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Taps: 24 / Bottles: 270
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2401 N Western Ave
phone: (773) 276-9730
Cash only, ATM on site.
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vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So we got bored at the Maproom and decided to head here by suggestion... I love it.
This place is like Three Floyds-- only bigger, and in Chicago. It's got a total biker bar feel-- sawdust and peanut shells vibe with wood everywhere. I fucking love it here.
There is a stage in back for bands to play-- I want to see a show here!
The bar had two sours on tap, and several more in bottles. I talked with the bartender for a while and he was great. Very cool guy with tons of knowledge and friendly advice. We split a bottle Cuvee De Ranke by his suggestion and I liked it quite a bit.
The taplist was huge! I certainly plan on coming back here! Prices were good.
09-05-2011 16:27:40 |
More by AleWatcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $
This is definitly one of the best hidden secrets of Chicago's beer scene. Down the stret from the legedary Fireside bowl and right down the street from the EL.
From the Interenational beer list on the chalkboard above the coolers, or the Craft list on the ajacent side. If you can't find a good beer here you need to keep looking. All beer is priced very affordable unlike many other bars/pubs in the area.
Food is ideal for a great night of good beer drinking. Sandwiches and Tator tots anit nothing wrong with that.
Definitly has a punk/hipster feel but great staff and even better selection.
06-13-2011 19:39:29 |
More by elginirishpunk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Been to Quenchers a couple times now, figured it was time to add a review...
Usually there on a Friday or Saturday night, can get kind of crowded, one of those beer bars where you might actually have to stand (gasp!) for most of the night...good mix of people that is pretty much typical of any Chicago beer bar...inside is fairly dark with the normal wooden/old look that so many Chicago bars have...bar area itself is fairly large and their is a big chalk board with their taps and some (most?) of their bottles listed...
Had a lot of taps, with a few things that I rarely see on draft...also had a large array of bottles (like 200+ I believe), but since I only get draft when at a bar, this had no bearing on my rating...
A few little TV's, this is definitely not the place to catch a game, more likely the place to catch some crappy local band, but sometimes those are the most fun!!
Overall a pretty good bar with a relatively crappy location (busy intersection) as parking can get rough and it is pretty loud/busy outside...will definitely be visiting again though...
05-21-2010 00:06:01 |
More by hawks10
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Very awsome place!!! Its about about a hour north of my house. So if were in the area we usually stop at Quenchers.
Very clean place with alot of room to move around. They also have a stage for band to perform. There was music playing in the background when we were there. They also have a instant photo booth if you want to take a pic.
I have only been there twice and there is usualy only one guy working the bar. I think he might be the owner. Very cool guy tho. Later in the night you might have to wait alittle longer for a beer.
If you cant find a beer you like in this place there is something wrong with you! They have well over a 100 beer and I think about 20 taps. Last time I was there it was stout fest. And they had 20 stout taps! So being a stout fan I was happy!
I havent ate here but my brother inlaw had a turkey club sandwich and he said it was good.
Prices are reasonable for chicago area. Overall I really like this place and plan to visit it again!
02-17-2010 16:59:09 |
More by RTrain12
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Currently an IPA fest is underway for the month of June... 30 IPA's rotating, order 5 from the punchcard, get 1 free.
Ever expanding selection of bombers, including Flossmoor, Port/Lost Abbey, New Holland. Michigan had it's own chalkboard, and the micros were listed by state. There's still the random lager from every country, but the gems have definitely improved here.
Service was excellent, Bob the beer guy gave the rundown on the IPA fest, and chatted when there was free time. Looking forward to going back this month for a few more IPA's... Also, CASH ONLY!
Original review: 02-26-2008
Decided to check out Quencher's for lunch today, hadn't been in there for quite awhile. My choice meal was Frito pie and a Hamm's, purely for nostalgia's sake. The bill was a whopping $6.
I've seen pizzas come out of the kitchen, and they looked good. To their credit, there's a creative list of sandwiches, pizzas, and salads, and it's all very affordable.
The daytime/after work atmosphere of Quencher's is pretty relaxed...a well worn L-shaped wooden bar, wood-lined cooler doors, several breweriana signs scattered around, and a huge chalkboard for the beers. A small tap chalkboard was at the far left end of the bar, in an awkward place, but several were also listed on the bottom of the big board. Ed Fitzgerald was $5, and Lagunitas Lumpy Gravy was also on tap.
There was a photo booth, pinball, and cd jukebox along one wall when you walk in. In the side room, bands play nightly on a small stage, and there are cases full of vintage glassware on the walls. Glad to report the ratty couches of yesteryear have been removed. The crowd is mixed, you will get hipsters, tourists, and local barflies on any given night. Invariably there are people standing right in front of the door, who are waiting at one of two bus stops.
Selection-wise, there are many standby options, especially Belgian/German/UK imports, though nothing too obscure. The US craft selection is more interesting: 3F, Lagunitas, Ommegang, GI Reserves, and a couple from Founders. The bottle count on the lower right corner of the board was at 266 as of 1/08. Admittedly, half of these are crappy lagers from every far flung country in the world, so that whittles it down to only 150 or so worthy options. Random sampling: Aventinus, Orval, Abt. 12, Dupont, Matilda, Boon Kriek, Lagunitas Gnarlywine.
