Bad Dog Tavern

★★★☆☆
  • 4535 N Lincoln Ave

    Chicago, IL 60625

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  • 773-334-4040

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I have to give Bad Dog the lowest rating for two reasons: (1) almost inedible food and (2) extremely rude management.

My husband and I have gone to Bad Dog Tavern every single Thursday night since June 2009 ?? whether it was 20 degrees below zero, pouring rain or there was two feet of snow on the ground. That??s over 64 weeks in a row. We go for the trivia and bring between two and four people with us every time. We buy a lot of drinks and really run up the tab. We also tip at least 20%. We figure we have spent between $8,000 and $12,000 at this bar.

The food is horrible, in fact I have often been downright disgusted. I have eaten more than 50 meals there and I just couldn??t take it anymore. Once, my chicken fingers were so burned that I couldn??t bite through them. Fries are soggy, undercooked and clumped together. Chicken sandwiches and hamburgers have tendons and occasional ??hard things? in them. I tried a Caesar salad once, it had so much dressing, it was like they had taken every leaf and painted it with dressing -- and the lettuce was warm. Apparently, after the kitchen makes the coleslaw someone pours a gallon of milk in it to make coleslaw soup. Tried the hummus plate a few times ?? the pieces of pita bread were tough and tasted weird with cinnamon and hummus together. White meat sandwiches have unexpected pieces of rough, dark meat in them. Cheese sticks are tasteless and dripping with grease. I got to the point that I was afraid to order any food from there because I didn??t know what I would be biting into.

So, finally after more than a year of trying to find something (anything!) to eat at this bar, I brought in a sandwich from a shop down the street. Yes, I know that is a bit tacky. But I really did not think it would be a huge deal.

So, pretend you are the manager of a bar where someone brings in outside food and you want to tell them it is against the rules. You have two options. This is a test. Do you:

(a) Politely introduce yourself and inform the guest that outside food is not allowed due to house rules and also potential health code violations. Then, ask them to please not do it again.

(b) Second, you approach the table angrily, fail to introduce yourself, tell the patron that she is rude and tacky, threaten to kick her out immediately, and demand that she never do it again or you WILL kick her out immediately. Later, when the guest??s husband inquires about the owner??s name so he can complain, start a screaming match on the street outside the bar and REFUSE to apologize.

Guess which one happened to us last week. We will not be back, ever.

(BTW, the manager??s name is Chad and he is a part owner.)

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to give Bad Dog the lowest rating for two reasons: (1) almost inedible food and (2) extremely rude management.

My husband and I have gone to Bad Dog Tavern every single Thursday night since June 2009 ?? whether it was 20 degrees below zero, pouring rain or there was two feet of snow on the ground. That??s over 64 weeks in a row. We go for the trivia and bring between two and four people with us every time. We buy a lot of drinks and really run up the tab. We also tip at least 20%. We figure we have spent between $8,000 and $12,000 at this bar.

The food is horrible, in fact I have often been downright disgusted. I have eaten more than 50 meals there and I just couldn??t take it anymore. Once, my chicken fingers were so burned that I couldn??t bite through them. Fries are soggy, undercooked and clumped together. Chicken sandwiches and hamburgers have tendons and occasional ??hard things? in them. I tried a Caesar salad once, it had so much dressing, it was like they had taken every leaf and painted it with dressing -- and the lettuce was warm. Apparently, after the kitchen makes the coleslaw someone pours a gallon of milk in it to make coleslaw soup. Tried the hummus plate a few times ?? the pieces of pita bread were tough and tasted weird with cinnamon and hummus together. White meat sandwiches have unexpected pieces of rough, dark meat in them. Cheese sticks are tasteless and dripping with grease. I got to the point that I was afraid to order any food from there because I didn??t know what I would be biting into.

So, finally after more than a year of trying to find something (anything!) to eat at this bar, I brought in a sandwich from a shop down the street. Yes, I know that is a bit tacky. But I really did not think it would be a huge deal.

