Log in or Sign up
Extreme Beer Fest
returns to Boston on March 21 & 22, 2014.
Tickets are on sale now
BeerAdvocate mobile beta: Testers Wanted
. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
Android or Google Chrome user? Get a
14 day free trial to BeerAdvocate magazine on Google Play Newsstand
today! (AU, CA, UK, US only).
Extreme Beer Fest
Google Play Newsstand
Blue Frog's Local 22
No picture uploaded.
Upload it now
Taps: 24 / Bottles: 57
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
22 E Hubbard St
phone: (312) 527-1200
(Place added by: MillzStevanovic on 12-11-2012)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 1
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Yet another borderline entry to Beerfly, submitted by a PR marketer looking for free advertising for their client, sadly.
Local 22 is located in the "entertainment district" stretch of Hubbard that is often dotted with feathers, glitter, and piles of vomit come Monday morning. On paper this place seems to be great, a couple dozen taps focusing on regional craft beer (just as of recently). A couple years ago this place was on a bar rescue tv show, and even after that makeover they only had 8 taps and the best was Matilda. Fast forward to today, looks like they had another recent beer makeover and added a bunch of new trendy craft draft lines. The keg cooler for all these is the size of a walk in closet.
After getting id'ed at the door, past the drunken mag-mile shopper chicks grinding each other to Vanilla Ice, we sat at a seemingly quiet and forgotten end of the bar where kegs were piled. Service was surprisingly quick, and we got beers right away, though no beer menus offered. Greenbush Anger was on tap for $7/12oz. They are on beermenus, current drafts include 10 breweries: Dark Horse, Founders, Goose, Greenbush, Half Acre, Metro, Rev,Solemn Oath, FFF. The crowd was half tourist/suburbanites, half post-work on a friday night. Many empty seats at the bar were piled with shopping bags, not much of a beer crowd. The layout of the place was oddly horizontal, not deep like most Chicago bars. Table seating in the front windows, long bar opposite. Black paint on everything, with some silver tiles, random xmas decor, flatscreens behind the bar. As we left I noticed the row of macro neons in all the windows, which about sums up the faux-craft vibe here.
Honestly the vibe here is very generic and party-centric, beer felt like an afterthought even though there was a good selection. The bar has no identity and feels like any other generic downtown spot full of randoms, despite the hokey design elements to appear "local" such as the large wood cutout on the bar of the 60611 zip code. Eh... no thanks. Plenty of better beer-centric places nearby worth your time, like Farmhouse, Jake Melnicks, Monks, Publican, Rock Bottom, Clark St. Ale House, etc.
12-15-2012 03:45:26 |
More by emerge077
Blue Frog's Local 22 in Chicago, IL
Your name or email address:
Do you already have an account?
No, create an account now.
Yes, my password is:
Forgot your password?
Stay logged in
Top 250 Beers
Change of Address