Old Town Pour House

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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At Old Town Pour House, you will find the energetic intersection between one of the most extensive craft beer selections in the country, and made-from-scratch American fare with brilliant twists. In our kitchens, our passion for unique and flavorful cuisine matches the focus we have on our expertly curated line-up of micro-brews on draft, wine by the bottle or tap, and specialty cocktails.

Guests can expect a vibrant, upbeat atmosphere in the heart of Chicago's historic Old Town neighborhood. The inviting interior lined with custom-milled woodwork harkens back to classic bars of the past, paired with modern amenities like a number of flat screen TVs, including 2 wall-mounted 103" behemoths. The space contains 3 distinct bars, a grand staircase to a dramatic mezzanine level, sidewalk cafe, seating for 180+ guests, and a private event space. The attentive, knowledgeable staff elevates the experience.
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Houston
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice experience, food, and service. My wife and I were in town for a few days and we’re going to a comedy show nearby and we’re recommended to Old Town Pour House by Zanie’s.
It was a nice combo.

BJ
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Lunch time - too loud for a business meeting I would expect loud music during the evening hours, will choose a different location next time.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The overall ambiance of the restaurant was very fun and upbeat. The food was average, fine for the price. Would recommend to go back again for a good selection of beers and to watch a game, not so much for the food.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Some good food options for Old Town if you're wanting to grab a bite before hitting the town -- the filet mignon sliders were awesome. Service was a bit slower, but that's to be expected for a Saturday night.

s
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We stopped here before attending a show at Second City (Grinning from Fear to Fear: that was 5 stars, by the way). It was basically a high-scale sports bar. Food and service was very good.

JH
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found the Old Pour House via reviews and the food, service, and ambiance did not disappoint! I enjoyed it enough to head there again for a second time the same week... and the experience was equally enjoyable and the food as good.

Old Town Pour House
Responded on June 26, 2019

Hi Joseph, I'm glad you enjoyed your experience at Old Town Pour House! We look forward to seeing you again soon! - Staley

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CP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience4

The food was excellent but, the noise level was unbearable. The volume was too loud and the base vibes gave me bad sensation on my ear drums. We had hoped to have a conversation with our friends but that was impossible. Just a shouting event. We left ASAP for another place to relax over cocktails. Not returning, or going to any of the Bottleneck businesses. You should rethink the noise levels.

Old Town Pour House
Responded on June 11, 2019

Hi Caroll, I'm sorry to hear you had a frustrating time at Old Town Pour House. Thank you for providing your feedback, I will relay your comments on to the management team so we can use these details to provide further training and support. We appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback, and hope we can show you that we utilize your feedback to improve! - Staley

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KK
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed the service and ambiance. I’m not a beer drinker but my buddy liked what he chose and the selections. They had a good wine list too. We only had an appetizer, chicken wings, which were very tasty.

Old Town Pour House
Responded on June 3, 2019

Hi Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed visiting Old Town Pour House! Come back again soon :) - Staley

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HH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1/2 price apps at happy hour are great and appreciate the simplicity of $2 off any drink during happy hour. Food is always delicious.

LB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to grab some food and a couple beers during the NCAA games. Always happy with the food and despite it being busy the server (Chad) was in a great mood and did his best to accommodate despite the crowd and ultimate wait on our order. Glad I made reservations because it fills up quickly! We’ll be back!

Old Town Pour House
Responded on March 18, 2019

Hi Lyndsay, I'm so glad you had a nice time at Old Town Pour House! I'll pass your compliment on to Chad, he'll be happy to hear it! Come back again soon! :) - Staley

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MR
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a very good experience at this classic Chicago restaurant. We were in hurry to get to Second City for a performance and they were very accommodating.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was terrible. Noise level very high even though there were very few people there. I had the fish tacos and my daughter had the fish and chips. Both of us think the fish had turned. Neither felt well that night. Drinks were all ice and very little of anything else. Very poor value for the menu

Old Town Pour House
Responded on January 16, 2019

Hello, I'm sorry to hear that you had a disappointing experience at Old Town Pour House. Thank you for providing your feedback. I will relay your comments to the management team so that we can offer extra support and training to our team wherever they may need it. We hope that we can show you our ability to improve based on guest feedback. - Staley

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

no complaints

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Amazing bar. The service is awesome. My spouse had some difficulty’s with his order,the staff addressed it quickly and professionally.

j
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was okay, water always got refilled but seemed to take a little long for our food. More than 30 min for a wrap and salad. Food is definitely overpriced for how much (or little) you get

MB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Service was unusually slow, which is sad considering we were one of only three tables occupied over the lunch hour. Food came out lukewarm, and had clearly been sitting for a while given the cheese on my flatbread pizza had cooled and solidified. OTPH is a great venue, in an unbeatable neighborhood location. Unfortunately there's a reason why tables are always readily available.

c
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Libby was amazing! Loved her jokes and quick wit!