So, pretend you are the manager of a bar where someone brings in outside food and you want to tell them it is against the rules. You have two options. This is a test. Do you:

(a) Politely introduce yourself and inform the guest that outside food is not allowed due to house rules and also potential health code violations. Then, ask them to please not do it again.

(b) Second, you approach the table angrily, fail to introduce yourself, tell the patron that she is rude and tacky, threaten to kick her out immediately, and demand that she never do it again or you WILL kick her out immediately. Later, when the guest??s husband inquires about the owner??s name so he can complain, start a screaming match on the street outside the bar and REFUSE to apologize.

Guess which one happened to us last week. We will not be back, ever.

(BTW, the manager??s name is Chad and he is a part owner.)

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My Wife and I were looking for a nice restaurant in which we could celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary, and we could not have been more disappointed.
We were met with cold and dismissive service from indifferent staff members, for example; my wife didn't like the table at which we were seated because she felt a chill from a draft, numerous times I requested that we be sat elsewhere and each time I was met with undue hostility.
The meal was adequate at best, but the prices were not, and the whole experience was so unfulfilling, it required all of my best nature to even bring myself to leave a tip.
Bad Dog Tavern: Bad time. Dog of a time.

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★☆☆☆☆

My Wife and I were looking for a nice restaurant in which we could celebrate our 5 year wedding anniversary, and we could not have been more disappointed.
We were met with cold and dismissive service from indifferent staff members, for example; my wife didn't like the table at which we were seated because she felt a chill from a draft, numerous times I requested that we be sat elsewhere and each time I was met with undue hostility.
The meal was adequate at best, but the prices were not, and the whole experience was so unfulfilling, it required all of my best nature to even bring myself to leave a tip.
Bad Dog Tavern: Bad time. Dog of a time.

Pros: Location.

Cons: Service, Value, Atmosphere.

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Awesome drink list! Me and a few of my friends had a great night out at bad dog. The server was nice and took care of us well, he even bought us a round! We all split the green beans with lime sauce and the hummus. All the food that passed by our table looked great too! We'll be back soon!

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★★★★★

Awesome drink list! Me and a few of my friends had a great night out at bad dog. The server was nice and took care of us well, he even bought us a round! We all split the green beans with lime sauce and the hummus. All the food that passed by our table looked great too! We'll be back soon!

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Me and my friends ordered a few drinks and some fries. We figured the bill would be around $20 -$25 but it was $78!! When I asked the manager about the charges he said "your lucky we didn't charge you more for being loud". I said are you serious? He said "get blanched". I don't even know what that means.

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★☆☆☆☆

Me and my friends ordered a few drinks and some fries. We figured the bill would be around $20 -$25 but it was $78!! When I asked the manager about the charges he said "your lucky we didn't charge you more for being loud". I said are you serious? He said "get blanched". I don't even know what that means.

Cons: Horrible Service, fraudulant charges, was told to get blanched

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I am one of your beer snobs, and proud of it. It's nice to go to a place like Bad Dog when you want a good craft beer. Stouts, ports, IPA's, wheats, dark, light, whatever your fancy, bad dog has it! From Miller Lite (not my favorite) to Gumball Head (close favorite).

I also had a few sandwiches there and you can't go wrong with the Dog Town or any of their Burgers. Doggy bag will be needed at Bad Dog, because they have large portions.

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★★★★☆

I am one of your beer snobs, and proud of it. It's nice to go to a place like Bad Dog when you want a good craft beer. Stouts, ports, IPA's, wheats, dark, light, whatever your fancy, bad dog has it! From Miller Lite (not my favorite) to Gumball Head (close favorite).

I also had a few sandwiches there and you can't go wrong with the Dog Town or any of their Burgers. Doggy bag will be needed at Bad Dog, because they have large portions.

