Whiskey Thief

4.4
278 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Whiskey Thief Tavern is a home away from home. A unique space featuring a cocktail bar with restaurant serving exquisite drinks, amazing food, and bar bites in contemporary, unique, and vintage style. Our focus lies on providing incredible experiences, using classic and innovative culinary & mixology techniques, stunning presentation and serving vessels, all designed and served in a fashion that will continually "wow" you. But above all, we believe in having fun.......don't you? Check out additional details for our weekly specials!
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Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great drinks, service and food. Was loud for our group of 5 to chat.

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OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

My food order was incorrect, the waiters response “people make mistakes”.

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C
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Place was a bit busy. Food good. A lot of drink option. Had to wait to get more water.

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j
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

This is a restaurant that has been cleverly built-out. There are booths around the edges and interesting hightops between the central bar and the surrounding boots. This however is unfortunately the highlight of this restaurant. I asked for Gray Goose vodka on the rocks, and was presented with the smallest cocktail ever seen in my life and had the pleasure of paying $11 for such. I was jaw dropped. It is hard to describe how small this drink was.

The food menu is somewhat limited, but in a way this is good. I ordered a burger and it did arrive it was as advertised. However, the french fries were completely cold and the burger was only warm. One has to assume that it had been sitting on the delivery counter for some time.

The service was interesting. It appeared for the entire restaurant there was a single waitress. While I'm in my 60s, my wife in her 50s and my mother-in-law in her 80s... She was simply shouting at us all the time as if we were deaf and stupid. I can assure you I/We are neither. She would take in order and then just disappear and then I'll show up as if she was the cats-meow. But in the meantime we would simply wait. Now I know this is not McDonald's, but there is a reasonable waiting period and one that's unreasonable.

It is definitely more suited to the 18- to 25-year olds but it is not for everyone. For someone who's been to nearly every reasonable (not fast foot or discount noodles) restaurant in the Northshore, this has to be closer to the very bottom of the range. Poor service, cheapest pour on the Northshore for booze, average to maybe below average food.

It is an establishment I would never recommend in an million years unless you're in the recommended age group and have some decent ID. It's a shame, I believe they spent quite a lot of money on the buildout of the interior, but they'll never hit their third anniversary unless they make significant structural changes to the way they operate as a restaurant.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance in a cool speak easy style setting. Loved the private booth, delicious cocktails and huge burgers!

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CV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I’ve been here with the same friend. Love the whiskey bar concept and the decor. The menu is interesting, more choices than bar food, and we like the crab deviled eggs. Really appreciated getting the booth this time for conversation, and not being chased out after dinner while we talked for a good while more. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the place. Good food. Very good beer and whiskey selection. Staff are friendly. Would definitely recommend to my friends.

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

Darling place, a bit loud but they accommodated us with a table away from some noise and we greatly appreciated that as my husband has hearing aids

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OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

I'm not sure who rated Whiskey Thief as "quiet for conversations", but they weren't there on a Saturday night. The layout of the restaurant is lovely and the booths would have made an ideal setting to have conversation if one was not shouting over the music on top of the full house. Food was tasty, service was appropriate, but we were sad to come in and realize that what we had hoped was a nice place to chat with our friends would be a challenge to hear and be heard. If a loud noise level is not important to you, then you should enjoy.

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TB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent pub fare. Had bison burger, cooked to my liking.started with 1/2 &1/2 wings. Both were good and crispy. The whiskey bbq ones were our favorite. Had the maple old fashion to drink. I am normally not a maple fan but stepped out of my comfort zone. The drink rim was delicious and complimented the maple. Very enjoyable.

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FF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Great, but Really Loud on Weekends!
Love the food and the ambience. But don't go on a weekend unless you want to yell to be heard.

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ZA
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

As an Evanstonian I’d like to say it’s a welcome establishment

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, outstanding service, far too loud.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down one of the best nights out I’ve had in s long time. Waitress was amazing! Food was amazing! Can’t wait to go back!

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AJ
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a very pleasant surprise. The bugers were outstanding. We ckeabed our plates.

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DD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food, fun ambiance, decent drinks (too much ice which I pulled out) sub-par service.

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e
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

We went here for my husbands birthday and Valentines Day- food was outstanding but the service was terrible. The server barely paid any attention to us. We would have stayed for dessert and another drink, but he never even offered. I’d go back, but I’d hope to sit in a different section! The ambiance is very cool, too.

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FF
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun place: interesting theme (The Prohibition), innovative and delicious menu items and really stimulating environment (great decor, old movies on several screens; a beautiful bar odd, enclosed booths; Whiskey Thief is one of our new favorites!

