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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 132
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
180 N Smith St
phone: (847) 358-9150
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went here last night and had a great time, quite a lot on tap for a suburban bar, lots of huge Great Lakes posters on the wall instead of the traditinal BMC hangings. Quite a few people were drinking the Great Lakes selection while I stuck to a Summit winter pitcher which was pretty nice. The service was a bit slow but only because that place was packed, a nice plus that it is open until like 4am on the weekends, that better than in the city! All around a pretty nice place if a bit expensisve, a jem in the suburbs and a weird mix of a place too.
12-23-2007 17:35:31 |
More by bluemoonswoon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Found this place on beer advocate while staying in Arlington Heights. This place was crowded on a Monday night and we found out why upon entry. This place had something for everyone. Inside dining, outside dining, three full service bars, live music, and did I mention a great selection of beer. I enjoyed a tasty Goose Island Honkers Ale on tap and it went well with my dinner. Atmosphere here was wonderful with a local feel. Food was good and reasonably priced. After dinner we went into the back of the restaurant where we found the stage. It was open mic night and we were thoroughly entertained. If in the area, this is a great place to unwind.
09-05-2007 23:45:16 |
More by mrnate1229
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Missed our train at the Palatine station. Damn. Well, this place is right down the hill...
Nice insides. I'd heard horrible things about the frat boy crowds, the date rape, the perfectly good live acts getting booed off stage for refusing to play Linkin Park covers. Now (4ish on a Wednesday) it was almost completely empty, the XM radio was playing tolerable music at a nice volume, and the bar tender was nice.
They had a wide menu full of nice looking food, but we were a bit rushed so we didn't try any.
The beer selection was nice--not great, but probably the best in the area. Nothing super rare, but on tap there was a beer for every mood, and that's all you can reasonably expect from a place that's a restaurant first and a beer bar second. No beer menus, though--I had to look at tap handles.
Nice little joint to grab a lunch in. I don't like the young people in this area since they tend to rest on either pole of the "intolerable scenster-drunken daterape fratboy" continuum, so I could see this place getting bad once it starts hopping. When it's empty, it's nice.
06-14-2007 22:27:07 |
More by mynie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited thisd place on a recent buisness trip tot he chicago area.
The place is quite big, with a dance club, an upstairs auditorium where concert are heal. We ate in the bar area.
Ammanda the waitress was great and cute. This was only her third day and was apparently tasken off training sooner than expected. Thus we gave her a break on not knowing the beers well. but she tried hard and brought out everthing very quickly.
Beer selection was quite good with, goose isladn, grreat lakes, bell's, victory, boulder, and many more. Several belgiuns were also availble in bottle.
I enjoyed all three appetizers we got for the talbe and my steak was good also. Others at the table did not enjoy the BBQ meatloaf. Feedback on the Jambalaya was good.
I though the place was a l;ittle pricey on the beer side, but genrally as expected or even litle cheap, for food
06-02-2007 18:37:57 |
More by jackorain
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Went here twice while in Chicago for business. Once just for drinks and once for dinner. You walk in and you see this place is quite large. It has an industrial feel with with ceilings, slate floor and wood trim. The hostess station is in front of you, the large wooden, bar to your left. A dining area to your right. Further to the right is a staircase leading to the upstairs bar and dining area overlooking the stage area. The stage area, where they have some sort of live entertainment every night, is past the main bar and through a nondescript grey door. I was there for dueling piano night which was 2 guys singing requested(for a price, of course) pop songs making fun of the audience, which was pretty small. This could be real fun with the right crowd. They also have a large seating area outside both upstairs and down.
Food: Good menu with something for everyone. Their BBQ sauce is quite good. I had it on wings and their meatloaf, both were excellent. Everyone in my group enjoyed their meals and they were pretty cheap for what you got.
Drink: They have quite the selection. Each bar has macros and a wide selection of micros. Lots of local stuff, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Bells, FFF all on tap. In all I'd say they have about 20 micro choices over the 3 bars and 4 macros at each. Then there is their bottle list which is also pretty extensive, for their "Christmas In July" party they had 2005 Founders Breakfast Stout available, too bad I was there on the 26th :(
Service: Bartenders and waitstaff are friendly and attentive, the bar wasn't busy when I was in there so getting another beer was relatively easy. Didn't have any questions for them so I don't know how knowledgeable they were. The owner roams around making sure everything is good, I like when owners are involved.
A good place to get a good, cheap meal and some good beers. Place gets hopping when a band is playing. If you are in the Palatine area it is definitely worth a stop. One downside is it can get very smokey in there. I am spoiled by NY and their smoking ban.
08-09-2006 14:16:08 |
More by jarsh
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I came to this place with a group of friends to see some random cover band... there isnt much to do in the burbs... But i was pleasently suprised with their selection of beers.
Some Bells, Summit, Goose Island, Great Lakes, Rogue, Redhook and a few other new ones to me. (they have a beer list online if you want more details)
The bar is devided into a few separate areas. In the back is where the stage is where you can expect it to be loud as heck when the band is playing, they only have about 8 beers on tap in the back, usually Bud, Goose Island, Summit, and a few others. Up front is the main bar, where all the beers are on tap. Its separated from the back so its usually not loud at all, but the place can be quite crowed at times, and sometimes there is a DJ. If that still isnt relaxing enough, there is an outdoor patio, and outdoor balcony with seating.
When ordering your beer, be sure to go to the main bar if you would like it to be served in the proper glassware for the style of beer you are drinking, otherwise you will get it in a disposable plastic cup.
Most nights the cover is $5, but if you come early, perhaps to get some pub food or something, they usually wont bother you for the cover.
07-12-2005 22:03:18 |
More by circuitmonkey
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Well if you happen to find yourself in Palatine, IL for some bizarre reason, this is the bar in Palatine. This is the kind of place that if you are from Palatine (as I am), you are more than likely to bump into someone you know from high school. They usually charge a cover fee for some crappy band Wednesday through Saturday. However, during the past July, they had Rogue American Amber and Bell's Oberon on tap for $2.50 a pint. I think they also had some Goose Island Honker's, but I was pretty stunned at the opportunity to have Rogue on tap in my boring suburban hometown that I don't quite remember if they did have it. They also have the standard Bass and Guinness in addition to the normal flavorful AB/Miller/Coors variety. During the summer they open up the outdoor patio, so at least you can sit outside and enjoy a good pint. This place really isn't much, but again if you find yourself in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and truly have nothing better to do, this place may do it for you. They are supposed to move locations sometime soon to a new building very nearby (it's less than 100 meters away), so check before you head out.
update- they are at the new location now. It is significantly cleaner than the old joint. The dank is gone, as are the troughs in the men's bathroom (personally, I miss them). The selection has improved, and there's definitely a lot more room to move around.
I went there for dinner with my parents, and we had an enjoyable meal. The food is a step up from pub grub, and the menu even includes some recommended beer-food pairings. The owner is very friendly, he came up and introduced himself and asked how everything was.
As far as the improved selection, they now have 3 Goose Island offerings, 2 Bells, 2 Rogues, De Konick, Delirium Tremens, a couple of Sierra Nevadas (including the Brown Ale), a decent bottle list, and other decent taps that I don't remember off the top of my head. Nothing earth-shattering, but a pretty good selection for a random suburban joint.
Still sucks to have to pay a cover for a crappy band during the busier times, but I'd definitely recommend it for dinner.
11-07-2003 07:16:39 |
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