Pros: Parking, patio, fireplaces

Cons: nothing has stuck out yet

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Bad dog is easily the best place in lincoln square to watch sports and enjoy awesome food. Their appetizer list is awesome...buffalo ROLLS, yes buffalo rolls! Wings, Mussels, Mac n cheese bites, and more. I personally like the Rueben rolls. Great pizza and huge huge burgers!!!

2
★★★★★

Bad dog is easily the best place in lincoln square to watch sports and enjoy awesome food. Their appetizer list is awesome...buffalo ROLLS, yes buffalo rolls! Wings, Mussels, Mac n cheese bites, and more. I personally like the Rueben rolls. Great pizza and huge huge burgers!!!

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I haven't been to Bad Dog in a while, but i heard they have new managers or owners. I didn't recognize the place when I came back...so much better. The food was excellent, the service was speedy and warming. I will be back. good job new owners!

2
★★★★★

I haven't been to Bad Dog in a while, but i heard they have new managers or owners. I didn't recognize the place when I came back...so much better. The food was excellent, the service was speedy and warming. I will be back. good job new owners!

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Bad Dog has great entrees, i have been there several times over the past year and I have had almost every entree on their menu. The ahi, the pork chop, steak, scallops....all fantastic. They get pretty busy at night, so i'd get there early. They also have a huge beer list with a lot of Belgians, Micros, and American craft beers, also a great touch. Highly recommended!

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★★★★☆

Bad Dog has great entrees, i have been there several times over the past year and I have had almost every entree on their menu. The ahi, the pork chop, steak, scallops....all fantastic. They get pretty busy at night, so i'd get there early. They also have a huge beer list with a lot of Belgians, Micros, and American craft beers, also a great touch. Highly recommended!

Pros: Awesome in every way!

Cons: Get there early, it's very popular

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This is by far the worst restaurant I have been to in Chicago. The food was overpriced, and not good. Everyone at my table (I had a party of 4) hated their meal. Two of us wanted to send the food back because it was so poor. The manager actually told us "If you don't like it you can leave!". And I swear, we were being completely nice about it. To make matters worse, when we got home, we all got sick. We were throwing up for 2 days! I emailed Chad Kramer, the manager to tell him about our experience. He emailed me back with "We don't care, eat somewhere else." I couldn't believe it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

This is by far the worst restaurant I have been to in Chicago. The food was overpriced, and not good. Everyone at my table (I had a party of 4) hated their meal. Two of us wanted to send the food back because it was so poor. The manager actually told us "If you don't like it you can leave!". And I swear, we were being completely nice about it. To make matters worse, when we got home, we all got sick. We were throwing up for 2 days! I emailed Chad Kramer, the manager to tell him about our experience. He emailed me back with "We don't care, eat somewhere else." I couldn't believe it.

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I went here on New Years eve and had the worst night of my life. This in turn ruined my whole week. I go in with a few of my friends and went to the counter and asked for some water. The guy gives me a dirty look, fills a glass of water, and slams it down in front of me. Half the glass splashed on my arm and sleeve. I said "what the hell is this?!" and he said "deal with it, it's just water" and he walks away. He didn't bother apologizing or even re-filling the half-empty glass. So anyway, me and my friends just want to have a good time and watch the countdown. I look at around at what seemed to be 25 TV's and not one of them was shwoing the countdown or the New Years festivities in NY (and this was at 11:52pm). I swear they were all on ESPN.

Throughout the night, there was broken glass everywhere and people crying for no reason. The atmosphere put me and my friends all in depressed moods and we could not enjoy ourselves. I was going to have my birthday at this place, but now I don't even feel like celebrating at all.

If you are looking for a nice night out at a clean bar with good atmosphere and nice staff, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU!

