Where do you drink in the 'burbs

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by fastenoughforphish, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Blues Bar, Tap House Grill Highwood, Brixie's in Brookfield, Durty Nellie's (hit/miss on overall experience IMO), Firkin, just to name my personal faves. Seems like the options for craft beer are growing exponentially.
  2. SWChi

    SWChi Oct 25, 2012 Illinois

    Chucks/Voodoo Lounge in Burbank...Blarney Stone in Oak Forest....
  3. willseph

    willseph Jan 31, 2011 Illinois

    As mentioned above, Duke's in Crystal Lake is a real solid spot. If we're looking for a night out, the Brauerhouse in Lombard has a great beer list and usually decent bands.
  4. geimerman

    geimerman May 12, 2012 Illinois
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    I second all of these. Although Blues Bar is a bit further from my home.
  5. JRBecks

    JRBecks Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    Is there a bar you can just hangout at Whirlyball? Or do you have to play whirlyball?
  6. mdomask

    mdomask May 27, 2012 Illinois
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    There's a bar you can just hang out at.
  7. emerge077

    emerge077 Apr 16, 2005 Illinois

    +1 to Bavarian Lodge, Firkin, Duke's, Lunar, Brixie's, Bigby's, and The House Pub.
    These are the few i've been to that seem to be a cut above the rest.

    I'll add Poor Phil's & Marion St. (Oak Park), Maple Tree Inn (Blue Island), Cigars & Stripes (Berwyn), and Lake Bluff Brewing (Lake Bluff). NWI region: Beer Geeks, FFF, One Trick Pony (Lansing IL).

    Check out the Places/Beerfly part of the site for more info...
  8. EOTLBrewer

    EOTLBrewer Dec 18, 2011 Illinois
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    Actually pints are $2 at bulldogs in roselle on Thursdays! Beer menu listed on beermenus
  9. tjfilippo

    tjfilippo Jan 28, 2008 Illinois
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    There is a bar. Had Baudoinia, Big John, Butterfly Flash Mob, Ten Fidy, Bells Java Stout, Allagash Interlude, and others on tap tonight! and lots of good stuff in the cellar!!
  10. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    Irrational exuberance
  11. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    If you're invoking Alan Greenspan here, I assume you're saying suburban bars are creating an unsustainable bubble by jumping on the craft beer bandwagon. Not sure I agree. I think it's at least as likely we're in the midst of a huge market correction as the crap beer bubble deflates
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  12. JRBecks

    JRBecks Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    Damn that sounds like an amazing line-up... rivals many of the draft lists at so called craft beer bars
  13. Durb777

    Durb777 Nov 30, 2011 Illinois
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    I came on here to say the same thing.
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  14. krl2112

    krl2112 Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Been going to fox and hound since the week it opened over 10 years ago and they have to give those kind of deals cuz the entire staff and management are a buch of jerks and seem like the could care less that ur there. I agree $2 is great but I hate them like poison.
  15. pointyskull

    pointyskull Mar 17, 2010 Illinois

    Tribes (Tinley Park and Mokena), Rock Bottom (Orland Park), Smoky Barque (Frankfort)....
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  16. TheRealPour

    TheRealPour Jan 29, 2009 Illinois
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    +1 on Whirlyball. When a friend and coworker took me there the first time I was like 'What the fuuu...'...and 2 minutes later I was deciding between an Avery Maharaja and FW Double Jack. And that was back when these two were truly rare taps anywhere in Chicagoland.
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  17. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    I've been going there pretty regularly for the past 5 years and the staff changes constantly. Including management. I'm surprised u have issues there. They might not know much about craft beers, but the girls there are also very friendly. Even outside of work ;)
  18. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    That assumption is only partially correct. Not in a negative way, but I think we are seeing a craft beer bubble - too many breweries, too many expensive yet average beers, too many soccer moms seeking zombie dust and bcbs, to be sustained. I like all the craft beer options in the 'burbs. I just don't think it will last. Call me crazy. Please. In this instance I hope I'm wrong on sustainability.
  19. forrestbetts

