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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4300 N Lincoln Ave
phone: (773) 360-8406
Monday - Wednesday :: 4:30pm - 2am
Thursday - Friday :: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday :: 11:30am - 3am
Sunday :: 11:30am - 2am
Sunday - Thursday @ 11pm
Friday & Saturday @ 1am
(Place added by: joe1510 on 08-11-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $
Combined a trip to Half Acre with a lunch stop across the street at Bad Apple on 01/15/2011.
Large bar area upon first entry with a larger dining room just beyond that, and a small game room to the right of the bar. Decor was definitely very nice wood, exposed brick with a few very well done sculptures adjacent to the windows.
Staff was very friendly and inviting. Wasn't particularly crowded, but this was a late lunch (2pm) on a cold Saturday afternoon. Service was a bit slow at first, but by the end of our visit the entire staff, including chef/owner, were filling drinks and pitching in wherever needed. Staff was very well informed of kicked kegs that were on the draft list and notification that pretzel buns were not available to substitute.
I and guest were there strictly for burgers and beer, but the menu seemed well thought out and organized. I ordered the Slow Burn and found it to be exactly as described and well crafted. Guest had the Bad Apple burger and very much enjoyed it. Pickles popped on first bite, and the house made ketchup is excellent - please bottle and sell on site. Fries were excellent, as well. Only had three beers between us Goose Island Dominique, Half Acre Daisy Cutter and Stone dry-hopped Arrogant Bastard all of which were excellent. Beer menu was very reasonably priced and I would have loved to have some more time to imbibe. Loved that the large format bottles were seperated from standard bottles so no confusion on price. Beers varied from bottles of Black Ops, canned Wittekerke, GI Dominique, and many other craft breweries so you shouldn't have trouble finding two to three selections that intrigue you.
Overall, I can't wait to return with more time and a designated driver. The service was really good and I loved the atmosphere. If you're in the mood for a burger, fries and a beer or six this is a must visit in Chicagoland that is very reasonably priced.
01-17-2011 22:46:36 |
More by Birchgrove77
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to Bad Apple for lunch and beers after picking up some Freedom of '78 from Half Acre which is less than a block away.
The atmosphere of Bad Apple was that of a slightly upscale beer / cocktail bar. A nice medium sized bar with a few high top tables make up the bar room, while about 15 tables make up the dining room. They were also serving outside next to the building, but with the Chicago heat I needed air conditioning. Nothing to rave about atmosphere wise, but the music and crowds were not an issue when we went (1 PM on a Saturday).
The quality of the beer was pretty impressive. Nothing exceptionally rare, but a very solid lineup. I can assume that they always have a Half Acre offering on tap. They had about 20 taps with a large Import dominated bottle list. I enjoyed a Braumeister Pils from Victory and an Ommegang Zuur while I was having lunch.
The service at Bad Apple was absolute exceptional during our visit. The server / bartender was attentive but not overbearing while offering samples and suggestions on food and beer. While I understand the complaints that some have during peak hours, during a non rush they service at this place was exactly what I look for in a bar / restaurant. A+
The selection of beer was impressive, but I would have expected a more local lineup. Only one beer from Half Acre and only 2 beers from Goose Island. Nothing from Metropolitan, Two Brothers, Three Floyds, etc... However, this is a minor complaint because our whole group was able to have two or three different beers per person that interested us.
The food was pretty standard for a beer bar that specializes in burgers. While I enjoyed their blue cheese burger (cooked medium), it was the chacuterie plate that really impressed our group. Three kinds of sausage (one of which was lambs tongue, I always appreciate using "the nasty bits" to plagiarize Anthony Bourdain), Three kinds of cheese, tomato chutney, weizen beer mustard, and a house made ranch rounded our the dish that was served with warm chunks of baguette. Much better than a similar but more expensive platter at Goose Island Clybourn.
Overall it was a solid bar / burger spot that was reasonably priced and impressed our whole group. A nice looking building in a great Chicago neighborhood located really close to Half Acre, not much to dislike about this place. Looking forward to coming back in the future.
