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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3258 N Sheffield Ave
phone: (773) 281-4989
Sunday - Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3am
"Beer School Bar" (in back) opens at 6pm.
Monday-Thursday: Full menu until 12am.
Friday & Saturday: Full menu until 1am.
Sunday: Full menu until 11pm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
sheffields is a great great place - walking distance from wrigley
the bar has a great vibe with plenty of barstools, a huge beergarden, and another bar in the back
the most recent visit featured tulips of la folie and a 750ml bottle of goose island sofie. the online taplist featured a few surly beers that were not on when we got there. i believe bourbon county stout was and there were a bunch of other micros. bottle list was great too. add this to your wrigley routine, probably postgame
i had some wings, but i dont feel comfortable rating the food.
07-08-2009 02:03:32 |
More by dirtylou
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am loving this place, after my third visit. Came in on a lazy Tuesday afternoon for lunch. First off, they have super barbecue selections, done on premises. I had the pulled pork, with vinegar type sauce, just lovely.
The atmosphere, described elsewhere, is very inviting. Lots of room, the outside beer garden wasn't open, but great when it is.
Taps in the front number 18 plus a cask as well. I had the Three Floyd's Robert the Bruce on cask, very smooth and slightly sweet. Also the Sierra Nevada Brown Saison, and Half Acre Baume. All taps are American micros, mostly unusual ones (e.g. Brechenridge 471 Small Batch ESB, Surly Furious, and Sprecher's Hop on Top EPA), and the bottle list runs to 170 or so beers, very deep. The back bar was not open, but they pulled me the last taste of Surly 2, kept and stored here for a full year, wow, wish I could have had more than the final 4 oz left! Very friendly service, knowledgeable servers, don't know how it goes when it's busy but service should hold up.
For combination of food and beer, this may be the best stop in Chicago.
05-12-2009 23:13:33 |
More by robbyc1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here for a late lunch. I heard there was some good stuff on tap and was very happy to find Surly 3, Surly 16 Grit, BCS, Omeganaught on cask, etc. The bartender offered me samples of anything I liked, which was great, and made it easy to find something I liked. Ordered lunch, pulled pork sandwich, corn bread, and cold slaw for $5...very good deal in downtown Chicago. The place was empty but i was 2pm on Monday, so I didn't expect it to be packed...just wanted some great beer and good lunch. Overall, very impressed...I'll be back soon!
04-27-2009 22:55:52 |
More by Sean9689
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Wrigleyville doing some shopping on a recent snowy afternoon and stopped into Sheffield's for a warm-up while I waited for the store I was headed for to open up.
I pulled up a seat at the bar and immediately the bartended and I were chatting and he began pouring samples of everything I could think of.
The bar had some NICE stuff... Things I've never before seen on tap and the bartender couldn't be more friendly. He was kind enough to sell me a take-away bottle of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout out of his personal stash and also showed me the new beer school room and I can't wait to come back the next time I'm in town.
When I was in college I lived right around the corner... I had forgotton what a great room they have, and with the way my visit turned out this last time, I will surely come back again.
Cheers to you Sheffield's. You are amongst the best beer bars Chicago has to offer, and that is quite a compliment indeed!
01-13-2009 00:32:58 |
More by sierranevadabill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Sheffields is their beer garden in the summer. Sheffileds is their crazy pumpkin carving display in the fall. Sheffields is many things but mostly a great place to get a beer. First found out about this place when I moved to Chicago and was looking where to find Lakefront on tap. This was one of the only places. They have an amazing selection, not Map Room or Hopleaf, but best second tier bar certainly. The place is huge so its never too crowded except after or before Cubs' games. One of my favorite places in Chicago
11-17-2008 18:11:24 |
More by inhoc00
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Sheffield's is a nice little pocket bar placed right in the middle of Lakeview, on a small corner lot with a nice beer garden on the south side of the building. overall the atmosphere is amiable, but the service can lack quite a bit once things pick up inside.
the atmosphere is pretty standard when it comes to the layout and decor, with a couple TV's present to play Bears and Cubs games, along with a good mix of clientelle, with a wide spectrum from beer geeks to sports fans.
quality is good. the beers are served in clean glasses, though most to all will be standard tumblers.
service can lack during sporting events, or when things are busy in general. this BA waited almost 45 minutes for a burger, when the place was about 75% full, but the bartender let the meal and the first round go on the house, so that evened things out.
the selection is great. there are fifteen to twenty taps (no macros), and around a hundred or so bottles, most they have, some they do not.
the food is standard bar food. do not expect anything special.
overall, this would be an excelelnt place to grab a brew on a slow night, but the more busy it gets, the less apt the bartenders and waitstaff seem to be. , , though still worth a stop for any beer-lover in Chicago. Cheers!