Not my first choice destination, even though I work near here, there are too many other options in the area that win out first.
06-10-2009 00:41:40 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I was in Chicago for business and ended up at this place on a friday w/ about 15 other people who were around for the conference. We got there around midnight and had to wait roughly 10 minutes to get in. The inside has 2 rooms. They are both about the same size. The back room had a band playing, which was nice considering there was no cover charge. The beer selection is on a chalk board above the bar. They have many beers from many countries. During my visit I had a ST Unearthly on draft, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial porter on draft, a ginger beer from Japan and a PBR to cleanse the pallette. The prices were reasonable, and they had some pretty good us microbrews on tap, and in bottles. Their selection of imported beers is larger than the us brews, although about 1/3 of them are crappy lagers/pilsners. The crowd was a mix, a lot of people listening to the band were going for the cheap $3 beers. I had some popcorn, but can't really rate their food. I had a blast there, the band was punk/screamo which I enjoyed. Certainly worth a visit. About 4 blocks aways is a 24 hour mexican restraurant for the munchies, and one more block down is the train.
03-29-2009 03:36:52 |
More by boralyl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Without a doubt one of the best kept secrets in Chicago, Quenchers Saloon has it all! The first time I went here, my band played a show in the back room. The staff were warm, friendly and very accommodating. They treat everyone here nicely and offer various beer options to different people. Whether you're into hefeweizens or pale ales, the staff have great knowledge on all of their beer.
While it is quite a ways from any of the major train stops, it only adds to the beauty of it. Nestled on Fullerton & Western, Quenchers doesn't look like much from the outside, but the inside is awesome. There's a table-top Ms. Pac-Man machine in the back, a killer jukebox and plenty of room to stand and drink. It's a very comfortable atmosphere and yeah, there's so many types of beer its ridiculous.
Definitely becoming one of my favorite spots in the Windy City!
03-21-2009 23:17:48 |
More by Getinthevan
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Cool rock bar, just off I90 with parking.
They have a nice bottled beer list devided by country and routateing taps. When I say country I mean from America to Ukraine. The mean price for a beer is about 4 bucks.
I found the staff to be both freindly and they know good amount about beer. The staff also has a nice knowalge of the well stocked liquor shelf.
They have a stage but I've never been in for a show, I know they serve food but I have yet to sample it. Overall I like this bar its comfertable and a good place to bring beer fans and your non beer buddies for a fun night out.
04-20-2007 18:14:01 |
More by stevehousebeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Quenchers is very close to my house so I end up there quite a bit.
Loud, noisy, smokey, this is a dive bar with a good beer selection, do not come here for the ambiance or the 'dedication' to good beer. There is absolutely no attitude about 'good' beer here.
Selection: How many macro lagers can you fit on one board? they seem abcessed (yeah I meant to spell it that way) with having beers from lots of different countries that ll taste the same. Stick to the american craft scene, (anderson, victory, etc.) and you will do well.
They seem to rotate about 15 taps through, although this is not a place I would trust a tap line in.
You will have to bug them for a glass.
You will not pay a lot for your beer.
Go here to enjoy beer that you already know and love, there is no horizon expanding to be found, just comfort.
11-25-2006 07:17:28 |
More by dotlikeimpact
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
This worthy destination is, I believe, the first of the better beer bars in Chicago, operating with that goal since 1979.
The beer selection is one of the best in the city, only eclipsed by a few places. On last night's visit they had Capital AUTUMNAL FIRE, Maudite, Chambly Noire, Edmund Fitzgerald Porter, Spaten Oktoberfest, BBK Pils, Summit Oktoberfest, Bells Oberon, Allagash White, Mad Hatter IPA, Fat Tire, Czechvar, Guinness, Smithwicks, Fullers ESB and Newcastle all on tap. In other words, nice range -- dark, malty, belgian, german, british and hoppy. Something for everyone. I had the Autumnal and it was malty sweet and perfect for a crisp Fall evening.
Quenchers has started serving food at night sometime within the past year. This includes their own pizza menu, which lists a chicago italian beef pizza that has giardinera on it and is pretty darn good for dive bar food. There is also free, salty popcorn (also good with the complimentary hot sauce).
This is a nice place with a neighborhood dive feel. The main entrance opens into the main bar room, with the arcade games now along the front wall, and the L shaped bar at the rear with an extensive bottle collection listed on chalkboards. Beeraphenilia lines the ceilings and walls. Beer history and extensive beer list in one. The back room has a stage (music has started to come back) but also a number of tables including a sitting area with comfy chairs/couches around a tv.
The weak point if anything are the bartenders who can be a bit distant. But, its a relaxed place that usually doesn't get too crowded. And of course it has the added advantage that the Map Room is a nice, between-beer walk away at Armitage and Hoyne.
09-30-2006 00:46:56 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
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Quenchers Saloon in Chicago, IL