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
4300 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618
Brown Line: Montrose
M–W 4:30pm–2am, Th–F, Su 11:30am–2am, Sa 11:30am–3am
Lincoln Square, Chicago –
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appetizers $5–$8, sandwiches $7–$10, burgers $8–$10. Beer $2–$17+, wine $7–$9.50/glass or $25–$75/bottle, cocktails $5–$10.
Casual: basic t-shirts, jeans, sweaters, comfortable blouses.
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.
Jury’s (4337 North Lincoln Avenue) also serves up city-renowned burgers.