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Taps: 27 / Bottles: 132
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
180 N Smith St
phone: (847) 358-9150
(Place added by: Dogbrick)
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| Reviews: 27
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Impressive draft list, high quality options like Zombie Dust, Off Color Troublesome, Ale Syndicate Municipal IPA, and more. Well organized bottle list, broken out by style. Not many places do this... a really impressive list with options for most every style.
Patio in the shadow of the Metra tracks, well shaded with umbrellas and trees around. Inside, the bar was to the left, and had a looming back bar with impressive styling. Lots of tvs placed high around the bar area, natural light coming in the front windows.
Around 3 in the afternoon we were joined by children in the bar seats next to us... granted they were well behaved, but this isn't Wisconsin (where that's legal). Never expected to see kids sitting at the bar, especially when there were dozens of empty tables in the dining area and around the bar.
Overall this place has a great beer list, the atmosphere left a little to be desired, bit service was good. Walking distance from Emmett's, Bauer's, and Cardinal if you have time to kill in the area.
08-18-2013 03:33:44 |
More by emerge077
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Durty Nellies is located close to the train station in downtown Palatine. There are lots of new condos nearby, so they should have a good close in base of business.
There is a small parking lot & patio out front.
It is a really nice space. They have an impressive ceiling height (20 plus feet), nice windows/light, dark wood, well-worn wood floors and strategically placed big screen T.V.s. The bar runs alongside the south end of the main room. They also have a second story with another bar and a band room.
They offer a good tap list. There are 6 regulars and by my count 25 rotating taps. Lots of locals (Revolution, GI, 3F) plus other Midwest favorites. They also have a huge bottle list broke down by style. It is Impressive in scope, size and quality. I think the beer choices are well thought out and decently priced.
The food menu is large with lots of burgers, sandwiches (house made corned beef!), salads, appetizers and entrees. You should find something you like.
It is Beer centric in focus and service. Every town deserves a place like this.
12-19-2012 20:20:17 |
More by Redrover
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
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: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it out here this afternoon with my boi VDubb86 after hearing many a good thing (and upon learning that FBS and Older Viz were on-tap simultaneously). It's a fairly quiet place, though, admittedly, we visited around 2:30pm on a day when no live music was scheduled anyway, so take that however you will. The taps were pretty nice, as was the bottle selection. I've seen better on both counts in the area, but this selection is rather sweet regardless. Everything was served, generally-speaking, in its proper glass. My only knock was against the bartender: She was kinda absent-minded when it came to keeping our glasses filled, but she made up for it with a pleasant demeanor and an interest in our note-taking. Overall, this place seems like a good backup destination for the days that The Firkin is either not an option or we feel like a change of scenery. (I'll add that the food sounds pretty tasty, but I've yet to have any. One day...)
10-22-2010 06:15:17 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Durty Nellie's is located right across the street from the Palatine Metra Station. A nice area overall with newer construction built to look like it's been around for decades. This place is connected to a small music venue/theater. A large, open, high ceilinged seating area makes up the restaurant with a smattering of TVs behind the bar playing Sporstcenter. The whiskey, rum, tequila, and other booze seemed to be pretty run of the mill but the taplist was pretty impressive.
25-30 taps make up the beer selection with 7 or 8 being mainstays (Daisy Cutter and some macros). The other 20+ taps are rotating. There was a nice selection of styles and breweries available. Off Color Troublesome, Solemn Oath Grumpess, Anchor Zymaster Saison, and Gumballhead were a few of the taps available. Zombie Dust and Akari Shogun were listed but, unfortunately, sold out The bartender was helpful and talkative apologizing for being out of a couple things although there was plenty to drink anyway. Prices are in-line with Chicago prices. Most pints run in the $6 range while some smaller pours of bigger beers go for around $8.
I wouldn't go so far as to say Durty Nellies is cookie cutter but there's not a whole lot of character. That's the only real knock I have on this place. The taplist is well thought out and the beer seems to be well cared for. The bartender was friendly and there was a good selection of locals. Durty Nellies is certainly worth a stop if in the area.
08-24-2013 18:31:27 |
More by joe1510
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: 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: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
huge place, most of the times i've been here they've had bands playing in a cavernous area on saturday nights and usually jampacked. nothing special about the decor. this place caters to all kinds, mostly i think to youngish people looking for a night out and random entertainment. i was shocked, therefore, to see that they had a decent tap selection, mostly american crafts and some usual bmc suspects. gumballhead has usually been on when i've been here, which is a big plus for me. nice bottle selection. glassware was nothing special, just your standard shaker pints, although they do have some other glassware for belgians, etc. i haven't eaten here but it looks like your standard bar food. if you are coming here for the beer i suggest not going on a saturday night. hard to judge service since the times i've been here it was crazy busy.
02-05-2011 23:40:24 |
More by MrMcGibblets
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
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 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Very nice exterior and interior. They have remodeled this place since I was in high school, looks great. Plenty of live music, especially on weekends.
The wait staff were fine, not bad nor good. The 2 times I have visited this place, they had a very low beer IQ.
The beer tap selection is rotating and very nice. The US craft beers were current simple styles to extreme, plus nice import selection to choose from on any given day. I would say Firkin (Libertyville) is better, but this is right below it.
Pretty standard pub food, a few delicious gems. The menu can satisfy anyone of your friends.
GOOD BEER BAR, CHECK IT OUT!
04-28-2011 15:53:12 |
More by BeerLover99
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