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Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Active Beers: 90
Beer Ratings: 1,038
Beer Avg: 3.85
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 80
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
737 W Randolph St
phone: (312) 638-0700
Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
(Place added by: Todd on 12-24-2010)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
In Chicago for the weekend, my son picked this place out for his birthday dinner. He and I got there early and sat at the bar for a while waiting for the rest of the crew.
Beer selection is mostly the in house brews which lean heavily towards Belgium brews, had a few and they were good. also had a few other on tap selections and a selection of bottles. We drank exclusively the house brews which we liked.
Dinner - service was pleasant and timely. Meals for all were good, what I would call upscale pub fare. Wait staff kept our glasses full which is always a good thing. Place was fairly crowded.Will definitely go back again on next visit.
04-28-2011 00:07:12 |
More by stercomm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I stopped here twice last weekend, before The Twelves and then Laidback Luke at The Mid. No food was consumed, but plenty of beer.
The place is bumping on a Friday and Saturday night, the two of us were only able to snag 1 chair each time at the bar but it suited our needs. It's also freakin huge! The front bar and dining area are big enough for one place, but on the other side of the kitchen and bathrooms is ANOTHER bar and dining area. We had the same bartender both nights but at the different bars which was cool. She was friendly and helpful and we didn't feel ignored even with the crowd.
You can order a variety of sizes of beers, theirs and the guest taps, which always gets brownie points from me. I had to go back for the saison to tell the truth, that was a real treat. They had a double IPA on as well which clocked in at 10% and drank like half that.
I'm making it a point to stop here at least once everytime I'm in town from now on, and especially before getting down at The Mid.
04-27-2011 19:20:44 |
More by naproxen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I walked in and my first thought was "this would make a great neighborhood bar." My initial visit made me think that this place has great potential to standout in Chicago as a prime place for craft brews. Nothing flashy about this joint, just good food and a good place to have a beer.
Great atmosphere. I liked the look and position of the main bar when you walk in. The steel fermentation bins filled with beer get the mouth watering and the wide array of TV's mean "non-stop" viewing action, especially for sporting events. Comfortable booth seating is available, but the high wooden chairs and tables do the trick. I also like the beer taps. They are made out of what appears to be hand made carved blocks of wood; its unique and cool.
I will admit I was a bit disappointed about the service even though they were friendly, I did find that the presentation and suggestions were a bit off. I asked the bartender to recommend a good beer pairing for hot and spicy food and even though I said no IPA's, I was told to try the beer with the highest hop flavor. I have reason to believe that the server wasn't listening to what I was saying, but much rather picking the most popular item on the menu. The other thing I noticed was the improper use of glassware. I purchased a Speakerswagon Pilsener and got it in another Tulip shaped glass instead of a Flute or Stange. Not sure if they were out of that type of glass or if the bartender didn't know what they were serving, but I must say its been happening quite a bit in the area lately.
Other than that, the service came with a smile which made up for a lot of the things I just pointed out. The selection of beer was slightly above average, as most of the menu was their own brew with a couple of "guest" entries which was mostly local, like Half-Acre. I could have used a few more imports to choose from.
Food was also slightly above average. The sausage appetizer was a treat and pizza's crust was baked to perfection. I ordered the hottest pizza and it definitely didn't pack any heat. I tried using one of the hot sauces available and that barely helped. Some minor adjustments and fine tuning on their "hot" items will go a long way.
I'll need to stop in again, but most first impression was a positive one and I'll recommend Haymarket to others. I'll also continue to come back to it with the hope that they'll change a few of the minor details I mentioned. Location is key and this place definitely has plenty of potential to hit the bull's eye and become a staple in the neighborhood.
04-19-2011 05:12:09 |
More by ferrari29
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Nice new place in a convenient location, west of the Loop, a few blocks from Ogilve station, and just off the Kennedy.
Service was attentive and thorough. Glasses are rinsed just before beer is poured.
The beers are consistently well-made and professional. They are flavorful but have a clean, dry, well-attenuated finish. When spices are used, their use is appropriate and restrained. The use of bittering hops are restrained, and the result is that the beers do not have a harsh hops bite, but are nonetheless full of a lovely variety of hops flavors.
