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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
Active Beers: 31
Beer Ratings: 651
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1927 W North Ave
phone: (773) 772-4422
8 house taps, 10 guest taps.
Extreme parking enforcement area.
Metered parking on North Ave., permit only on side streets.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
Piece is located on the northwest side of Chicago on West North Ave not too far off I-94. Metered parking is available in all directions, however the spots right in front of the place cannot be used until after 6pm.
Inside the wraparound bar can be found on the right side, with highboy tables and booths on the left. The paneled skylight ceiling is high and makes the space feel very open. There are chalkboards that list the available beers, and medals and awards won by Piece are displayed all over. There is a dark red and cream color scheme. One other note related to atmosphere: the men's room is laid out so that there is a clear view to the urinals from the main seating area if that's your thing.
Piece has around 7 beers of their own beers on draught and another 9 or so guest taps. The house beers run from Kölsch to the Dark 'N Curvy Dunkelweizen to an IPA and IIPA. Some slightly more atypical styles like Altbier and Bière de Garde (Worryin' Ale) are available too. All in all the beers are above average to very good, especially the Wack Job Imperial IPA. The brews are available in a sampler too. Guest brews include Bell's, Three Floyds and the like.
Service on an early evening was good, and the place went from relatively empty to practically standing room only in the nearly two hours I was there as the after work crowd started showing up. The Blackhawks were on TV playing my hometown Blue Jackets which I think was part of the draw.
The pizza at Piece is very good. They have some menu pizzas but the recommendation to me was to start with red or white sauce and build my own which is what I did. My creation was delicious if I do say so myself.
Overall I really like this place. If this brewpub was on the ocean it would be neck and neck with Pizza Port as far as my favorite brewpub and pizza place. As it stands it is definitely a place I will try to hit on future trips to Chicago.
04-14-2010 22:45:21 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Been to Piece quite a few times over the past couple years, I always have a good time. The pizza and the beer are always top notch...
Atmosphere is good, not terribly noise, can easily carry on conversations without shouting. Tons of seating area, very long bar with a bunch of flatscreens behind, and a gorgeous exposed wood, barn style ceiling...
Place can get pretty crowded at times (best to get there after 10:30ish on a Friday or Saturday) but the service seems to always keep up.
Parking can get ridiculous at times, we seem to always luck out. But be prepared to circle around for a while some nights, weekends, obviously are quite difficult.
Growlers are $16 and $12 for a refill (I think), also have glassware and shirts, etc. for sale.
Overall Piece is definitely worth it. Try to get there at off-peak times and you shouldn't have a problem. Stick with the house beers, they are all top-notch. Even if you don't usually dig thin crust pizza (I usually don't) Piece's thin crust is friggin' fantastic. Get a Large and take some home with a growler...
02-17-2010 08:26:02 |
More by hawks10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been waiting to try Piece for some time now. However, I'm not a big fan of Chicago's pizza options, whether they be "traditional" pizza or Chicago-style and I have more or less given up on going anywhere for pizza. So, even though I know Piece is more than a pizzeria, I've largely avoided the place because of my avoidance of every other pizza place in this city.
I wish I hadn't. Piece serves up some very good pizza along with some pretty good beer as well.
Piece is located in what used to be a garage. It's basically a large, dark room, with high ceilings that is divvied up in parcels for different uses: waiting area, bar, seating, etc. It kind of a has a dingy, "well-used" feel to it, but I imagine that is a result of this place nearly always being packed.
I was lucky enough to go during the middle of the day on a Saturday, so I can't comment much on how busy Piece can be or how service reacts to the large crowds, but, what I can say is that they were only about half full and the place was still pretty frigin' noisy. However, service was quick and attentive. Beers were received within minutes of ordering them, so quickly I think our waiter was pouring them himself. Our waiter's beer knowledge was scant, but he knew what was on tap and had a general knowledge about beer. Considering this is a pizzeria, I felt that was enough for me.
The beers I tried were generally good, some better than others, but that is to be expected. I will say their beer showed great promise, and for that reason, I look forward to making it back soon. Tap list was respectable, with a nice blend of their beers and a few guest drafts. If they have bottled beer, I didn't notice it anywhere on the menu nor did I see anyone drinking it.
01-04-2010 22:10:27 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I walked into piece and thought it was very modern, kind of a hip place to be. There were flat screens all over the bar and they had the NFL ticket. The bartender asked us which games we wanted on and put those on immediately. There was music playing that was very chill and upbeat, relatively friendly staff. They had an area with couches in front of a big tv, really cool. A big dining area and huge, i mean huge, pizzas coming from the kitchen (didn't have anything to eat though).
