1927 West North Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622
phone: (773) 772-4422
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cask ale available
public transportation available
proper glassware used
family friendly location
Reviewer: Eve the Great
Overall Score: 85.0
Selection: 4.5 | Service: 3.8 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Food: 4.5
Date: Sun, Aug 29th 2010
Beer is good, flavorful, consistent, high in alcohol, yet smooth. Many lean towards Belgian or similar. They typically have a good selection (5-8 of their beers to choose from and nice guest taps).
Pizza is great (for non-Chicago thin crust).
No parking (or not likely to find it), but close to el train stop (perfect! high alcohol + smooth = train).
CROWDED (popular, remember?). If you can check it out on a weekday or lunchtime, that is your best option. If you go for the weekend, prepare to wait, standing room only. But you can have a beer in your hand while you wait!! (Just make sure that drunk girl doesnt spill it as she shoves by to get to the restroom!!)
Unless they change it, there is a great carryout pizza + growler special on Sundays.
The hassle is worth it. Check out these beers.
Overall Score: 78.3
Selection: 4.3 | Service: 3.8 | Atmosphere: 3.8 | Food: 4.25
Date: Mon, Jun 21st 2010
This place has been crowded since 2002. If you are going at night on the weekend good luck. It's possible to get in, but you will wait. It's a bit of a madhouse when it's crowded, so just be OK with that before going or you won't have a good time.
The pizza is pretty good if you like NY style. The pepperoni and banana pepper in red is good as well as the clam and bacon on white.
My favorite beer BY FAR is the Top Heavy Hefeweizen. This beer makes me talk funny every time I have it and if it is on tap I will order it every time I go in. The Top Heavy is one of the best Hefeweizens I've ever had and highly recommend it to anyone.
Overall Score: 71.7
Selection: 4.3 | Service: 3.5 | Atmosphere: 3.0 | Food: 4.0
Date: Fri, Jun 4th 2010
Stopped in for lunch, my preferred rendezvous time to visit Piece.
As others have said, the place is spacious but cluttered up with a dozen or so flatscreen TVs. Later weeknights and weekend evenings draw a crowd that leaves a lot to be desired. Try an afternoon, and you should still be able to hold a conversation. In warmer months, the giant picture windows open to the street, which is nice for ventilation.
Barstaff has been friendly on several occasions, my favorite would be the tall brunette with glasses. She knows their beer. Menus describe their taps, which is a plus. Beers are always fresh, so no complaints there. Guest taps usually have something appealing craft-wise, but i'll usually go for a house beer. Table service can be spotty, so -1/2 point there.
Lunch is the most economical time to go, where they offer individual size pizzas for $6 until 5pm. The Sunday special is also a good deal: Large pie and a Growler to go for $25. Santullo's up the street also has a happy hour on their pizza slices: $2 from 4-6pm. Good to hit there before drinking at Piece if you're on a budget.
edit 2008: Beer has always been fresh, and usually of high quality, so +1/2 point.
Overall Score: 66.7
Selection: 4.3 | Service: 2.5 | Atmosphere: 3.3 | Food: 4.0
Date: Wed, Jun 2nd 2010
I was here on a Saturday night...zoo city. I was joining some friends for a birthday party, so we had a reserved table, which is good, because the line to get in was incredible. Very, very loud in here. This looks and feels like an upscale trendy sports bar rather than a brewpub.
The pizza was quite good, and plentiful. Give it a try.
Beers were very nice, all were smooth and well crafted to style. Nothing really unusual, but quality was consistent through-out. I would like to come back when they are not as crowded to enjoy things a bit more.
Overall Score: 51.7
Selection: 4.0 | Service: 0.3 | Atmosphere: 3.5 | Food: N/A
Date: Wed, Apr 28th 2010
The beer was pretty decent. I tried one of their pale ales and was very satisfied. The service, however, was atrocious. The bartender over charged me and my friend. Furthermore, we were not allowed to sit at a table even though we were willing to drink our weights in beer. Apparently, profits from food outweigh profits from alcohol. Last, when we asked to speak to a manager, the bartender would not comply with our wishes.
Overall, the beer seems good, but it's not worth the hassle of bad customer service.