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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3258 N Sheffield Ave
phone: (773) 281-4989
Sunday - Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3am
"Beer School Bar" (in back) opens at 6pm.
Monday-Thursday: Full menu until 12am.
Friday & Saturday: Full menu until 1am.
Sunday: Full menu until 11pm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited 7/25/2010 with masterski.
Got into town on a Sunday afternoon so that may explain how quiet it was here. Regardless of why it was a nice place with lots of room. There are 3 bars and lots of seats.
Ordered a Harpoon Leviathan Bohemian Pils (meh) and took a couple sips of Alex's Daisy Cutter (very good). I saw a number of interesting beers on the list as well. From what I hear they do some interesting brewery nights like the Goose Island night with 20something taps going.
The waitress was very nice and prompt. The fries were good and reasonably priced (as was the beer). Definitely want to check out the themed beer nights.
01-31-2011 00:58:50 |
More by t0rin0
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in while on business to Chicago. Sat in the bar area, which was pretty dimly lit, but at least had some big TV's to watch a game on. Had a good selection of beer on tap and some good bottle service as well. Nothing really spectacular but a very solid list. Had a couple pints of Daisy Cutter which was great. Their special was an all you could eat BBQ platter with ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and brisket. The waitress let us order 2 platters to split between 3 of us. The food was awesome and some of the best BBQ I've had. The place wasn't packed so we could take our time eating and drinking. Would love to have been there in the summer for the beer garden. Will be back next time in town for sure.
01-23-2011 01:44:15 |
More by HosP
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a recent trip to Wrigley Field before the game.
We sat in the Beer Garden, which is a really nice patio area that is well shaded so the sun isn't in your face as you drink.
The tap list was pretty good here with an assortment that included Founders, Bell's, Three Floyds, North Coast, and many more. I enjoyed a Daisy Cutter and a Gumballhead, which were both excellent!
Service was good, but the place was not busy at all. Didn't have any food either, so I can't comment on that.
One complaint I had is that they didn't have a SINGLE tap of macro stuff. That is only a complaint because one of the friends I was with is not in to craft beer at all and I couldn't convince him to stay for more than 2 pints as a result.
08-20-2010 02:41:37 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is definately a great stop while in chicago! there are 3 different rooms as well as a huge outdoor beer garden with an outside bar when the weather is nice! there are also 2 fireplaces as well when the weather is not so nice! They have 40 different taps (bells hop slam and sparkling ale, surly furious, green flash grand cru, lost abbey red barn to name a few) , a cask and about 90 or more bottles! they have a great little beer book that describes all beer styles as well as a short description about all the bottled beers they have. in the "beer school bar" they have a lot of special events like beer dinners and meet the brewer events. I also enjoy that every employee here knows beer! male, female, bartender or server! they are more than happy to help you pick a beer or give you tasters! Their food is pretty good too. everything is smoked right there in the kitchen. Pulled pork with carolina sauce, delish!
a lot of people forget this place has a great beer selection and its not just another wirgleyville bar! Its an average corner bar with some damn good beers!
01-19-2010 23:33:32 |
More by ginger420
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
Went for the Surly Darkness release party. I have been to Sheffields plenty of times in law school but never managed to go in back for the Beer School. I was immediately impressed by their list of beers. Decent enough tap selection and they cellar some bottles of local Goose Island for a couple of years to sell as well. Nice touch. Sheffield's doesn't have the hugest selection, but it looks like they go out of their way to feature beers that people will want to try, my guess is that they update and feature new beers fairly often.
The staff was nice and attentive, although one server might have had the worst pour ever on a beer as she went too large on the head and it went all over the table, but we'll forgive her for that.
Nice lively atmosphere full of obvious beer lovers, one guy had a Dark Lord shirt on. Nice to see my fellow Beer Advocates out in force.
Food was typical bar food, which is fine, I like bar food, but nothing that sets it apart from any other bar.
Reasonably priced, can go out without spending an arm and a leg, but obviously you do pay a little more to get nice beer.
11-07-2009 18:27:03 |
More by AgentZero
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
I went to Sheffields for Darkness release party.
