Dive in at Local Option

As Joan Jett would say, I love rock 'n' roll. Local Option is a solid place to imbibe on first-rate craft beer while listening to legendary soundtracks like Aerosmith.

This metal-themed dive bar in Lincoln Park is a great place to play headbanger while salivating over the 25+ unique beers listed on the chalkboard. You would be hard-pressed to find many of their drafts elsewhere.

My knowledgeable bartender informed me they brew in-house and offered a sample of one of their most popular brews. Exorcist is a tasty Foreign Extra Stout and I was sold based on the dark chocolate and fruit flavors. Despite the 8.5% ABV, this is an easy drinking beer.


So many choices, so little time. My next beer was a Bourbon County Brand Vanilla Stout 2018 by Goose Island, which sits at a hefty 14.9% ABV. This stout is brimming with vanilla and barrel aged flavors (just try to sip it).


The food menu is heavy on Creole/Cajun selections. It looks appetizing and I read some glowing reviews; however, I needed to save room for impending dinner plans. Next time I dabble!

Be sure to feast your eyes on the gothic decor throughout the venue. I'm smitten with the lighting, color scheme, and art in the back room. Local Option would be the perfect place to throw a Halloween party (can you pencil me in).


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