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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
737 W Randolph St
phone: (312) 638-0700
Sunday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am
Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00am
(Place added by: Todd on 12-24-2010)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Chicago's latest brewbub, at long last, is finally open for business. The space looks great... dark, modern, clean, with simple industrial light fixtures and paneled wood accents. Revolving door entrance, bar immediately to the right, dining room to the left. Intricate tile floors in the dining room, with booths along the back wall with exposed brick above. Brewing equipment is visible through large windows in the rear of the dining room. A second bar and lounge areas is toward the back also. A dozen flatscreens in the dining room was overkill though, they were everywhere.
Beer selection was great, there was a Founders event going on, with 10-11 dedicated Founders tap handles: Newaygo Co. Cherry, Backwoods, Nemesis, Canadian Breakfast, Double Trouble, Curmudgeon, Porter, Reds Rye, Centennial IPA, and Pale. Other drafts: NH Imperial Hatter, Wild Devil, Wipeout IPA, Gossamer, and Krankshaft. Bottle list was extensive, very Belgian-centric, with a selection of 15 American IPA, DIPA, and strong ales. There were sections broken out for Belgian, Lambic, Trappist, American Belgian-Style, and "American & English Crap" (Blatz, Hamms, PBR, Strongbow). Prices ranged from $4-40.
Fairly crowded on the night of the Founders event, several communal tables in the dining area with large parties, and SRO at the front bar. The back room was a full house too, but a bit more relaxed. Our server was friendly, though still learning the ropes it seemed. The food and drafts were affordable, some of the bottle prices were up there though.
Food was good, nothing extraordinary yet, but solid pub food. The housemade sausages were good, the hot link was the standout. With some time, everything will hopefully fall into place.
Can't wait to go back and try Pete's beers once they are ready to go. Great potential here, definitely one to watch... If you aren't familiar with Pete Crowley, he's been involved in the Chicago beer scene for a solid decade, winning numerous awards at FoBAB and abroad during his tenure at Rock Bottom. I've got the utmost confidence in his brewing program at Haymarket, and expect great things to come.
2nd visit, 2011: Tried the 8 house beers, all were solid... a nice rotating lineup with something for everybody. Bacon & blue cheese and Riot pizzas was great, pizzas in general seem to be the best deal. Roasted chicken looked very good. Others weren't impressed by the sandwiches they got though. Food still seems somewhat hit or miss.
01-06-2011 02:11:02 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
The Haymarket is an absolute stop if you are in the area, anywhere near downtown. They are brewing up a storm, with about a dozen beers on tap, so I had to be selective. Their bottle selection was decent too. Very attractive environment inside, huge bar, very good service. They were brewing some unusual styles here, hoppy Belgians and the like. Samplers in good glassware in available. Open later than most other places we visited. Music is not too loud. The Hipsters come here. Not the cheapest place for a pint, but also closer to tourist hotels.
05-09-2012 20:32:06 |
More by Sammy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
kind of a strange place - over in the meatpacking district, so an ideal stop before/after eating at some of the finer restaurants in Chicago and beyond (the Publican is just up the block)
decent sized bar, and a large separate dining area. We ate at the Publican on this fine night, but stopped at Haymarket before dinner and after dinner (twice). Eek.
Tons of taps - Haymarket seems to specialize in HOPS - i had a few of their DIPA's, which were all good but short of spectacular. The oktoberfest was pretty good.
Lots of guest taps as well - arctic panzer wolf was the standout at the time
I'll be back - makes for a nice pre-dinner combo. I also like the option of having multiple serving sizes
10-10-2012 04:55:16 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in for lunch on a Thursday. Stop #202 on my quest to visit every quality brewery/brewpub...work to do.
Lots of TV's and very, very friendly staff. The place was 1/4 full which may have something to do with it.
Kudos for the 4oz size of house and 3rd party brews. Makes it easy to sample. House beers on tap...
Belgian Pale Ale
16 guest taps with a good mix of local (3 floyds, half acre, and metropolitan). Server said 90% of what they sell is house beer.
