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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 132
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
180 N Smith St
phone: (847) 358-9150
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it out here this afternoon with my boi VDubb86 after hearing many a good thing (and upon learning that FBS and Older Viz were on-tap simultaneously). It's a fairly quiet place, though, admittedly, we visited around 2:30pm on a day when no live music was scheduled anyway, so take that however you will. The taps were pretty nice, as was the bottle selection. I've seen better on both counts in the area, but this selection is rather sweet regardless. Everything was served, generally-speaking, in its proper glass. My only knock was against the bartender: She was kinda absent-minded when it came to keeping our glasses filled, but she made up for it with a pleasant demeanor and an interest in our note-taking. Overall, this place seems like a good backup destination for the days that The Firkin is either not an option or we feel like a change of scenery. (I'll add that the food sounds pretty tasty, but I've yet to have any. One day...)
10-22-2010 06:15:17 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Durty Nellies is really 2 places in one. On the one side is where they have all of their live music. And as far as the northern suburbs are concerned it's one of the best places you can go for that. However, going on that side for a beer will disappoint you with the lack of beer selection. But if you go into the actual bar area there is a different tune to be heard and that is the second best on-tap selection in the northern suburbs (The Firkin, Libertyville is #1). The atmosphere of this side is quite different, being a stones through away from the Palatine Metra Station, it's got quite a nice feel to it. The quality of the place averages out depending on what you're looking for and for some it might be the perfect location. The beer selection has plenty of craft and microbrews. As far as I know it is one of the few places to get Flossmoor Station and Half Acre beer as well as some limited taps from Goose Island. The food depends on what you get I'd stay away from the fish fry, the others range from decent to good. It's a fairly small food menu so there's not too much in the way of range, but enough choices that you won't leave hungry. My recommendation is to go there at night for a great pint of beer and some damn good live music.
09-08-2010 19:27:02 |
More by Vdubb86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I used to frequent Nellies for a long time. I even lived walking distance from there for awhile. I would always bump into people I went to Highschool with, and that was a reason not to go there. However, there is always good beer on tap, and on occasion, there would be a good band playing. This bar is known for having one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parties in the suburbs. I would suggest going to this bar if you want to get drunk and possibly laid. There's usually quite a few nice looking ladies in the bar.
05-07-2010 07:57:06 |
More by bradleyp
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
A pretty basic commercial bar, with decent decor and selection. Nothing outstanding here, plenty of table seating, but a small bar, and I had to sit behind the taps leaving no room for food, so I didn't get any. The beers on hand were good quality. Nothing outstanding or obviously poor about the service. Basically they asked what I wanted, and served it, no attempt to make me feel welcome or unwanted. A good selection of beers. $6.00 pints which is a bit on the high side for me. Per the menu the prices were about normal, but the beer was overpriced. Overall the selection is worth the visit, but the overall character isn't compelling.
04-16-2010 03:38:08 |
More by claytri
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I first went to Durty Nellies before I was of drinking age. As a non-drinker, the place was so-so. The wait staff is pretty crappy overall. Every time I have sat down to eat and/or drink the service has been mediocre or terrible. The servers come by to take your order, bring you food, and then the check. They rarely know anything about the beer selection and spend a great deal of their time talking with the rest of the servers.
That being said, some of the bartenders are just great. Dan has always taken the time to greet us, and is probably the first person to notice that we were regulars. Some of the female bartenders will remember what your favorite beer style is and can actually offer recommendations. They recently changed their menu and the change is for the better. Their burgers are pretty good, and their mac-n-cheese is my favorite. If I didn't go here for their beer selection I doubt I would ever go. Best advice is to not go when you would expect "party" people to be out. They mob the place and are rude and obnoxious. We go during the late afternoon/early evening during the week and generally have a good time! Always our go to beer place because of its nearness.
01-28-2010 00:27:28 |
More by Bellabananas
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I've been going to Durty Nellies at least once a week for the last two years... don't know why I haven't taken the moment to review it... so here it goes.
A: This is the one thing that annoys me about Nellies at times. It caters to multiple different crowds, and sometimes that means a lot of obnoxious and wasted patrons. If you pick the right time to go (late afternoon/early evening) the atmosphere is great. But if you choose to go on a weekend night, or just late at night in general, the atmosphere isn't as good. The beer selection makes up for what the atmosphere is missing.
Q: Durty Nellies excels with quality. Although they always have 4 or 5 drafts reserved for BL, Budwesier, Guinness, Blue Moon, and Stella, the remaining 20 are always quality. They almost always have at least one Surly on, and had Darkness for over 2 weeks. They do themes with the beer by season which is fun. In October they had "scary beers" (aka stong seasonal ales), in December they had the 12 beers of xmas which is always a stellar line up. In Feburary, they focus on stouts which mean 5-7 stouts on draft. In the summer months, they offer a wide variety of IPAs and IIPAs. Their food isn't bad either. They recently retooled their menu and added an intriguing and well thought out burger menu (ala Kuma's or Bad Apple). The cooks don't always churn out a consistent product (doneness is off at times and sometimes they miss key ingredients) which can be frustrating, but more times than not, the bartender will make up for it. The food is just a bonus on top of the great beer menu. I almost forgot to mention that in addition to the 20+ taps, they have an extensive and good bottle selection.
S: service can be spotty. I have learned to not be seated for table service as the servers aren't as knowledgeable about beer and at times are neglectful of their tables. The bartenders on the other hand are for the most part excellent. I have a few favorites there that make every visit pleasant.
