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Poor Phil's Bar & Grill
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 70
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
139 S Marion St
phone: (708) 848-0871
(Place added by: RedBaron)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by AylwinForbes:
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The location is quite nice, very close to some of the Frank Lloyd Wright homes that make Oak Park a destination for out-of-towners. On a nice day there are sidewalk tables with sun or shade on quiet streets. It all seems quite civilized. Having found it via BA and done a bit of research on their website, we approached with some anticipation. Unfortunately, we left a bit disappointed, though not out of pocket. It seems to be one of those places that offers much more than it delivers: there is cask beer of the day - though when you ask you find that they are out right now. The beer menu offers a good selection of American brewers but it can be very frustrating because the list doesn't necessarily jive with what they do have at the time. Eventually we went to the bar rather than go back and forth with the waitress in a futile go-round. FFF Dreadnaught!! was on the board; but when it came it clearly wasn't; so another discussion ensued. After all the fuss we were not charged for beer. Food was only adequate; but we didn't experiment with any of the seafood stuff - I would be skeptical.
Okay, I've been a bit negative, but for sure the beer selection beats a lot of places, so we would return if in the area.
05-31-2008 23:46:53 |
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11-27-2013 20:28:54 |
More by carrson
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Great rotating tap of seasonal craft beers. The bar tenders are generally very knowledgeable about the beers. Great selection of bottles as well.
Yes they still carry garbage such as miller and bud light, but their ever changing beer menu keeps you coming back time and time again. Enjoying a Founders Double Trouble IPA as I write this sitting at the bar.
10-04-2013 01:07:53 |
More by pourchoices
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
Poor Phil's is the cheaper of the two restaurant/bars in the Carlton Hotel in Oak Park. Until a few years ago, Oak Park was a largely dry town, and the few bars in the area were nothing special. In the last couple of years the craft beer scene around Oak Park, Forest Park, and Berwyn, IL has exploded, and there are lots of great offerings nearby.
In terms of beer selection, Poor Phil's is definitely the best bar in the area. Two dozen taps plus a HUGE bottle list, including occasional rarities one would normally not find lying around. The bar staff, while not beer someliers by any means, know a good deal about what they have on tap. Service can be a tad slow when they are crowded (happens more often these days) but never all that bad.
The amazing beer selection is reason enough to come here. Sadly, the food is usually nothing special. The hamburger is kinda decent enough, but most everything else is meh. Do come for the annual $9.99 lobster dinner if you find out about it ahead of time. Oh, and the oysters aint bad.
Honestly, it's the awesome beer that makes this place. Always at least a dozen great beers on tap or in bottles -- many of which you wont see elsewhere.
05-24-2013 18:40:54 |
More by electrojosh
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Happened to stop in here a day after a Bell's takeover and they had Hopslam on tap. Score! The tap list is impressive and always changing (or so it seemed). The prices were not bad at all for drinks and beer. The food was tasty - Friday nights is $1 oysters and shrimps, which were both delicious. the buffalo chicken po'boy was fantastic but my wife's fish and chips were not as good however. The batter was soggy and not crispy at all; luckily the fish inside the batter was pretty good. Anyways, GREAT beer spot in Oak Park - definately go here to drink some brews.
03-04-2013 23:55:39 |
More by Buttermilk
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stayed at the Carleton so we could be at a location easy to get to the Brookfield zoo and the L. This place is attached, which was convenient.
Tons of brew and Chicago paraphanalia on the walls. Somewhere between a beer bar and Red Lobster. Staff was descent, though for the crowds vs staff ratio I would have expected better. Good mix of local, regional, national and imports on draft and bottle. Plenty of variety of styles. There wasn't anything that was like wow I can't believe they have this, but a lot of quality stuff. The Evil Twin Biscotti Break was pretty new and they let me know about it as soon as I walked in the 2nd night.
Thought it was a bit pricey, but attached to a hotel and in Oak Park probably explain that. The wine and cheese place is the only other thing in the immediate vacinity, so I'd probably be here alot if I lived in the area.
I wouldn't stay out in Oak Park again unless I had to, but would definetely stay by this again if I did.
