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May 22, 2011 02:04 PM

Best Old School Beer Garden?

Where's the best beer garden within a few miles of the loop for summer time drinks? I'm looking for good beer, good pretzels and sausages, too.

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  1. I'm not exactly sure what "a few miles from the loop" means, but the place you'd like to go is Resi's Bierstube. Lots of sausage and great beer with a very nice biergarten.

    2034 W Irving Park Rd
    (between Hoyne Ave & Seeley Ave)
    Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 472-1749

    Resi's Bierstube Restaurant
    2034 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

    1. Owing to the city's liquor laws, I can't think of too many 'beer gardens'. Plenty of bars have patio/outdoor seating but I can't think of many that would say 'beer garden' to me (Resi's, already suggested, notwithstanding).

      Clark Street Ale House, River North, has a back patio that is completely surrounded by concrete high-rises. It's a nice enough space but the surrounding buildings detract from the experience. They don't serve food (but don't mind if you bring food in).

      Some of my favorite bars with good beer and outdoor spaces include Twisted Spoke (great rooftop deck, decent food, amazing beer list), Cleo's on Chicago (large back patio, okay beer, eh food), SmallBar on Division (small-ish area out front for tables, great beer list, better than average food) and Big Star (limited but well chosen draft options, fantastic cocktails, no sausage other than their Sonoran-style hot dog (ie. hot dog wrapped in bacon in a bollito roll) and large, albeit always-crowded, patio seating out front).

      Twisted Spoke
      501 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

      Clark Street Ale House
      742 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

      1. Have you tried Sheffields? The food is really good, they have a beer garden and the beer list is great. I agree about Resi's if you're leaning towards sausages over beer, there is also Glunz down the street which has outdoor seating, as well as Laschet's, although I'm not sure if they have a garden or not.

        1. A couple of places come to mind:
          - John Barleycorn (Lincoln Park) - I know it's packed with the young 20-something crown on the weekends, but it has a really nice outdoor space and is not that crowded post-work and during the day on the weekend.
          - Uberstein (Wrigleyville) - Also packed on the Cubs game days, but they definitely have pretzels and an outdoor space.

          1. Justin's in Lakeview has a beer garden that gets pretty busy. Love it back there