10-19-2008 20:21:56 |
More by botham
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on 8/14/2008
Recently made a mini-beer tour of Chicago following a Sox game. Sheffield's has changed quite a lot from a year ago and the changes are positive. They now have a decent food menu, the outdoor beer garden is spectacular, and there is a "beer school" bar in the back.
The tap selection was fairly small but of incredible quality. Bartender told me that the bar manager never puts anything but American craft brews on tap. That sort of hurts me in my Belgian Ale spot, but I understand the logic.
When I was there they had Allagash, Surly, Bell's, Three Floyds, Anchor, Sierra Nevada, etc. on tap. Bottle selection was way impressive. Prices were not bad (featured draft was Anchor Liberty Ale for 3 bucks).
To my surprise, a couple of the employees have opened a bar within the bar. They call it the "beer school bar", and it is located in the back room. Same establishment, same owner(s), its just a separate bar completely operated by the Sheffield's resident beer geeks. Great atmosphere back there, and some very interesting beers on tap too (different from the front bar).
As for food, I went with a house specialty (pulled poprk) and it was to die for. Great flavor, great sauces. I also had a "curds and tots" appetizer that was really good too.
Bartender was really super nice, knowledgable about beer, and very fast with service.
I will always go back to Sheffield's, so long as it is not the day of a Cubs home game...
08-17-2008 20:13:02 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I popped in here during a layover day in Chicago. Despite being just one block north of the busy intersection of Belmont and Sheffield, it seems like a quiet neighborhood bar.
It was a Monday, around 2pm when I visited, so the bar was not exactly hopping although there were a few patrons and the bar and a couple tables of the late lunch crowd. The bar itself has a great corner tavern look, with a nice shaded beer garden in the back. The bartender was friendly and attentive.
I like how they run the taps--they did not have a huge selection, but most major styles were represented, from several different breweries. I had a pint of Bitter from Surly, and a hefe weizen from Three Floyds. Apparently, they changed the tap selection every month,and since I was there on the final day of June, a couple of the taps were dry (notably the Lagunitas Pilsner).
It seems like this would be a good place to get away from the Bud Light drinking throngs a few blocks north in Wrigleyville--I'll definitely be back the next time I'm in the area.
07-26-2008 14:20:36 |
More by LittleTimmy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Made it out here finally a little while back after being holed up in the map room for the better part of my beer city drinking occasions. Came in during the afternoon with a few people so it was not too difficult to go right up to the bar and order from the friendly bartender. The tap list is nowhere near as expansive as the map rooms but there is clearly a different vibe here. The tap selection was good with offerings from mostly local or near local brewers (Goose Island, Two Brothers, 3 Floyds and Surly) which is nice to see.
The bar is laid out much like that Map Room, which is to say long and narrow but the seating is a bit more comfortable if a bit smaller in size overall and I can only guess as to how crowded it might get if it were not for the expansive beer garden out back. A nice change of pace to be sure but it was a bit of a hike for me to get to and parking was a bit of an issue as well, though there is a brown line stop not far from the bar. Overall I'd say this is a nice place and would not hesitate to go back again.
07-03-2008 00:18:05 |
More by bluemoonswoon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Rule of thumb... don't come here for the food. If you're looking for a really nice biergarten to hang out in after a Cubbies game, this is the place. We made a bee-line for the outside seating and were really impressed with the different taps in two different locations out back. I don't even think we went inside, only to get through to the outside.
I had whatever was on special for $3/pint, but honestly, don't ask me what it was. I just know that it tasted good, was cold, inexpensive, and something different that I hadn't tried before.
Husband and I decided to share some nachos, but learned that we should've stuck with the liquid nourishment.
Overall, a great experience. We too were pretty happy with the booklet they have available to read up on all the different beers they offer.
05-27-2008 18:29:12 |
More by KelleyAnn76
Sheffield's in Chicago, IL
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