Selection: beer selection is stellar and the best that the NW burbs has to offer (that I have found at least). the food menu constantly changes, and the last change has provided a nice selection.
F: as mentioned under the quality category, the food is good. The new burgers are great, the build your own mac n cheese is good, the pot pie is delicious. Some items are flops though (like the chicken tacos) and the food is inconsistent. The guacomole and salsa can range from delicious to unpalatable due to heavy use of fresh jalapenos. For the most part, the food is an enjoyable counterpart to the beer.
V: two years ago, Durty Nellies had the best prices for craft beer on draft in the area... period. Most imperials and interesting beers were $6 and under. The prices have steadily climbed though to where they are now on par with what you get in the city. There are now lots of drafts that are $7 for a pour. Either way, it changes with the times and is still a pretty good value.
01-10-2010 21:12:45 |
More by homebrew311
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
To clarify, there are two sides to Durty Nellie's. One is the bar/restaurant; the other is a music venue. While it's the same place, the two are separate. The bar calls itself an Irish pub, but there really isn't anything Irish about the place.
The beer selection here is quite respectable with many quality choices both on tap and in bottle. To boot, there is a decent selection of seasonal beers which means there are new beers being tapped on a fairly regular basis. Recent selections included Racer 5, Furious, Bitter Woman and a couple GI's (including Nightstalker).
Service here tends to be quite lackluster. The wait staff appears to be local college kids who are more interested in being local college kids than wait staff. Their beer knowledge consists of little more than knowing that Durty Nellie's does, in fact, sell beer, which should you have any questions about are helpfully listed on the back of your menu. Bartenders have a little more knowledge, but I stress "little."
Food is your standard American restaurant food. It is heavy on burgers and sandwiches, but does have some other offerings. However, the food is average at best, and, from my perspective, is only worth eating after you've downed a couple of their finer beers.
Prices for both food and beer are fair.
In short, go for the beer, eat if you have to, and don't expect much from your server.
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Durty Nellies is my go to beer destination. I'm here at least once every week and I figured it was time for an update to my original review.
First of all, the menu has been revamped. Not a serious overhaul, but its been streamlined and what they're able to better execute the dishes they have. Still bar food, but its better bar food. I actually come to prefer the food here to more expensive brewpub Emmett's across the street.
The beer seems to have gotten better as well. The owner allows Hayden to order some quality rarities to add to the fine regular line up and it is greatly appreciated. I've even noticed them getting in a vintage beer every now or then, as well. Sure there are some Bud products always on tap, but if that is what they need to do to support the craft beer, then I fully understand.
Service has also improved, but its still lacking. Beer knowledge is misinformed, but the service itself is somewhat better, though inconsistent.
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Menu has changed and the food sucks again. Luckily, their beer is still quality.
06-01-2009 17:13:55 |
More by Florida9
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I will say up front that I am a regular at this establishment but also that I do avoid it at certain times.
Food is good, portions are generous and pricing is pretty standard ($8-$9 for most sandwiches with fries). But while I do eat there from time to time I really go there for the beer.
There are 15-20 taps going at any one time, and while some can be discounted (ubiquitous mass marketed lagers) there is always something good. 2-3 are always Great Lakes, three are always Goose Island, Delerium Tremens is on tap year round except for Christmas time when it is Delerium Noel, and then a lot of rotating taps. Maudite from Unibroue, Nosferatu from GLBC around Halloween, Anchor and Bells Christmas, etc. It is a place you can go to once or twice a month and have a completely different beer selection.
Since there is so much rotation of beers, none really ever gets a chance to go stale. Bartenders are helpful though sometimes it is understaffed and you have to wait longer than you might like to get your drink.
Overall, a place I highly recommend if you find yourself in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Variety is the spice of life they say.
12-17-2008 20:00:38 |
More by jkopeny
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been here once or twice with some friends, as it's not too far from my hometown. Having once played in a local band, I come here to check some others from time to time. The design of the place is pretty clever and very spacious even when crowded. The stage view is pretty good - it's hard to get a bad view no matter where you are. I've yet to try some of their food, but they usually have some pretty good deals on their beer and liquor(s). The selection isn't too bad, but it's not as big as some other places that I've been. The staff seem to be pretty friendly for the most part, however, it's hard to converse with them when the band(s) are playing. Overall, it's a great place to go with some friends if you're trying to kill some time. Sometimes there's a cover charge and sometimes there isn't, but it's usually pretty reasonable, sound quality and the bands that play there.
07-21-2008 06:00:01 |
More by diabecktic
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Disclaimer: I have only been here once and will go back next time I stay in Schaumberg.
We showed up and waited 15-20 minutes for a table (no problem it was Friday night). When we were seated the server came over and asked if we wanted something to drink, I loved the selection and wasn't ready to order yet. We saw her again 15 minutes later, at that time we ordered our beer and food. That was the last time we saw her until the bill arrived. Except she was having a really good time in the corner, talking with the other waitstaff, who didn't seem to be doing their jobs either.
Great beer selection, although I only was able to have one (since we didn't receive any service). The food was good standard bar fare, but worth the price you pay. The atmosphere was a loud sports bar feel, but that was ok.
We are in Schaumberg a couple of times a year for trade shows, so I will be back and will be happy to update this if we get better service next time.
04-16-2008 21:12:05 |
More by mnstorm99
Durty Nellie's in Palatine, IL
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