The beer selection is surprisingly extensive for a new place, including several tasty examples of a great variety of styles --- blonde ale, pale ale, saison, IPA, IIPA, Belgian IPA, dubbel, tripel, etc. You can choose a 4, 12, 16, or 20 oz serving for most beers.
It only took some vague interest on my part for someone to give me a fabulous mini-tour of the brewing facilities, equipment, serving tanks, cooler, etc. The brewer has procured some oak barrels and will be wood aging some of his beer very soon.
I had already eaten, so I couldn't try the food this time. I look forward to a very promising future for this enterprise!
04-03-2011 23:42:17 |
More by goethean
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | $$
I had been wanting to try this place out for a few weeks and met a friend there last night.
The size of the place is impressive and it has a good, clean interior. There was more seating than I expected and lots of TVs which I consider to be a plus.
It was very crowded and loud, more people noise than music/TV noise. Surprisingly there were some seats at the back bar and at any given time there were several seats available.
The thing I commend them most on is that they offer four different sizes on most of the beers on tap. I do not commend them for not offering volume discounts (i.e. five 4 oz's costs the same as getting a 20 oz).
I did not like the variety in two ways. One way is that there are too many IPAs on the menu. I would like to see them change that as they pick what they will brew next. The other way is that they seem to rely too heavily on just Amarillo and Warrior hops. I'm guessing they are trying to save money by not using more varieties thus getting a volume discount from their supplier.
In addition to their own beers they offer some "guest" beers that are mostly from local microbreweries. They have some bottles too, common good ones such as Chimay and a humorous section entitled "American Crap" with Pabst and Hamm's on it ($4 for a Pabst can though, come on).
I had their porter which ranked among my favorite porters and then I had the saison which was rough. My friend did one of the IPAs, it was 10% ABV and not bad. After that he got some type of Christmas Ale. He liked it.
The bar was way understaffed. There were three people who couldn't effectively handle the large amount of customers (not their fault, they need to hire more people). I had to stare forever to get another beer.
04-03-2011 14:23:26 |
More by FrankWBurnsIII
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
A: pretty big place w/tanks prominent. Tiled floors and dark wood. Not much decoration wise. Lots of flat screens everywhere w/sports on.
Q: the one house beer I tried was underwhelming, but this has 13 great guest tap selections and a really nice bottle selection. The few macros are listed as "american crap" such as pbr blatz and hamms. Strongow listed as "british crap". Focus is mainly on belgians and american interpretaions of belgian styles. Good selection of american ipas.
Service: fine, was there late on a weeknight.
Selection: noted above.
Value: growlers are pricey and imperial pints are up tp $7.50...I like that they offer drafts in several differnet sizes though. I also like that they do the extra glass rinse thingy before pouring.
update: have been back. some pours are $9, and a growler i got was $27 plus $5 for the initial one. when your growlers cost more than 3 floyds, you might want to rethink your pricing. i'd be back a lot more for growlers if they were more reasonably priced. focus of house taps was much more towards hoppy beers rather than belgian styles when i returned, which i liked. the mathias iipa was awesome, as was the woodford reserve/cocoa nib aged barleywine. the dahl apa i tried was also quite good.
03-30-2011 04:57:22 |
More by MrMcGibblets
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
A - As many have commented, you got your sports bar in my beer bar. Loud. March madness visit with loud TVs and loud alternative rock. Pick one or the other but don't have both
Q - Had the Belgian IPA and wife had the Pilsner. Not bad,not great. The Belgian IPA was more like a hefe Belgian IPA. Seemed to have been rushed from the fermenter. Food was mediocre at best.
S - Okay. Mostly attentive.
Se - Good variety of house made, guest taps, and bottles. Food selection is pretty meager.
F - Average at best. As some have commented, the Sweet Potato Tots were the highlight. Of additional note for BAs with kids, there is a Kid's menu on the website, but nothing official in the restaurant. Our server didn't know it was mentioned on the website.
V - The beer menu is actually a decent value. Not great, not bad. The food value is joke. I ordered the "specialty" sandwich and it was small and came with no sides for $10.
Overall - Better than okay for beer and maybe the tots. Less than okay for food and vibe. It could be a cool spot with better focus on food quality, food variety, and food value.
