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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
4300 N Lincoln Ave
phone: (773) 360-8406
Monday - Wednesday :: 4:30pm - 2am
Thursday - Friday :: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday :: 11:30am - 3am
Sunday :: 11:30am - 2am
Sunday - Thursday @ 11pm
Friday & Saturday @ 1am
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Been here a coupe times now...
First time place was packed and very loud (annoyingly loud and bad music)...
Second time was better, was able to sit at bar and actually hear myself think...
Decent tap selection, Chicago staples on tap and other midwest offerings, but varies with some german/belgians as well. Ordered food each time I visited and was not terribly impressed either time.
Would stop in again if in the neighborhood but would not travel out of my way, especially with so many other top tier beer bars in the Chicago area.
01-16-2010 09:17:12 |
More by hawks10
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I've been to Bad Apple twice now. The first was, speaking frankly, a pretty disappointing experience.
Bad Apple is clearly not a bar. It has a bar, but it is definitely a restaurant with a bar in it. When you walk in the front door the first thing you see is a bar - low hanging red globed lights, an exposed brick wall and several flatscreen tvs - opposite the bar is about a half-dozen high-sitting tables with stools. They've worked the hardest on this first of three rooms. It's clean, modern, and trying a bit too hard. The room seems to be designed to reflect well off shiny shirts and waxed chests. Not my cup of macho, but it is forgivable.
Unfortunately, the other rooms - the back room and a side game room - have been given much less consideration. Strange layout and cheap furniture force you to take a second look at the front room undoing the rather thin veneer of pretense and paint that may have first fooled you. Bad Apple is just not a warm place, it looks like it might have been decorated by a forty-something day trader redecorating his "man cave" after a divorce. No personality, but a tangible, uncomfortable ache to be liked. But by who?
Our interaction with the staff on our first visit was pretty negative, too. Two of the three people we interacted with were rude even as we went out of our way to be friendly. Fortunately, last night, on my second visit, our waiter was much different. Friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable he helped make me want to repeat our experience.
The music has been pretty terrible both times I've been in there. After enjoying our beers for about 20 minutes last night all the sudden the pretty crummy sound system in the game room started blatting out the Austin Powers theme song - no shit. The rest of the night was a mix of 80's and dub. With the vibe they seem to be going for they should consider hiring a DJ to spin some tasteful, down-tempo beats and help them out with their paper-thin monitors.
The upswing of Bad Apple? Two things. They've got a great beer selection. Last night they had Left Hand Milk-Stout, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, Two Brother's Heavy Handed, Founder's exceptional IPA, Goose Island's Matilda, Half Acre's Daisy Cutter, Karmaleit Triple, New Holland's Really Delicious and Surprising Charkoota Ale, One of New Belgium's Lips of Faith series, and several others I can't recall. They had Surly Cynic the first visit there, but, even without Cynic last night, they had their bases well covered. Bad Apple offers a beer menu with all of their beers well described with region, tastes, and ABV listed.
The other upswing? The food we had was amazing. We started with their Montreal Poutine. As far as I know there is only one other establishment in Chicago where you can get Poutine, Small Bar. Small Bar serves their Poutine with sausage gravy. It's an amazing twist on the classic dish, I was curious to see if Bad Apple would follow that lead or go the traditional brown gravy path. I was happy to discover Bad Apple went with the brown gravy, and it was an amazing brown gravy. Seriously, it was so good my we sat there rubbing our fingers through the remaining gravy doing brown gravy nummies until the waiter came and took the smudged plate away. It goes exceptionally well with the Charkoota Rye.
We also took the strong recommendation from our waiter and had the Slow Burn burger. Chili peppers and garlic sauteed throughout the day on top a bacon and white chedder hand packed patty and cooked to order. The bun and burger literally melted in my mouth and, coupled with the delicious pepper saute, covered my mouth in a subtle, but thorough coat of easy warmth that hung around several minutes after each delicious bite. Masterfully made to have heat, but deliver it gently over time and with surprising sustain, dip this wonderful little beast in a just a dab of the table mustard and sit back and let your taste buds coo. Kudo's to our server for recognizing the brilliance of this burger and being able to read his guest's well enough to recommend it.
We also got our hand cut fries covered in truffle oil. It's like an extra $.75 or something menial, but the deep flavor of the truffle just pops on the crispy fries and is an ideal compliment to the burger.
Chicago's Bad Apple, is not without it's flaws, but it's upswing makes passable the bummer atmosphere. If they could get their aesthetic a bit warmer, find comfort in a personality, and lose that offensively dumb apple with the mohawk they could have a really fantastic place. Until then, I will be visiting again to try the goat cheese fondue and their Ebel Weiss ham and swiss, but if they could get their comfort level up they might not ever be able to get me to leave.
Oh, hey, guys, get a freaking website too, eh?
10-14-2009 16:32:43 |
More by OutsidersAlmanac
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Checking this place out with a few friends early one Saturday evening.
The beer list was very well thought out, with a good variety both on tap and from the beer list. What The Bad Apple Lacks in quantity, it pretty much makes up for in quality. If there's a style you are looking for, chances are it's not only represented, but well represented. I don't need five different Double IPA's as long as the one or two that you have are quality.
The food was also good. I had the beer can chicken sandwich, and my wife had a portobello sandwich, both of which were above average pub fair, better than almost any beer bar food I've had in Chicago, falling short of only Hopleaf and The Publican.
The service was also very friendly and helpful, with an adequate knowledge of both the food and beer items.
The only thing I didn't like about The Bad Apple was the atmosphere. The bar is dark, which would have been totally fine had the only source of light not come from these red globe hanging lights. The end result is a feeling that you and your buddies are hanging out in a darkroom (hopefully that reference won't be lost now that digital cameras are the norm.) The side room, where the shuffleboard, foos, etc were, weren't red, but had the lighting of an office building...not exactly ideal.
The space also seemed a little sparse, I think because they want to be able to accommodate a good sized standing crowd if needed. As the night went on, the music got really loud, to the point where it was hard to hear other people at the table.
All in all, this is for sure a spot I will hit again when I am in the area. Even on a street with several other bars with good beer menus (42 latitude, Glunz) this is a cut above. Once they get over some growing pains, it could truly be top-notch.
10-06-2009 02:41:21 |
More by quinnsi
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