Party Earth Review The black eagle on the bright yellow sign – Germany’s official coat of arms – might seem ominous to some, but patrons at Laschet’s Inn inevitably find warmth and good cheer inside this authentic bierstube. The stained... ... read full review
2119 West Irving Park Road
Chicago, IL 60618
Brown Line: Irving Park
M 4pm–2am, Tu–Th 2pm–2am, F noon–2am, Sa noon–3am, Su 11:30am–2am
Kitchen closed on Mondays and at 10:30pm Tu–Su
North Center / Roscoe Village, Chicago –
The black eagle on the bright yellow sign – Germany’s official coat of arms – might seem ominous to some, but patrons at Laschet’s Inn inevitably find warmth and good cheer inside this authentic bierstube.
The stained wood bar takes up most of the panel-ceilinged front room, its vinyl high-backs habitually lined with chatting blue-collar locals and German expats frothing for a taste of home by way of one of a dozen imports on tap.
Many customers are on a first-name basis with the staff and fellow regulars, their hefty hops-fueled haunches forever worn into a favorite bench or booth.
Two additional rooms festooned in German bric-a-brac host generations of neighborhood families at an array of wooden tables, where they feast on enormous portions of sausage, spätzle, and tangy red cabbage beneath mounted old steins and hand-painted murals of the German countryside.
Those who prefer things closer to home can grab a thick burger or Italian beef sandwich, but specialties like rouladen (beef wrapped in bacon) and Hungarian goulash are clear favorites.
The chill neighborhood vibe gives way come Thursdays, when kraut cravers and spaten seekers from all over town pile in to overindulge on the infamous two-liter glass boot of beer. A boot definitely not made for walking.
A cozy European haven, Laschet’s Inn provides its guests with a kitsch-free German experience and a whole lot of calories.
Blue-collar Joes, hipster beer geeks, German expats, big groups of unpretentious friends, and families, mid-20s to 50s+.
Ambient ethnic tunes conducive to conversation.
Three flat-screens typically tuned to a local ballgame, with a fourth only used for major sporting events like the Euro Cup or World Cup.
Menu of German classics mixed with a few American favorites, including goulash, rouladen, leberkäse, burgers, and fried chicken.
Rotating daily food specials.
Dinner reservations recommended Thursdays through Saturdays.
Appetizers $6–$11+, sandwiches and salads $8–$12, entrées $11–$20. Beer $5–$14, wine $7.50+/glass or $30+/bottle, cocktails $6–$10.
Casual: t-shirts, soccer jerseys, paint-stained overalls, comfortable blouses, ballet flats, skorts, whatever shoes are closest to the door.
Fridays and Saturdays with reservations for a boisterous crowd packing the place faster than a Volkswagen, or weeknights to grub some goulash with the locals.
Resi's Bierstube (2034 West Irving Park Road) is another fun and authentic hotspot that keeps the vibe alive for zee Germans!