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Active Beers: 12
Beer Ratings: 428
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1102 W Webster Ave
phone: (773) 348-2008
Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.
(Place added by: tyee on 01-16-2008)
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Reviews by Northsider:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is basically 'Kumas Lite'. The atmosphere of Local Option has the same tattooed edge, the same hard rock (though more subdued) playing while you eat, and the same "don't like it? Tough shit" attitude. It's a narrow building, so it seems like it could get really crowded during the busy times...and LOUD.
I went after work around 4:45-5:00ish...not too many people there. They didn't have a bottle menu, but the waitress said the bottles are more large Belgians. Ok...helpful-ish. The draft menu is on the chalkboard in the front and features many beer I've never heard of. Rare? Maybe. I don't know. Good selection though, nearly 35 taps to choose from. I went with Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere. My wife was really itching to try the Hitachino White Ale, which of course they "ran out of". She then asked for Gumbalhead, which she initially also said they "ran out of". After we glanced at each other with a "WTF" look, the waitress then said dryly, "ohh yea, we DO have Gumbalhead still. Uhh...okaaaay.
Food was unique for sure. I had the swordfish tacos and it was pretty damn good. Not the standard brewpub/gastropub choices here, which is a bit refreshing. I get sick of burgers and beer all the time.
Another major drag here was the cost: 9 bucks for the Bam? Jesus! It wasn't THAT good. Most of the beers were priced pretty high. Is it the neighborhood? Not sure.
Overall it's fun place to check out, but I can't say I'd be back. I can't stand the neighborhood, and the dazed staff definitely didn't make me want to return. Check it out if you like 30+ craft choices on tap, alterna-rock music, and tattooed staff. Otherwise, skip it.
06-11-2011 02:07:30 |
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12-04-2013 02:37:48 |
More by BDGarde312
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $$$
I want to love this place. Their tap list is massive and awesome. The food is okay at best. Here's their major fault: I find the bartenders to be standoffish and rude (when I trouble them for a beer). The place is usually pretty full but it shouldn't be that hard to get a beer at the bar. Having said that, I'm willing to give them a third chance. Negative points for charging $1 more per pint than their peers.
11-21-2013 18:50:58 |
More by teledeluxe
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Perennial Abraxas variants on tap the night before FOBAB? I'm in. But, wait, should I be?
**Never again at this place!**
We got to the bar at 3:00 and snagged a table. We had a bowl of decent guacamole and a bunch of beers as the place filled up. Once it got slammed, the service was horrible, but it was decent until an hour or so before the tapping.
A server stopped by and we asked about the tapping around 5. He said "no worries, we're pro's at this - we'll make sure you get the beers! No pre-orders but we'll be by to make sure people like you who have been here for hours get served."
The tappings were at 6:00. At 5:30 there was a line 5 people deep at the entire bar. Again, a server stops by and says "At 6:00 you can order your beer from me".
We don't bug him. Why would we? He's assured us we'll get the beer and I'm not sweating it, since they're pro's at special releases.
At 6:00 the beer is tapped. We've been there for three hours, since there were 20 people in the bar. Could have grabbed a bar stool or gotten in line at any point. The server comes by and says "I'll be right back to get your order".
At 6:05 he tells us "I can't get you the Perennial Abraxas beers. They're pouring from the bar and not for table service. Sorry."
Biggest "Oh no you didn't" moment of my beer drinking career. I had to leave my table and fight tooth and nail through a line of bearded beer geeks and beer farts to luckily get a pour of each variant. The idiots at the bar were pouring, serving and taking cash - duh, "pros" - have one guy doing nothing but pouring. One doing nothing but handing empty glasses and taking back full ones. And the three servers standing to the right of the bar picking their asses as the melee goes on infront of them - why not let them dole out the brews?
Look, I have no problem with a bar handling a release/tapping any way they want. This was a cluster, and self-created. I'm patient. I could have had my beer at 6:30 if I was guaranteed to get one. Never bugged the server. But a heads-up and decent info would have been great. I'll never go to this place again because they obviously don't know what they're doing. Anything but pro's.
Should be called "worst option".
11-18-2013 14:06:25 |
More by jampics2
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$$
The bar was loud, tight and small, a truly local watering hole for beer geeks. Clientele ranged from hipsters to metal-heads, all enjoying unusual beers together. I consider myself pretty well versed in beers, but I honestly had never heard of most of the beers on the chalk board! One I certainly did recognize was Cantillon Gueuze on tap! That alone was worth the trip.
Service was a bit iffy, but the place was crowded.
11-15-2013 18:54:01 |
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11-12-2013 02:20:59 |
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11-11-2013 22:10:55 |
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10-21-2013 15:43:28 |
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10-21-2013 14:17:14 |
More by brandoman63
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Local Option is my favorite local place, I probably visit 3-4 times a month, more during Hawks season. The atmosphere is fun, it's loud and bustling on most weekend nights, and some weeknights when a Blackhawks game is on. The music typically metal or punk, although occasionally, oldies, funk and r&b is playing. The crowd is a good mix of beer nerds, local LP residents and metal heads, and it's very harmonious. The lights are low, keeping the place dark, but never in an obstructive way. The taplist is fantastic, always, nearly 30 taps going at all times that are always pouring something great. Whether its a hard to find beer from Europe, a great local treat, seasonal and one offs, there is sure to be a beer for everyone. Lately, they've been showcasing a lot of their contract brewed beers, many of which are quite good. The bottle list also makes their selection hard to beat, lots of foreign treasures, lambics, quads, tripels, as well as domestic things, barrel aged this, limited that, there is always something special on the list. The service is always good, the servers know their stuff about beer and can easily guide someone to making a good beer choice, while being friendly and engaging rather than pretentious and snooty. Beer and food are always served as promptly as possible, and while the food is nothing special, typical bar fare, the cajun twist on things and the consistent product is great.
The prices on beer are a little higher than usual, $6-10 depending on the volume and beer, imports and rarer things run higher while locals and bigger craft offerings (new belgium, laginutas, sierra nevada, etc) are on the cheaper end. The food is fairly priced for bar food, $9-13 for burgers/sandwiches and other entrees.
The parties/events here are top notch, with tap lists that rival any place in the world. The prices are fair and the servings are large, but the place gets PACKED and service slows down to a halt and their small staff gets pushed to the limit, but they still do a bang up job.
Verdict: The best bar in Chicago in my opinion, friendly staff, amazing beer, solid food, fun atmosphere and the Hawks are always on.
10-11-2013 18:06:11 |
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