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Taps: 10 / Bottles: 70
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
7 W Jackson Avenue
phone: (630) 922-8040
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(Place added by: AAAPPLEGATE on 06-29-2008)
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
A- Seems to be something of a college bar, located only a few blocks away from North Central College. It was bright when I came in, but the lights were dimmed around 10PM. Smoke-free, like everywhere else in Illinois, and not as crowded as all the other bars in the area. The music was TOO loud, and hard rock/heavy metal was all I heard.
Q- They had a number of good beers on tap, but other than Matilda, all the beers were served either straight in the bottle or in a standard pint/mixing glass.
S- When I first came in, my waiter was all over me. He must have come up to me five times in the first ten minutes. As the night wore on and more people joined my table, I had to seriously wave my arms to get this guy's attention. I was in the corner, so I was tough to see, but he didn't stop at the table once in 2 hours without me waving my arms like a madman. It wasn't even that busy, so I didn't understand it.
S- They had 13 beers on tap: Goose Island Matilda & Imperial IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, and a bunch of other quality brews I can't recall. They didn't have 80 different bottles, but they did have at least 40, and about 35 of them were great craft beers. Some parts of the menu made me shake my head, especially the prices, and Dark Horse was listed as a Colorado brewery.
F- I had some nachos, and they were delicious. You get a lot for your food dollar. Some midwest favorites, like Cheese Curds, and a few good burgers. The $8 nacho appetizer could have been a meal for 3 people, and had fresh veggies all over it. I'm pretty sure they fry their own nachos on site.
V- The food prices were reasonable. The beer prices were pretty high. Some of the craft brews on tap, like Left Hand Milk Stout, were $7+. I think a six-pack at the liquor store (2 miles away) is about $8. Not as good a value as the Bavarian Lodge.
Overall, it wasn't too bad of a place. I would go back, but never, ever on a Saturday night, unless I was sitting at the bar. The bartender's service, when I got impatient and got up to get another beer, was excellent.
01-19-2009 23:50:17 |
More by akokandy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I agree with other posted about being great for that area, its a waste land out there in the Naper Plainfield area. Stopped by for lunch today to get Metros Lager which went on tap. very nice, also had a few Deliriums. Nice bottle selection for a bar in the burbs, Ottercreek, left hand, few selections from Victory.. Shiner in bottle and on tap. Plenty of Goose in bottle and on tap.. Also had Hopslam on tap. plenty more...
A beer rep stopped in and was trying to sell them Corona and they passed on it thought that was funny...
Had a sandwich and it was good, pricey?? a little but probably spot on for downtown Naperville.
When I am looking for something good to drink beer wise I will return for sure.. Music a little loud but hey its a bar if I want to listen to what I want to listen too I will sit at home!
02-12-2009 01:10:34 |
More by makdeco
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
this bar is very small and easy to walk right past if you arent paying attention! I was recently there on a sunday and had a blast! it seemed like cheers, how everyone there knew eachother from being regulars at that bar! anyway back to the bar, they have about 70 different craft bottles and 11 taps, nothing too special: kasteel rouge, DT, 2 goose taps, #9, and Stiegl to name a few. While I was there I shared their burger sampler with a friend, it was a good mix of their burgers. the menu consists of mostly sandwiches and a few salads, typical bar food. there are 3 hd tvs and they will put the sound on too if you ask! they have sliding glass doors in the front which is nice in the summertime.
the only downfall of this bar is that on the weekends it turns into a typical dbag dt naperville bar. The one owner isnt exactly nice or grateful either. the beer selection has been the same since they opened too, lets try something new guys!! If I go to dt naper ill come here for a beer but id prefer to drive another 10 mins to the bavarian lodge for a better selection.
01-19-2010 23:04:46 |
More by ginger420
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Went here with a buddy tonite, rather than the Bavarian in Lisle. A little disappointing. I'm not the kind of guy who thinks that bars with good beers need to be filled with beer snobs, but the people here tonight (about half of whom were sucking on Miller Lite) seemed here for other reasons.
From the outside, it looks just like a lot of other downtown Naperville bars; nothing really says it's anything different.
Inside, the staff was reasonably attentive and knowledgeable about what was on tap. I remember: Trumer Pils; Left Hand Milk Stout; Kasteel Rouge; Delirium; Widmer Wheat: Triple Kramallet; Goose Matilda; Goose Reserve; Surly Furious, and Two Brothers Bonfire. An extensive bottle menu, plus a dozen or so rotating bottles.
