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Goose Island Clybourn
Active Beers: 236
Beer Ratings: 40,372
Beer Avg: 3.89
Taps: 18 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1800 N Clybourn Ave
phone: (312) 915-0071
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 197 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I've never been a big Goose Island beer fan but I was in Chicago and I thought a trip to their brewpub might change that.
We had a couple of their samplers. One had four of their Belgians and the other some IPAs and cask offerings. The IPAs and cask offerings were OK but not anything special. The Belgians were a little better but still not something I'd buy.
The atmosphere had me a little unsure. The space and bones of the building are fantastic. But somehow it didn't all come together. I think it was something about the look and feel of the big, center bar.
So I left with about the same opinion that I started with. I have no complaints about GI. Their beer is good and consistent. But it just doesn't interest me.
07-04-2012 11:53:02 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in for dinner while in town on business. I was really looking forward to this stop, especially after our dopey cab driver took a stupid route.
The place has a nice worn in feel that is the opposite of the more clean, shiny brewpubs that are the norm in the Philly area. A large rectangular bar is the centerpiece of the room with tables all around. The only negative was that the tap towers and wooden columns made it easy for the bartenders to ignore us. Better bartenders would have negated this but the guys on this night were pleasant but unmotivated.
The tap list was large and diverse. All of the usual bottled stuff plus some specials like BCS (worth the cost of the cab ride all by itself). Just missed Nightstalker by a couple of days, which was a bummer. drowned my sorrows just fine in the BCS though.
Food was good with a mix of small plates and normal pub grub.
Only word of warning is to not buy the specialty bottles. Juliet was $30 at the brewpub though only $18 at Sam's (now Binny's) across the street.
11-05-2009 20:44:37 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
This is a fantastic brew pub, one of the finest I have ever been in. Great reuse of the old Turtle Wax factory!!
The bar is a nice rectangle with plenty of seats. Large number of tables and a small outdoor area as well. Nice nostalgic decorations and a great view of the beer tanks.
The beers are awesome and reasonably priced. Besides their standards, they always have new beers in rotation. In fact, they did 100 different beers for their anniversary a few years back. I'm a big fan of their IPA, Wheat, Kolsch, & ESB. I've also has some awesome Belgian style ales & French farm house brews. Like I said, always something new and tasty to try.
The food has improved over the years and is now more than decent. Good salads, fantastic burgers, more than passable Mexican food & BBQ.
This location also attracts a high percentage of attractive female beer drinkers. These ladies for the most part are not drinking macros, but are enjoying the tasty beers served up by Goose Island.
This is a must stop on your visit to Chicago. This staff is friendly and knows their beer. They will make you feel like a regular in no time!!
04-27-2003 16:02:10 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Visited one evening finally to Goose Island. Many of their main line beers where on tap and to my delight some special beers. Also some guest beers where on tap, and on this particular night one was Surly Furious. Prices seemed a little higher than other places I've been to, but that might be standard issue in the city. Atmosphere seemed to be more of the elegant brewpub and not as neighborly which is ok, but exactly to my tastes. Service was satisfactory if not good. I was glad to make it here, and if ever in the area probably would stop again.
01-13-2011 04:13:34 |
More by MilwaukeeCrusher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Very nice place, it has a lot of different rooms (all of which were full since I was there on black Friday)
The ambiance is a bit too Chicago sports barish, I prefer it to be like 1 tv max in a bar. Also there were like 4 hockey games going at the time and none on TV, typical for an Illinois bar though.
It was crowded when I went but after I got a table the service was prompt.
The food is very good, all of it is gourmet and some very bold flavor combos. On the other hand it is quite pricey, 13$ for a burger and fries.
The beer sampler is well priced and they have a good 20 beers on tap and another couple in bottles.
12-03-2010 03:42:45 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is a great place to stop when in when it is not peak hours. I always ask what the cask beer is on that day and it is always a good choice. If you go on the weekends expect it to be pretty smoky but other times its very nice to sample beers. If you find a seat close to the bar you can see the brewery equipment and on days when the brew it smells like heaven.
They always have a local game on and it is a pretty local crowd. They have a pretty large beer menu (goose island brews only) and have good descriptions about the brews. I often sample some for free before I get a growler to go.
