Billy Goat Tavern

(312) 222-1525 | View Website

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL | Directions   60611

41.890400 -87.624479

Open Hours

Mon-Fri 6am-2am; Sat 10am-2am; Sun 11am-2am

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More Categories: Taverns

Cuisine: Traditional American, Fast Food, Hamburgers

Price: $

Tags: Bar Scene, Breakfast, Cheap Eats, Dine At The Bar, Happy Hour, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, People Watching

Payment Methods: Cash

General Info: Shop Online

Neighborhoods: Central, Near North Side

Billy Goat Tavern
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Reviews for Billy Goat Tavern

Doesn't Recommend
16 days ago

This was the worst Burger my husband and I have ever had. We got our burger super fast as we were about the only ones in the place for lunch. The girl behind the counter told us what we should order, "The double cheese burger". Two thin patties w cheese, a dried out bun , choose chopped or sliced onions, pickle relish or sliced pickles, mustard, ketchup. No lettuce no tomatoes no mayo. Unfortunately these lacking ingredients wouldn't have helped. Do your self a favor, pass it up.

11 months ago

Quaint tavern with a lot of history. A fun stop on a Chicago pub crawl!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Are you kidding me – Went to the Billy Goat after a recommendation from our five star hotel . I was very precise in what we we looking for. We wanted a great place for food and cold beers where the " LOCALS" hang out. Well not the case. THIS IS THE PLACE ON THE OLD SATURDAY NITE LIVE - cheese burger, cheese burger, Pepsi, Pepsi, for those who remember. Its kinda funny to see but when it wheres off in five minutes or so the novelty is DONE. Period.

Soon as you get a beer from the rude as you know what bartender and take the first bite from your over priced less quality burger from MC Donald's you will agree. What a dump. I do not recommend to anybody. Go in buy a beer watch the five minute show then go get a good burger at the million of great places to eat in Chicago. Oh bring cash, they don't take cards, oh but they conveniently have a ATM machine that will ding you for a additional 3 bucks. WORST BURGER EVER.

I have to add this: I have been in the food business for over 50 years, the burgers are possessed to for those on here who think they are real.

over a year ago

A must for anyone on Mich. Ave – 5 stars, go here now, trust me! enough said!

over a year ago

Billy Goats is best grubby tavern in chicago – The food is reasonably priced and my entire family LOVES this place. Okay the wine is bad, the beer is basic, but you can get a cheap rum and diet coke or a gin and tonic which is fine.

The cheezeburgers are great--not more greasy than fast food, but without the chemicals. Try the steak sandwich.

Think the burgers, chicken breast or steak is bland? Duh--just put on raw or grilled onions! Or both. The buns are fresh Italian and tasty. A+++

Fries are great too. The staff is funky, the decor is funky and interesting. If you get to know the staff, the guys are very nice.

Not for suburbanites. Not known for cleanliness. But that's okay, it's just fine for building your immune system. Keep that hand sanitizer away!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Way past its prime – Please. this is just resting on its SNL laurels.

Cheezborger cheezborger. pepsi pepsi chips chips.

come on. a tasteless grilled burger on a wonder bun. and too expensive. if downtown go to LuxBar.

Or go to M Burger on Huron off Michigan.


Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Come here for history and folklore, not food – As a journalism student, this place is legendary, and it's a juxtaposition of greasy dive and museum. It's so neat seeing all of the headlines and byline on the walls and imagining the great SNL actors and journalists who have eaten here before you.

The menu is small, which I wouldn't mind if each item were truly good. I had a double cheeseburger, since that's what they are famous for, but it fell short of expectations. The patties were incredibly thin and the cheese was not of very good quality. I can see why the unpretentious atmosphere would be a favorite among industry members, and I saw quite a few business folk chatting it up and having a grand old time with beer and burgers.

Come here for the experience, but if you want great burgers hit up Epic Burger or Edzo's.

over a year ago

Does not live up to the hype... – The staff was almost as strange as it's patrons...all with as much character as the hambuger bun I was served, quickly left. Some may enjoy it's vibe....

over a year ago

an original – We've only been to Chicago three times and already it feels like we've gotten into a habit of going to Billy Goat's.

When we've flown over from the UK and are tired and jet-lagged, the tavern is great to go on our first night for a carb fest. We love the 'cheseborgers' and the chance to sit and watch the world go by.

Of course it's not the cleanest, flashiest place...but there's loads of those kinds of places elsewhere.

Go, enjoy and know you've seen something bit different.

over a year ago

Best Chi-town Tavern Experience – To the rather impertinent Brit - suppose you are entitled to your opinion, though I've been in some dive pubs in the UK that are revered by the locals and couldn't see why but then I wasn't a local. First of all, dive is the word - perhaps not in the OED as used in regards to Billy Goat's but your culinary expectations should be low when that word is used in conjunction with any bar in the States. Second, you're there for the history so if you can't get into that, then nothing else follows, including the staff's perception of your purpose in being there so if your G&T is not up to snuff, go elsewhere. Third, I first became acquainted with Billy Goat's in 1968 while working part-time in the Wrigley Building when I was old enough only to be served a Coke. In 1989, I returned with my husband (who is a Brit, by the way) and my sister and who should walk in but Mike Royko! We bought his book that was being sold behind the bar, 'Sez Who' and Royko personalized it to us. Nick, the bartender, was definitely friendly. Sometimes it's you, the guest, that has to make an effort to the locals.

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