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Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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Beer Ratings: 1,040
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
737 W Randolph St
phone: (312) 638-0700
Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
(Place added by: Todd on 12-24-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 55 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I had a four hour layover while taking the Amtrak through Chicago to Michigan. Looked this place up and decided it was within walking distance of the Amtrak station. I think it was less than half a mile away, ~10 min walk. Well worth it.
I was there at about noon on a Friday and the place was pretty dead, which is fine by me. I sat at the bar and the bartender came right over and informed me about the house brews and visitor tap selection. The bartender is what stood out about this place. He was really friendly and knowledgeable about the beers they were serving. I also started a conversation with another patron who was a beer enthusiast and it really made the place seem great.
I did a flight and must say their Indignant Bourbon Imperial Stout was awesome. Also got to try Three Floyds Arctic Panzer Wolf which was pretty good. They had bottles of Goose Island Bourbon Barrel County Stout, but at $13/bottle I wasn't that desperate to try it out. Just the fact that they had it was impressive though.
Overall, the service and selection is what stood out and I would definitely recommend heading here if you have a layover at Amtrak and need to kill some time or live in the area and need some good beer.
01-05-2012 17:05:23 |
More by SirWalkAbout
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
What's best about the Haymarket is the beer and the atmosphere. I've been to the Haymarket probably 15 times since it's opened, for a combonation of lunch, dinner, beer, and just to buy a growler. I really feel like they are a beer lovers place. I appreciate that they brew small batches and keep experimenting with the recipes. Lot's of variations and always something new to try within a couple of weeks. I also like that they bring in about 12 guest drafts, providing a lot of variety to try. Also, they clearly price out testers. They selection of drafts has been so varied, I haven't yet had to resort to the bottle list to get something new to dry. As far as quality, I'd say they do an exceptional job of making drinkable brew.
Food. A little plain. The garbage sandwich and pizza, and the chicken chili are the best, but after I've had them a few times, I've wished they ran a kitchen with more variety; maybe some daily or weekly specials.
All in all, I'll continue to go, and hope this establishment has long success.
11-23-2011 14:59:22 |
More by bschinelli
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Ambiance is what you would expect from a brewpub -- good place to watch a game and grab some chow (especially the RIOT burger), but the number one reason to come here is the BEER.
Not only is the guest selection exceptional, the in-house selection invariably covers a broad range of styles regardless of the season. A nice combination of old standbys like pilsners and stouts, but also adventurous Belgians, rauchs and Hop-creations.
Award winning brewer and it shows.
Closest great beer destination to downtown -- and worth a trip even if you are coming from somewhere else.
11-18-2011 00:35:11 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I have been looking forward to stopping in at the Haymarket for quite some time now, and I was in town for the Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer last weekend, so we stopped by. I had read alot about Indignant, their BBN Stout, so I was excited to see it was till on tap.
The food was nothing special, honestly. I would say it is average microbrewery food. The overall feel and vibe was lively, but the decorating was kind of corporate and stale.
The beer was fantastic though. The Indignant hit the spot, and the BBN Barleywine they had on tap was equally as satisfying. The smoked Porter they were pouring that night was a real hit, with a huge smokey nice and rich body. It's worth a stop for the beer, maybe pass on the food.
11-14-2011 17:26:42 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
The Haymarket Brewery located near the Loop of Chicago was good place to visit. The bar area was large with many TVs to watch your favorite Chicago team. Plently of tables and high tops along with a lengthy bar with numerous seats. The quality of the beer was great. The server we had was not very good. He didnt really know beer and was kind of slow. The beer selection was very good. There were 10 home made beers on tap and several guest offerrings. The bottle menue was good....but I noticed this bar seemed particulary to favor IPA and Belgian ales. Outside of that there was not much to choose from. Didnt try the food....so good luck with that. The value was fine. What I liked most about this place was the ability to but 4oz tasters...even of the guest beers...no other place has ever offered that awesomeness!
11-04-2011 21:37:31 |
More by WoodBrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went on a sunday night during football season and got two seats at the bar. It was after 8 so it was not packed.