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★☆☆☆☆

I went here on New Years eve and had the worst night of my life. This in turn ruined my whole week. I go in with a few of my friends and went to the counter and asked for some water. The guy gives me a dirty look, fills a glass of water, and slams it down in front of me. Half the glass splashed on my arm and sleeve. I said "what the hell is this?!" and he said "deal with it, it's just water" and he walks away. He didn't bother apologizing or even re-filling the half-empty glass. So anyway, me and my friends just want to have a good time and watch the countdown. I look at around at what seemed to be 25 TV's and not one of them was shwoing the countdown or the New Years festivities in NY (and this was at 11:52pm). I swear they were all on ESPN.

Throughout the night, there was broken glass everywhere and people crying for no reason. The atmosphere put me and my friends all in depressed moods and we could not enjoy ourselves. I was going to have my birthday at this place, but now I don't even feel like celebrating at all.

If you are looking for a nice night out at a clean bar with good atmosphere and nice staff, THIS IS NOT THE PLACE FOR YOU!

Pros: None

Cons: Douche staff, dirty bar, dirty people

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I had a great experience there on friday night, i read the old reviews and thought id take a chance, service was prompt and great, food was delicious ( not that expensive either). just be prepared to get there early the large patio fills up quick. i will return

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★★★★★

I had a great experience there on friday night, i read the old reviews and thought id take a chance, service was prompt and great, food was delicious ( not that expensive either). just be prepared to get there early the large patio fills up quick. i will return

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My fiance and I had been excited to eat at Bad Dog Tavern for weeks. I can honestly say that after eating at hundreds of restaurants over the past 6 years, this is one of the worst meals I've ever had in Chicago. I should've looked at the four terrible reviews on Citysearch. Here's why:

FOOD
Clearly this restaurant invested all of its money in the descriptions for the menu, and not on quality food. The salmon was dry, and tasted very old. The sauce was way too sweet, and covered the entire plate. The soup was cold and mediocre at best. This was not even good food for a bar.

AMBIANCE
Parts of the restaurant looked as if it were still under construction

SERVICE
Two things come to mind - Lazy and not very informed

BATHROOMS
Absolutely disgusting, like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks (TP everywhere). This is a very disturbing sign.

Neighbors heed my advice and save your money for some decent food.

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★☆☆☆☆

My fiance and I had been excited to eat at Bad Dog Tavern for weeks. I can honestly say that after eating at hundreds of restaurants over the past 6 years, this is one of the worst meals I've ever had in Chicago. I should've looked at the four terrible reviews on Citysearch. Here's why:

FOOD
Clearly this restaurant invested all of its money in the descriptions for the menu, and not on quality food. The salmon was dry, and tasted very old. The sauce was way too sweet, and covered the entire plate. The soup was cold and mediocre at best. This was not even good food for a bar.

AMBIANCE
Parts of the restaurant looked as if it were still under construction

SERVICE
Two things come to mind - Lazy and not very informed

BATHROOMS
Absolutely disgusting, like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks (TP everywhere). This is a very disturbing sign.

Neighbors heed my advice and save your money for some decent food.

Pros: None

Cons: Terrible food, service, and disgusting bathrooms

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The first time I came here I think was in May, and I had a great experience... the outdoor patio is great in the warm weather, and they have a couple good Belgian beers. I had a salmon sandwich that I loved... I couldn't stop raving about how the salmon was cooked perfectly and the garnishes/dressing/etc complimented it perfectly... So needless to say, I couldn't wait to take my boyfriend back there for his birthday a few weeks ago. Not so much.... they seemed to have grown in popularity since the last time we were there, but they must have changed chefs or something, because the food had SEVERELY declined. My boyfriend had the pulled pork bbq sandwich, which was disgusting... basically just some dry pork slathered in nasty bbq sauce with a gross piece of lettuce on it. I had the same salmon as the last time, and the salmon was so dry and flavorless that I could barely even eat it! I had it wrapped up and brought it home for my dog!!!!!! We left hurriedly and don't plan on going back... too bad because it was good the first time.