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A
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst service ever, we were not attended til 25 minutes after we sat down.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely LOVED brunch at Whiskey Thief Tavern. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was the perfect start to our weekend. Extremely friendly staff as well!

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DL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good and prepared as requested. My husband and I enjoyed every bite or our burger and grilled chicken sandwich. The service was attentive but not overwhelming. We were there on a quiet Sunday afternoon, so noise was not an issue at all.

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SR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I have been here a few times, I love the ambiance. Came here for dinner and felt like we were an after thought. The bacon wrapped dates were cold, but sauce very hot- dinner was lukewarm. Server never came by to even ask how either of those were. Actually he came by and said “are you ready to order?” No introduction, no asking if we been there before, or any questions even. I enjoyed service and food several times in the past, but this truly will be the last time, it’s just not how it used to be. Too many other great restaurants in the area to be mediocre and paying that price. Too bad.

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MS
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Thief burger was great and one of the best burgers I’ve ever had.

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drink menu is deep with good old fashion selection. Poutine fries were great and the food does not wow you but everything is done well. If your stuck in the burbs versus the city its a nice spot for a date night for couples.

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JK
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Whisky Thief caters to people watching sports. The menu is limited and it's hit or miss on flavor. The burger comes with lots of great toppings but the meat is thin and overcooked. The entrees are uninspired, featuring the ever present plates of chicken and pastas with frozen seafood. The appetizers sound better than they taste, with the poutine being most disappointing. Just a plate of mild cheese over fries. I could have overlooked a lot of this if the service was better. The walls are covered with TVs so they should anticipate a crowd on game nights. But even with the place only 3/4 full, we were flagging down waitstaff when our appetizers were served long before our drinks. There's simply too few people on the floor waiting on customers. The only thing Whiskey Thief has going for it is the cute room, otherwise, it's unmemorable and I will not be going back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Little to dark but food was amazing!

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JC
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our first visit to the Whisky Thief for the Bears playoff game. Plenty of TVs throughout the space and they did put the sound on for the game. We had one of the cozy barrel booths and were very comfortable. The restaurant is a little dark, but has a cool ambiance. Service was great and food was absolutely outstanding! Our group enjoyed bacon-wrapped dates, nachos and calamari to start. Then we had some of the best burgers we have ever had!! Can’t stop thinking about them! Looking forward to dining there again soon.

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L
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everyone from the minute we entered was extremely nice!
My only issue was there was a little too much in the pork department for my liking!
Otherwise wonderful experience!

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v
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The hostess was great. She went out of her way to get us a booth. The food has really improved since they opened (we went in the first month) and the bar has a great selection. Fun time.

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M
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I loved the ambiance and decor and loved the individual booths - very cool. The food was decent but overpriced: for example, the bacon wrapped dates were $12 for 4 dates. Really? Fries were meh. Cocktails were good but also mostly ice. We eat out a lot and left feeling we got ripped off:(

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place to watch a sporting event and enjoy great burgers.

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SK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I just happened to hear an ad for your restaurant on the radio--my son-in-law loves whiskey, so i thought, why not? We were so glad we visited. It felt as though we were walking into a 1920's men's club. Not only was the ambiance unique--so was the cocktail selection. I mean who has heard of ancho chile liquor? Fabulous drinks and wonderful food! Worth the drive from Wisconsin!

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BA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

Slow service sub par food, terrible environment with lots of tvs blaring.

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JF
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to stop before Northwestern Football or Basketball game. Great beer and burger place.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My wine tasted like vinegar so I switched. Music was a bit too loud to talk when eating dinner, might want to keep it lower until 10pm.

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CM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, awesome ambiance, and the drinks and food are yummy.

I recommend and will be going back.

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d
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great spot for casual dinner.

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d
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance. Service was excellent. Food was delicious. We ate at 1pm on a Saturday and had both the brunch and lunch menus to choose from.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

The food was fine, the service was ok (our server was busy so I understood her gaps between visits), but the restaurant itself was awful. They had the heat turned off, even though it was maybe 20 degrees outside and snowing, because according to our server “if you turn the heat on, it’s super hot”. Ummm ok? That’s way better than freezing! My friend had to wear her jacket inside and I couldn’t feel my toes. Our server acknowledged multiple times, because I mentioned it multiple times, that it was freezing in there. I even suggested that maybe they just turn the heat on for a little bit and I think maybe that was done but it was quickly turned off and back to freezing. Literally, the evening could have been just a fine, casual night but instead they made the restaurant so unpleasant to be in, that I never want to go back. How ridiculous can you be to not offer heat during Chicago winter??? Nuts...

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C
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fun place, decent food, good drinks. A nice evening.

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