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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3258 N Sheffield Ave
phone: (773) 281-4989
Sunday - Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3am
"Beer School Bar" (in back) opens at 6pm.
Monday-Thursday: Full menu until 12am.
Friday & Saturday: Full menu until 1am.
Sunday: Full menu until 11pm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Sheffield's is a bar filled with friendly bartenders and more often than not, friendly people. Of course, along with it must come friendly beer.
Sheffield's selection was something of a point of frustration for me over the years. Not because it wasn't good, it was actually really good. But I felt they could take it to another level. Not an easy thing to do considering you are in Wrigleyville.
Well, they recently did it. Their selection has become outstanding. It still falls short of Map Room and The Hop Leaf, but considering the Wrigleyville factor, they are really kicking ass.
The atmosphere is chill and the bar is huge. The front bar alone is nice. But when you step into the back it opens up to two more bars. One of them can be a room booked for private parties. That room is only open for special events and exceptionally busy nights like Friday and Saturday.The very back room contains a pool table and a lounging area.
They serve no food, except for free chile on Sundays for football. The people behind the place are starting to get creative with doing in-house special events such as the chile cookoff that happens from time to time on Sundays.
They also don't mind you ordering food in. To assist you, they even have a big ass book of menus.
Sheffield's is a place you can't miss if you are a beer fan in Wrigleyville and someplace you should visit from time to time regardless. Just avoid it after Cubs games if you aren't down with a large and sometimes terribly annoying crowd. Saturdays are usually packed. Friday's more reasonable. Every other day is rather chill with a few exceptions.
In the warmer months, the beer garden is outstanding. It can get extremely packed. But a Sunday evening in the garden is hard to beat.
Check out their website and join their mailing list. They will keep you informed of the special events which also include beer release parties. Bells and Goose Island do a fair number of release parties there and I wouldn't be surprised to see more happening in the future.
12-22-2005 03:06:16 |
More by TheLoneGunman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
We chose to take in Sheffield's, or maybe Sheffield's chose us, to wind down a very long day of brewery, brewpub and bar activity. From Goose Island, we lightly stumbled off the beaten track and then back to it again, but we eventually found the right corner, and as it turns out, the right bar...
The bar runs deep. Back bars and secret bathrooms and a beergarden, it's all here. There's so much going on here, I don't know where to begin.
The front room holds an "L" shaped wood bar seating about a dozen, plus a bar counter in the front window, 3 bar tables, and an elevated perch with a bench beneath a side window. The bar back is a mirrored wooden unit sporting booze. Walls are yellow uppers with large wooden letters displaying the word "CHICAGO", and good sized paintings on the far walls. Pressed tin ceiling, opposite corner TV's, spot lights over the bar, ceiling fans, and bottles over the exit to the side beergarden. Signage states "Beer of the month: Goose Island Honker" and "Bad beer of the month: Old Milwaukee". 18 taps and a cask (Bells 2 Hearted) up front here. The bartender looks like Paquette's avatar photo.
A corner doorway leads you to another room with a small 6 seat copper arch bar with 6 taps, booze in cupboards. The tap & bottle selections are shown on blackboards. Decent Belgian/French prints here and I'm sure Kiss' "Back in the NY Groove" is playing overhead.
Beyond this bar is a small game room to the far rear with a pool table, Phil's golf game, a pinball machine, some couches and nice framed 11" X 14" black & whites here.
Off the rear bar to the side is another room with a small 8 seat corner bar with 8 taps, and about 40 bottles listed (Duvel, Chimay, Unibroue, Lindeman's, Sam Smith, Rogue, DogFishHead, Anderson Valley, Allagash, Sierra Nevada). Brick block floor, a large bar unit with shelved booze, fireplace, low track lighting, and a pair of tables near the glass doors that look out into the beergarden.
Beergarden was closed tonight but it holds a bar with 8 taps, a dozen tables and some benches. Some good space out there.
All in all, 40 taps (18 in the front, 6 to the rear, 8 to the side and another 8 outside) although a bunch of them overlap. Plenty of Goose Island, Bells & Three Floyds here, and I know I saw Victory, 2 Brothers (Wit was excellent), Monarch, Lakefront, New Holland, Summit, Sierra Nevada Brown Ale, Stoney Creek Vanilla Porter, St. B and a whole lot more. The only crappy macro I saw across the whole place was PBR.
A surprisingly good place. Kind of snuck up on me. Nice mixin' it up from bar to bar, room to room. A good goose compliment.
05-23-2005 03:03:10 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
We stopped here for a Bell's Oberon release party.
Atmosphere: This place felt nice. When we first walked in (around 6.20 pm), most of the area in the front bar was roped off. We snuggled into the bar and realized that most of the roping off was because the staff needed full access to an ice machine. Needless to say this was disconcerting when we first walked in as new customers (when we saw very few places to sit), but it was understanding when they explained the situation.
After heading to the restroom you realize that there is a lot more to this place than the main bar at the entrance.
The quality of the beers that we tried was great. We were mostly drinking extremely fresh Oberon. But we both tried a Dogfish Head 60 Minute and another Bell's beer as well. All of the beers tasted the way that they should.
The service was definately quality as well. Both bartenders were very attentive (at the front bar only - we didn't try any of the other bars) to our beer drinking needs.
The selection was nice. There were 15+ taps that varied, but were mostly quality micros. Most seemed to focus on American breweries, which I like.
We didn't try any food. I'm not sure that any is actually offered, but there was an appetizer buffet available in the back.
This is definately a spot that I will try again. There is at least one spot in my neighborhood that I like more, but I will stop here if I need a beer in this neighborhood.
04-01-2005 04:54:08 |
More by beerinator
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A wonderful pioneering beer bar located in the Lakeview neighborhood and just a short walk from Wrigley Field. Sheffields was one of the first real beer bars in Chicago. Even in the late 80s & early 90s this was a place to come for good beer. Im glad they continue to be successful!
They have a great antique bar and nice high ceilings. This place has always had funky artwork from local artists. Also has a small cabaret for performance art. Not your typical local bar here. One of the most outstanding features is their large & lovely beer garden. Truly an oasis and a great place to spend time.
Beer selection is great. Plenty of innovative tap & bottle offerings. I have seen Rouge, Goose Island, Greys, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, Bells, etc on Tap. They also have some of the usual suspects like Bass & Guinness. Tap lines seem to be well taken care off, beers poured at correct temperature. One thing I always liked is that they have some cheap forgotten macro on special. It could be something like Rhinelander, Blatz, etc.
Service from the bartenders is usually top notch. Wait Staff is decent. Every so often you get an attitude from someone who does not want to be bothered from his or her reading or conversations.
This is a great bar and easy to get to. It is located only about 1 ½ blocks from the Belmont El stop. Give this one a try!!
03-20-2003 08:42:18 |
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