David's Top Picks

My 'Top picks' are the outstanding beer places in Chicago at any given moment. Here you will normally find something exceptional or out of the ordinary - so a larger than average beer range; top quality service and a good ambience and/or surroundings. In short, these pubs will all be offering the best that can be found in the Chicago beer scene at the moment.

David lives in Chicago..

Note that we regularly update what constitutes a top pick so places can be relegated from the list if their beer range dips or there are other significant changes.


Bitter Pops A David top pick  WiFi available Children friendly Open 11am or earlier Dog friendly Has an unusual or regional beer on tap. Bring your own food Bottle shop Growler fills available

Bottle shop with a small pub built in. Very good selection. Dog and child friendly


Eclectic burritos with some of the best beer in Chicago


Honorable Mention

This are pubs that you should make an effort to visit if you have the time.

The Bad Apple  David Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Children friendly Has an unusual or regional beer on tap.

Excellent sandwiches, burgers, salads with tasty vegan and veggie options. 25 taps which change with good consistency.


Brewpub from celebrity chef (Rick Bayless). great beer, great food


Lo Rez Brewing  David Honorable Mention WiFi available Closed Monday Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Dog friendly Bring your own food Growler fills available

Taproom/Gallery/Event Space. Great beer no IPA's


Marz Community Brewing  David Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Closed Monday Brewpub. Bottle shop Growler fills available

Brewpub with creative brews and a great space worth the extra effort to visit.


Spiteful Brewing  David Honorable Mention WiFi available Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Dog friendly Bring your own food Bottle shop Growler fills available

Taproom with great beers and around the corner from Half Acre