I got there a little early and was able to peruse their beer list. There was a ton of nice local stuff (GI) and lots of nice crafts from all over. They had Surly Wet on tap I was told by the server they always have Surly Furion on. That's pretty impressive by my count.
The prices were reasonable and the wait staff was fairly knowledgable.
The biggest complaint I would have is that the beer list consits of mircro brews, but ones that I would almost consider marco like Sierra Nevada.
They had a couple great Belgians like florefee prima melior.
Price was decent. I didn't have the food but it was typical bar crap all around me. Nothing I would eat.
11-05-2009 23:20:01 |
More by jrallen34
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
I learned about this place from a newspaper column - not being from Chicago I guess it isn't surprising I hadn't heard of it through this site or other beer circles. I had high hopes, but somehow after Piece and Goose Island it seemed a disappointment, although there is certainly nothing wrong with it. Quite a few taps, a beer engine, and a decent bottle list. But for a city with a ton of great beer places (Sheffield's would certainly rival the best of what Columbus has to offer), it doesn't really stick out as superlative. Service was OK, but not really beer savvy. Tap list had some nice beers on it, but nothing really notable or outstanding. And the beer on the beer engine (Arcadia IPA) was a little weak.
A nice place, but I don't know that I'd go as far out of your way as I went out of mine to pay a visit.
08-13-2009 02:04:02 |
More by BeerBelcher
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Met some friends here for a couple this past friday night. We may have lucked out on weekend crowds by showing up around midnight.
The front of the bar is dim, and nicely decorated with wood, with a few taps on display, this particular night, bourbon county stout being one of note.
My friends saw me and waved me into the second room, where a smaller bar with several taps awaited. Port 3rd anniversary, and La Folie were waiting on me. $6 pour for each, and the La Folie was in its own glass, and comparatively, a huge pour. Awesome.
I felt the urge to revisit the BCS, as having it on tap before had proven unbelievably fiery, and my fairly small wine glass ran $10.
I was a bit confused how I could have a huge pour of awesome beer from CO for $6 vs a locally made, widely distributed one for $10. Ohh wells.
The bartenders seemed average. I don't think the girl in the back knew much about beer, but we didnt need the help. The guy in front seemed like your average sud-slinger.
Of note, when getting close to closing time, the staff/bouncers took on quite an unfriendly shine. I understand it's their job to clear out, but there are better ways of handling the situation, and there was plenty of time left (time enough for the tender to pour me a BCS).
I will be back to check out the selection. The calm, dim vibe of the back (and front, really) made for a nice setting to have a few with friends.
08-10-2009 18:22:32 |
More by ShareANevada
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here for a Founder's beer dinner. I thought it was my first time there, but I released I had been there years before once I stepped outside into their beer garden.
The layout of this place is large. Various rooms with different bars and tap towers. They also have an outdoor area which I mentioned above.
Service was fairly fast and friendly. Our food came out quickly and really hit the spot. The beef brisket was a little fatty, but still tasty. The vibe was a little bit better than I thought it would be since it's so close to Wrigleyville.
The selection is better than most bars in the area and it focused on American craft, Midwest, and Chicago locals.
I'd avoid it on the weekends, but I wouldn't mind stopping by during the week if they had something special on tap.
08-04-2009 23:37:52 |
More by beertooth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here after taking in a game at Wrigley, an easy walk. Not too busy when we first arrived. Great selection of beer on tap. Featured brewery for the month was Sierra Nevada, so I had a $4 pint of their SummerFest Lager. Also had a pint of Robert the Bruce on cask, which was excellent. They also have a Beer School Bar in the back which has even better selections. Wish I had known about that when I came in. Not sure if you can order beer from the Beer School Bar, their taps are not listed on the beer menu you get in the main bar. Had the brisket which was melt in your mouth tender and very tasty. Wife had the pulled pork which was OK.
By the time we were leaving, the place was rocking. Highly recommend stopping in after a Cubs game for some great brisket and beer.
07-29-2009 16:31:56 |
More by FLBeerGuy
Sheffield's in Chicago, IL
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