The Tapster

Image: Yelp/Matt L.
MONDAY: 5 P.M.–12 A.M.
TUESDAY–THURSDAY: 4 P.M.–12 A.M.
FRIDAY: 4 P.M.–2 A.M.
SATURDAY: 12 P.M.–2 A.M.
SUNDAY: 1 P.M.–12 A.M.
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Perhaps the most unique user experience in Chicago’s bar scene, Tapster is a pour-your-own beer bar with a timely mission: “Freedom of choice is the American way, and we at Tapster have embraced this basic human right.” Thirty-eight taps are kegged with regularly rotating beers (another two dozen are set aside for cocktails, wine and kombucha), all of which can be sampled or sipped by the ounce and logged on vending cards. There is no physical bar. Instead, staff mill about the crowd, ready to gush about an of-the-moment sour or seasonal saison.

Known For
  • craft beer
  • craft cocktails
What to drink
The Tapster Double Tap Maple Milk Stout.
Neighborhood
Wicker Park
ProTip
Download the Untappd app for a preview of what’s on deck. Tapster is pretty good about updating its offerings.