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★★☆☆☆

The first time I came here I think was in May, and I had a great experience... the outdoor patio is great in the warm weather, and they have a couple good Belgian beers. I had a salmon sandwich that I loved... I couldn't stop raving about how the salmon was cooked perfectly and the garnishes/dressing/etc complimented it perfectly... So needless to say, I couldn't wait to take my boyfriend back there for his birthday a few weeks ago. Not so much.... they seemed to have grown in popularity since the last time we were there, but they must have changed chefs or something, because the food had SEVERELY declined. My boyfriend had the pulled pork bbq sandwich, which was disgusting... basically just some dry pork slathered in nasty bbq sauce with a gross piece of lettuce on it. I had the same salmon as the last time, and the salmon was so dry and flavorless that I could barely even eat it! I had it wrapped up and brought it home for my dog!!!!!! We left hurriedly and don't plan on going back... too bad because it was good the first time.

Pros: nice patio, a few good belgian beers

Cons: unknowledgeable servers, lackluster food

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the servers act like your an intrusion.. I was served my dark beer with almost 3 inches of head. The food was cold! the salmon was dry..
fast food slow!

bad dog has a good beer selection, but dont' bother asking any questions becouse the staff will have no awnswers for you.

The hopleaf or cooper's are far better!! try one of those instead.....

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★☆☆☆☆

the servers act like your an intrusion.. I was served my dark beer with almost 3 inches of head. The food was cold! the salmon was dry..
fast food slow!

bad dog has a good beer selection, but dont' bother asking any questions becouse the staff will have no awnswers for you.

The hopleaf or cooper's are far better!! try one of those instead.....

Pros: beer selection. nice hostess

Cons: everything else

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I don't frequently have motivation enough after a dining experience to actually write one of these, but this must be said. Many of my friends have recommended Bad Dog to me on several occasions. I took their word for it, thinking they were good friends. Unfortunately, they are bad friends and they shouldn't have led me so far off track! They were out of the first four things I ordered, our food was cold- when we finally got it and I kept wondering if I had done something to offend my server, seeing as she didn't come around often enough for me to tell her any of this. At the end of our meal, the server tossed our check at us (without asking if we'd like anything else, which I might have!) and trounced away. I noticed there was a notecard indicating we could leave a message if we wanted to about our experience. It surprised me that she would have actually left it in there, given the experience we had. My wife thought I should let a manager know, but he seemed as interested as our server in doing anything to accomodate us. Overall, I feel like I would have fared better having gone to McDonald's. What a nightmare.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I don't frequently have motivation enough after a dining experience to actually write one of these, but this must be said. Many of my friends have recommended Bad Dog to me on several occasions. I took their word for it, thinking they were good friends. Unfortunately, they are bad friends and they shouldn't have led me so far off track! They were out of the first four things I ordered, our food was cold- when we finally got it and I kept wondering if I had done something to offend my server, seeing as she didn't come around often enough for me to tell her any of this. At the end of our meal, the server tossed our check at us (without asking if we'd like anything else, which I might have!) and trounced away. I noticed there was a notecard indicating we could leave a message if we wanted to about our experience. It surprised me that she would have actually left it in there, given the experience we had. My wife thought I should let a manager know, but he seemed as interested as our server in doing anything to accomodate us. Overall, I feel like I would have fared better having gone to McDonald's. What a nightmare.

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We have dined at Bad Dog for both lunch and dinner and had exceptional meals both times. The food is always good and they offer a lot of great alternatives to "bar food". I enjoyed their wine list and my fiance enjoys thier selection of beers. Great option for Lincoln Square drinking and dining!

2
★★★★★

We have dined at Bad Dog for both lunch and dinner and had exceptional meals both times. The food is always good and they offer a lot of great alternatives to "bar food". I enjoyed their wine list and my fiance enjoys thier selection of beers. Great option for Lincoln Square drinking and dining!

