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Taps: 50 / Bottles: 165
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
3258 N Sheffield Ave
phone: (773) 281-4989
Sunday - Friday: 11:30am - 2am
Saturday: 11:30am - 3am
"Beer School Bar" (in back) opens at 6pm.
Monday-Thursday: Full menu until 12am.
Friday & Saturday: Full menu until 1am.
Sunday: Full menu until 11pm.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 44 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
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: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Rule of thumb... don't come here for the food. If you're looking for a really nice biergarten to hang out in after a Cubbies game, this is the place. We made a bee-line for the outside seating and were really impressed with the different taps in two different locations out back. I don't even think we went inside, only to get through to the outside.
I had whatever was on special for $3/pint, but honestly, don't ask me what it was. I just know that it tasted good, was cold, inexpensive, and something different that I hadn't tried before.
Husband and I decided to share some nachos, but learned that we should've stuck with the liquid nourishment.
Overall, a great experience. We too were pretty happy with the booklet they have available to read up on all the different beers they offer.
05-27-2008 18:29:12 |
More by KelleyAnn76
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
My first time at Sheffield's proved to be a mixed bag. As the last "official" stop on the CTA pubcrawl it may not be entirely fair for me to review this place given our, ahem, status. Still, my initial impression was that I liked what I saw; a typical/appealing long bar stretching the length of the front room leading into a more ornate, formal wood-lined room. There was a beer garden off to the side not open just yet (still a bit chilly up here) that looked like it's worth revisiting in the warmer months. The group was offered a terrific deal on GI Imperial IPA bottles but I was wanting to stay with choices on tap and didn't want such a high ABV brew that late in the evening. I chose a SN Celebration Ale and was really taken aback when it was served to me in a plastic cup. I don't want to harp on this too much as the bartender was all of a sudden hit with a gaggle of well-lubricated BA's at once and perhaps didn't have a glass at her disposal at the very second I ordered. Still, I ended up being the only person given plastic and when I asked about it she told me essentially to stop whinning because the plastic cup "holds 2 more ounces." Well, a Nalgene would likely hold a lot more than that but I don't want to drink beer out of it, tu comprend? Anyhow, this was a well above-average beer bar and a surprisingly sophisticated one for the yuppie/party neighborhood in which it's located.
03-12-2007 01:33:23 |
More by malcontent
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Met some friends here for a couple this past friday night. We may have lucked out on weekend crowds by showing up around midnight.
The front of the bar is dim, and nicely decorated with wood, with a few taps on display, this particular night, bourbon county stout being one of note.
My friends saw me and waved me into the second room, where a smaller bar with several taps awaited. Port 3rd anniversary, and La Folie were waiting on me. $6 pour for each, and the La Folie was in its own glass, and comparatively, a huge pour. Awesome.
I felt the urge to revisit the BCS, as having it on tap before had proven unbelievably fiery, and my fairly small wine glass ran $10.
I was a bit confused how I could have a huge pour of awesome beer from CO for $6 vs a locally made, widely distributed one for $10. Ohh wells.
The bartenders seemed average. I don't think the girl in the back knew much about beer, but we didnt need the help. The guy in front seemed like your average sud-slinger.
Of note, when getting close to closing time, the staff/bouncers took on quite an unfriendly shine. I understand it's their job to clear out, but there are better ways of handling the situation, and there was plenty of time left (time enough for the tender to pour me a BCS).
I will be back to check out the selection. The calm, dim vibe of the back (and front, really) made for a nice setting to have a few with friends.
08-10-2009 18:22:32 |
More by ShareANevada
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Stopped off here while my fiancée was at class at Depaul as I needed some place new to go other than GI Clybourn.
Overall, this was a nice small bar tucked away on a corner on Chicago's North side. The bar has the aforementioned sign that you need 3 photo IDs. When I saw this, I thought to myself who actually has that many, but I think that is up more to scare away underagers than anything else as the guy took one look at my one Id and then let me in. The main sitting areas has a few booths, a few small tables and the bar. Outside in the back they have a beer garden that has picnic tables and another bar. This bar also has some different brews that the one inside so it is worth looking outside to see what they have. I was there at the time a cubs game just ended so on the whole, the crowd was yuppie, north side cubs fans, but given the neighborhood that is what I would expect to see most of the time.
I didn't try the food but they have a limited menu which revolves around a BBQ pit. Check it out on there website if you are planning to go. I didn't really see anyone eating there; only drinking. The one thing that I did like was that they had a little book that they called their beer almanac that described all of the beers that they have on tap and gave their ABV and country of origin. They also had about 15 taps and when I was there they had 3 New Holland beers on tap, Surly Furious, Allagash White, PBR, North Coast Old No. 38 Stout, SN Porter, Redhook ESB, and Laguintas Brown Sugga and Pilsner. Overall, I'd say this is a good place to stop by and have a drink with a friend since it is a relaxed atmosphere and has some good brews.
04-03-2008 14:33:36 |
More by jeonseh
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
It's the atmosphere of the place that will give it high marks. I don't know how I'd rate it if I'd stumbled in during the winter months, but I didn't...I came during the summer, so that's the review.
Loved the beer garden, but the requirement of plastic out there, understandably, will lower the overall rating. Good beers simply don't belong in plastic cups. However, the outdoor area is a very cool place to hang, with about 12-15 picnic tables, some cool elevated 7-person tables and an outside bar. Additionally, massive windows make up one "wall" of the garden as a view inside. The inside had books, board games, and several newspapers available to read.
Approx. 12 beers on tap, all appeared to be american and regional. Curiously, they had different things on tap outside, so if you wanted to avoid the plastic, but wanted something on tap outside, you were sorta SOL.
Seems to be in a cool neighborhood...far enough away from Wrigley that you won't be inundated with the postgame crowds.
08-07-2007 17:04:48 |
More by PudTinkler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
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: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by here for a Founder's beer dinner. I thought it was my first time there, but I released I had been there years before once I stepped outside into their beer garden.
The layout of this place is large. Various rooms with different bars and tap towers. They also have an outdoor area which I mentioned above.
Service was fairly fast and friendly. Our food came out quickly and really hit the spot. The beef brisket was a little fatty, but still tasty. The vibe was a little bit better than I thought it would be since it's so close to Wrigleyville.
The selection is better than most bars in the area and it focused on American craft, Midwest, and Chicago locals.
I'd avoid it on the weekends, but I wouldn't mind stopping by during the week if they had something special on tap.
08-04-2009 23:37:52 |
More by beertooth
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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: 4.5 | 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
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