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The Map Room

Bar and Coffee Shop$$$$
Bucktown, Chicago
106 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • alpha king
  • casual
  • good for a late night
  • coffee
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  • Maureen
    MaureenMay 17, 2017
    Been here 50+ times
    Johnny is my favorite bartender working there now. Amazing draft list and service, unique atmosphere and cozy seating. Great date spot or catch the game with friends.
    Upvoted Oct 21, 2017
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    It aims to educate with its beer selection—at least 26 on tap (including a cask-conditioned, hand-pumped ale) and hundreds by the bottle. Try the bar's monthly "beer school" led by a local brewmaster. Read more
  • Pam P.
    Pam P.March 14, 2015
    Tons of craft beer on draft and even more in bottles. The bartenders are great, if you treat them right. Don't know much about beer? Ask questions. Great coffee spot during the day, low key.
  • Rufus H.
    Rufus HughesAugust 24, 2013
    One of the nicest hole in the wall bars I've seen. So many unique craft beers, it would take weeks to get through them all. Great place, good people, tip well. Would highly recommend!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 24, 2015
    Stop by for Beer School with Greg Browne, the brewmaster at Mickey Finn’s Brewery, to learn about the different styles of beer—tickets are sold at the bar on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Shara M.
    Shara MillerOctober 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer roster in this bar is fantastic. Too bad the vibe during some evenings can be a bit off-putting and unfriendly. I highly recommend visiting this place for coffee in the morning, though.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroachDecember 11, 2011
    Get here early enough on a sat or Sunday and you don't have to deal with football jersey cigar smoking idiots. Or you can come on a weeknight and sit in the corner. Either way the corner is the best.
  • ben m.
    ben mMarch 11, 2015
    Incredible beer list. Always plenty of 3 Floyds. If the tables are full grab a seat by the counter near the door.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 15, 2011
    Yes, maps line the walls. But the real attraction is the beer list. You can travel from Belgium to the U.S. to Germany and to Ireland all from your barstool. Try the beer of the month. Genius concept.
  • RJ S.
    RJ SteinerMay 14, 2014
    Amazing little bar with an insane tap list, great bartenders, and it's byof(ood). Plus at 4-6 bucks a beer, you really can't go wrong.
  • Liz H.
    Liz HomsyNovember 19, 2012
    Best beer bar in the city, with fantastic and super knowledgeable bartenders! Just avoid it late on a Friday or Saturday night...the crowds are insane...
  • Carly S.
    Carly SDecember 2, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    One of the best beer bars in the city. Formally cash only but they now take credit cards!
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyOctober 5, 2015
    Love this place. From the around-the-world-beer selection to being surrounded by shelves of old National Geographics. It's like hanging out in your cool uncle's basement.
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RangelOctober 10, 2015
    Bartenders are nothing special but that shouldn't matter after your face has been melted off by the brew selection. The vibe was great with 2 east euros playing blitz at a high top.
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyJanuary 11, 2015
    Amazing amount of great beer to choose from, and a unique traveler vibe to keep the conversation interesting.
  • Katarina K.
    Katarina KatsmaDecember 29, 2015
    Cash only, but this spot is one of the greatest in Chicago. Very chill atmosphere with a great beer selection.
  • Karin
    KarinJuly 12, 2014
    Free wifi, intelligentsia and craft beer what more do you need
  • OkCupid Daters' Choice
    The Map Room was voted the Best Boozy Date Spot by OkCupid users in the first-ever Daters' Choice Awards! Tap Read more for additional date spot categories in Chicago. #daterschoice Read more
  • Jake W.
    Jake WilliamsAugust 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Come in the morning for coffee, quiet atmosphere to get work done. Stay for the great beer on tap!
  • Diego R.
    Diego RufoMarch 29, 2011
    Best beers from all over the world! There is always a new beer on special and always a beer or 6 that you have never had before. Read more
  • Global H.
    Global HighlanderSeptember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is a bar that has quite a lot of beer: several obscure draft options and many more bottle options.
