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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 230
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
1949 N Hoyne Ave
phone: (773) 252-7636
CASH ONLY (as of June 2009)
ATM on premise
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
No alcohol served before 11:00am.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
How much to I love thee? So much I bought a house in the neighborhood, so I could live where I drank... and walk home afterwards.
This is Chicago's number 1 beer destination. There are 20 taps and they are always clean and fresh. There are two handpulls. The beer selection usually ranges from Belgians, Germans and British, to a nice selection of domestic microbrews, often including local favorites Three Floyds, Two Brothers, and sometimes even Flossmoor. (For visitors since beerfly limits to Chicago proper: Both Three Floyds and Flossmoor are located just outside Chicago to the South/Southeast). They also do a great job of keeping their webpage up to date so you can see what is likely to be on tap. If a new beer comes to Chicago, we see it at Map Room first. And even, if a new beer comes into the US, we see it at Map Room first. They do a great job seeking out great beer, and offering a diverse selection.
They do not sell food, but they offer food for free to their patrons a couple of times a week. Tuesday's dinner is International Night, free with 2 drink minimum. It's a new country each week, catered in from Chicago area restaurants. Monday there's free Sausage and Cheese and $1 off Belgians. Recently there have been BBQ ribs and fried chicken on Sat and Sun afternoons. You can also bring in and there are some close spots on your way from the western blue line stop including Cafe Laguardia (Cuban) or Arturo's (Mexican).
But the real reason to come here is the beer. The selection is excellent. On par with Toronado in San Fran, and dba and barcade in NYC. The barpeople are knowledgable and especially when they have time, they are happy to offer advice and tastes. Map Room wants people to learn about good beer and to enjoy good beer.
The prices are also reasonable -- 4-5 dollars for most of the selections, which is pretty remarkable given their quality. When hopleaf does get the same selections they are usually priced about a dollar more up at hopleaf than maproom.
For some reason, pretty inexplicable to me, the place still attracts a Budweiser/Miller crowd later on weekend nights -- so if you are here to enjoy everything the MapRoom has to offer, be sure to visit before 10 when it gets busy and smoky. (The new ventilation system has made it much less hazy inside, but you will notice the smell on your clothes when you leave).
This is truly a great beer bar. Without question make Map Room the number one destination on any Chicago beer-related trip. For visitors, I would suggest adding Piece and Goose Clybourn into a short beer tour.
Piece is walkable from Map Room (especially after you have a strong beer or two). Goose is a short bus or cab ride from Piece on North Ave. If you hit these three you'll have seen some of the best beer and beer selections in Chicago with a minimum of fussing about.
08-21-2006 00:12:40 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Went there just so I could try Zombie Dust. The tap was done but was able to get the last bottle. Great beer by the way. Good bar but wasn't able to get a lot of the beers I wanted. Did get a great pint of Alpha King. Service was kinda slow; Saturday afternoon. Will come back but maybe at a different time.
05-17-2013 03:02:00 |
More by atpben
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
In my opinion, the best beer bar in the city. They are always rotating their beers to keep things fresh, and also clean their lines to keep the BEER fresh! A beer lover's atmosphere. Make sure you go here more than once if you can...cause the beer you have one week, will be completely different than the beer you drink the next...but it'll all be amazing!
01-16-2013 04:05:00 |
More by ajkeefner13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Neither hard to get to nor very convenient, particularly the parking. But what is in Chicago. Try to make it here once every visit to Chicago. Great beer selection and I generally like the atmosphere. There should be a place like this in every neighborhood in America. Draft beer selection is very good and I can usually sample local brews that I might want to later buy. Service is good if not varied by time of day. Knowledgeable folks behind the bar. Coffee in the morning/afternoon ain't bad either.
11-23-2012 20:53:42 |
More by kwesib
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
Great spot. Stopped in last Sunday on a visit to the city.