The beer was pretty solid and they had a nice guest draft list. Enjoyed a couple pints and the cost was reasonable especially for the cool atmoshpere.
12-17-2009 18:51:07 |
More by cpetrone84
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
I have been here several times now, and every time I have come away impressed. The brewpub is one big high-ceiling room with plenty of natural light. There are two smaller sections off the main room that interact with the main room. Also included is a bar and plenty of tvs to watch a variety of sports.
The quality has always been top-notch here. I recently had the barleywine which was quite excellent. The kolsch is also very good here, as are all of the beers.
Service has always been quick and friendly. Depending on the server, you will get some that know about the beer and some that don't.
Selection of beer is good, usually around 8 or so beers on tap at any given moment.
The food is awesome, if you like pizza (and who doesn't?). You have so many choices, and every type that I have gotten I love. Whenever I am near Wicker Park in Chicago I try to stop by for a pint and a bite of pizza. It isn't super cheap, but nor is it overly expensive. Highly recommended.
08-26-2009 15:46:36 |
More by tedsox31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I went here on a Sunday afternoon for lunch. Its a big place with a long bar and quite a few TVs. It was about half full so we got a table right away. The place has kind of a young, alternative vibe to it, which is nice. The pizza there is all thin crust, but you choose the sauce and toppings that go onto it. They have all the traditional toppings, and a lot of different ones that you don't normally see, such as mashed potatoes. I had a white pie with chicken, spinach, and artichokes. It was really good. I would recommend the pizza if you like trying something different than just the standard toppings.
They had about six or seven beers on tap. I tried the Worryin' Ale, IPA, Flat Iron Stout, and the Camel Toe. The Camel Toe was definitely the one that stood out. Unfortunately they don't have it all of the time. The IPA and the Worryin' were both solid. I didn't care for the stout though.
Our server was very friendly. My friend told her he was in a hurry to catch a plane, and she got everything out to us real fast. I will definitely try to visit here whenever I come to Chicago.
08-17-2009 01:29:06 |
More by kneids
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Piece is pizza place and brewery wrapped into one. The pizza is outstanding with tons of selection.
They brew their own beer and also offer a nice selection of foreign brews, about 10 or so.
The brewed beers are decent overall. Most of them I find only soso, especially their lagers. Their anniversary ale is probably the best beer they make.
The service is decent, nothing outstanding.
Its alwasy crowded which pretty much sucks.
If you're looking for really good pizza and a decent beer selection this is the place to go. Don't go just to try thier brewed beers, you'll be a little disappointed.
08-03-2009 21:44:12 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Near the Wicker Park area, which is a nice towny area northwest of downtown. Cool looking old warehouse or manufacturing facility turned into a brewpub. Looked like about 7 of their own beers and 3 or so regional guests. Looked like you would have a good chance of trying something new the brewer was rotating through. Oatmeal Stout was new in place of the menued Dark Bier. Prices descent for the town. Pizza was pretty good, I think I would have liked it more if the toppings were picked just for me, but I was sharing. Bartender service was ok, knew just enough about the beers. Kitchen was extreamly slow, but the place was dead and they had been open for over an hour so no excuse. 40 minutes for 1 small pizza? Anyway, seems worth stopping in, at least for beer when the place isn't slammed busy.
07-07-2009 00:23:49 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is pretty big, it's in like an old repair shop or something. The tables are all kind of close together, and they're all filled up for the most part. It can get kind of loud, but it's very lively inside. I enjoyed the atmosphere. The beer is good, though it all looked a bit hazy to me - maybe it could've used a few more days to clear up, or maybe it was chill haze. Nothing too bad, but still a little strange to me. The service was okay, nothing went wrong and the waiter was pretty friendly. I did wait for a water refill for a while, but I still had some beer to drink while I was waiting. The selection is pretty good, I think there were 6-8 house taps, and maybe a few guest taps, with the styles being moderately varied (though it was hard to tell what each was from the name). The food was pretty good, not the traditional Chicago pizza you think of, but good. I enjoyed this place, and would likely go back again if I were in the area.
06-22-2009 14:38:47 |
More by taylorhamrick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I'll start out with- I had a great experience at Piece. Easy to get to off the Blue Line. The only problem was the "well over an hour wait' for the group I was with. Sothe group bailed and I bellied up to the bar had a couple good beers, 3 great slices of a very big 'small' pizza, and watched the Cubs game.
The food was great. The beer was really good. The IPA was the best/ The brown was good. Bartender gave samples so I could find what I like and she was was knowledgeable. Chicago prices are not to be avoided. Overall, I really enjoyed Piece and would highly recommend and go back next time I'm back in Chi-Town.
06-03-2009 05:01:13 |
More by jyeast101
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria in Chicago, IL
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