  • Original Penguin
    Original PenguinNovember 9, 2010
    Choose from more than 200 of the world’s best brews, including daily cask- conditioned ale. Translation: unfiltered and unpasteurized, the way the Celts drank it.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMarch 26, 2014
    Huge beer selection, fun place to go with a couple people and try a bunch of stuff.
  • Mikinzie S.
    Mikinzie StuartDecember 31, 2009
    Hole-in-the-wall offering 200+ craft beers. Great selection of drafts served in appropriate glass. Reasonable price. My favorite was the friendly staff guy who went around collecting empty glasses! Read more
  • tankboy
    tankboyAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great rotating beer menu and chill staff make it easy to hang here for hours.
  • Adam D.
    Adam DoyleOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    i love the staff here! nice people. come here to try something new. not to drink miller lite and pbr. ask the staff what beers they like.
  • Robin J.
    Robin JohannsenMarch 16, 2015
    Great beer selection. It's also a pretty good environment for getting some work done.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BroachDecember 11, 2011
    Get here early enough on a sat or Sunday and you don't have to deal with football jersey cigar smoking idiots. Or you can come on a weeknigh
  • Olga I.
    Olga IsaevaJune 1, 2016
    Great authentic pub atmosphere, good selection of beer. No food, but can bring your own.
  • Drink Deals C.
    Drink Deals ChicagoMay 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try all the Belgian drafts! Always a different option every time you come here so enjoy each one while you can!
  • Adam H.
    Adam HickeyJanuary 13, 2013
    Great atmosphere and extensive beer selection. Only downfall is that it's cash only.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FergusonSeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best beer bar in the city. Try a new beer each time you come. The bee's nuts bar snacks kick ass too.
  • Untappd
    UntappdAugust 24, 2012
    Maps, maps everywhere! We love the long bar and free water at the exit!
  • Gio F.
    Gio FretzJune 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out their monthly beer. By the time you come back, time flies and its a month! Don't miss out.
  • Kimberly
    KimberlyJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Bring in your own coffee mug in the morning and you can get Intelligentsia coffee for a buck!
  • Marko V.
    Marko V.November 17, 2015
    Wide selection of beers - also draft. Good service and atmosphere!
  • Ali R.
    Ali RaizinOctober 24, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The Map Room brews Intelligencia coffee starting at 6:30am on weekdays. Definitely the best place to grab good cheap coffee early in the morning.
  • Damon K.
    Damon KanakisMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    on a sunny afternoon, i love sitting in front by the window rotating between bottomless cups of intelligencia and bloody mary's with alpha king sidecars.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 7, 2010
    I feel at home at the Map Room because it’s “a travelers tavern” and you can taste a world of beers without ever leaving your stool. – Samantha Brown Read more
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithSeptember 23, 2012
    Check out one of the multitude of National Geographic magazines they have lining the walls.
  • Virl S.
    Virl SAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great beer and coffee. Good to sit near the open windows
  • Hudson Sutler
    Hudson SutlerJuly 20, 2017
    It’s a casual bar with beer you’ve never heard of and probably could never pronounce. Read more
  • Quentin R.
    Quentin ReulJuly 27, 2013
    Great selection of beers and well worth the detour.
  • Joan V.
    Joan VMarch 26, 2012
    The best bar for trying new beer. I love the atmosphere & awesome staff here! :)
  • Jess S.
    Jess SMay 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Mon: complimentary meat & cheese spread (~5pm) Tues: Int'l Nite, buy 2 drinks, get free dinner (served @ 7pm). Great deals, great beer!
  • Brittany N.
    Brittany NicoleMarch 13, 2015
    Beer menu is constantly updated. Amazing atmosphere
  • Mark H.
    Mark HwangDecember 3, 2011
    i dare you to try all beers they've got on their menu. it's gonna be a long night for sure.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PetrowskyOctober 4, 2011
    Be sure to tip your bartender well. Build a dollar log cabin. You might even earn a shot of malort.
  • Manuel C.
    Manuel CortesJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring Cash and an open mind for new beers.
  • jmm
    jmmSeptember 21, 2013
    Cash only! Bring your beer knowledge.
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