The Bad Apple

Bar / Burger Joint / Restaurant
The Bad Apple The Bad Apple in Chicago's Lincoln Square has a huge selection of craft beer & amazing gourmet burgers. Join the anti-vegans in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.959756 -87.682821
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The Bad Apple - Bar | Burger Joint | Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review A haven for beer and burger lovers, neighborhood favorite The Bad Apple combines a sizeable drinks list with a gut-busting menu of gourmet beef sure to satiate even the hungriest hipster, college student, or area yuppie... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–W 4:30pm–2am, Th–F, Su 11:30am–2am, Sa 11:30am–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Bad Apple Review

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The Bad Apple in Chicago's Lincoln Square has a huge selection of craft beer & amazing gourmet burgers. Join the anti-vegans in Chicago with Party Earth.

A haven for beer and burger lovers, neighborhood favorite The Bad Apple combines a sizeable drinks list with a gut-busting menu of gourmet beef sure to satiate even the hungriest hipster, college student, or area yuppie.

Sure, there are a few fancy sandwiches available like seared pork belly and braised brisket, but most of the casual young professionals who crowd the bar in the front room are there for creative hamburgers like El Chupacabra (topped with goat chili) or the Wagyu, a forty-five day dry-aged prime rib of marbled oleaginous awesomeness.

Nearly 180 different beers can accompany a meal, so whether patrons stick to the bar or venture into the pair of dining rooms in back, they can sip everything from basic PBR to Wild Blossom Apple Cinnamon Mead.

Lined in exposed brick and full of earthy colors, the entire space is minimally decorated, though revolving art displays regularly change the tone of the rooms, and pinball, shuffleboard, and free board games get ample use by children and children-at-heart alike.

The late dinner crowd packs in every evening when both the sheer number of people and the jukebox are sure to raise a ruckus, especially on Fridays and Saturdays when peak hours can mean an hour wait for a table.

But with so many beers to try and such a distinctly laid-back vibe, waiting inside The Bad Apple really isn’t that bad at all.

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Tip from Emma:

All of the ketchup is made in-house, so you don’t have to worry about high-fructose corn syrup – feel free to pile it on! And though beer takes center stage here, there’s a pretty stellar selection of creative cocktails and martinis you shouldn’t overlook.

  • Crowd

    Neighborhood yuppies, chill hipsters, mature college students, craft beer lovers, hamburger hounds, young families with kids in tow, and relaxed older couples, mostly 20s to 50s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Jukebox heavy on classic rock. Couple of flat-screens tuned to sports or news. Pinball machine, and shuffleboard. Assortment of free board games. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of high-end sandwiches and burgers, including pork belly, turkey, porchetta, peppered bacon, and brie burgers, as well as vegetarian entrées, salads, fries, and beer-battered cheese curds.

    Reservations accepted M–W for parties of no more than 10 people per table. Reservations not accepted other nights. Kitchen closes at 1am F–Sa, 11pm all other nights.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $5–$8, sandwiches $7–$10, burgers $8–$10. Beer $2–$17+, wine $7–$9.50/glass or $25–$75/bottle, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: basic t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, comfortable blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Most evenings after 8pm to find a crowd, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, or lunch time to get in some shuffleboard with the French fries.

  • Close By

    Jury’s (4337 North Lincoln Avenue) also serves up city-renowned burgers.

The Bad Apple User Reviews

Average rating:
When you just really need a good burger
Brinda G. Dec 10, 2012
Caveat: I have not been to Kuma’s. This said, The Bad Apple has the best burger I’ve had in Chicago. Even if all the Kuma’s raves are right, that doesn’t take away the fact that Bad Apple has great food. It seems like this general neighborhood suddenly has a lot of these friendly neighborhood-type bars that are serious about their food and have endless beer selections. (Spoiler alert: I love this neighborhood.) The Bad Apple’s décor is a little too 90s coffee-shop for me, and I see little kids in here at all but the latest hours, but I can deal with that to eat the delicious food.
Great Eccentric Burgers!
Sarah B. Nov 14, 2012
Atmosphere isn't great, but great selection of burgers! The Elvis burger with peanut butter is sounds very strange, but it is amazing! Not much else on the menu, so ideally no vegetarians. Heavy dinner, lots of fried food appetizers. Fun spot for friends or families.
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