Taps: 50 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.72/5 rDev +13.2%
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
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
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
4.7/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Its not easy to describe a place that is really like no other I have been in. It appeals to me in many areas but unfortunately as a suburban dweller I don't get down there as much as I would like, besides before and after the ballgame.
There are 4 separate bar areas, each with quite an exciting supply of American craft beers within. Monthly specials offer a variety of tap beers that usually aren't normally available, so this allows for special tastings at a discounted price, plus the seasonal selection is always huge and usually on tap.
The main bar in front may be a little cramped, but it has the best selection overall, but as you move through the place, towards the rear through a little hallway will put you into the Beer School Bar, which offers its own selection of taps and has an impressive beer can collection, as well as unused taps all around. As you move south the next bar shares the wall with the barbecued meat smoker, and it too has its own beers too. And don't forget the fourth area, the beer garden, resplendent with taps too.
They serve Memphis barbecue and they do it well too.
This is a place worthy of repeated visits, if not to see how well they adapt to the seasons.
01-27-2012 14:34:13 | More by chetripley
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went here for a late lunch. I heard there was some good stuff on tap and was very happy to find Surly 3, Surly 16 Grit, BCS, Omeganaught on cask, etc. The bartender offered me samples of anything I liked, which was great, and made it easy to find something I liked. Ordered lunch, pulled pork sandwich, corn bread, and cold slaw for $5...very good deal in downtown Chicago. The place was empty but i was 2pm on Monday, so I didn't expect it to be packed...just wanted some great beer and good lunch. Overall, very impressed...I'll be back soon!
04-27-2009 22:55:52 | More by Sean9689
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.58/5 rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is definately a great stop while in chicago! there are 3 different rooms as well as a huge outdoor beer garden with an outside bar when the weather is nice! there are also 2 fireplaces as well when the weather is not so nice! They have 40 different taps (bells hop slam and sparkling ale, surly furious, green flash grand cru, lost abbey red barn to name a few) , a cask and about 90 or more bottles! they have a great little beer book that describes all beer styles as well as a short description about all the bottled beers they have. in the "beer school bar" they have a lot of special events like beer dinners and meet the brewer events. I also enjoy that every employee here knows beer! male, female, bartender or server! they are more than happy to help you pick a beer or give you tasters! Their food is pretty good too. everything is smoked right there in the kitchen. Pulled pork with carolina sauce, delish!
a lot of people forget this place has a great beer selection and its not just another wirgleyville bar! Its an average corner bar with some damn good beers!
01-19-2010 23:33:32 | More by ginger420
4.38/5 rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
4.34/5 rDev +4.1%
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
4.3/5 rDev +3.1%
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
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Sheffield's in Chicago, IL
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