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Beer Ratings: 439
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: 31 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1102 W Webster Ave
phone: (773) 348-2008
Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.
(Place added by: tyee on 01-16-2008)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 77 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This is MY bar! I love this place. I love everything about it; so much so that I have the glassware to think about it when I cannot be there. The staff is cool, if you are cool. Do not attempt to order Miller Lite. One of my fondest memories of this place was probably the first or second time I visited. It was on a weekend, maybe a Friday night. The place was not too busy, and it was nice and cool inside. I tried many awesome sour ales on tap including Maastricht Aachen (sp? I can never remember how to spell this one), and Maracaibo (Jolly Pumpkin). They had Tom Petty playing. It was magical.
If you come to Chicago, go to the typical brewery tour, or bar, or whatever. But if you want something special, check out Local Option. You will not be disappointed. Unless you are a douchey Cubs fan.
ps. Great part about this place is that it is in the snooty Lincoln Park neighborhood, and sticks out like a sore thumb saying "FUCK YOU PREPPY ASSHOLE!"
09-21-2012 22:28:42 |
More by Claybo
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Local Option is indeed a great local option. There is an alliance of all factors beer nerds look for in a place and it collaborates beautifully. This place has a special impact; there is self-realization and inner reflection involved. You realize the vast array of beers out there in the world you have yet to conquer, you start to question the rationality of becoming a voodooist, but more importantly you realize as you are surrounded by nerds while having an energetic discussion about brews with staff and patrons is that: “Wow, I AM a nerd too! And it’s pretty cool.”
08-27-2012 14:32:53 |
More by BrewsAndBeyond
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Hit this place the day after a night at Three Floyds Brewpub, which was great ...but I gotta say I liked Local Option even better. It was early enough on a Saturday that it wasn't packed yet. The soundtrack isn't nearly as metal as the imagery on the wall would suggest ...which is a bonus for me anyway. As mentioned in another review, the servers greet you initially with a hint of suspicion. But they do warm up nicely once they can tell you're not liquored-up Cubs fan. And the beer selection is world class. Had a few that I'd only read about in beer-deprived Texas. I can't imagine ever being in Chicago without stopping here.
08-09-2012 22:10:09 |
More by n2pux
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Atmosphere: this place is metal. I gave it a "5" for atmosphere. If you have never listened to Iron Maiden, you may give this joint lower marks. Local Option does not pretend to be anything that it's not.
Quality: 5 stars. You will be hard pressed to find a better selection of beer in Chicago.
Service: once the bartenders warm up to you they will treat you right. they seem to initially treat patrons with a hint of suspicion. This is likely due to the number of random dbags that stroll in off the street and attempt to order a Miller Light.
Selection: 5 stars. I don't think that they would be able to offer a better selection while keeping the level of quality where it is.
Food: slightly above average. cajun style offerings. This is a beer bar. Go get a steak at one of Chicago's legendary steak houses and come here to drink.
I've lived in Chicago for 12 years. This is my favorite bar in town and truly a world-class beer bar. *disclosure: I am a huge Maiden fan.
07-06-2012 15:26:44 |
More by shadytony
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
I had the best time of the 3 days at this bar. There were some unusually good beers here, led by one of the four of their own brews, a style I had never tried (Kentucky Common) that yields a long mildly sour finish without cherries. The owner and head brewer and 3rd bartender are a flurry of activity, and could handle even a much bigger crowd than this rainy weeknight. Small Earthy bar, safe area with a lot of students in the street. I would make it a point to come back as these people really know their beer.
05-09-2012 20:16:36 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Local Option is hands down, one of my favorite bars in the world. They have a fantastic (if not enormous) beer selection, really good and reasonably priced food, great service, and Iron Maiden artwork on the walls. What more could you want? I'm in Chicago for three days, and have already been there twice. The guacamole and po-boys are delicious, and all the beers I've sampled (Dreadnought IPA, Jandrain-Jandrenouille IV Saison, etc) have been quite good. My ONLY complaint about this place is their beer board. The beer names are written (sometimes in abbreviated form) on a chalkboard, but the prices, serving size, style and alcohol content are not provided. Granted, the staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful, but since all this info IS avaialble on their website, it has always baffled me as to why they wouldn't provide this on a printout menu or on the board. That being said, this a WORLD-CLASS beer bar, and I will always make a point to visit when I'm in Chicago. Happy New Year!
01-01-2012 23:20:24 |
More by pbass78
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is without doubt my favorite beer bar in Chicago. I have been to many others, and for interesting selection, knowledgeable (and not snooty) service, this place cannot be beat.
I also like that the staff never condescended to me because I am a woman. I was able to clearly communicate my likes and dislikes, and my excitement for new beers, and try beers without being pigeonholed. That is sometimes hard to find at other beer bars, as the beer world is a boy's club, and it's sometimes hard for me to find my place in it. Note to other restaurants, a beer geek is a beer geek, no matter what kind of junk you pack.
It doesn't hurt that it's two blocks from my apartment in a neighborhood full of bars that aren't my speed, either.
I don't knock the food, but I'm a dick about food just like I'm a dick about beer. That being said, I have no qualms about having a date night with dinner at The Local. The guac is stellar, and you should only order the Muffeletta if you don't have dinner plans for the next three days... its' that big, and that delicious.
I love the constantly rotating taps, and the old standbys mixed in with their own brews, as well as other beers I rarely see elsewhere and probably wouldn't have the guts to try.
Extra points for no jukebox and interesting music always being played (metal, jazz, yacht rock, vocal groups, you name it), and the Big Buck Hunter game in the back.
12-29-2011 19:38:27 |
More by LornaLee
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Have been here twice with my son while visiting him, both times we came in for a late lunch 1-2PM. Place was pretty quiet. Beer selection is very nice, the barkeep had some good suggestions and we were able to try out some really nice beers.
I was surprised at how good the food was, had the grilled cheese sandwich which was exceptional.
Service was good, since the place was quiet spend some time talking brews with the bartender.
Definitely a place to visit again when I'm in the Windy City, they do know beer.
11-04-2011 22:59:22 |
More by stercomm
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Also stopped by here on a business trip to Chicago. A bit out of the way - was staying downtown - but worth the trip. Near De Paul University and had an interesting tap selection - notably a Cantillon Gueze - which was quite tasty. A strong selection of Belgium beers with some good beers from the States. They had carbonated LA Angel's Share on tap - that's pretty rare in itself. Overall, looks like your standard college bar with nothing too out of the ordinary. Bar staff was attentive and helpful and prices were pretty decent. Would definitely venture back if I'm in town and they've got some good stuff on tap.
10-24-2011 05:01:33 |
More by JoeySchlitz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Went here on a Wednesday evening before a Devin Townsend concert (I heard it was a "metal bar")
It is a hole in the wall in a mostly residential area. It is nice inside with 31 taps and some bottles. Lots of rare goodies. There was no metal music but it was a nice quiet vibe.
I got a Dark Horse Plead the Option and it was a bit too cold. The food is well-priced and delicious. Not too spicy but there was hot sauce at the table.
The bathroom is unique.
The beer is pricier here.
Overall a solid place if you want to try some rare beers.
Been here many more times and I think it is the best place in IL.
10-20-2011 18:53:00 |
More by crossovert
Local Option in Chicago, IL
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