08-29-2011 02:45:01 |
More by Bung
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$$
Stopped in here on the way home (sorta) from Maywood. The street was under construction, but that just allowed for a quiet walk from downtown. The place is a strange combination of lobster shack and Irish pub, with all sorts o' random shit on the walls. Not very many people in this day, making for a generally quiet air. I went straight for the bar. About ten minutes later, no exaggeration, I finally saw the bartender for the first time, and he approached me a couple minutes later. I have no idea where he was, as he certainly wasn't looking after the other patrons. He did seem pretty knowledgeable, though, as evinced by his descriptions of the beers to other patrons. The selection presented to me was pretty damn nice, especially for the immediate area, and everything was served in the appropriate glassware. I made sure to finish my first beer quickly, while the bartender was still in sight. My gambit worked, as he relatively quickly got me my second. Unfortunately he vanished again after that. I wasn't in the mood for food, so all I wanted to do was pay and leave, but couldn't do that for almost ten more minutes, when the 'tender materialized from the ether again. The prices were a bit on the higher side, but I half expected that, given the nature of downtown oak Park. Overall, this place is a sort of Jekyll and Hyde establishment: On the one hand, it's got a very solid list of great beers; on the other, the prices are kinda steep and the service leaves much to be desired. If I find myself in Oak Park again, I'd probably stop in to see what they've got, but I wouldn't try too hard to make it back again.
08-02-2011 05:25:32 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I visited Poor Phil's today, partially to eat and have some beers and partially to escape the 95 degree sunshine. This was my second visit to this place.
The interior is sort of a kitschy combination of Florida oyster bar, sports bar, English pub, and Bennigans. Neverthe less it is oddly inviting both day and night - During the day there is lots of light streaming in the windows and lots of window seats so you can watch the world go passing by. At night the place has a warm pub feel.
The beer selection was pretty solid today. The taps were plentiful (over a dozen good craft taps) and there was 2-3 things on there to suit anybody. My wife had the FFF Gorch Fock (x2) and I had Ommegang Zuur followed by Arcadia Hop Mouth on cask. All four beers were served in appropriate glassware and at appropriate temperatures. The bottle list was quite extensive and covered all of the right bases.
Service was hit and miss. Initially the waitress was all over us, asking every 5 minutes if we were doing OK (that was when we didn't need anything). Once our beers ran dry she of course went MIA for a while...
The food was delicious. We had a shrimp ceviche that was great and a fresh seafood plate containing crab legs, crab claws, raw oysters, and shell-on shrimp. Everything was excellent.
Bottom line, this is the best craft beer spot in Oak Park...and fortunately its a pretty damned good place.
07-18-2010 06:53:11 |
More by spointon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was first time visiting Poor Phil's and I wasn't disappointed. I arrived to find a dark bar setting inside with an array of about 8-10 tables outside. I opted for indoors as I had no intention of sampling the food. They had some classic breweriana on the walls with a classy, rich interior decorating.
The service at first was a little slow. It wasn't that busy, but I wasn't noticed at the bar for at least ten minutes. After that initial wait, my beers were poured immediately and an empty glass was noted by the bartender. I was never offered a bottle list or food menu.
The taplist was pretty nice even for Chicago folk who are used to great beerlists. They had Ommegang Zuur, Three Floyd's Pride and Joy on cask and Alpha King, Port Hot Rocks, Surly Abrasive, Tyranena Scurvy, Bear Rep. Hop Rod Rye, Two Bros. Hop Juice, Stone IRS 2008, Atomium Premier Grand Cru, with three offerings from Goose Island on tap.
The prices were pretty reasonable. I had the Abrasive, Zuur, and Hot Rocks, and they were priced $6.5/a pint for each one. I thought it was good pricing for rarer, special beers.
Ultimately, I was very impressed with Poor Phil's, I just wish I lived closer to it. I wouldn't mind trying their food either, which looked pretty tasty.
07-11-2010 22:19:38 |
More by samie85
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in at Poor Phil's today for a quick beer and appetizer. It was fairly crowded in the smallish bar, but it was chilly enough out that everyone was seated inside. U-shaped bar, several tv's, one a "Cubs tv" the other a "Sox tv" to placate both factions.
The seasonal draft selection was pretty good, including about 8 hoppy beers: Gumballhead, 2 Hearted, Unearthy, Racer 5, Hop 15, and several others. Cane & Ebel was on cask, which I wasn't expecting from other reviews. There were maybe 15 or so seasonal drafts that were all quality. The regular list was ok, but nothing too exciting for BAs. Most quality selections were US crafts with a handful of token Belgians (Chimay, Delirium, Leffe, Atomium) and Germans (Hacker Pschorr). Great Lakes, FFF, Bells, Rogue, Flying Dog, Left Hand.
Service was friendly and timely. There was a board with current drafts and beer/food pairings from the staff. We just had the mozzarella marinara appetizer which was ok. Didn't try any seafood. Overall it felt like more of a locals place than a destination, but there was a good seasonal beer selection that would keep me coming back when I was in the area.
08-31-2009 02:28:53 |
More by emerge077
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