The Tribes Alehouse
Taps: 42 / Bottles: 21
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by sleuthdog:
4.45/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Great little place tucked into the south suburbs of Chicago. Tribes has a nice selection of taps available and seem to update these often. All are priced very well and served in the proper glassware.
Food is better than your average brewpub and selection is, too. Prices for food are on the pricey side to me but hey, you get what you pay for right? I think the food quality is better than average.
Atmosphere is good for a craft beer pub but me being a sports junkie I guess I'd like more sports played and where we can actually hear the game. That's just me being picky, though.
10-13-2012 03:14:21 | More by sleuthdog
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4.69/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$
There may be two locations now, but Mokena is my favorite.
Looking past the awesome rotating tap beer selection for a brief moment the atmosphere is one of the main reasons I love coming here. The bar area is comfortable and the whole place is intimate, warm and friendly - just a like a neighborhood pub (only one with a world-class beer list).
The specialty tappings/events only make this place all the more excellent.
And without question: the best reuben sandwich I have ever had....
10-02-2013 15:40:41 | More by pointyskull
3.53/5 rDev -19.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The selection of beers is great at this place but I feel like the food is only alright. I have been there a few times and there wasn't anything bad about the food or service but it wasn't spectacular either. I would go back to try some more of the beers they have though.
08-10-2013 00:49:51 | More by ruckus232
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
I love the atmosphere of this place! They have cool chalk board art work depicting the logos of several craft brews as well as craft beer metal-like signs! I especially like it when they have a the newest Fat Tire bike on display....wonder if they ever consider raffling it off? hhmmm... Quality is outstanding, from the service to the beer to the food options! The service that I have experienced on my visits has always been attentive, friendly and helpful with suggestions of what to drink and/or eat. My last visit I had the blackened catfish sandwich with mango salsa. The catfish was tender and seasoned just right, add the touch of sweet with the spicy and it was delicious! Overall this place has something for everyone and the staff are more than willing to educate you about the different brews, as well as make appropriate suggestions to those who are veterans as well as virgins to craft beer. If you can make the trek to the south suburbs it is well worth the drive! Enjoy!
07-31-2013 19:41:49 | More by DrinkurWheaties
4.61/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
This place is a solid little gem in the southern suburbs. You can definitely get a nice "city-like" vibe. I haven't been to the new location in Tinley Park and I hear it is much larger. I will give it a go, but I tend to like the classic friendly, low lit alehouses with well informed staff and even better beer and food. Friendly and cozy are two words that come to mind when describing the Mokena location. Steaks are outstanding and pairing it with one of the many imperial offerings on the ever-changing list make the dining experience complete. Watched a Hawks game here and it did not have the typical "meathead" sports bar atmosphere or attitude. It is nice to go out and watch a game and drink some fine beers while chatting with others. Staying squirrelled up at home watching the games some times leaves me a bit flat. I'm sure I'll be back next time I am in the area or even up for a little side trip. Getting home safely can be a challenge with all of the high-gravity beers offered. Top Notch place and well worth the visit.
06-02-2013 15:39:26 | More by DownDaHatch
3.94/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
Nice little place in a newer strip mall in Mokena.
Beer selection is always quite good,plenty of less common beers,and special tappings on Wednesdays. These tappings can be quite nice,and have included. beers such as CBS,Black Note,Darkness,to name only a few.
The service is quite nice even if the food can often leave something to be desired. The variety and overall selection of the food is great,the quality is unfortunately not there much of the time.
Overall,the place is nice to have available in the SW burbs.I go here often,the beer keeps me coming back.
New Tinley location opened somewhat recently,but I have yet to try it,
05-14-2013 07:32:29 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
3.98/5 rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been here a few times already and each experience is great, mostly due to the selection of brews and consistency of good service. Downside is that this place is in a remote area in the far southwest suburbs.
A: This place will fool you! The building Tribes is in is a strip mall and there a tanning salon next door, wtf?
Q: Food is amazing, enough said. They have a high quality selection for a bar and it's much larger than the typical brewpub someone would go to. The beer is fresh and from what I can tell they clean out the beer lines from time to time because there isn't the noticeable funk that some places have in their draft selection.
11/1/2012 - Editing the quality to average since my most recent visit to the Mokena location. There were quite a few empty taps, both our burgers were ordered Med but came well done and the burger meat was very salty. I did complain so they could correct the issue going forward. After visiting the new Tinley Park, IL location twice since it opened, it seems as though they took the quality away from the Mokena location and put it in Tinley.
S: The waitstaff here are very attentive, even during peak hours when it's standing room only. Always a smile and quick to get drinks.
S: The menu says it all, they have EVERYTHING. Special tappings each Wednesday and the beer selections change with the seasons to follow the breweries' releases. Food selection is decent too (There's even some vegetarian dishes for those types.)
F: Covered already
V: Warning, can be expensive depending on the type of food and beers ordered. Dinner and drinks can easily run $35-60 a person.
11-01-2012 15:04:15 | More by dcsoke
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Tribes Mokena is my local go to option for craft beer and good food.
Visited on a Friday night after a long day of work. Located in a strip mall, parking is ample. The place was packed upon arrival and we ordered a few beers at the bar while we waited for a table. After a short wait, we settled in to a table overlooking the dining area. The server promptly greeted us and seeing we already had drinks, offered us water and a few suggestions on the menu.
Tribes has a nice rotating selection of about 40 drafts and always updates regularly on BeerMenus. The choices range from local standouts to hard to find limited and seasonal releases. Glassware is always appropriate to the selection.
We had the mussels, fish and chips, and a burger. All the food was well prepared and very good. Menu choices are far better than the traditional bar food, so bring an appetite. Service was good and we never felt rushed even though the bar was crowded.
I look forward to the new Tinley Park location to open soon. It will be hard to follow the high standards set by the original location.
09-16-2012 21:05:45 | More by BeerOps
4.05/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Tribes for the first time yesterday. I have to say this is quite the gem in the South burbs as it definitely stands out as one of the better beer bars. When you first walk in, the look of it reminds me of an Irish pub meets FFF. What I mean is that it has the big wooden bar and beer paraphernalia all over the walls (including chalk drawings of the logos what they have on top) but instead of it being all traditional beer logo (think Guinness etc.), it's craft beer focused.
The place gets pretty packed as I was there on a Wednesday and around 7, there was a pretty decent wait. The service was pretty good once I got the waiter to realize that I had arrived and meet my wife, which took awhile.
The beer selection was really good here and is what makes this worth the trip. They had fresh Hopslam, a variety of Stone, Founder's RIS, some FFF beers and a few others. They also seem to partner with the breweries to do release nights and promotion nights as well.
The food was solid. We both had burgers which were good and large. They also have poutine as an appetizer (who doesn't love a place with poutine). Dessert we had a piece of chocolate cake as big as your head.
Overall, a nice place and worth stopping by if you're in the area.
01-26-2012 13:25:30 | More by jeonseh
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The Tribes Alehouse in Mokena, IL
95 out of 100 based on 26 user ratings.