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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by fastenoughforphish, Jan 16, 2013.
Chucks/Voodoo Lounge in Burbank...Blarney Stone in Oak Forest....
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.
I second all of these. Although Blues Bar is a bit further from my home.
Is there a bar you can just hangout at Whirlyball? Or do you have to play whirlyball?
There's a bar you can just hang out at.
+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...
Actually pints are $2 at bulldogs in roselle on Thursdays! Beer menu listed on beermenus
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!!
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
Damn that sounds like an amazing line-up... rivals many of the draft lists at so called craft beer bars
I came on here to say the same thing.
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.
Tribes (Tinley Park and Mokena), Rock Bottom (Orland Park), Smoky Barque (Frankfort)....
+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.
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
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.
Um, fox and hound in Aurora opened way more than ten years ago.
Correction noted...LOL.... Titled kilt has the 3.00 pints on Thursday I think....
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.
Yes that is why my post said over 10 years ago bro.
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.
Personally, Bigby's is my favorite.
I guess having it close to work and home makes a difference...
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.
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.
Beer Geeks in Highland, IN. Hands down one of the best places to drink good craft beer.
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.
Also Chicagoland Winemakers for homebrew supplies. Kyle is a great guy and very knowledgeable.
I did happen to see they are having a very SICK Bourbon County variants tap takeover this week!!
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!
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.
Looks like I can't count, but can recommend good bars
There's a couple more of these "SICK" Bourbon County variant takeovers coming up within the next month at other suburban bars as well.
Blues Bar for sure. Last week the had Goose Island Baudonia on tap. Basically BCBS..
Its our go-to place for tasty beers in the area.
I cant quite walk there like you though. (in downtown AH)
Cigars and Stripes in Berwyn is always an interesting good time. The BBQ wings and homemade hot sauce are great.
Nevins brewing co, plainfiels Taphouse......great draft selections+
+1 for Durty Nellies
Blues Bar has Big John and Night Stalker currently on tap.
same place Limestone used to be.....now Nevins Brewing.....theyll be brewing on premise in feb/march.....great draft selections at the moment