The food was OK; the hard rock music was WAY too loud. Three big screens with Bowl games.
I'll stick to the Bavarian.
01-03-2009 04:12:05 |
More by JonB1958
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Met up here with two buddies last Saturday afternoon (1/24/08). Small place, but had no problem getting a table. For those complaining about it being too bright inside - not so for us. We took a table towards the back and it was like being in a place at night! One TV screen, not visible from where we sat, had NCAA basketball on.
Beer selection was good and our server was pretty knowledgeable. She once slipped up and attributed Great Lakes' Eliot Ness to North Coast Brewing, but I have to give her a pass there. With everything else, she was on the ball and able to offer a good alternative to anything listed on the menu, but no longer offered.
Beers on tap that I can remember included Ommegang's ObamaGang, Triple Karmeleit, Widmer, Kasteel Rouge, Delirium Tremens, Shiner Black Lager, Left Hand Milk Stout, and Goose Island Maltilda. Lotsa bottles, as mentioned by others, ~50. Only ones I had was Eliot Ness and Alagash White; a buddy had La Fin du Monde.
Food is very good. Nachos are great with a nice, spicy chili ladled over the chips. Cuban sandwiches and onion rings were also a hit with us.
I can imagine this place gets pretty packed with the typical, young, BMC drinking Naperville crowd on a Saturday night. I don't know about you, but I'm too old for that crap. I'll stick to visiting on a nice Saturday or Sunday afternoon - especially since the Bavarian Lodge doesn't open until 4pm!
01-27-2009 17:16:37 |
More by Rhoobarb
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am sitting in the bulldog as I write this. I am realy excited to have a beer bar ten minutes from my house. While this place won't replace the map room, it is a welcome change from the usual suspects in Naperville. The bar seats 12 with more table seating in front of the bar. Ten beers on tap including Matilda, alpha king, surly furious, left hand milk stout, and 90 minute IPA. Over 70 bottles on the menu. Grouped by country selections include Avery, Boulder, de dolle, koningshoeven, victory and Hitachino. Prices are very reasonable. $3.5 for a bottle of kzoo wheat $13.5 for a bomber of Avery Hog Heaven barleywine. My server has very little beer knowledge but this is a fairly new place so beer ed will come. My only real complaint is how bright it is in here. Dim the lights please! Besides that great place with a friendly staff. I'll be back many more times. I know people on BA delight in shitting on Naperville, but give this place a shot and you might love it
07-17-2008 02:43:30 |
More by jkblodge
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for dinner and drink a few weeks ago. They have a great beer selection, head and shoulders above anything available in the area.
The staff basically read the menu to me when I asked any questions about the beer. I got the impression the owner knew more, but he wasn't there. It took a long time to get a beer more than once.
The food was average. Not bad, but not great.
The place is tiny and doesn't have any real atmosphere.
We took our 2 young kids and the staff was very accomodating.
I'll go back, but probably not for dinner.
07-18-2008 17:26:21 |
More by rscot231
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
My good friend lives in Aurora and enjoys beer, though he isn't a beergeek (yet). We went out after dinner on a Saturday night in Naperville a few months ago and he suggested going to Jimmy's, which I shot down (I was there once, and once was enough). I asked what the other options were, and he mentioned the Grumpy Bulldog, "which has a bunch of beers." Sounded good, so I said, "let's go."
Walked in and was instantly happy to see about a dozen taps at the bar. It's a small place, which, to me, is a plus, though not much atmosphere. One average-sized bar, plus several tables. Wasn't overly crowded, which is also good, but most of the people in there were drinking Miller Lite and such, which was disappointing, if not annoying. And the music was louder than necessary. After cracking the menu, I was happy to see a great selection of local craft and foreign bottles (about 75), plus another dozen on tap. Our server was very knowledgeable and personable, and happy to engage in conversation about the different beers they had. Good sense of humor to boot.
The jackpot was finding a beer that my wife enjoys. She's not a beer drinker, though I'm trying hard to slowly get her interested. Though it barely qualifies as a beer imo, she ordered some Kasteel Rouge and really enjoyed it. It's a baby step, but a step nonetheless!
08-12-2009 07:20:51 |
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