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Taps: 18 / Bottles: 150
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]
2771 N Lincoln Ave
phone: (773) 472-2771
Sunday-Friday: 4pm - 2am
Saturday: 4pm - 3am
Sundays in the fall - open at 11am for Buffalo Bills games
*Open 365 days a year
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Delilah's is an odd bird. Where else have you seen a great big lit up red Duvel sign on the roof of a bar? Where else have you seen 1997 and 1998 Westy's for $10 and $12? Where else can you see the DVD version of the movie "Blacula" while drinking any number of aged Fantome beers? Where else has a lamp on the bar made from a circular saw blade and two Catwoman action figures in bondage? Where else does the decor inclue paintings of naked women pointing guns at you?
The place is a punk rock haven that plays music that sounds like my college radio show from the early 90's. However, even though it has all this going for it, the place is waaaay to smokey on a weekend to truly enjoy any of the many hard to find impressive beers they serve. Also, I have had the experience of asking for beer on the menu only to find out they haven't had that one for awhile, and then have it happen again with my second choice as well. They need to reprint their beer menus more than once a year. Also, each time I have visited there I had to send back my glass at least once because it was covered in schmutz and fingerprints. They need to a better job of washing their glassware.
If they would add another smoke-eater downstairs and wash their glasses a little better, I would be there more often. As it is now, Hopleaf or the Map Room win my beer $$$. Oh, and did I mention I practially live half a block from the bar?
04-11-2004 18:57:49 |
More by silenius
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Finally made my way into Delilah's this past weekend following a bachelor party the night before. Someone before me described the place as gritty, and I doubt there's a better word out there. It's kinda small, decidedly dark, and has a definite punk-ish edge to it. Interestingly enough, I got in there just after opening on a Sunday, and "The Empire Strikes Back" was playing on the TVs, already about 15-20 minutes in. Right on. The bartender seemed somewhat terse, not in a negative way, really, just a slightly distant one. I have no real problem with this. At all. Good on ya, mate. The bathroom's mirror is composed of shards arranged close to each other, approximating a real mirror. Adverts sitting around told me to stop in for some psychobilly DJing. Nice. The beer selection was solid, if on the smaller side, but, then again, I doubt they're really catering to the true beer geek crowd: they just like to serve tasty brews is all. There looked to be some nice bottles in the small fridge at the end of the bar (hell, I wanna say I spotted a Cantillon 375ml, but I'm still not sure), but I never got a good look or asked about it. Overall, I really wanna go back. I feel I would really enjoy myself here on a decently regular basis. If only I knew what they had on-tap before heading in...
07-24-2012 01:18:36 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a peculiar place. It is not the general bar I would try, but was recommended as a great selection of beers and I decided to try. It is all black, and very dark, so you cannot really appreciate the colors.
Music is variable, that specific night was punk night, so it depends if you like it - they have different stuff the other nights. The rowd is highly variable, nice looking girls, strange people, a couple of annoying drunks, pretty much everything.
The service is acceptable, Iggy Pop look-alike serves beers and has a good taste, recommends well but does not really describe beers in detail - just like it or don't like it, but everything he likes is really good.
The beer list is very good, and I finally found Sinebrychoff Porter, so the trip was well worth my time.
Would go back.
11-05-2006 03:41:36 |
More by brdc
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Delilah's was on our list of bars to visit while on our trip, but certainly not near the top. We happened to eat at Gino's down the street, so we popped in since we were already so close. Unfortunately, we were told that the upstairs was closed, so the downstairs area was pretty full and smoky. The beer selection was surprisingly good and I ordered a Pride & Joy, a beer that I had been enjoying a lot of that day. Not necessarily a place worth seeking out, but worth while to drop in if you're in the neighborhood.
02-19-2007 19:36:47 |
More by Xadoor
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Interesting place-- very eclectic crowd. This is definitely a punk bar, but with a lot less of that dingy, anarchist feel that makes me want to shower afterwards, and it kept the good music selection-- nothing but the Pixies the entire time I was there.
The bartender was a cool, extremely laid-back guy. Extra points for quality and service for having a really cool bottle-washing device.
Very nice beer list, with a fairly comprehensive Belgian selection. BIG up for the grey market beer selection-- you can get Bell's here, and 750s of New Glarus Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red (albeit at a pretty significant markup.) They've been known to get the Westies and vintage J.W. Lee's here as well, although they were out when I visited. They're also probably the last bar in Chicago to still have bottles of 2006 Bourbon County Stout in May. Also, the whiskey selection is absolutely stunning-- I don't know that I've ever seen better.
05-26-2007 20:04:38 |
More by kajerm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
How very not like everywhere else we've been and will be anytime soon again. Not that I can really ever grow played of the good taps and good bottles bars, it's just that they're mostly similar in disposition and the crowd is generally the same. We beer people seem to be cut from the same general cloth, so to speak. Delilah's however, has a different thing going on. A good punk scene and a surprisingly good beer selection...
