Words by Simon Difford on 01-Apr-2015
110 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60654, United States
Tel: +1 312 222 1331
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Thu 11am-12:30am Fri-Sat 11am-1:30am, Sun 11am-midnight
Door: Open door
Style: Gastro pub
Recommended for: Beer
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Described as being a "continental tavern" fellow Brits will better recognise the Hubbard Inn as being a very large 'gastro pub'. Despite the "continental" billing, the Hubbard Inn has a decidedly North American feel which is matched by its food offering. It also boasts an extensive range of ales and lagers - 21 canned and bottled craft beers with a further 20 on draught.
Those after more mainstream brews not falling under the 'craft' descriptor should look towards to discrete "also service" at the foot of the beer page where the likes of Miller Lite are listed. The wine list is less impressive than the beer selection but still runs to 22 wines by the glass and rises to the giddy heights of Paradigm Cabernet Frank from Nappa Valley at $165 a pop. There's a spattering of cocktails (not available during the day) such as The Hepburn (cucumber vodka, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice) and Secret Witness (Bacardi 8yo, pecan, coconut water, egg white and charged coconut) but we'd recommend you come here for the beer.
The huge space has added grandeur in the form of modern art paintings and a splendid back bar compete with sports screens and glowing ball lighting. High tables line the centre of the long room with the dark wooden bar counter running down one wall and pink velvet booth tables along the opposite wall. A steel staircase leads to the upper floors. Flickering huge church like candles add to atmosphere.