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Shoeless Joe's Ale House & Grille
Taps: 20 / Bottles: 123
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
10290 W Higgins Rd
phone: (847) 296-5760
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
(Visited 11/2010): Stopped here as it was close enough to O'Hare, yet not one of the bars/restaurants at O'Hare, most of which I am sick of. The place is on Higgins right off I-90 and Mannheim, and there is a decent sized lot in front.
The interior pays tribute to the bar's namesake, with lots of baseball memorabilia. Staying with the sports bar theme, there are lots of TVs around the two-sided bar, and elsewhere in the restaurant area. There are also military flags, jerseys and other assorted bric-a-brac.
The beer selection at Shoeless Joe's is alright, all things considered. There are around 20 taps, with brewers like Goose Island, Dogfish Head, Two Brothers, Stone, Bell's, Anchor, GLBC and New Belgium represented. A flight of 4 samples is available for $5.50. As for bottles there are over 50, including Two Brothers, Metropolitan, Three Floyds, Lagunitas, DFH, GLBC, Rogue, Victory, New Belgium and more.
Service was decent on a weekday late afternoon. The bartenders were happy to chat about the various beers.
I did not have any food on this visit.
All in all I would definitely visit this place again during that limbo time where it is too long to sit around ORD, and too short to drive out of the way to a beer destination.
06-02-2011 19:17:40 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Full disclosure: I stopped in here on rumors that they still had bottles of Half Acre Lager. Yeah, it probably wouldn't have been too great, but I still wanted to try it. Turns out, the rumors proved quite false.
As per usual, I cozied up to the bar. The place seems like a slightly more bar-oriented version of Buffalo Wild Wings (though not by much), complete with tons o' TVs showcasing various sports programming. (Side note: I would be shocked to find a bar one day that played C-SPAN...I don't necessarily want to watch it, but it would be a nice surprise.) I ordered a GI Green Line (it keeps running low closer to home), and that was the last I ever saw of the bartender. As such, I couldn't get much of an impression of congeniality or knowledgeability, but, frankly, given the looks and reputation o' this place, I didn't expect all that much in either department. The selection features some nice offerings from around the country, seemingly focusing on the Midwest. Nothing major, but all fairly solid. I didn't try any food, nor did I see any (or, frankly, even look at the food menu...though it did make me smile to see a separate beer menu...). The prices were all pretty nice, especially considering the proximity to O'Hare. Overall, this place is by no means a destination unto itself, but you could do massively worse around the airport.
12-31-2010 06:55:07 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stuck near the airport? You could do a lot worse than Shoeless Joe's. Sandwiched between a Best Western and an old diner, this sports bar is just about the only place to get craft beer in the area, if you don't count the RAM chain "brewpub" bar down the street.
Named after Joseph Jefferson Jackson, a former White Sox player that still holds team records to this day. Inside, it was an open layout past the maitre'd stand, tile floors and tables first, with the bar immediately to the right, with a lower sunken seating area in the center, corralled by a baseball bat railing. Wood paneling and diamond framed baseball jerseys on the walls. Although it definitely feels like a typical chain bar, the selection of beer was an anomaly.
At the bar there was a chrome bar of taps in the center, with a copper and porcelain tap tower on either end of the bar. Tap selection wasn't the greatest, but the bottle selection made up for it. Around 12 local craft beers available, and a number of other US craft in bottles, organized by state on the menu. Locals: Krankshaft, Sofie, Half Acre Over Ale (tap was out), Goose Green Line, Honkers, Matilda, Domaine DuPage, Resistance IPA, and others. Several from FFF, DFH, GLBC, and Founders. Seasonal tap from Bells (2 Hearted, was fine but not the freshest), Sam Adams Oktoberfest, SN Tumbler, Stone IPA were the other tap highlights.
Service was quick at the bar on a Tuesday. There seemed to be a mobile team of female waitresses in shorts, sort of a Hooters-esque uniform. The vibe here was about the same. Pretty much just a place to grab a decent beer and watch a game if you're stranded by the airport or going to Allstate Arena. Pretty much no reason for any city dwellers to trek out here, i've driven by countless times, oblivious that they had a decent beer list.
10-13-2010 03:08:17 |
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