The Radler | Logan Square | German/Austrian, Craft Beer | Restaurant
Logan Square's first Bavarian-style beer hall.

Our Review

With its dark wood floor and furniture, exposed-brick walls, and trio of handsome grandfather clocks behind the bar, this Bavarian-inspired beer hall wouldn't look out of place in 19th-century Germany. But Nathan Sears and Adam Hebert (both formerly of Vie) have set out to "update" German food by using local ingredients and tweaking classics, often to make them a little more upscale. The menu, which advertises "fresh sausage and aged beer," is divided into "snacks," "the best," and "the wurst." To follow suit, the "best" of the Radler is the food, the alcohol, and the service—most of the important parts, really. The "wurst": When full (and on weekends it will be), the restaurant is extremely noisy. And the prices, while not outrageous, aren't cheap—entrees are around $15, but add on a side dish or salad and it'll cost you another $6 at least. As will a pretzel, albeit one with blackberry jam and barley-malt butter, the latter nutty, slightly sweet, and downright magical. The Radler's four wursts (thuringer, knockwurst, boarwurst, and weisswurst), fine specimens of encased meat, also come with house-made accompaniments. For those who aren't interested in drinking beer with their pretzels and sausage as the good lord intended, there's a brief selection of wines by the glass and boozy cocktails. Read the full review >>

Julia Thiel

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Logan Square's first Bavarian-style beer hall offers a changing locally brewed "haus" beer engineered to pair well with food and not fill you up too much should you opt for a liter rather than a half-liter stein. (It's also used in the house radler, a combination of beer and lemon soda that's also known as shandy.) A dark, roasty dunkel weiss brewed by Lake Effect was both food friendly and seasonally appropriate; the 20 taps include a few other locally brewed German-style beers (and several non-German ones) as well as a half-dozen brews from Germany and Austria. For those who aren't interested in drinking beer with their pretzels and sausage as the good lord intended, there's a brief selection of wines by the glass and boozy cocktails such as the Tourist (Espolon reposado tequila, St-Germain, yellow chartreuse) and the Corpse Reviver No. 2 (Beefeater gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon), both intensely alcoholic but well balanced, and barely sweet. Bar hours are Tuesday-Thursday till midnight, Friday and Saturday till 2 AM, and Sunday till 11 PM. —Julia Thiel

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