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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 50
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
515 N Milwaukee Ave
phone: (847) 367-6168
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 39 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Czap:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
What can I say about The Firkin that hasn't already been said? Not much. The place is, without a doubt, your quintessential hipster (not always a bad thing) urban beer bar, pulled from Earth, roots and all, out of some random North neighborhood in Chicago, and gently placed down in the North Suburbs. Thank you for that, because the pickins are pretty slim in McHenry and Lake County, at least for the time being.
So yes, if you're from out of town or a local who for some reason hasn't been there, just go. You will like. The decor and atmosphere is inviting and chill. Every bartender I have encountered is knowledgable on the beer selection. And speaking of the selection, it is always fresh and constantly changing. Great place.
But you have heard this all before from previous reviews. So maybe something different I can tell you is to go next door. The Tavern is literally on the other side of the wall and has the same owners. The beer menu is smaller and the food menu is bigger. The atmosphere alone is worth checking the place out. The Tavern is a great compliment to The Firkin, so enjoy.
10-14-2010 00:31:27 |
More by Czap
More User Reviews:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
I love this place. Great vibe, great atmosphere. The bartenders were friendly . They were also knowledgeable and just seemed like they were having a good time which in turn rubbed off on my friend and I. I like the crowd its not the kind you would see at a college bar but its definitely still a young crowd. Its right in downtown Libertyville which is just a cute suburb to begin with. If you have a chance to stop by even if its just for a nightcap I highly recommend you do
11-11-2013 01:55:34 |
More by Cindy_C
10-21-2013 14:19:17 |
More by brandoman63
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
The food is never been disappointing. The selection of great craft beers is awesome. They always have Zombie Dust on tap. Great bartenders, hot servers and great music. You see smile on everyone face. Start a great conversation with anybody sitting at the bar. Oh yah tons of wicked hot chicks. Chalk board kicks ass too.
07-11-2013 02:31:36 |
More by Captnlhook
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
I have been at Firkin 3 or 4 times already, and it was a consistently good experience. A great tap list, coupled with a great menu. Plus, no TVs. There are times for TVs, and times in which it's nice to not have this distraction.
My only not-so-good experience was in a Sunday (late) lunch. 3 of the 5 choices I made from the chalkboard were actually not available. And the replacement suggestions were really off. However, I insist, with a very good tap list it was easy to choose something else...
05-11-2013 04:43:50 |
More by CesarLopes
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Firkin is probably one of the best beer and food locations in Northern Illinois. They are located right in the middle of down town Libertyville, IL which in itself provides for great atmosphere and the Firkin just adds to the appeal. When you walk in it doesn't look like much and it is a bit crowded but there is a lot of seating at the bar and a surprising amount of tables for such a small establishment. The food here is above your standard bar food but the meal portions aren't really on par with their respective prices. Now the beer selection, they don't have the largest amount of taps out of some of the bars in the area but they certainly utilize them better than most do. To top this off they always seem to have at least one beer on Cask which is rare for the area and brings a unique aspect to their bar.
10-19-2012 12:54:18 |
More by Twifiter
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
I think this is my favorite bar in IL. Tucked away in Libertyville, The Firkin is a beer-lover's diamond-in-the-rough; a hidden gem that is discovered anew with each visit. I drive nearly an hour to come here...every trip has been worth it.
Like a 1950's candy store was to kids, this craft beer emporium is to beer-lovers. Upon walking through the meat-locker plastic stripping that separates the entrance from the main area you are treated to one awesome-looking space. Very cozy and ideal for good conversation over some top-notch brews (no TV's! A welcome deviation from a world of bars covered in flat-screens). The lighting changes with the season, but adds an incredible ambiance; like nothing I've seen before and the reason I was drawn to come here in the first place while driving by on Milwaukee Ave. The lights, however, only serve to enhance the main attraction...the beer!
A generous tap list is scrawled out on two chalkboards that hang above a spacious bar. This list is constantly changing, so there is always a new brew to try each visit. A huge list of bottled beers is also available. Both the tap/bottle list feature hard-to-find/rare offerings from breweries all over the world (check out their Facebook page for the most up-to-date tap/bottle listings). Unsure if your pallet will enjoy a particular brew? Just ask your bartender for a sample and they'll be happy to hook you up with one. The bartenders are outstanding...approachable, knowledgeable, and will never hesitate to talk all things beer with you.
