With a name like "Beer," odds are you won't be walking into a wine bar. Although the Wrigleyville establishment offers the usual array of alcoholic offerings found at most any bar, beer is the obvious focus here.
While proprietor Chris Peckat also owns neighboring upmarket beer purveyor Risque Cafe, this bar doesn’t discriminate: From budget friendly standbys like Milwaukee’s Best, to more highbrow choices, beer is king.
Inside, the venue’s mishmash of down-home furniture compliments its surprisingly extensive Tex-Mex menu, which offers everything from the expected wings and jalapeno poppers to Caesar salad, fish tacos and ribs. Even dessert is an option, with bourbon banana foster and an intriguing skillet cookie topping the list.
In addition to Beer’s regular hours, the bar opens two hours before every Cubs home game, a plus for sports fans. And for the music-minded, Karaoke is an option most every Thursday and Saturday.
From its simple but straightforward signage to its barn-like interior, Beer provides an unpretentious late-night option for urbanites and displaced cowboys alike.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Sarah Terez Rosenblum