Six of Chicago’s Best Beer Bars

What defines a “Beer Bar” and what makes it better than the rest? Quality or Quantity? Perhaps both. Whether flipping through pages of an extensive beer menu or glancing at the tap station on spotlight, the anticipated first sip certainly meets expectations, especially for those in the great city of Chicago.

Here’s our picks for the Best Beer Bars of Chicago:

Hopleaf Bar – Situated Uptown, Michael and Louise’s Hopleaf Bar serves some of the best Belgian Ale’s around. Although displaying not only Belgian style brew, but also North American microbrews and European ciders and meads, the beer list accumulates to a staggering 400 – spotlighting a proximity of 60 on tap. It’s a beer drinkers delight and a gem of Chicago.

The Map Room – At the Map Room the sense is great pride in American and foreign crafts. It’s apparent and they even host a monthly “Beer School” for the ultimate beer lovers who yearn for an education on the art of craft beer. Offering 36 different brew styles into 200+ different bottles of pleasure, the Map Room certainly meets expectations for its visitors.

Old Town Pour House – With a wide selection varying from Seasonal and Wheat’s, from Lagers to Ale’s, Sweet to Belgian, and concluding with Stout’s and IPA’s, this bar will satisfy your needs upon every visit. Offering 6oz. samples upon a rotating platter, there is no reason to be boggled by the array of the nearly 100 on tap. Even the greatest of King’s find it most useful to divvy up desires.

Quenchers – If it is variety you seek, look no further. Given in its name, this Bucktown bar quenches and suppresses the craving that you sought. Serving over 250 different styles  in bottled form, your perceptual sense of taste will more than likely be fulfilled. To go along with the vast selection of beer, Quenchers offers a nightly line-up of live entertainment and musical talent.

Sheffield’s – Spotted in the Lakeview area, Sheffield’s is certainly no stranger to any “Best of Chicago” list. Serving 40 different draughts, each in special and appropriate glassware, Sheffield’s continues to impress with not only its spectacular taste in liquid form, but additionally with its superior BBQ style food menu. Citing the renown establishment – Beer and Barbeque, what could be better?

Small Bar – It echoes through your head so swiftly – “A small bar on Division street…” Though the name that it bears, it is not to be mistaken with the range of its beer menu. With a tap station of twenty-four, 116 bottles, and 19 cans of beer to date – this location is better known as being a small bar with a large and flavorful selection that serves the community well.

Which of these Chicago bars gets your vote for the Best Beer Bar? See our honorable mention and collection of craft beer bars serving the best beer around!


– barHappy Team

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