John Barleycorn Wrigleyville

4.2
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$30 and under
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This sports-loving Wrigleyville sibling of the Lincoln Park stalwart gives Cubs fans all the space they need to spread out. The handsome two-story space features the familiar nautical theme downstairs, and the second floor, which is fitted with a soaring barrel ceiling, features a stage showcasing live entertainment and plush booths that are big enough to fit your whole team. Fans love that there’s no shortage of flat-screen TVs, including two 100-inch projection screens showing both college and pro teams. This location offers a something-for-everyone menu (Buffalo-style chicken wings, half-pound burgers and beer-battered fish and chips) and can accommodate 30-900 for private parties!
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IF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I went to Barleycorn to watch the Iowa v Michigan game, and despite the outcome of the game I had a great time. The $30 deal for bottomless wells and bud light for the length of the game was a wonderful deal. They had sausage, french toast, potatoes, and eggs out and then around halftime switched it out for lunch food which included fried chicken and salad. Super fun vibe.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was good, but the Backstreet Boys playing on repeat got old quick

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location for Wrigley field. Recommend a reservation on game days 1.5 hrs prior. Plenty of TVs and wide menu.

I
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

First, it was very loud. The sound from the football game on the TV was cranked up. Second, there is this weird bathroom attendant, in both men’s and women’s, that made everyone uncomfortable. Very basic beer selection and had run out of a few things we ordered.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Server forgot it was a birthday celebration.

TS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite spot to meet before Cubs games! Great appetizers and food, tons of TVs for viewing sports from any location in the bar and always friendly service...and only a block away from Wrigley - can't beat John Barleycorn for a good time!

JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Very convenient to Wrigley Field. Food was great. Service was excellent!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and amazing staff who served us! Would recommend for sure!

B
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Coors light on tap was warm

G
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good burger before the game. Chose this restaurant because of location and had heard about it from others.

DP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A reasonable place near Wrigley Field where you can get a reservation for a small group before a Cubs game.

g
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to go for a Cubs game; honored our reservation without any problems. Service and food was spot on..however my only comment is that I wish they had the volume from the music turned down a little. We were sitting close to the street and still had a hard time hearing our conversations over the sound of the music.

t
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

ordered a wide range of items from the menu. when food arrived the fresh cut potato chips were actually dripping oil and were soggy way under cooked. after taking a bite of the chicken sandwich i called the waitress over and informed her i was not happy with the pink chicken ( way undercooked again). then my wife had to refuse her burger bites way over cooked ( heavy charred) this was our 3rd time eating here and it was our last time as well.
lots of luck on your experience.

R
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We made our reservation on opentable for our party of 11 that afternoon. When we arrived at the restaurant they had no record of it and weren't ready for us. The hostess was not very helpful but I persisted and she brought me to her manager, Leo. Leo was awesome and worked diligently to put three tables together from various parts of the restaurant to accommodate our group. It was a really busy time since the Cubs Game had just ended, but he made it happen. Our out of town guests lived their food and it ended up being a great experience. Thank you Leo!!!

DP
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Wrigleyville area restaurant-tavern that would take a reservation on the day of a Cubs game.

H
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food and service very good! A good spot to go to before or after a Cubs game. Th avocado chicken sandwich was excellent!

JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Find next to the Wrigley Field for pre game dining. The atmosphere was awesome and the place was extremely clean compared to some of the other establishments in the area. Food and the mixed drinks were excellent. Service was quick and courteous.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only issue with our visit was that I took the time to make a reservation through Open Table but when we got there, they did not have our reservation. I showed them the confirmation I received and they did not have anything. It ended up not mattering because they had seating for our party of 10. During our visit they were very attentive - great early bird specials for our first stop of the evening!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2015
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

While we obviously expected service to be slow before a game, it was horri5ly slow. The waitress said food would take 15-20 minutes, but it ended up taking over 45 minutes. We missed the start of the game as a result. If you go before a game, make sure it is at least 1.6 hours before game time and order right away.
The service was poor as well for drinks.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation but apparently we were supposed to show up 30 minutes prior to actually reserve our reservation?

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation for 7:15pm on a Saturday night. When we arrived at the restaurant, there was a Blackhawks game on so we were told that we would be seated upstairs. We headed upstairs to a table with a reserved sign on it. Sat at the table for a half hour and no server ever came. Finally we just went up to the bar to get a drink. We found out that the bar had only 1 bartender to serve over 100 people. While 1 member of our party was getting drinks, another member tried to find out how we get a waitress to order food as we have been at the restaurant for nearly an hour now. We were told by the manager that the only way to get food was to go downstairs and order at the bar down there (which was over 10 people deep everywhere!) and then wait for the food and walk it back upstairs ourselves. At this point we had to leave. What is the point in offering a reservation when you cannot even order food?

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I remember the good old john barleycorn. This new place is ridiculous! There was no food to order and no drink menu. I'm sorry but why advertise this stuff. I miss the old barleycorn.

OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Manager was rude. Would never recommend restaurant.

C
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The music was so loud no one could talk. The waitress got 5/9 orders completely wrong(probably because the music was so loud she couldn't hear our orders). And we were unable to split the bill more than 2 ways. Don't go here with a large group. I was very dissapointed.

s
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This restaurant is probably fine if you don't need to be anywhere else for a few days, but don't go here if you are in a hurry.

JP
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Of 8 meals ordered, 3 were wrong and one - a simple burger - didn't come until everyone else was done. Wine was poor quality and because we were upstairs we were told we could only have red wine. Martinis were served in water glasses and were, indeed, watered down. On the positive side the manager gave us significant concessions on the bill.