JL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I’d highly recommend this place if you’re trying to grab beer and apps and watch a game. Great beer selection and the pretzels were pretty good. Dinner here is however very mediocre.

JS
Phoenix
71 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AWESOME menu, staff members,
beer selection, and ambiance!

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Went in with high hopes - didn't meet. Liked the spacious atmosphere of a nice old town bar, but even with our reso our party of 6 was seated in the cramped back by wait staff. Server was uninformed and not helpful. Sharables were yummy; entrées meh; cocktails decent; LOL to 90 beers on tap - first 4 ordered were out w no recommendation on next up.

Solid 3 choice again for restaurant decor, atmosphere - would go back for happy hour but not for dinner - wait staff really needs to improve as guests are really not cared for. Music was early 2000 jams, didn't match vibe.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that you can make your own flight from a list of MANY beers. The filet mignon sliders were absolutely fantastic.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening. Came at 7:30, nice and quite table for 7. We're all older than your regular clientele, but had great food and fun.

T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pour house was the perfect spot for a meal right before my family and I attended Second City to see some improv. at 8:00 pm. We made a reservation on Open Table for 6:15 pm on a Saturday. We got there on time, the hostess asked about our seating preference, and we were escorted to one of the booths along the wall. There were food choices for everyone and the place was lively without being obnoxious. The server was friendly, polite and attentive without being overbearing. The place is modern, upscale without being stuffy, architecturally interesting, with a lot of beautiful wood paneling. There are televisions on the wall however they do not detract from the modern upscale feel of the restaurant. The restaurant feels comfortable and inviting and attracts an energetic, polite and attractive crowd. My parents who were from out of town appreciated the choice and commented on how great the place was. It was an overall positive experience and we would definitely go to Pour House again and would definitely recommend it!!

T
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great location. Good food. Extensive beer list. Good for a bite before a show, a meet up with friends/co-workers, a casual date, etc. Not too pricey and not overly busy on most nights...

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2017
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Way to expensive .... we only had a flight each and ended up with a 55$ bill!

j
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food's always great but Melanie and Genevieve also always provide meticulous, impeccable service. Give it a try.

C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall3food4service5ambience2

We requested a less noisy area through Open Table, but the staff person put us in the middle of the room. We asked for a quieter place, and he put us way in the back, but the noise level was still way too high. We were going to leave, but not enough time before the theater. Will say the food was very good. We will probably go back, but not at night

DK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2017
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Great venue in beautiful building with gorgeous windows. It was just so cold inside!

K
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2017
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was pretty good but the service was terrible. I seriously doubt that I will be back.

JO
Chicago
44 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is really good. The service was great, the server was really nice and attentive. A new find for me in the neighborhood.

j
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kate, my server, and Melanie the Manager were 4 stars as usual Great dining experience.

MR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went around 8 PM on a sunday and the place was quiet which was good. Service was great and plates were great portions. Must order calamari and pretzels as starters.

j
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and libations. Kate, Hannah, Brie--the whole cast-provide great service for the best sports-oriented bar in Chicago bar none!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Would never go back here. Spoke with someone about accommodating our bigger group multiple times & when everyone showed up there was no record of this and everyone was stuck in a back corner. So disappointing..

JK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Accommodating to theater ticket timing.

OT
Chicago
164 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was the first restaurant we have visited in Old Town. We were not impressed with Old Town, but loved this restaurant. It was quiet at noon, but I would guess in the evenings this place gets loud and much more lively. The restaurant was clean, there was a wall of large screen Televisions, and the food and service were excellent. There is a large beer list.

OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheese curds were a great starter. We had the porkbelly burger and the grilled cheese with shirt ribs. They were both delicious & served hot. Service was great!

j
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Super noisy, good beer selection, and decent food. Overall, it was ok, but would unlikely go back due to so many other places offering the same cuisine and drink selection in a better environment and ambiance.

GF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2016
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter Alec was great. We ate outside and had a great meal. Inside was extremely noisy so we got takeout.

r
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Extensive beer menu with above average bar food. Seems like a great place to watch a game with friends. Service was a little below average as they weren't that busy and we didn't see our waitress for almost 25 minutes from when we wanted to request our check.

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