Map Room

Bar / Pub
Map Room Self-styled as a place for weary travelers to kick back and share tales of the road, Map Room is indeed a relaxed and comfy hangout popular with both daily regulars and adventurous tourists who have heard of the pub through... Chicago United States 41.917595 -87.680065
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Party Earth Review Self-styled as a place for weary travelers to kick back and share tales of the road, Map Room is indeed a relaxed and comfy hangout popular with both daily regulars and adventurous tourists who have heard of the pub through... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 6:30am–2am, Sa 7:30am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Map Room Review

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Self-styled as a place for weary travelers to kick back and share tales of the road, Map Room is indeed a relaxed and comfy hangout popular with both daily regulars and adventurous tourists who have heard of the pub through...

Self-styled as a place for weary travelers to kick back and share tales of the road, Map Room is indeed a relaxed and comfy hangout popular with both daily regulars and adventurous tourists who have heard of the pub through the “beervine.”

Opened in 1992, the owners made it their mission to encourage an unfailing love of beer by promoting and serving ales from around the world – a mission accomplished considering the current list of over two hundred beers. In all, the pub’s offerings represent thirty-six brewing styles, with a rotation of twenty-six beers on tap – which is good news for the chatty mix of hipsters, older couples, and young professionals taking up residence at the twenty-foot bar.

Patrons who want a break from the constant flow of conversation can check out the huge map of the world painted on the walls and ceiling in the back half of the room, while tables lacquered with international currency and coasters provide space for couples and bookworms to settle in for a chat or to flip through back copies of National Geographic.

Upbeat and serious about its passion for beer and conversation, Map Room is a sure bet for patrons in the mood for a friendly pint at any time of day.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re interested in trying some new brews, stop in the afternoon when the place isn’t busy. The bartender will make excellent suggestions and talk to you for hours about the different styles of beer. It’s like one-on-one beer school.

  • Crowd

    Outgoing mix of beer-loving local hipsters, older regulars, young professionals, business people, couples, and tourists, early 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient rock and alternative hits. Monthly beer school on Saturdays, beer and food pairings on Tuesdays, other beer-related events throughout the month. Check website for details. Newspapers available to read in-house. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Coffee, pastries, and breakfast sandwiches from nearby Bennison’s Bakery and The Goddess and Grocer. Alcohol served from 11am daily. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Pastries and sandwiches $1.50–$4. Beer $5–$7, wine $6/glass, cocktails $5–$10, coffee and espresso drinks $1–$3.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, plaid, business attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Tuesdays for the food pairings, or Fridays and Saturdays for a diverse crowd of beer lovers.

  • Close By

    Charleston (2067 North Hoyne Avenue) offers an excellent craft beer selection and an old-timey vibe. ‎

Map Room User Reviews

Average rating:
Best Brews Just for You!
Meredith B. May 18, 2013
With over 200 distinct brands representing 36 unique brewing styles from around the world, The Map Room is the beer connoisseur's dream. No worries though, you do not have to be a "beer sommelier" to fit in. The bartneders here know their brews and are happy to indulge you; whether you choose to try their cask-conditioned ale on handpump, a bottled beer, or draft from one of their 26 taps (which rotates almost daily). Ask the bartender for a taste or two of beers you are considering and he'll gladly pour and offer suggestions. Serving everything from Allagash to Three Floyd's to Oskar Blues, if you're looking for an extensive craft beer list, you've found your watering hole. Covered wall to wall with Rand McNally maps and flags, with bookshelves filled with National Geographic Magazines, this "traveller's tavern" has character. The vibe is markedly low-key with authentic people in comparison to some of the other craft beer venues in the city. Many think it's a downside that Map Room is cash only, but if it keeps costs down, I'm all for it! In terms of accessibility, neighborhoodiness, and pricing The Map Room has it all. No, they don't sell food, but you can bring your own! TIP: Go to their website to see a current tap listing, as this can help you choose from the vast array!
Beer Heaven
Craig B. Dec 10, 2012
Elysium, Valhalla, call it what you want, but you will think you have died and gone to beer heaven the moment you enter the Map Room. The walls are, of course, lined with maps and an impressive backlog of National Geographic’s, and the there are flags from nearby and far-flung countries hanging from the ceiling. And then there’s the beer. New beers, old beers, traditional beers, and strange beers; it’s Dr. Seuss meets the doctor of brews (wow, that’s bad). Seriously, just go. The prices may not be low, but the beers are worth it. And if at all possible, check out the pairing nights (the Map Room cannot sell food, so it sells tickets to events where the beers are paired with all sorts of food, sometimes even full three-course meals).
Best beer list in Chicago
Christina W. Dec 9, 2012
There are a few beer bars in Chicago that stand out as cream of the crop, but the Map Room will always be my favorite. Part of that is due to the vibe, which is incredibly chill and laid-back, even on the busiest of Saturday nights. The bartenders are all huge beer nerds, which is really fun because you can ask them pretty much anything and they will be able to guide you through the beer world with ease. The place doesn't serve food, but that's ok. It actually makes things better, I think, because it allows you to really focus on the beers. You'll find beers here that you have never even heard of! Also, on Tuesday nights they do "International Night," where you can pay $15 and get dinner served by a local restaurant (always international cuisine) and two beers to enjoy with your meal. It fills up, though, so make sure to get there early. It's totally worth it.
Great beers from around the world
Chris M. Aug 28, 2012
The Map Room is a place for people who love beer and have an affinity for travel. As someone with antique maps on my walls and a penchant for trying new imports, it is the perfect place for me. The beers are rotated giving plenty of reasons to keep coming back the staff know their beers. You will also be served your beer in the proper glass is to maximize the flavor. I don't know how to verify that, but I trust them. And usually the name of the beer is on the glass. The decor is certainly not fancy, but apt for a place called the Map Room. They have maps and other items from Chicago and around the world and I enjoy just looking around. The Map Room is a little out of the way from some of the normal stomping grounds of any particular crowd so it pulls in a mix of locals and regulars, beer-lovers, folks looking for something different and it provides a friendly place for all of them. This is definitely a place to go with a group of friends rather than try to meet new singles, but you can meet new interesting people very easily. I no longer live in Chicago, but I long for the Map Room
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