A small dark room holds a bar seating 15 along one wall, and 5 tables sharing one long bench along the other. 4 stools in the front window and a table beyond the end of the bar in a little nook. Pressed tin ceiling, exposed ductwork, and ceiling fans, all painted black, and the walls, too, with strung green & red Xmas lighting. Baby skull & monster lantern lights strung about as well. A dozen plus paintings of various size and shape all have the same woman as it's common theme. Yep, local artist, they're for sale.
They've got a collection of DVD's, where they'll just show random movies on the TV's in the corners. Excellent juke box filled with the goods (Clash, Ramones, Talking Heads, Jam, Misfits, Bad Brains, Blondie, Pistols, DK, Bowie, Iggy, Cramps, Devo, Elvis, Black Flag, you get the picture). The bathroom mirror is made up of shards of glass glued together. It provides a very distorted image but I'm still terribly handsome.
Holy shit!! Is that Patty Smith circa '75 over there? Um,... no.
The mirrored back bar is lined with strung holiday lighting and has 2 shelves of booze running it's length and a good collection of bottled imports above. I can see Stille Nacht, Duchess, Rochefort, Boon, Westvleteren, Achel, Fantome, Chimay, Cantillion, Westmalle from where I'm standing.
10 taps. Summit Hefe, Goose Island Honkers Ale, 3 Floyds Pride & Joy, something called the Greg Brown Barleywine '99, Maredsous 8, Leffe, St. B 12, Guinness, Bass & Strongbow.
There's also a small room upstairs with 3 tables, a small small bar with a few taps and bottles, and a pool table.
Great fricken tunes and a solid beer selection. I may be out of my element here but it was nice visiting.
05-21-2005 13:46:48 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
This will be a fairly short BeerFly as we didn't put in a very long session here.
Delilah's was actually a secondary destination for me on this beer trip but our Chicago friends recommended that we hit up the Geno's East and then walk the block over to Delilah's for a beer. Being a Saturday night, this place was beyond standing room only. I was quite surprised by how small it is, although I guess it didn't help that the upstairs was in use by a private party. Cozying up to the bar with our heads a little light after a serious session at the Map Room plus a few Alpha Klaus's at our friends place, I decided to go with the another pint of the fantastic 3 Floyd's Pride and Joy (My roommate from the college days frequently drove up to FFF's just to score some of this nectar and having it on-tap in the apartment kegerator probably single-handedly lowered my GPA by a tenth. Well worth it). The pint was spot on and delivered without wait.
A non-BA friend of mine was more than a bit "happy" at this point and decided to order a good ole Harvey Wallbanger saying that the Golden Girls was his inspiration. The bartender did a double take but got the drink to him in a hurried fashion. The look he provided was well worth the trip. I nursed down my pint enjoying the eclectic jukebox and 70's movie (Nightvision?) showing on the tv's. Finally we decided to call it a night and retire to the hotel to consume a Rock Bottom growler and some Goose Island. I would love to go back to this place during less crowded hours but I left satisfied.
02-15-2007 05:38:48 |
More by soper2000
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
With Judas Priest blaring, not one or two songs but every song, as I enter. The wall painted with naked womenholding guns. But the beer selection is great. Vintage of a lot of them Thomas Hard'ys and such. Crowded, hard to get to bar this night. Food did not try. Service was good considering the crowd. Yet the quality of the expirence was good, Although very smoky. This is one for a unique indiviual. Not just a beer enthusiast. But worth a try if you have time somewhat hard to get to. This would go good after a concert, or before one
11-23-2006 04:39:32 |
More by amatuerbeerguy
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Delilah's could pass for a goth child's bedroom in regards to aesthetics, but comfortable surroundings, friendly staff and a solid tap and bottle list more than make up for that (if you think of that as a bad thing)
atmosphere is pseudo halloween-esque with a bit of hard rock flaire; quite dark with orangish amber lighting throughout. the bar is to one side, with lounge seating in back. and a rail up front looking out to the sidewalk.
quality and service are great. clean glassware, fresh taps and barkeeps that don't mind talking about beer.
selection is great as well. around 20 taps, along with an extensive bottle list which contains an excellent selection of hard to find Lambics (pricey).
overall, this is a worthy stop for those in the area, as well as to seek out when something good is on tap or one is in the mood for lambics.
09-28-2009 22:57:03 |
More by botham
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This bar was a bit of a surprise. Have driven by this place for years
always wanted to see what it was like, and I am glad I did. Fun atmosphere, black walls, weird movie running on the screens. Alt Rockin music playing. Very good selection of beers. It has a very good tap selection of about 15 beers. Lots of Belgium, English German and American bottles to get excited about as well. Met a very helpful bartender that knew a lot about beer and the massive Scotches, Vodkas and Whiskeys that they had. Not like many other beer bars you'll find. It has a city edge to it that I like a lot. Great find, Great bar....GO. CHECK IT OUT
01-03-2007 20:55:00 |
More by brushpig
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