I was only interested in draft, which was very reasonably priced. They offer 4oz pours, which was awesome! Same price per volume. Bottled selection was decent but overpriced.
Food was overpriced and I heard was nothing to write home about. Their housemade brews were good, not exceptional, but of wide variety. Worth a stop if you're in town and want to try some brewpub beer. The bartender was very attentive and tolerant of allowing me to try as many small pours as I wanted.
10-17-2011 22:05:29 |
More by barczar
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$
I have been here a few times now - held off from first visit due to allowing them time to get the kinks out back when they first opened. Most recent visit is source of rating.
Two bar offerings - for whatever reason - I just haven't felt comfortable at the front bar - maybe it's just the setup. The back bar room just seems more like pub.
Service has been spotty - but getting better
Great variety of house brews and very nice selction of guest drafts. Focus of house beers is to hops and belgian styles. More barrel aged to come as Pete gets that going. I really liked most of the house beers I tasted. The belgians were mixed results - liked the double - not the trippel. IPA and Double IPA were very good.
Interesting guest drafts like a collaboration between Shorts and Half Acre - and another from Flossmor Station.
It all falls apart with the food. Most recent visit I ordered a so-called house specialty pizza with house cured bacon. There were maybe 10 small pieces of bacon. One slice had no bacon. If house curing it makes it special - why not highlight the bacon versus skimping on it? Another in our party had the house sausages - she wasn't impressed. I had tried them in the first days after opening and felt the same way.
The food is not keeping up with the beer...The beer warrant an A rating - the food a D rating
09-07-2011 15:42:20 |
More by sweethome
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on our way out of town for lunch.
Darker interior greats through the revolving door. Blend of contemporary and classic woody stucture. Large open room with view of brewing equipment.
10 house, 13 guest taps listed. Good selection of styles. Almost a bottle shop selection in the coolers behind the bar. Full bar as well, not important for a beer geek, but probably makes this place more accessable for others.
Homemade sausages, pizza a varied enough menu.
Bartender was knowledgeable, brewer was interacting with some of the patrons.
Would be here often if I lived in Chicago, much better than Goose or Rock Bottom in my opinion.
I wish I would've stopped here earlier in the trip.
08-29-2011 03:43:00 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
A-To be far, I have only been here on Sunday afternoons. So this rating has to be taken with a grain of salt.
Q-Top notch. Beer is always good and so is the food.
S-knowledgeable staff. The bar tender I had was kid of Eh, but the service I had the first time there was enough to keep this at a 5
S-All their own brews and a few guest taps. Their Brews are really hit or miss so I would get a sample before diving into a full pint.
F-Get the Pizza with pulled pork. Stop reading this, and just do it. You won;t be disappointed.
V-Reasonable about says it all
08-23-2011 03:56:10 |
More by brew3crew
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
We ran into this place purely by accident on our way to Piece, and it was a nice surprise. The interior was nicely done and pleasant. Loved seeing an actual whiskey barrel upon entering the pub. The selection of beers was great with around 8 of there own beers and a pretty good list of guest taps, not to mention a great bottle list and a really strong Bourbon Selection.
The Service was very good, and they kept us well lubricated. Unfortunately we were about the only people in there on an Early Saturday Afternoon. Which really seemed strange since we went straight to piece after that and it was wall to wall people.
All of the house beers were very solid offerings with a nice range of styles. Didn't eat there so can't comment on the food.
Can't wait to get back here when I have more time.
I liked that they have several sizes for most all of there offerings and the 4oz pours of the big bears are perfect.
Just adding to my first review. Actually got to eat here this trip. The food was very good for brewpub style food. I had the Riot, a homemade Italian Sausage patty covered in Mozzarella and pulled pork, it was great. All of my friends were very happy with their food as well, and the prices were very reasonable. And they had some great guest taps as well.
This place seems like such a gem, I'm always surprised when I visit Chicago that its never as busy as some of the other local brew pubs, as to me its the best of the bunch.
08-22-2011 15:26:16 |
More by bashiba
Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago, IL
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