The staff is pretty knowledgeable as long as you ask them questions that you can read off the menu. Very nice and they all sport the goose island gear you can get at the counter. They are pretty fast with food and are flexible in changing orders to suit your needs. Try the cold chicken livers or the sausage sampler and the hot pretzel if you want to get a meal. They have the traditional burgers, wings and salads if you want and they are pretty big portions. If youre just in for a quick drink or 3 they you need to get the pub chips. They are hand made potatoes chips that have a salty sweet seasoning on them that are wonderful.
If they only have the beer in a bottle they usually double the price of what it is in the store, so ask them if you can go across the street and get it from Sam's wine and spirits for much cheaper. They will give you and honest answer.
I nice place to have a beer and food but it can be a little busy on the weekends.
03-24-2005 02:40:08 |
More by rhoadsrage
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Met a friend here on my first night in Chicago. This was about three weeks ago, but I jotted down some notes and feel like I've still got a pretty good recollection of the place... just got a little lazy when it came to writing the review.
Anyhoo, the Goose Island Clybourn pub was much smaller than I anticipated: a roughly 15ft x 25ft central bar, surrounded by a single line of small tables. It's got a nice feel to it though. Tons of polished wood with plain, yet classy, decor give it an old-school "Cheers" sort of aesthetic.
Following suit, many of the beers exude class and grace by through polished attention to detail and dedication to established styles. A few (e.g. bourbon county peppermint stout), however, provide more interesting selections for the adventurous. The beer list is both deep and diverse, and the 4-5 beers that I tasted were all top notch.
Service was slightly better than average. We often sat dry for 10-15 minutes before the waitress noticed, but otherwise, she was both friendly and knowledgeable.
I can't speak much on the food or prices, other than the butternut squash bisque I had was tasty and I don't remember it costing too much. The beers were ~$5 a pint.
I don't think I really need to say this (as I'm sure it's already been echoed many times AND Goose Island is the largest craft brewing establishment in Chicago), but make sure you visit this place when you come to the windy city.
01-26-2012 06:39:05 |
More by ThreeWiseMen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a really nice place. The atmosphere is clean and welcoming, the food is quite good, and the beer is excellent. The one thing I found during our visit was that the service was a bit cold, but at least it was efficient. The pub is a little hard to find since it sits well back from Clybourn, the nominal address, but once inside it is fun. There is a dim, but clean and inviting bar area, and a well-lit dining room set behind it. The menu is well thought out, with good sandwiches and salads. And the portions are vast - we didn't even come close to finishing any of our meals. The real prize, however, is the beer. Goose Island is simply one of the country's best and it is a pity it doesn't seem to be distributed or marketed as widely as some of its more famous competitors (It seems almost unknown to people in the parts of the East Coast I tend to inhabit). The brewpub offers a vast selection of brews and an extensive sampler. There are a couple of the better beers that are only offered in bottles (Red Felt is a great example - well worth buying the 22 oz bottle). Prices are, perhaps, a little higher than similar outfits in other places, but not outrageous. This place is well worth a special trip.
07-14-2009 21:14:39 |
More by Seanibus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25 | $$
One of the bigger beer spots in Chicago with a huge bar and restaurant area. The vibe is a somewhat upscale pub feel.
A good selection on tap in terms of quantity. Was disappointed to see nothing barrel aged on tap and the cask options were also not all that interesting when I visited.
As far as food goes, only had the onion rings and found them to be below average.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood, especially given that it is across the street from a great Binny's.
07-23-2013 22:46:27 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I was excited to give this place a shot and sadly I was let down.
The atmosphere sucks, its nothing less than your typical bar scene, with a crappy selction of tv's and locations. Not a place to watch a game.
The quality of the beers was ok, but nothing super nice. Had some higher end GI beers but everything else was average.
The selection was limited, mostly GI beers that you can get anywhere,with some other crafts that were nothing special. They had a couple new beers only for the brewery but they were nothing special.
The service was good. The servers were very knowledable which was nice.
03-27-2010 02:04:30 |
More by jrallen34
Goose Island Clybourn in Chicago, IL
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