08-09-2010 03:05:46 |
More by Gonzoillini
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
atmosphere is dark wood and dark earthy colors, minimalist decor. lighting a bit too dark, it's even a bit difficult in some areas to read the menu. music is not too loud and it's more spacious than it looks. lots of good choices, almost two dozen taps and many more by the bottle. bottle selections are sorted by country and the beer menu is descriptive enough and mostly accurate. only two crap beers, high life and pbr. some of the more creative tap offerings are also available via tasters for a buck or so. my only real complaint with the selection is that there are not enough 'summery' beers (have been in july and august) and sessionable offerings. drafts are all served in shaker pints which is a minus for me. belgian bottles and some other continental beers are served in their branded glassware, however. food and many beer selections are reasonably priced.
have been back since, and the food is pretty good. nice beefy, smoky burgers cooked to proper temp. not very big burgers though. the poutin (fries covered with brown gravy and cheese curds) were quite good.
07-31-2010 22:31:07 |
More by MrMcGibblets
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
stopped in the bad apple after dinner at the nearby bistro campagne. located just south of lincoln square on the major artery, lincoln ave.
the bar was pretty large, and very crowded. there was a separate dining room and area with shuffleboard/etc.
the tap selection was nice - Half Acre Daisy Cutter (brewery directly across the street), a few goose islands (matilda, white city), greenflash ipa, rotational offerings from new holland (dragons milk), ommegang (zuur), stone (oaked bastard), new belgium (belgian ipa), founders, great lakes and a few standard belgians (urthel, dupont, etc).
We didnt eat dinner but after about 5 rounds we dove into 4 separate orders of fries - truffled, curry, chipotle, and creole. My freaking god - all 4 were fantastic, especially the truffled. Hell - the burger won best of Chicago by beating out Kuma's so i think this place is worthy of a revisit.
07-26-2010 14:56:49 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to the Bad Apple a couple of times. Once for lunch on a Saturday and just recently for lunch on Friday.
Both times it was pretty quiet in there. A few people in the bar area, but other than that not too busy. A couple of TV's around the bar showing sports and some non-descript music playing in the background. Atmopshere is pretty laid back, although that could just have been due to the time of visits.
Beer pours were quality and in matching glassware.
Sat at the bar both times and the service was very good. Bartenders were attentive and quick to refill. Food came out quite quickly.
Beer list seems to have gotten better. First time I went it wasn't too special. This past time there were some solid one offs. Surly Schadendfreude, NB Eric's Ale, GI Pepe Nero and CBC IPA.
Food was above average. The burgers were really good, although the slow burn didn't really pack much punch at all. The beef was excellent. Wish they would just serve them on the pretzel roll and not charge an extra dollar for it. Fries are hand cut and you get a lot of them.
Bad Apple is a solid place to get above average burgers with a pretty good beer list. Probably isn't a beer destination, but defintely worth stopping in for some food and a beer if you make a trip to Half Acre or in the neighborhood.
06-02-2010 15:38:14 |
More by thewimperoo
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped by here while picking up some beer at Half Acre. The atmoshphere inside is nothing special, just a regular beer pub, prety spacious in the back but boring. Music was too loud and way to hot depsite only about 3 other customers...The quality of the beer list was pretty impressive for a bar. There was at least 20 taps with about 80 bottles. The taps were really nice, good variety and some nice rarities. The bottle list represented Belgium and the US well with lots of craft staples. My biggest complaint would be that thier wasn't really anything special or rare I couldn't get any other decent beer bar...The food was decent good sandwhiches, but stay away from the fries. Super boring despite sounding awesome with the different toppings they have. Decent bang for your buck, $37 for two sandwhiches and 3 beers.
05-26-2010 19:56:14 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I was finally able to make it out to the Bad Apple. It has created quite the buzz and I was anxious to check it out.
The barroom is in the front room. There are several tables to share and some nice rail seating along the Lincoln street side windows. The dinning room is in the back area. The bar is tastefully decorated and has some cool lighting fixtures.