The food is high-grade gastropub fare. My favorite item on the menu is the spicy pork sandwich...with their fries...covered in Sriracha sauce...and a fine brew by my side...mmm doggy!
While a little on the pricey side, this place is definitely worth it. The beer speaks for itself, the atmosphere is chill, welcoming, and unpretentious, and the food is delicious with portions that fill you up proper. I feel as though I'm on the inside track of the craft beer world after each visit.
Memorable trips include my first time when a bartender introduced me to a now all-time favorite, Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Then again when a rare keg of Dogfish Head 120 Min. IPA was on tap and I was able to snag a sample of that goodness. According to AnIslandOfGeese (3 reviews down) they tap a rare keg every Wed., and this will most likely be my next excuse to journey north to my favorite watering-hole.
A "must-visit" for beer-lovers in northern IL!!!
04-20-2012 16:59:54 |
More by Chrixsus
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
Went here for dinner on a Friday with the girlfriend. The set up of the building is neat in that you enter and exit through the back of the building so the rest of the layout space can be maximized for seating. The place isn't huge (it can only seat about 60-70 including the bar), but it's a nice cozy atmospere. The bar is along most of the wall after the kitchen and the seating fills up the the rest of the space.
Our waiter was very nice and personable and seemed very genuine which was nice to see. I didn't ask him any beer questions since I knew what I wanted so I can't comment on the knowledge of the staff.
The beer selection was nice, nothing to obscure, but there was a solid variety of beers. I didn't look into their bottle list, but it seemed above average.
The food was pretty average. We split a baked goat cheese app, I order a chicken sandwich and the girlfriend ordered some steak tacos. Overall nothing jumped out about the food.
Overall our meal was average and the beer was fine. It was a little pricey and if I were to return I would just go for the beer and skip the meal altogether.
02-16-2012 16:47:34 |
More by Treebs
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to Firkin since I turned 21. I'm lucky enough to have known about it and been within a few miles of it for as long as I can remember. If you come here for food, they have a great spread. Try the Goat Cheese App. It's incredible. But the real star here is the beer & the Bartender. Dave is the reason I come back to Firkin. Lots of places have good beer now. The secret is out in America, people prefer good beer. The lazy days Miller Lite are over. That being said, Firkin has a great selection that changes continuously. Dave, One of the bartenders there, is the best bartender I have ever come across. Incredibly knowledgeable, friendly & takes the time to educate you about what you're about to drink. If you're lucky enough to be in Libertyville go to Frikin. If you are not close, then, sorry about your life. - Oh yeah, & every Thursday They have an incredible blues band play. It isn't Thursday night at Firkin if the night doesn't end with Purple Rain.
01-08-2012 05:03:25 |
More by DrGonzoDDS
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
Firkin is my favorite bar. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is not within walking distance to my house. But it is next to a free parking garage, and a metra station so I can't complain.
I recommend going on Wednesdays when they tap a rare keg of beer. If you can't make it then, I suggest either getting there right at 5 on a weekday or going before/after the dinner rush. Thankfully I can get from work to the bar by 5:15 and there is usually plenty of space. By 5:20, the place is full and there is a line out the door.
I had gone there several times just for the beer. They have the best selection I have ever seen. There are usually about 20 craft beers on tap and a very nice bottle selection. In the past few weeks I've had 2009 Bourbon County (on tap), 2011 Bourbon County (Bottles), 2011 Surley Darkness (on tap), and some local beers made by Tighthead Brewing.
After going there about 15 times just for beer, and mentioning to coworkers how good it is, people started recommending I actually try the food there. It is as good as the beer. The kobe burger with cheddar and tempura fried bacon is the best burger I've ever had. Goes great with a heavy stout.
All of the staff have been friendly and attentive.
It is not cheap, but it is worth the price. They serve amazing food and top shelf beer so it is easy to spend over $30 on two drinks and burger.
12-14-2011 02:34:48 |
More by AnIslandOfGeese
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