    forrestbetts Nov 29, 2007 Illinois

    Um, fox and hound in Aurora opened way more than ten years ago.
  20. Coirm

    Coirm Dec 12, 2012 Illinois
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    Correction noted...LOL.... Titled kilt has the 3.00 pints on Thursday I think....
  21. ccbegg

    ccbegg Oct 7, 2012

    Hopscotch in Franklin Park is great for both beer and brown liquor.
    Old School in Forest Park has a great tap and bottled beer selection. They also have a great short menu, especially the brisket.
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  22. krl2112

    krl2112 Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    Yes that is why my post said over 10 years ago bro.
  23. krl2112

    krl2112 Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
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    You are correct that management changes all the time. I play on a pool league that goes between there and the foundry and they treat all of us like crap. They really only care about their numbers.
  24. jsjames

    jsjames Dec 24, 2008 Illinois
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    Personally, Bigby's is my favorite.
    I guess having it close to work and home makes a difference...
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  25. IPx

    IPx Mar 22, 2010 Illinois

    As others have mentioned before Durty Nellies is a good place to go in Palatine. If you ever make it out to Glenview, I really like drinking at the Yardhouse because they have a massive selection of beers on tap (albeit no really rare stuff).
    But my personal favorite is Prairie Moon in Evanston. I know one of the managers/ bartenders there and he is extremely knowledgeable on beers so he tries to procure rare/ great kegs.
    I think a World of Beer just opened in Evanston today or very soon so I'd be interested in trying that place as well.
  26. stevegoz

    stevegoz May 5, 2008 Illinois
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    Prairie Moon is great -- just wish it was more within range of the western 'burbs.

    The WoB Evanston opening-day draft list looked a lot better than the Naperville one's.
  27. yock

    yock Jun 22, 2005 Indiana

    Beer Geeks in Highland, IN. Hands down one of the best places to drink good craft beer.
  28. skawars1

    skawars1 Feb 28, 2006 California
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    I'm disappointing the Brixies has only been mentioned once in this tread. It has to be one of the best beer bars in Chicagoland. Disclaimer I am a member of the Brixies Brewers homebrew club. They always have some great stuff on tap. Chris has been killing it with the special tappings too.
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  29. skawars1

    skawars1 Feb 28, 2006 California
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    Also Chicagoland Winemakers for homebrew supplies. Kyle is a great guy and very knowledgeable.
  30. JRBecks

    JRBecks Apr 3, 2012 Illinois

    I did happen to see they are having a very SICK Bourbon County variants tap takeover this week!!
  31. skawars1

    skawars1 Feb 28, 2006 California
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    Ya that is like the 3rd time in the past 4 or 5 months. Plus the randal program they are doing is crazy good. Central Waters BB Stout served through a randal full of coffee beans or vanilla beans a few weeks ago was amazing!
  32. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    Hmm, I just counted 5 recommendations for Brixie's in this thread before your post, including my own. I love the place. It's become pretty much the only bar I'll go to on a Friday night, and it's a good 25 miles from home/work for me.
  33. skawars1

    skawars1 Feb 28, 2006 California
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    Looks like I can't count, but can recommend good bars :)
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  34. JakeT469

    JakeT469 Jan 13, 2012 Colorado

    There's a couple more of these "SICK" Bourbon County variant takeovers coming up within the next month at other suburban bars as well.
  35. JimSmetana

    JimSmetana May 11, 2012 Illinois

  36. skawars1

    skawars1 Feb 28, 2006 California
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    Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn is always an interesting good time. The BBQ wings and homemade hot sauce are great.
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  37. aclara

    aclara Mar 16, 2011 Illinois
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    Nevins brewing co, plainfiels Taphouse......great draft selections+
  38. TallPaul07

    TallPaul07 Sep 4, 2010 Indiana
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    +1 for Durty Nellies
  39. DarkMagneto

    DarkMagneto Apr 17, 2007 Illinois
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    Blues Bar has Big John and Night Stalker currently on tap.
  40. jplopez21

    jplopez21 Nov 14, 2012 Illinois
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    Tommy Nevins?
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