Side note, this place used to be a German restaurant and they had a statue in the outside niche over the door. I wondered what happed to the statue, as it was really cool. They still have two of the stained glass windows that show Bavarian pastoral scenes in the dinning room, so it is cool that they left a bit of the history in the place.
They have a nice balanced tap list with very reasonable prices. They were offering an Arcadia Pale Ale for only $3.50 and fresh Daisy Cutter is only $4.50. I liked that they had options from Flossmoor, Goose, Founders, etc. Beers were fresh and the tap lines seemed to be in tip-top shape. The bottle list is also great and there are plenty of choices for any beer lover. While I mainly stuck to the draughts, we did split a bomber of Great Divide.
The food is tasty with a big emphasis on burgers. I always order mine medium rare and the arrived at the perfect amount of doneness. Great to see a restaurant that does not overcook everything. I like their appetizers and really recommend the olives & pickled garlic assortment.
Service was spot on. Our waitress was always there when we needed her and was quick with recommendations. Note that we had a very leisurely dinner and they did not try and hurry us up which is appreciated.
This is a great addition to one of my favorite neighborhoods. I will be back soon!
03-29-2010 14:45:32 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped in for lunch at The Bad Apple today for the first time. We were there close to opening and were one of only 2 tables in the place, though it did start to fill up as we sat there. Service was quick and friendly. The beer list was pretty impressive,. There were two pages of bottles, about a page and a half from the US, and there was a pretty decent tap selection. Nothing limited or totally out of the ordinary, but a solid selection. We had a hard time deciding what to order, because everything looked interesting, but we ended up with the Frenchie and the El Dorado burgers, and both were awesome. All in all, I was very impressed and would definitely go back.
03-06-2010 23:19:55 |
More by beersis81
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I finally stopped by this place a few weeks ago on a cold Sunday afternoon.
The bar area was small, but cozy and the place was really empty. We had a seat in the back dining area and were waited on promptly. Our server was friendly and helpful and made sure to let us know of what they were out of right away. He blended some beers for my friend's old lady who's still trying to find styles she really enjoys, which was cool.
I ordered a Half Acre Daisy Cutter hoping it would be fresh since HA is across the street, but it tasted a little old, but no big deal. Their beer selection was decent, but a little lopsided. Lot's of lighter styles and a focus on the Midwest. I ordered a burger with bleu cheese that was a little bland, but it did the job. The fries were fresh and well cooked though. Pricing on the pints were reasonable for the area as well.
Not a bad spot, but I wouldn't go out of my way to visit it again. It's worth checking out if you're in the area though.
02-20-2010 06:51:30 |
More by beertooth
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Just got back from Bad Apple. I've been hearing about it for some time now and was excited to be in the area to give it a try. However, while I was not disappointed in general, I'm not so sure BA lives up to all the hype.
BA is more than just a bar. It is bar focused, with a restaurant as well. The space itself is quite minimalistic. Sparse chairs and tables, some side rooms that you wouldn't even notice unless you were looking for them, and, of course, a bar area. Really not a whole lot going on in terms of decor.
As for the beer menu, I have mixed feeling about it. If this menu where available at any other "normal" bar, I would find it impressive, but for a beer-centric bar, I feel its decent at best. Don't get me wrong, this is a strong beer list. It's just not pulling the one-time heavy hitters. Map Room, Publican, and Hopleaf all have superior lists. Shit, even Durty Nellie's and the Bav Lodge way out in the suburbs are putting out better beer menus. And for that reason, I got the impression the BA was just a great neighborhood bar/restaurant and not much of a destination bar.
The food menu is even more limited. If you're hungry, you better want your food stuffed between two pieces of bread or have something to do with a fry, because that is about the extent of the menu. Burgers, sandwiches, and fries make up about 90% of the menu. With that said, I enjoyed an egg sandwich (really, an egg sandwich!) while I was there and even though I wasn't hungry when I was done with it, it was so good I probably could have ate another one. So, while the menu might be fairly limited, they are doing what they do really, really well.
If I lived in the neighborhood, I'd be in the BA on a more than regular basis. But I don't and, for me, it just doesn't warrant the special trip.
01-31-2010 02:45:06 |
More by Florida9
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