At this point, even opening a Starbucks with less than 18-20 draft handles seems almost unthinkable on the North Side, but when this spot quietly opened with 50+ beers on tap in June 2014, it immediately added some much needed beer-list-depth to the area. Located in the spot first held by Villains when it was one of the city’s many burger & beer bars, First Draft is the kind of low-key local’s bar that’s also a destination for beer enthusiasts -- every neighborhood could use more of what they’re selling. At a time when many others are trying to be the next tiki bar/food truck/banh mi/fried chicken shack, it’s nice to see a place comfortable enough to just be a really goddamn good bar and grill.
|Venue name:||First Draft||Contact:|
649 S Clark St
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am-2am|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Harrison, Blue to Lasalle, Brown, Orange, Pink, Green to Lasalle/Van Buren. Bus: 2, 6, 10, 22, 24, 29, 62, 130, 146, 850, 851, 855.|
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So many good beer options! Decent place to eat too. The recent menu changes offer some good options, but the food prices are pretty high for mostly standard bar fare.
The best beer selection by far in the loop/S.loop and I put them right up there with anyone in the city. Great space with lots of natural light and and the food is far better than your average sports bar.