The Black Barrel Tavern

4.3
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
We are excited to be bringing our newest concept to a wonderful part of the city, the West Loop! Updated Americana and Brunch fare served in a sport-friendly meeting place with craft beers, signature cocktails, and a kitchen open until midnight.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.4
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4.1
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3.9
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FM
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

While the staff was friendly, the food was average and the ambience was fine, (nothing special here folks) - a $19.00 martini? And Tito’s no less. They charged 8.00 for the martini, and then a separate charge for the Tito’s. When our waitress called the manager over to explain, he told us that because a standard pour of vodka is 1 & 1/2 ounces, martinis have twice as much, hence the “extra” charge. We said that it seemed like a lot for a sports bar (TVs everywhere), he said that it was normal for “this area”. Condescending... We left after not even being comped the drink - or at least a portion of it - walked a block East and went to a place almost exactly the same. Martini was 13.00. I’ll never go back there.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice new place. Food and service were great. Casual but clean and upscale feel. Plenty of tv’s to keep an eye on the games without feeling like a sports bar... great balance. Owner came by a few times to ensure we were well cared for. Great addition to the neighborhood.

c
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

I hope this was just an off day for this restaurant. There were 8 of us and when we walked in, the place was pretty empty except for maybe 2-3 tables of 2 or 4 people. The staff was pleasant, but the food was not good and many of us didn't feel good later after eating different meals. Food also came out 1 or 2 at a time and then there were big lags between so we actually didn't eat all together. We thought it was hysterical when the waitress asked how things tasted and half of our table had not been served yet!! Too many other restaurants out there to go back here.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good portions, friendly service, fair price.

CR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food staff and atmosphere!!

RS
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

This place is billed as a cool new bar. Nice place, but very loud. Not a place for a date if you expect to do much talking. On the plus side, good food, drinks, and very good service made it a nice experience minus the noise.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice place for lunch. Price was bad for a large bowl of Chili and chips.

DS
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They just opened a few weeks ago and this was our first time there. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. We ordered a dinner salad and a hamburger with fries. The hamburger and the dinner salad were both very good. Fries were fine, not outstanding, but we did eat almost all of them. Service was very good and our water glasses were never even allowed to be only half full. We also spoke with one of the managers who wanted to make sure we were enjoying our meal. As we told him, the service and food were great, but the noise level was more than we wanted on a night out, even in the West Loop. But perhaps the 20-somethings all liked it. We will probably go back, but more likely for lunch or a less crowded and (hopefully) quieter weekday evening.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time here and loved it even more. Food is amazing, great variety and everything is great.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been eagerly awaiting the opening of black barre

Z
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Fun new restaurant / bar! Food is really solid. Great add to west loop

MA
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Loved the apps! But our waitress was a little rude. She seemed annoyed the entire time.

RA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Thry are in a tough spot replacing a long time neighborhood favorite, beer bistro so I give them an A for effort. Food was fine, like most bar food you come across. I had a cocktail that was decent as well. Im just not sure they hit the mark on the “upscale sports bar” they tried to create. Its nice but I wouldn’t consider it upscale. I would go back to watch games and drink. Tons of tv’s all over. I imagine on Sundays they’ll have all games on, which is nice for fantasy football and gamblers like me.

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great new spot in the West Loop. Food was very good especially the Meatball appetizer.