Chicago Beer Bars

Updated: List of Beer Bars of Chicago

Updated: List of Beer Bars of Chicago

CHICAGO, IL

Updated: Here is our best effort to comprise a comprehensive "THR-approved Chicago Beer Bar List." Mind you, there are certainly plenty of places in the city not on this list where you can get a decent beer. In fact, they're all over the city. However this list is curated to those spots where not only is the variety impressive, but the staff is knowledgeable & the atmosphere is unmatched.

Industry Chat: Melissa Shary of Monk's Pub

Industry Chat: Melissa Shary of Monk's Pub

THE LOOP, CHICAGO

For Chicagoans familiar with the somewhat limited offering of solid beer-centric Loop haunts, a few bars always come to mind. One of those is no doubt – Monk's Pub. And Monk's is without a doubt the leader of the pack when it comes to – not just great beer, but beer variety. Plus, it's stood the test of time and has existed in it's current location since 1971. The woman responsible for that great, and often rare, beer list – Melissa Shary. We couldn't pass up the opportunity to chat with her about the ins and outs of running our favorite Loop watering hole. From curating a beer list, juggling distributors and brewers, to playing beverage tour guide for out-of-towners – it's clear that she keeps busy.