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Jan 7, 2010 09:08 AM

Good restaurant with good beer list?

Can anyone recommend a really good restaurant with a good beer list?

Places like Hopleaf, the Publican, Piece come to mind, but most restaurants seems hit or miss, or have 5 good beers but devote most of their attention to wine. Basically a place that isn't known for being beer-centric, but has a good beer list anyway.

Location and type of food are not a factor.


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    1. The Tiny Lounge on Leavitt at Montrose and Lincoln serves pretty decent food...last time there, I had a BBK, NICE!! Great staff, pretty good upscalish small plates lounge menu, inventive drinks (best made when not so crowded), and decent beer selection.

      For more great beer later that night, check out the Huttenbar in Lincoln Square and The Globe Pub in North Center. Both places atract a fun and eclectic crowd.

      I second the rec for The Gage!

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      1. re: amoncada

        Sounds awesome. That's in my hood so I'll be going there, and the other places you list are in heavy rotation as well for me. I'd also include Glunz and Resi's. Not as many people, but really good german food, particularly Resi's.

        1. re: Shaggy

          From the hood eh? Yep, I'm a big fan of Resi's too. Never been to Glunz's, but I hear good things about it. Speaking of German food, also try Mirabels on St. Louis and Addison...although it's been a while so I can't vouch for the food. Great beer, great local 'regulars' crowd.

          If you haven't been, I've had very good Indian food at Essence of India and Iraqi (former cook from Babylon in chicken, beef, or lamb Shawerma in town!!) cuisine at Mediterranean Grill, both in Lincoln Square on Lincoln at Wilson.

          1. re: amoncada

            For something different, Brasserie Jo has really expanded their beer offerings.

            1. re: amoncada

              Amoncada - I ate at the former restaurant (can't remember the name) that Mediterranean Grill is at now and I found it horrible. But M.G is good? That is excellent news. The prices look fair (I walk past there all the time) and BYOB to boot. I'll have to check it out. In this weather, walking to Kedzie can be a chore. Thanks for the recommendation.

              1. re: lbs

                Yeah, that place was pretty bad...and so were the previous couple of restaurants.

                Mediterranean Grill is pretty fantastic!!! Try their lentil soup, green potato app, and the chicken shawerma, YUM!!

        2. Hopleaf is a awesome beer bar with great food.
          Andersonville is a cool neighborhood too!

          1. Goose Island on Clybourne has been working hard on its menu lately. You might want to give it a look, since the beers are always worth sampling:


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            1. re: jbw

              Try Hop Haus on Franklin and Erie. Nice selection of beers and very good bar food. Beers range from De Koenigshaven Belgium to Doggie Style Ale.
              Tons of specialty burgers, big salads, and other items that are always very good. Don't expect haute cuisine but it's one of my standards for Saturday football or weeknight basketball. Turns into a psuedo (read, cheesy) club-type place thurs-sat nights after 10.

              1. re: jbontario

                I remember the club thing at 10, it's weird right? I agree about the beer and food, a great fall back, until 10 that is.

            2. Crust in Bucktown has a good selection of local and regional beers as well as some pretty good think crust pizza.

              Also just ate at State and Lake at the Wit hotel. Large selection of beers on tap and more in bottles. Decent food as well.

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