Just Brew It: 6 Awesome Craft Beer Bars


Written by Dustin Ford

Cardozo’s Pub

Recommended by David Moore – Allegro Hotel

Located next to the town hall, this quaint pub is a favorite hide-away for all the legal eagles leaving their shift. Coupled with cheap drinks and good food, this pub’s simple setting is what has locals coming back on a weekly basis.


Recommended by Matthew Carr – Viceroy Hotel

This bar strives to see the drinking experience in a whole new light. Known as being a ‘coffee shop for beer’ this bar wants you to enjoy your beer while working on your laptop, listening to music, or even reading a good book.


Recommended by Shannon Boland – LondonHouse Chicago Hotel

These guys take craft beer seriously with their “beer is life” attitude. Centennial features 56 taps and 36 rotating craft beers along with a fitting menu. For every menu item, there is a hand-picked beer that pairs perfectly with it.

Southern Cut

Recommended by Kyle Franscis – The Ritz-Carlton Chicago

This restaurant could survive alone on its exceptional country cooking and southern hospitality, but they also have an impressive drink menu. Locally sourced beers and four-wood-smoked pig rears that will bring you to tears. Try the buttery cornbread with ribs that fall off the bone and a nice stiff bourbon.

Map Room

Recommended by Flor Sigaron – Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

The only map you’ll need here is a map of the menu, it’s huge. Choose from over 25 beers on tap, 110 different bottles, various wines, top-shelf liquors, limited-release beers, and even some gluten-free options. This place will keep you busy for a while.

Forbidden Root

Testimonial by Pierre Sanders – LondonHouse Chicago Hotel

“Industrial chic” is how some describe it. Forbidden Root, located in Chicago’s West Town is not your usual tap. These brew house masters have taken beer and made it glorious. From wheat to sweet and sour to wild, they have some of the best thirst-quenching crafts.

-Dustin Ford

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