Friendly neighborhood bar offering small plates, wine, more than 90 rotating craft beers, small-batch spirits, and craft cocktails.
Small plates and extensive beer and wine lists, including 40 craft beers on tap.
Upscale pub featuring house-made sausages and 32 beers on tap, with more than 60 available in bottles.
English-style pub with karaoke.
The onetime In Fine Spirits has another successor in this gastropub/modernist restaurant.
Gastropub featuring craft beers brewed on-site (including growlers to go).
"Farm-to-tavern" restaurant and bar with an extensive beer menu.
Bar from the Big Onion Tavern Group, featuring 50 beers on tap and scores more by the bottle.
Gastropub with upscale bar food including oysters, frites, and game.
American gastropub in the former 42° N Latitude space
Brewpub from Rock Bottom vet Pete Crowley.
Links Taproom is more bar than restaurant; the food seems to be there solely to line the stomachs of patrons, allowing them to absorb some of the 36 beers and three wines on tap. There's no table service, and the left side of the menu covers a somewhat alarming range, from shrimp cocktail to hummus to Caesar salad to empanadas to fried smelt. The right side of the menu, devoted to house-made sausages served with myriad toppings, is more promising. The Deer Creek sausage, a venison link with cherry cider compote, pickled vegetables, and arugula, was pleasantly gamy, but an even better bet is the bratwurst, made with veal and pork shoulder; we opted for the caramelized beer onions and stout mustard on top. Links boasts that its fries are hand cut, but the thin strips of potato that arrived could have used a harder fry, and once they got cold not even the dipping sauces—we chose goat cheese-garlic and bourbon barbecue—could make them appealing.
Pleasant House Bakery supplies the food at this Randolph Street bar, which has capitalized on the West Loop’s popularity as a dining destination, positioning itself as a place to get pre- or postmeal drinks and snacks. If you're familiar with the meal-size pies that Pleasant House serves at its Bridgeport restaurant, you may be surprised by the shrunk-down version here, a hockey puck less than half the size of the original (though the $8 price tag is the same). Fortunately, the quality is unchanged, the crust light and flaky. We had less luck with the bland vegetarian chili, but Welsh rarebit—thick slices of toasted bread generously topped with beer-cheese sauce and broiled—was satisfyingly savory. For dessert there's exactly one option: two oatmeal lace cookies with dark chocolate sandwiched in the middle. It's buttery and surprisingly light, just the thing to order if you want a little something sweet but don't have room left for a whole dessert.
Upscale River North pub from the owners of Bull & Bear.
Logan Square's first Bavarian-style beer hall.
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