Had the veggie buger with house cured bacon. Best veggie burger ever. Homemade sausage also on the menu which I had to pass up for lunch.
Server said they will have up to 20 house beers on tap in the future.
01-27-2011 19:39:55 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
When I visited Chicago for NYE 2010, I stopped in this place. They had just opened on Christmas Eve and none of their brews were ready yet. However, they have a 30-tap capacity, and already had a good 15-20 working, with a Founders event lined up. I'd definitely go back to this place when it's fully operational. Food was very tasty, and the staff was friendly.
I think my favorite aspect of the bar was the drink size options. For just about every beer on tap, you could choose to get a 4oz., 8oz., 16oz., or 20 oz. Great option for your mood depending on whether you want to do some adventurous sampling, or relax with your favorite pint.
I'm very interested to go back to this bar and see what's up now that it's in full operation and they have their own brews going.
04-29-2011 19:19:04 |
More by Rifugium
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was finally able to stop by and check this place out. I used to go this spot years ago when it was Barneys Market Club. Barneys was known for large steaks, its proximity to the old Chicago Stadium, killer house made potato chips and always answering your order with a “Yes Sir Senator”. You know what; this is a great reuse of a classic Chicago location.
As you enter, you will see a bar to your right and the dining room and tanks to our left. Lots of classic dark wood, a great bar back, cool lighting, etc. There is a larger bar in the back in the SW corner (Halsted Street side). I think the larger bar is a great place to hang out with your friends, watch some sports and graze on the very good food options.
My party of four had diner in the restaurant area and received pretty solid service. The food was very good and I can really recommend you try the homemade sausage platter. Other good choices were the burgers and the braised short rib. Portions are medium sized.
I counted 9 house beers plus a very nice guest tap list and bottle list. I may be in the minority, but I would like to see a few less Belgian style beers and some emphasis on other styles. 7 of the 9 house beers were Belgian inspired/styles. Now having said that, I really enjoyed the Angry Birds Belgian Rye IPA and Oscars Belgian Pale Ale. I also had a super fresh Founders Red Rye. I like that you can order beers in 4oz, 12oz, 16oz or 20oz sizes.
Note that they run shuttle buses to and from the Black Hawks and Bulls game, so this is now my new “go-to” place for these events. Street parking can be problematic, but they do offer valet service. I also think this is an easy walk from the two main train stations.
I’m looking forward to a return visit. Yes Sir Senator indeed!
03-06-2012 20:25:31 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Spent an afternoon drinking here recently. Dark beer bar meets brewpub atmosphere. Emphasis on the dark. We took up residence at the bar and got to work. I loved that every beer could be ordered in the sample size. I managed to sample everything they had on tap. Some were better than others but all solid. I was very happy to see some traditional guezue on the bottle list. I ordered a few of those to finish my visit. The bartenders were really nice and made sure we never had empty glasses. We didn't try any food since we had dinner plans.
Overall a decent brewpub to spend an afternoon drinking.
02-20-2012 02:56:43 |
More by beerwolf77
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
ppy Thanksgiving! For our turkey day we're at Haymarket Pub & Brewery with a few other lost souls. Thanks to The Beer Mapping Project, it was fairly easy to find an open pub so that the highlight meal of my Thanksgiving Day wasn't the fish sandwich meal deal at McDonald's en route to Chicago. The manager Janna was especially helpful with an email to confirm veggie options on the reduced menu.
After an eerily quiet, few block walk from the L, we crossed the street into Haymarket with the bar up front and restaurant tables and booths in the next room. We skipped the dimly light, long dark wood bar that had a smattering of happily celebrating folks for a large booth in the back. The easily seen but not obtrusive big screen TVs with Dallas getting it's butt kicked was a nice addition.