Served by Chris who has good knowledge of their selection and beer in general. Great conversation. Fun and light atmosphere. Crowd was pleasant and social.
Some mild pretentiousness from a couple people but you'll get that anywhere.
Took in game 4 of the World Series and then some zombies on TV. Interesting mix. :)
Beers: plenty including Yeti, Zombie Dust, Union Jack, duganA, Old Chub, and some crazy sour to finish the eve. Love this place. Will be back next time I get to Chi-town.
11-05-2012 11:56:48 |
More by FEUO
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in here yesterday after spending the day exploring the area.
Nice, quiet afternoon setting. A stellar tap list, Founders breakfast stout, New Belgium Peach Porch Saison, and a just tapped Smuttynose Wheat wine were among some of the highlights.
Bartender was extremely knowledgeable, let me try several samples before settling on my first brew.
After striking up a conversation with the patron next to me, I was introduced to the VP from Three Floyds, which I found to be F***king awesome!!!! After pouring me a taste of Topless Wytch, he invited me up to the brewery and bought me an Alpha King, the first I've had as I just moved to Chicago this week.
An overall great experience, and one I will never forget.I will return soon, as it is only 25 minutes or so walking from my house.
10-10-2012 21:39:43 |
More by czfreeman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in here on a lark before my usual tour of the City. It's a purposefully small, even quaint, joint, decked out in maps and flags and dark woods. My kinda place so far. Up to the bar I go, Kindle in hand, to enjoy a pint and a read. The selection is pretty nice, with some occasional oddballs (sort of...) from Europe showing up from time to time and something always on both special and cask. The bartender was very amiable, and we talked a bit before I delved into my reading, which itself was a fairly easy task, as the place was nice and quiet. There's really no need for the loud[-ish] music or TVs everywhere you go, man. Something tells me actual conversations could be had here...what a novel concept! If there is any food to be had here, I haven't tried it. The pricing seems good for the City (possibly a bit lower than may places).
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Map Room and look forward to going back again. I understand I'm not really in their real neighborhood, but I feel like I am when I'm there...
10-03-2012 18:49:30 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
In the past I had been back and forth when it comes to the map room. But, since it seems that one or two of the bartenders that would generally give attitude to everyone are gone, I've enjoyed it a lot more. It could be the timing on the days that I've come in, but shooting me looks like I've ordered a miller lite when I've actually ordered a cuvee des jacobins didn't make me feel all that comfortable.
Anyway, the map room has a great and diverse selection both on tap and by the bottle. You don't find bad beer here and it does cater to a knowledgeable crowd, but there isn't the vibing that I've come across in the past.
I really like the atmosphere here. You can always have a conversation with your friends and you don't feel like you are shouting over each other.
The prices for everything is pretty standard for this area of chicago (draft brews $5 or 6), but it is cash only. There is an atm on site, but it does need to be known ahead of time.
08-29-2012 18:08:35 |
More by KDawg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
Came here during the week on a Wednesday around noon. Place was fairly empty, but the vibe seems trendy. Plenty of great beer on tap, and a cask. I had the Alpha King and Edmund Fitzgerald Porter; two great beers. Served in proper glassware, and bartender was quite knowledgeable. No food of note, but the beer is where its at. Motif is of a world traveller; Nat Geo magazines and flags around.
Pricing was fiar for what I had. I'd love to ever get back to this place.
Listed as one of the top craft beer bars in the country, and I'd say its a fair claim.
08-01-2012 00:21:56 |
More by socon67
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
The map room I was told is a main go to bar, though a tad less nice neighbourhood than for Revolution or for The Local Option. Friendly bar tenders, kind of a dive bar. A very good bottle selection, and though not that many taps the quality was good with a couple harder to gets. Some emphasis on Belgians. Music a bit loud, then again its at night. I wouldn't go out of my way to come back here, but then again its part of a pub crawl in the area that gives you a good perspective of the Chicago scene.
05-09-2012 20:11:02 |
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