Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney

Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney, Chicago: Hours, Address, Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney Reviews: 5/5

Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney

Kibbitznest Books, Brews & Blarney
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3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Kibbitznest is your THIRD PLACE a WIFI-FREE Zone, NO, not free wifi, NO WIFI, to encourage face to face communication. It is a bookbar, with liberal arts books for sale, donated ones benefit our partner, kibbitznest with the mission of preserving quality human communication by promoting a balance between face to face and electronic media communication. We have beer, wine, spirits -a fantastic Moscow Mule! and small plates- delicious cheese plates and Chicago's very own Classic Vienna Beef Hot Dogs, beer floats, the famous Bobtail Ice Cream and more NOSH! The nonprofit conducts programming with stimulating discussions in partnership with the University of Chicago! Oh, and the games and the typewriters, foosball, just a fun place to be! Just leave your laptops at home! Bring your phones and take lots of pictures with your friends and post them on social media!Then tag, tag, tag!
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Dorene M
46 contributions
Nov 2019
Kibbitznest isn't in the city's touristy zone. If you don't have a car, it's not the easiest place to get to. It is a short walk from a 74 Fullerton bus stop, or an Uber can easily whisk you to this place. Honestly, it a non-descript brick building that I had passed by many times on my way to a place across the street. Inside: sensory overload, yet cozy and charming. You can get coffee and a scone, or a yummy craft beer. There are multiple rooms decorated with many vintage items that are just fun to observe, like boardgames, typewriters, books and so on. Super clean restrooms...always a bonus. Resolution for 2020 is to drop by more often.
Written December 9, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tom V
Chicago, Illinois, United States45 contributions
Aug 2018
Kibbitznest represents the newest way to disconnect from your devices and connect with people face to face. It is a hybrid bookstore/bar, cafe offering up craft cocktails beer and coffee, nibbles , and even ice cream! While all of that may interest you, -- browsing books, listening to vintage music, playing board games, writing while using their manual typewriters, or Yes -- just talking with others while you are there, warrants a visit. They proudly announce that Kibbitznest is " wifi free," and encourage conversation, or solitude -- your choice. The back room hosts events that range from storytelling to cultural exchanges and everything in between, many free. Seating is comfortable and the vibe is quiet, but always with some background music that still allows for conversation. You will feel welcome and appreciated, under the watchful and caring hands of the owners, Annie and Louis, who have assembled an equally caring staff. If you visit, you will return.
Written August 19, 2018
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Katie G
Racine, WI213 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
Cute venue. Coffee. Beer. Books. Games. Dessert. What more could you want...and it's all in one spot.
Written August 6, 2018
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Thank you Katie! Hope to see you again soon!
Written August 8, 2018
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hiral h
Farmington Hills, MI64 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Loveed the place. It has a good coffee and tea bar with loads of board games and books. It's a fun place to go to and also the fact that it promotes no technology usage makes you spend quality time with people. Really loved the concept. Had a great time!
Written June 25, 2018
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Meby C
Mauldin, SC494 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We went here after dinner one night. It was a lot of fun! Some of us had drinks, which were great, some had ice cream(delicious), some hot drinks. We didn’t get anything to eat, but there were people enjoying food. It’s a fun bookstore, bar, game place, restaurant. There are several rooms, tables, and shelves of books to read and buy. There are lots of games to play. We had such fun, talking, playing games, drinking. It’s a great place!
Written March 31, 2018
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Monkeyface68
Chicago, IL54 contributions
Feb 2017 • Friends
We live nearby and had been eyeing the place while under construction. We loved the idea that it is supposed to be a "technology-free" space. Interior is adorable and inviting and well planned. We decided to finally try it out for a birthday celebration on a Saturday night. We came in with about 6 people and found a nice, communal table in the back room. When I went up to the bar to order drinks, one of the waitstaff suggested we take a communal table that had just opened up in the front room. We alerted the rest of the party and we shuttled coats and purses to the front table. Finally all transferred, not 5 minutes had gone by when another party was arriving with a cake, etc. and we were informed that they had reserved the table we were seated at and we were asked to move again. Seriously?!? Okay. We are chill and didn't make a big deal other that to exclaim that it is cool that reservations could be made. The table in the back was now occupied but we ended up in the middle room and it was fabulous. Other friends joined us and we were there for a couple of hours playing games. We may have stayed longer but they ran out of many items on their already-limited menu (working out the kinks?) and we were starving. They really only offer snacks (cheese plate, chips and salsa, croissant. . . they ran out of everything but the cheese plate). One main server seemed to be pulling the bulk of the job and she was amazing. Owners and a friend of the owner pitched in, but not really on top of things. Some people unclear on the concept hanging out and talking loudly on a cell phone. Seriously, it is really never cool to have a loud, private, conversation on a cell phone in public. LOVE the concept of this place and I am certain these kinks will be worked out eventually.
Written April 5, 2017
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Hi, Just wanted to thank you so much for your review. You are right, that night, we were slammed and not prepared! I think that was in February. My friend Loretta did have to help, thank God she was there! Your criticism is constructive, smart and spot on, I also appreciate your honesty, your account of the night is true, not exaggerated. Since we opened 6 months ago, it has been a challenging but very rewarding experience, I hope you come back, we will be adding some new things to the food menu soon, but still small plates. I don't want to cook anything! Also, please check out the nonprofit website for our discussion series with the University of Chicago, the next one is April 20th on Shakespeare. Appearing April 20th is Dave Marash, the legendary journalist from ABCNews Nightline!
Written April 10, 2017
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bschenkenberg
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Feb 2017 • Friends
This place is one in a million. Bookcases line the walls, comfortable chairs and tables, fine wine, coffee, tea. Greatest place to have a conversation, read, relax, enjoy life. Totally recommend to locals and travelers.
Written February 19, 2017
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Hi, Thank you so much for your kind words! See you at the Nest!
Written April 10, 2017
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Anne K
2 contributions
Dec 2016
Wow! What a great concept! Books & Brews! Cheese plates and classic Chicago hot dogs! No wifi! No screens! Just face to face communication! Foos ball and board games! Great beer and wine! Paper Sundays - great idea- read a real newspaper!
Written December 3, 2016
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Irina P
7 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
If you want to visit with friends and not their electronic devices Kibbutz Nest is the place to go. It is a cross between a pub (they serve beer), a tea room and a bookstore for new andd old books with a twist. They serve ice cream, cheeses -- light nibbles, so you could concentrate on being with your friends and not the food. There are table games to play, old typewriters to stimulate your inner Hemingway and just being in a comfy place away from the Internet. A very cool concept!
Written December 1, 2016
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A long overdue thank you! Aloha!
Written April 10, 2017
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