Our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter gave honest recommendations and and his humor complimented our good cheer. Our niece and nephew reported that the wings were mildly hot, flavorful and great. We tried the sweet potato tots with ranch; good, but not sure if we'd get them again. Oddly, too sweet. The very thin crust veggie pizza was really excellent. We topped off dinner with chocolate stout cake with peanut butter that wasn't the OMG we were hoping for from the description. Blending with syncopated patron noise in the background was an eclectic music mix from alternative to folk that was a little loud but not enough to interfere with conversation.
Between Ben and I, we tried all of the Haymarket brews. Lucy's Belgian Tripel was the low point with the rest all highly rated; it came down to the Passion House Coffee Porter, Rubber Monkey Belgian Wheat IPA and the Effigy Black IPA for a draft: Effigy won. From the guest tap, Gloria liked the quadrupel from Uncommon Brewers called Sinister Twin and was happy with her choice for the night. When I was undecided for my final draft, our waiter very evaluated my choices with frankness, getting me to Butterfly Flashmob, an excellent Belgian IPA from Solemn Oath that was a perfect digestive while we chatted around the table.
Our server said the bar fed them so well before the 5 pm opening that he was lethargic from the multiple types of turkey offered. Got a great vibe from Haymarket: well brewed and interesting beer, a range of food for veggies and meat eaters, welcoming and inclusive atmosphere, and a drinking & writing theater. For Christmas, a radio play styled production cal "A Beer Carol" was playing on Wednesday and Saturday nights on location.
A former student recently discussed with me her love of living in Chicago, pointing to the unique neighborhoods as one of the reasons. Haymarket seems to be a strong part of the local neighborhood, forming an intelligent and bonded drinking community that I think I would enjoy. My long held belief has been that Chicago is cold and blustery--the weather and the people. However, Haymarket helped me see another side of the windy city, a side that I look forward to trying again in the future.
12-01-2012 17:13:34 |
More by FightingEntropy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I stopped by here with all my BA buddies to check out the Founders event. Not a bad location over in the West Loop, a quick walk from downtown. I walk in and holly cow, this place is huge; a bar area to the right, a table area, then a huge bar in the back with more tables. I'm not really down with the decor. Modern, spacious, lots of wood and metal, not much decorations. Feels more like a regular Chicago chatch bar than it does a brewpub. I like more brewpubs with more personality, cozier environment. I'm just not totally feeling it...Service was decent but slow, granted it was a crazy release so I can't comment too much, I don't think they were prepared for the crowd that came...They had 11 Founders on tap, a couple other good things. None of their beer was ready, so I'll have to come back to re-evaluate. They have a big bottle list, about 50. I'm not impressed though. BELGIAN heavy with almost exclusively Belgian and American Belgian style beers. Most everything that was there were staples I can get anywhere. They did have quite a few Lost Abbey beers but they were over 20 per bottle...I didn't have the food but it looked pretty good, above average bar food.
I've got re-try this place when the beer comes out, but right now I can tell this isn't a haunt I will be frequenting much unless their beer is unreal. Just not the right scene or feel.
I came back they released some beers. Solid beers, nothing special yet. I'll be back in a few months. Guest draft list was sick though, tons of awesome ipas (hop rod rye, dreadnaught, dc)
01-08-2011 00:32:33 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner as part of a bachelor party. The place has a distinct brewpub feel, very laidback without losing its charm for non-geeks. Some flat screens around the place allowed us to watch the Cubs crash and burn yet again. The server was very amiable, relatively up-to-speed about the beers, attentive, and impressively kept our orders straight without writing much down (there were nine of thus, just FYI). The beer selection tended toward the hoppy-Belgian side of life, but there was enough variance therewithin to keep things from getting too boring. I think I enjoyed the Blacksox Porter the most, though the Chicago Amnesia Apricot Wheat was a nice change of pace for the day. Best of all, you can get anything, including the guest taps, in three different sizes, depending on your mood. The food is pretty damn tasty: My pulled pork sandwich was devoured in a couple short minutes, 'cause I just couldn't stop munching on it with glee. Overall, a fine establishment, indeed, one I know I'm gonna be back to in the near future.
07-24-2012 01:07:55 |
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