Pros: Location, menu, service

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The first time I went here with friends in the evening for drinks I had a good time - the surroundings were cozy and service was prompt. So I returned with my parents and had weekend lunch in their outdoor area in August 2006. I have never experienced such rude service before. The hostess was fine, but our waitress was gruff and inattentive. Additionally, she questioned me when I wanted to wrap up the rest of my salad to take home and snapped, "You want to take home a salad!?!" The service really soured my family's experience. I will not be returning to Bad Dog Tavern in the future.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The first time I went here with friends in the evening for drinks I had a good time - the surroundings were cozy and service was prompt. So I returned with my parents and had weekend lunch in their outdoor area in August 2006. I have never experienced such rude service before. The hostess was fine, but our waitress was gruff and inattentive. Additionally, she questioned me when I wanted to wrap up the rest of my salad to take home and snapped, "You want to take home a salad!?!" The service really soured my family's experience. I will not be returning to Bad Dog Tavern in the future.

Pros: Location and atmosphere

Cons: Disrespectful staff

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After noticing the high rating for Bloody Mary's at Bad Dog Tavern, I happened to be in the area the other day and was anxious to try one of these highly recommended Bloody Mary's. It was just a mix with vodka. I had to ask for Olives and/or any other garnishings. There was nothing to the drink ... I could make a better B.Mary at home.
In fact it was even served in a small glass, not the common glass one is served when ordering a Bloody Mary.
The bar has great choices for beer and I did enjoy those, however the service was pretty slow and I found myself annoyed a number of times while trying to flag down any sort of attention from the Bartender on duty.

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★★★☆☆

After noticing the high rating for Bloody Mary's at Bad Dog Tavern, I happened to be in the area the other day and was anxious to try one of these highly recommended Bloody Mary's. It was just a mix with vodka. I had to ask for Olives and/or any other garnishings. There was nothing to the drink ... I could make a better B.Mary at home.
In fact it was even served in a small glass, not the common glass one is served when ordering a Bloody Mary.
The bar has great choices for beer and I did enjoy those, however the service was pretty slow and I found myself annoyed a number of times while trying to flag down any sort of attention from the Bartender on duty.

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We were pleasantly surprised by the food and atmosphere here. They have great burgers and sandwiches, as well as entrees. The front of the building is a bar with several flat screen TVs, and in the back is a quieter dining area. They also have a great outdoor space.

Perfect for a quick bite to eat before movies at the Davis Theater, or you could spend a few hours over beer and appetizers in the bar or patio.

4
★★★★☆

We were pleasantly surprised by the food and atmosphere here. They have great burgers and sandwiches, as well as entrees. The front of the building is a bar with several flat screen TVs, and in the back is a quieter dining area. They also have a great outdoor space.

Perfect for a quick bite to eat before movies at the Davis Theater, or you could spend a few hours over beer and appetizers in the bar or patio.

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The look is fairly hip for lincoln square, the servers and bartenders are cool, the outdoor patio is fine, but something is odd. It seems like an bizarre mix of sports bar, quasi mod restaurant with poetry readings/live comedy on Sunday's. I think they'd be better off taking out the TV's and adding more chairs and live music on the weekends.

2
★★★★☆

The look is fairly hip for lincoln square, the servers and bartenders are cool, the outdoor patio is fine, but something is odd. It seems like an bizarre mix of sports bar, quasi mod restaurant with poetry readings/live comedy on Sunday's. I think they'd be better off taking out the TV's and adding more chairs and live music on the weekends.

Pros: Different Venue

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A trendy bar in a stroller heavy neighborhood with an average menu and downtown prices - go to the Grafton across the street for a much better burger and much better prices. I'd hate to see this place fail but they've got to decide if they're going to be a tavern or a trendy restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

A trendy bar in a stroller heavy neighborhood with an average menu and downtown prices - go to the Grafton across the street for a much better burger and much better prices. I'd hate to see this place fail but they've got to decide if they're going to be a tavern or a trendy restaurant.

Pros: location

Cons: prices, food

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