The Map Room Bar

We opened the Map Room in November 1992 with a travelers’ theme. We began fleshing out our theme with maps, National Geographics, travel books, and beers from all over the world.

Thank goodness we met brewer Greg Browne and members of the Chicago Beer Society! Without their guidance, we never would have been able to build a beer selection that did justice to the great brewing nations.

Still, a great beer selection does not a great place make. But it’s a good start, beer being the great democratic beverage, the great leveler, everyman’s drink.

We read a book called The Great Good Place by Ray Oldenburg. It bemoaned the lack of “third” places in America, places where people go for social nourishment, places outside of home and work. We were inspired to make our bar a third place, to create an environment that fostered community. We aim to be a place where people from all walks of life come together, hoist a pint, and make friends.


We are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas!

We open at 6:30 am Monday through Friday, 7:30 am Saturday. We sell Intelligentsia coffees, espressos, lattes, and all that good stuff. Enjoy them with pastries from Bennison’s Bakery and breakfast sandwiches from the Goddess and Grocer. Check out the full Morning Menu.

Alcohol service begins at 11 am daily, and that’s also the time we open on Sundays.

Last call is at 1:30 am Sunday through Friday, 2:30 am. Saturday. Thanks for stopping by!

Sorry! We have no kitchen. Our only regular foodservice is available during mornings (see our Morning Menu), and we have complimentary meats and cheeses on Monday evenings. You are more than welcome to bring in food or order from our rough and tumble collection of delivery menus.

In addition to beer, we have a full bar including liquor and fine wine.

We hold seasonal Beer Schools for those who like to get some education while drinking beer. Beer School is hosted by venerable brewer Greg Browne. Tickets go on sale at the bar three weeks before each school. They’re $25 each, 2 per person. Learn more about Beer School.

Hello, smokers! Please smoke on the Armitage side of the building (We are on the corner of Armitage and Hoyne; Armitage is a busy street, Hoyne is residential.) We put an outdoor ashtray there for you to use, conveniently located away from doors and windows. Thank you!

We are a small room, so we’re not always able to fit pub crawls. It’s best to contact Laura before your event to see whether we can work with you.

Please contact Laura to work out details. We’ll always try our best to accommodate you.

We now accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We also have two ATMs in the bar for your convenience.

The Map Room is easily accessible via public transportation: Armitage bus #73, Damen bus #50, Western bus #49, and the Blue Line @ Western.