. cu29

    cu29 Zealot (534) Sep 26, 2005 Wisconsin

    Its not mentioned very often, but I rather like Rock Bottom's rooftop deck downtown. And then the Red Line is literally right outside Rock Bottom's front door, which can take you up to North Av, from where it is only a 3-4 block walk to Goose Island Clybourn. I haven't heard what the latest is about Goose's lease at that location, so if you have not been there in the past you may want to check it out before they (possibly?) close.
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  4. JHE73

    JHE73 Zealot (560) Mar 7, 2013 California

    Thanks guys
  5. Drucifer

    Drucifer Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2012 Illinois

    Other stuff not mentioned...

    Local Option (often regarded as the best), Piece, Bangers & Lace, SmallBar, Fountainhead, Sheffields, Paddy Longs

    Liquor Stores:
    Puerto Rico Food and Liquors, Binny's Lincoln Park (the biggest)

    Already mentioned above was the Map Room, which is my favorite spot. It's cash only and you can bring food in to eat. I suggest ordering My Pie as it's a couple blocks from there and is one of Chicago's best deep dish spots.
  6. mpmartin

    mpmartin Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2010 Georgia

    I'm headed to Chicago next month as well. Glad I found this thread. I'll try to check out these bottle shops. Any suggestions are appreciated. I want to get some brews that I can't find at home in Atlanta. I'm driving, so I'll have room to bring back a few new brews. Thanks!
  7. JHE73

    JHE73 Zealot (560) Mar 7, 2013 California

    Got to put Beer Temple on this list. One of the best bottle shops I've been to. It's also two blocks from Hot Doug's and two blocks from Kumars Corner.
  8. JHE73

    JHE73 Zealot (560) Mar 7, 2013 California

    The Publican has a house Lambic.

    A little pricey but tasty. Goes well with their salty, fatty, porky menu.
  9. JHE73

    JHE73 Zealot (560) Mar 7, 2013 California

    I though hop leaf had a better selection than Map Room. Plus the new butcher at HL is great. Get the sausage plate
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