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Public House

Bars, Sports Bars River North
4 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)
Public House's Burger
Public House's Burger

Time Out says

The glitzy sports bar from the Bull & Bear folks is a hit—and why not? The food—pretzel with cheese fondue, burgers with crispy fries, desserts by corporate pastry chef Amy Arnold—is as good as you could eat while the game is on. The awesome beer list makes the extensive offerings accessible via icons that even denote what kind of glass each brew is served in. As for the much buzzed-about table-taps and wall-taps (yes, that’s beer taps built into the walls), our server was so on top of her game, we’ll gladly leave those to the high rollers.



Address: 400 N State St
Cross street: at Kinzie St
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 22, 29, 36
Price: Average beer: $7.50
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11:30am–2am
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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Picture this: an average, entirely-expected bar-restaurant that serves over-the-top American food and a limited number of craft beers to your typical River North patron in khaki shorts. Unlike many of its other River North counterparts, Public House ranks at about half-douche, as compared to full-douche, and does its job of serving as a decent place to meet for happy hour after work.

Patio - check, friendly waitstaff - check, obnoxious drinks - check.

I had the pleasure of taste-testing the ever-famous 'Cake Shake' offered at Public House. The chef introduces a new recipe at the first of the month, and this one in particular celebrated our beloved Chicago Cubs. The drink itself, besides likely being the most Instagrammable thing on the menu, was actually quite good—the server claimed it included a unique 'peanut butter beer,' but couldn't quite tell me who brewed it, or where.

Overall, by default Public House wouldn't be my first choice, but if you're ever willingly hanging out in River North, and maybe it's someone's birthday, go here, get a Cake Shake, and blast it all over your social media.

Yesterday, a grueling work week was remedied by my first experience at the Public House.  First of all, our server, a lovely blonde lady whose name I didn't catch, radiated the sunshine that this week had robbed from me.  She was friendly, engaging, and obviously good at her job; her timing throughout our time was spot on - attentive without being pestering.  My friend and I both ordered beers, both of our server's very good recommendations.  I had the grilled cheese with fries, while my friend had the burger.  The grilled cheese was served on delightful texas toast-style bread, and the filling was gooey and smooth - just like you want in a grilled cheese.  As if that wasn't enough cheese for me, I ordered beer cheese fondue sauce for my fries. Let's just say I would be inspired to set up a fountain of this stuff at my wedding.  The entire vibe of this place was great.  The only reason I am docking a star goes to the state of the ladies restaurant.  They were messy, and this was clearly needing attention, particularly because the bathrooms are darker and in the basement (read: concrete floors).  


Public House is my backbone, go-to bar in River North when I'm forced by a group of friends to wander into this overrated neighborhood. Great beer list, massive, classy, and cavernous space, and decent food to go around. Service is also friendly and efficient. 

A lot of people I know complain about the typical douchy bouncers, overpriced drinks, and loud music, but compared to many of the other bars in the area that are much worse in those categories, this is a happy medium. 

Great place to catch a game during the day!