Still in their first year, Atlas Brewing Company has quickly become a neighborhood staple, offering an expansive menu of onsite brewed beer, crafty cocktails and a seasonally inspired gastropub style menu. With a cozy side room and connecting hallway to Seven Ten Lounge, it’s the perfect spot for happy hours, parties and anytime gatherings.
Calling all 80’s kids! New fan favorite to the Lakeview bar scene, Headquarters Beercade mixes classic arcade games and an impressive draft and can selection of craft beer. Whether you’re into Donkey Kong or Street Fighter, with over 30 vintage video games, there’s something for everyone. HQ doesn’t have a kitchen, but they’ll let you bring in food from the myriad of surrounding cuisines.
Beer Bistro North has made itself right at home in it’s second location, packing the house for all of your favorite sporting events with their ever impressive list of 100+ craft beer draft and can offerings. Don’t forget to stop by on Tuesday nights, $3 gets you a delicious half pound burger to pair with your beer.
Don’t be deceived by their quiet appearance, The Long Room is a novice on the scene, holding the bar high for surrounding competition where the draft list is concerned. Offering everything from PBR to some of the most amazing Belgian beers you’ll ever have, a vintage photobooth and a beer garden round it out as one of the North Side’s hidden gems.
Northdown is a café and taproom focused on locally sourced, comfort scratch food (with vegetarian and vegan options) paired with a rotating selection of craft beer. This neighborhood spot has some of the most impressive tap takeovers and “Meet the Brewer” events with Ommegang, Founders, Three Floyds and Perennial, to name a few.
A taste of Europe in the heart of Wrigleyville, Blokes & Birds features British gastropub style cuisine, with a hearty selection of Belgian Tripels, Quads, Lambics, Gueuze and many others from around the globe. Join them on Thursday evenings for a $10 weekly beer & burger special or for Acoustic Brunch on Sundays, with live music from 11am – 2pm. Do yourself a favor and try the scotch egg with IPA mustard.
Bar on Buena, sister bar to the Fountainhead, is an Uptown gem. The unassuming bar (literally on Buena Ave) offers a more intimate space than its bigger sibling, but plenty of great beer and whiskey choices too. Get their burger and settle in for a few rounds.
Further north, Andersonville’s Acre impressed last year with their “FauxBAB” barrel-aged beer night. A miniature festival of barrel-aged beers, some rare and delicious high ABV beers made an appearance. A spot that stands out in an outstanding neighborhood, it’s highly recommended for a few good beers and some locally-sourced eats.
Jerry’s Sandwiches is new to Andersonville, a follow-up to their successful Wicker Park location. Playing host to some great events and tap takeovers since their opening, Jerry’s boasts an extensive list of sandwiches and craft beer. What more do you need?
Of course, one cannot use beer and Andersonville in the same sentence without mentioning the Hopleaf. The draft selection is impressive, with many domestic craft and, of course, Belgian beers to choose from. The food is rich; exactly what you want to soak it all up. And while they may not be known for jumping on the bandwagon, quality speaks for itself. Events are year round, but if you’re in A-ville for Chicago Craft Beer Week, do yourself a favor and stop in; your friends will likely have had the same idea.
The Fountainhead, known best for their beer selection, knows how to throw a party. With such recurring events as “East Coast, West Coast, No Coast” and their “It Might Get…” series, plus countless other dinners and tap takeovers, there’s always something to look forward to. With the rooftop open and a new food menu on the horizon, that goes doubly so. Their Local Cask Night has been a highlight the last couple years for Craft Beer Week, so expect to see plenty going on this year.
It’s no great secret that Lincoln Ave is host to some great beer bars, especially around theLincoln Square and North Center neighborhoods. The Grafton, just a short walk from the square, always has some good beers on tap. Enjoy their Irish comfort food to give you that base you need before making your way south on Lincoln.
Bad Apple has an impressive amount of beers on draft and in bottles. You’ll want to stay for a few, though their equally impressive variety of hamburgers is worth the trip too.
A stone’s throw from the Bad Apple is Half Acre. In the past, Half Acre Beer Co has put on some great events, including last year’s epic Craft Beer Week beach party, “The Sands”. Promising to live up to that magical night, you won’t want to miss whatever Half Acre has in store. The tap room makes its beer week debut this year, so if you haven’t managed to get there yet, then there’s no better time to make it happen. Great space, great beer, ‘nuf said.