Glunz Bavarian Haus (CLOSED)

4128 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL, 60618, United States
(773) 472-4287
Latitude: 41.95657, Longitude: -87.68056

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Wifi Available
Cask Beer
Indoor Smoking
Available Parking
Beer Pricing: $$$
Public Transit
Proper Glassware
Outdoor Seating
Family Friendly
Selection: 4.08 | Atmosphere: 4.33 | Service: 4.08 | Food: 4.00
83.3
out of 100
Overall Beer Mapping Score
Based on 3 reviews.
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emerge077 (358)
Friday 4th of June 2010 07:48:21 PM
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Stopped in again this evening with fellow BA acme.

This was about my 4th visit, been here various times, including pub crawls, Mayfest, etc. Wooden bar is in the front to the left, table seating immediately when you enter, and more cozy seating in the back. Plenty of dark wood, the barstools are swiveling with a c-cradle design. Little wooden shelves display an impressive collection of krugs, interspersed with little white holiday lights. They serve food at the bar on a specially designed wood platform that rests on the groove of the bar rail.

Taps seemed to be the same as usual, Weihenstephaner Hefe Dunkel, VITUS (currently on order from the distro), Optimator, Reissdorf Kolsch, Delerium Noel, London Pride, Einbecker Ur-Bock, and a few others. They carry what sells, instead of rotating random stuff. Luckily Vitus is in that lineup. Bottle list has a few Germans, Belgians, not especially extensive.

Food is hearty German fare, there was a fish-fry special on fridays for $10.95. Service was great, friendly bartenders, knowledgeable about beer and Germany. One especially attractive Romanian server gave us fig vodka shots on the house. A more sedate option in Lincoln Square, one of the last few authentic German spots around.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4 | Service: 4 | Food: 4.0
80.0
Overall

Redrover (157)
Tuesday 4th of November 2008 02:38:44 PM
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Glunz Bavarian Haus is located at one of the Nexuses of German bars in Chicago - Lincoln, Damen & Irving Park.

The appropriately named Bavarian Haus specializes in German/Austrian food and beer. It is owned by the Glunz family who are longtime distributors of European beers in the US.

The space used to the Great American Beer Palace which one was one of the first real beer bars in Chicago. This place is a very worthy successor. For those who never had a chance to visit, the Beer Place used to give out plastic Viking Helmets to patrons that drank a certain number or flight of beers. It was pretty funny to watch a bunch of inebriated folks trying to catch cabs while wearing the helmets. I’m sure most cabbies accelerated at the sight of what appeared to be a drunken Viking raiding party. But I digress.

The Bavarian Haus is decorated with lots of wood & German beer memorabilia. They have some absolutely classic stuff here. It’s almost like a beer museum.

There is a small stage in back and they have a band on most weekend nights. It is usually a small German combo and they really add to the festive atmosphere. The band often goes out to play to the crowd in the patio, which is a nice touch.

The service is very friendly, fast and efficient. They serve the beers in the correct branded bar ware. They use a very cool device to wash their beer glasses. I think that due to this device, all the beers come with almost a picture perfect look with the correct amount of head.

On to beer, very good tap choices. You will be able to choose from Stiegl, one or two selections from Paulaner (Including a Maibock in season.), two selections from Hofbrau, two from Hacker Pschor, etc. Note they also always offer one or two choices from Fullers & have Delirium on tap.

The food is very tasty, with entrees run about $20 -$25. It is very authentic. You can also get some less pricey options like Thuringer or brat plate. They also offer a nice selection of tasty sandwiches.

This place is a short walk from Laschet’s Inn, Resi’s Bierstube and the Wild Goose. That should provide a nice pub-crawl for just about any beer lover.
Selection: 4.25 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4.25 | Food: 4.25
86.7
Overall

pudgym29 (55)
Saturday 10th of May 2008 02:30:35 PM
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I wound up here because the bar I intended to visit [The Wild Goose Pub] was _temporarily closed_ for renovation when I walked into it. (Yes, I walked into it.)
What attracted me here as a backup? The place is festooned with bunting for the "*new*" (ostensibly old) Schlitz beer. Does the name now resonate? It should. Glunz has been the metropolitan Chicago distributor of Schlitz since the repeal of prohibition. So it is sensible that its house tavern should be one of the clutch serving the "new"-1960's formulation of Schlitz. You can get a 12 oz. bottle of it for $3.50.
How was it? Ehhh boy. I won't speak ill of too many beers. But to be truthful with you; I've had Schlitz continuously for years. When I go to the Billy Goat Tavern on N. Michigan Ave.; its house beers on draft had been from Schlitz [until about five years ago].
One of the bars where some people I know from Chic-A-Go-Go who are in a band play out is Cal's Liquors at Van Buren & Wells. Schlitz has been one of its cheap beers in a can for a long time. Even Delilah's has been offering Schlitz as one of its $1.00 beers on Monday nights.
I had a bottle of the "new" Schlitz here.
I submit to you that the "1960s formula" is hype. I was served the bottle of it at nearly a frozen temperature. The closer a beer is served to freezing, the less likely you are to notice that the flavor of it *has not changed*. It is mostly cold - just like Coors Light (Do you taste anything when you consume that?).
It is nice that this elderly beer is getting a marketing push. But really, the same could be done for *_Huber_* beer (another beer distributed by Glunz), and in that instance, it *genuinely would* help the brewery which actually brewed the product. (The "new" Schlitz is brewed under contract at the _Miller_ plant in Milwaukee. Huber is brewed at the Huber {doh} [Minhas] facility in Monroe, WI.)
The Chicago Beer Society is unlikely to do this; but I would enjoy learning what would occur if another organization [maybe "Time Out Chicago", "Newcity", or the "Reader"] had a _blind_ tasting of the *old* Schlitz, and the *new old 1960s* Schlitz. Would most people discern the difference (if there was any)?
The other beer I had here was the one liter serving of Glunz Haus Helles [This is *actually* from Huber in Monroe, WI. Perhaps it is Huber.] for $7.50. (It is $7.50 on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday.) It is an ok beer. I detected diacetyl in it. I hope that is only because of the sanitation of the draft lines at Glunz Bavarian Haus. (But this is mildly mind-boggling. A venue run by a distributor with dirty tap lines?)
In total, there are sixteen beers on draft. Most are from Germany. There are two from Austria; two from the U.K., and one from Denmark (no points if you guess which Danish beer it is, you yeast harvester). Prices are above average. The breweriana in the venue is nice.
There are two flat screen televisions which receive cable (only). Food is available. I didn't have any; but two of the other customers here had some of the sausages. They looked good. While I was here, a cold front passed through the neighborhood, dropping temperatures sixteen degrees in two hours; and someone dropped off free copies of "Beer Advocate" magazine.
Transit options: The last bus out of here is the #80 Irving Park westbound at 12:20 am. The Brown Line "L" stations at both Irving Park _and_ Damen are open, however. Take it.
Selection: 4 | Atmosphere: 4.5 | Service: 4 | Food: N/A
83.3
Overall
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