03-20-2011 01:55:40 |
More by wort01
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $
My girlfriend and I were trying to get a head start before the crowd at the Goat and the Girl between lunch and dinner, but discovered that the Chicago gem doesn't open until 4:30. So instead, we wandered down the street and were attracted by the giant sign on the corner proclaiming, "Brewpub!"
The interior is a sleek, stylish, modern restaurant/sports bar that fully delivers on its beer-infused food but falls a little short on its actual brews. Dark ceilings, hanging light fixtures, solid colors and, well, you get the idea. It's an upscale sports bar that isn't pretentious while being modern and crisp. I'd head here for a game - or multiple games at one time - any day of the week.
The food was their strongest offering. They try to use their beer in as many of their recipes as the can, which ranges from house-made sausages to house-made condiments like catsup, mustard and tartar sauce. Aside from thin crust pizza, the pub offers a nice selection of sandwiches and sides. We enjoyed our fries and sweet potato tots, but the star was the pizza topped with the ingredients from their "riot" sandwich: spicy Italian pork, pulled pork, giardinera spread and mozzarella. It's not on the menu, but the waitress suggested we try it after their cook drunkenly threw one together the night before. (Major points for the service!)
The beer was a bit of a letdown, though. The selection was nice with eight of their own taps accompanied by about the same number of guest taps. But the execution left something to be desired. The three IPA's all failed to fully utilize their hops beyond the upfront bitter bombs, the farmhouse sour was barely drinkable and the Belgian single tasted sour as well. Their Trappist-styel Dubble failed to hit the sweetness marked by the best of the category, but wasn't too bad. The Trippel was amber and very drinkable, which leaves the porter for lest, which was clearly their best but still nothing to write home about.
The service was awesome. She suggested food off the menu, and prompt and attentive, showed an interest in our thoughts on the beer and knew plenty about it herself. Hopefully their brew master will soon live up to their wait staff and chefs.
03-03-2011 19:45:48 |
More by bigkingken
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for lunch on a Thursday. Stop #202 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub...work to do.
Lots of TV's and very, very friendly staff. The place was 1/4 full which may have something to do with it.
Kudos for the 4oz size of house and 3rd party brews. Makes it easy to sample. House beers on tap...
Belgian Pale Ale
16 guest taps with a good mix of local (3 floyds, half acre, and metropolitan). Server said 90% of what they sell is house beer.
Had the veggie buger with house cured bacon. Best veggie burger ever. Homemade sausage also on the menu which I had to pass up for lunch.
Server said they will have up to 20 house beers on tap in the future.
01-27-2011 19:39:55 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped by with a few people around 8:00p.m. on a Saturday evening. We had a 45 minute wait, but the place was starting to clear out once we were seated. We ordered beers at the back bar while we waited and two different bartenders botched two different orders. Understandable, but it's also a pain when it takes so long to order, oh well.
This place feels weird. It's split up between two bars. There are flatscreens everywhere you look, it's a little overkill. The layout felt cluttered and can be confusing when full of tipsy patrons. The music was bad and way too loud. I didn't feel comfortable at all. It felt like a giant sports bars.
The beers were the best part about this place. I sampled the Belgian IPA, a 7% DIPA, a Pils, and a 10% DIPA. The Pils was ok, as were the Belgian and 7% DIPA. The heftier DIPA was the best beer of the night. I've had tons of Pete's beers in the past and he usually knows what he's doing. I also really liked the different serving sizes. The guest taps were fine and featured some local favorites from Metro and Half Acre.
Service was a little slow and it seemed like the staff were more interested in standing around and chatting with each other than helping out patrons. Our server was flighty and flubbed a few orders as well. Oh well, they did just open, right?
The food was more or less average pub offerings. Pizza, sandwiches, sides, etc.. My burger was cooked well and the house cured bacon was tasty, but the whole thing was swimming in grease. The fries were lackluster, but. the sweet potatoe tots were tasty, as was the pizza, but it seemed a little overpriced for what you got. I guess I was expecting better from someone who worked in the Kitchen at Three Floyds.
Not a cheap place, but better priced than some other brew pubs. My wallet wasn't hurting when we left.
Overall this place needs a lot of work still. I'll be stopping in for a growler fill or a beer during off hours. The army of TVs and ill placed dart boards have got to go.
01-26-2011 15:57:12 |
More by beertooth
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