Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Bars , Gastropubs West Loop
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Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Photograph: Michael Jarecki

There’s no doubt Pete Crowley is a great brewer—the former Rock Bottom brewmaster probably had to put an addition onto his house for all of the awards he’s racked up at beer competitions. But a great brewer isn’t the same as a great bar owner. Crowley’s break-out effort, Haymarket Pub & Brewery, takes up the Randolph and Halsted corner that Bar Louie gave a go: a massive space filled with a jumble of high-top and low-top tables and dark wood that melts into rust-colored walls. It’s generic, with no decor details to pull off an identity, and the Any-Bar-&-Grill-USA feel isn’t helped by the staff: In a city packed with beer-geek bartenders, Crowley hired college-aged kids who don’t know a thing about beer. In addition to not being able to represent the brewer’s hard work, the staff can’t handle Haymarket’s amazing bottle list, either. (After making up a few nonsensical answers to my questions, one bartender finally deferred to a coworker who was “a beer guy,” who explained that Brasserie Dupont’s Bon Voeux and Moinette are “the same, except one’s in a bigger bottle.” They’re not.)

So I settled in with tastes of each of Haymarket’s seven beers on tap. Some were great (the Mathias Imperial IPA and Oscar’s Pardon Belgian Pale Ale) and some were a little haphazard (the syrupy Mother Jones Dubbel and the watery Speakerswagon Pilsner). But while the majority of the beer lineup is solid, the same can’t be said about the food. A full-flavored medium-rare burger was the sole standout in a crowd of flaccid frozen fries, pasty mac and cheese, purchased pizza dough with no rise and dry housemade sausages. As much as I wanted Crowley’s spin-off to be a hit, it’s more like a repeat: We’ve all seen this show before.

Venue name: Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Contact:
Address: 737 W Randolph St
Chicago

Cross street: At Halsted
Opening hours: Sun–Fri 11am–2am; Sat 11am–3am
Transport: El stop: Green, Pink to Morgan/Lake. Bus: 8, 20, 56.
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Madeline N
Tastemaker

If you're looking for a stellar beer list and plenty of tables for you and your friends to grab definitely check out Haymarket. They have arguably the best list of beers in the west loop, and their food is pretty great as well. 

Erin Delahanty
moderatorStaff Writer

With an overabundance of too-long lines in the West Loop the massive space of Haymarket means it's likely you'll find a space inside. The hefty beer list is inviting no matter what your preferences and the menu of mostly fried snacks will help soak up the booze.

sara f

This brewery is huge and the beers are great. I like sitting at the high-top tables outside with a few people. I suggest ordering one of the flatbreads-- I've had them all and they're delicious.