Party Earth Review Beer lovers in search of a new hangout will make a new home at Public House, a ten-thousand-square-foot gastropub that pours more than 120 labels, including its own seasonal brew produced in collaboration with Chicago... ... read full review
400 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Red Line: Grand; Brown, Purple Express Lines: Merchandise Mart
M–F 11:30am–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
River North, Chicago –
Beer lovers in search of a new hangout will make a new home at Public House, a ten-thousand-square-foot gastropub that pours more than 120 labels, including its own seasonal brew produced in collaboration with Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery.
Split into two distinct rooms by a grand stone entryway, the restaurant also boasts a dozen specialty booths, each featuring its own personal beer and liquor taps that dispense libations at the push of a button. Even the cocktail menu takes a beer-centric approach, with each specialty drink crafted to imitate a particular style of beer, from the Belgian tripel-style “Monk-y Business” to the classic Bavarian-style “The Weiss Guy.”
Lunchtime sees the place crowded with business people from the nearby Financial District looking to relax over tiger shrimp burgers and lobster pot pies before heading back to the office.
Lines start forming as early as 9pm on busy nights, however, as eager beer fanatics and affluent couples hope to snag a place at the grandiose bar in the eastern room, where streams of natural sunlight are eventually replaced by the flickering light from a bank of flat-screen TVs.
Across the hall, groups of friends and young professionals enjoy dinner or drinks in a room reminiscent of a ski chalet in the French Alps – save for the windows looking out onto busy State Street – complete with hefty wooden beams, gothic chandeliers, and leather booths.
Ideal for a classy afternoon lunch or a barley- and hops-fueled night, Public House has something to offer whoever walks through the doors…as long as that something involves beer.
Businessmen and young professionals for lunch, affluent frat boys and party girls at night, late 20s to late 30s.
DJ spins Tuesdays and Thursdays through Saturdays. Twenty-seven flat-screen TVs. Check the website for a listing of weekly events.
Full restaurant menu featuring gastropub fare and desserts. Smoke-free fireplace area with four beer taps and two spirits taps (reservations recommended). Private seating for smaller parties.
Appetizers $5–$15 entrées $14–$24, desserts $8. Beer $6–$20 wine $8–$15/glass or $32–$290/bottle, cocktails $12. Valet $12.
Upscale casual and business attire during the day, dressier in the evenings: cocktail dresses, slacks, button-downs.
Friday and Saturday nights for a livelier crowd, or weeknights and daytime for a relaxed lunch and dinner setting.
From the same owners as Public House, Bull & Bear (431 North Wells) boasts the same table taps in a sports bar environment.