The number of Chicago bars serving up local craft beer is overflowing. We've selected some of the finest drinking establishments in
Chicago by neighborhood to do the research for you. Now you take care of the easy
part — drinking locally brewed beer from the Chicagoland area that will be sure
to put a smile on your face.
These neighborhood watering holes exemplify everything craft beer bars should be: places where the community gets together to have a laugh
(or two) on a Friday night, a meet-up for an after work happy hour where
"everyone knows your name", where ideas are exchanged and hops are
discussed. In other words, local nirvanas for social nourishment. Bottoms up!
5148 N. Clark Street | 773-334-9851
Bonus outside the beer: The food is pub grub at its finest
Enjoy mussels and frites along with other Belgian-focused eats paired with a massive list
of brews at Hopleaf, nestled in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood.
Hopleaf specializes in bottled Belgians, for which patrons are
encouraged to drink the beers from a glass. Belgian beers especially
have their own distinctive glasses, best appreciated when poured as it
"finishes what the brewer started." The beer produces a frothy head,
releasing its aroma, revealing its beautiful color, and is ready to
Goods & Community Bar
960 W. 31st Street | 773-890-0588
Bonus outside the beer: The music, and the savory pies from next door neighbor Pleasant House Bakery
Packaged Goods is the only beer/liquor store in Bridgeport that focuses specifically on
offering artisanal and craft beers and spirits for sale. Their offerings
change weekly, boasting one of the largest selections of craft beer in the city (bottles, cans and on tap), with a number pushing 450 different beers on their menu. The bar also features traditional
and remixed classic cocktails as well as many liquors, spirits and beverages
locally and regionally distilled and brewed.
Howells and Hood
435 N. Michigan Avenue| 312-262-5310
Bonus outside the beer: The sprawling patio on The Magnificent Mile
Howells and Hood serves the most craft beer on draft in Chicago — 114 unique craft beers flow through 360 beer taps across three separate
bars. The beer list represents all styles of craft beer available worldwide,
and also highlights the best craft beer in Chicago, with more than 20% of the draft
handles dedicated to Chicago craft breweries.
1970 W. Montrose Avenue | 773-697-8204
Bonus outside the beer: The spacious rootop garden
Fountainhead offers an "old world" yet innovative drinking and dining
experience, reflected in its comfortable décor, ambience and fine artisinal food and drink. Take a seat by the fireplace among handcrafted mahogany woodwork, or at the unique,
asymmetrical bar that creates seating areas with individual moods. Fountainhead's
Barrel Room is ideal for small, private gatherings but is available for
public use when not reserved. With co-owner/manager Aaron Zacharias of The Bar
on Buena at the helm, Fountainhead is the destination for the beverage
aficionado on the prowl for their favorite or rare libation, as well as for the
casual customer seeking a new yet uncomplicated hangout.
Beer and Wine Garden
3258 N. Sheffield Avenue | 773.281.4989
Bonus outside the beer: Proximity to Wrigley Field, perfect for the pre- or post-baseball game outing
Sheffield's is the spot in
Chicago for great BBQ food and some delicious brews, with more than 40 taps available. The smokers are smokin', the brisket is bastin'
and the bar is groanin' under sundry succulent slabs of ribs and full pint glasses. Sheffield's smokers churn out the most succulent BBQ pork this side of Memphis. Though you may best know it as a bar and beer garden, Sheffield's is now a fully functioning barbeque restaurant. So while you're savoring a delectable slab of ribs, ensconce yourself in nature in the beer garden with a fine American craft brew in hand.
1949 N. Hoyne Avenue | 773.252.7636
Bonus outside the beer: BYO food, or order in delivery from their collection of take out menus
Though they were newbies without a clue about beer when they first opened the joint in 1992, the folks at Map Room are now seasoned world travelers that partake in brewery tours and sample the finest beer from Austria to Hungary to Quebec. In doing so, they've brought a fresh travel theme to the Map Room in Wicker Park/Bucktown, satisfying a tight-knit beer community from all walks of life.
1227 W. 18th Street | 312-526-3851
Bonus outside the beer: Live concerts in the adjoining music venue Thalia Hall
Opened in September 2013, Dusek's Board & Beer is
a tavern on the ground floor of the building featuring beer-inspired cuisine
from Michelin-starred chef Jared Wentworth. It's made quite a splash since opening its doors, recently being named Chicago Magazine's
Best New Restaurant of 2014.
Old Town Pour
1419 N. Wells Street | 312-477-2800
Bonus outside the beer: Plenty of big screen TVs to catch the game
With more than 90 unique brews to choose from, Old Town Pour House has a tremendous beer selection. Don't be
intimidated, our staff is happy to help you decide. Try one of our rotating
beer flights and enjoy four 6oz tasters from our brewery friends around the
world. Stop in to check out the current selection.
1415 W. Randolph Street | 312-243-3100
Bonus outside the beer: A beer garden that turns into an ice curling rink in the winters
From the creators of
Paddy Long's a new love child has been born, Kaiser Tiger — Home of Sausage,
Bacon and Local Beer in the heart of the West Loop neighborhood. With a menu
item called "The Bomb," which fittingly serves six to eight Vikings and a sausage
on their menu named "The Justin Bieber," described as a "Big White Brat," you're
going to need a few hefty local brews to wash it all down.
Want to explore the beer scene more in depth? Take one of the many brewery tours or plan your trip around a beer tasting festival. Get the lowdown on all things ale-related at choosechicago.com/craftbeer.