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Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Jake Melnick's Corner Tap

Sports Bar and Wings Joint$$$$
Near North Side, Chicago
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  • Dustin M.heart icon on user image
    Dustin McQuaryDecember 20, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome beer selection, wings, happy hour, and service. If anything in this touristy part of town can be called a neighborhood joint, this is as close as it gets.
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The XXX hot wings are so hot that they make you sign a waiver. I broke into a sweat and the stuff is a painful experience. You can't taste anything but pain. Do it. You will remember the moment!
    Upvoted Mar 17
  • Wendy A.heart icon on user image
    Wendy A.October 31, 2014
    A very busy venue! U will need to wait if ur in group. The menu is good for a Sports Bar. Try the Ponchos chicken wings - tasty as!! The Ribs were not gr8. Free Wifi avail.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoDecember 23, 2021
    Been here 10+ times
    PONCHO’S (GRILLED, GARLIC & CAYENNE); XXXX (HABANERO, GHOST PEPPER, SCORPION, & REAPER); NASHVILLE HOT (CAYENNE, CHILI PEPPERS, HONEY & VINEGAR); SPACE TRUFFLE (TANGY TRUFFLE MUSTARD & LEMON ZEST)
  • Leanne Z.heart icon on user image
    Leanne ZOctober 20, 2015
    Had three types of wings, all awesome! They'll do half and half baskets of 8 wings. Many cider choices if anyone happens to be gluten free. Service was awesome and the waiter gave great suggestions.
  • Anamaria H.
    Anamaria HernandezSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The September special of maple bacon wings is surprisingly delicious! Not too sweet at all! And the blue cheese dressing for the side also somehow works. Food is amazing.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoNovember 29, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I know, I can't stop talking about the XXX wings. I can't even stop thinking about them, because they're so addicting! Whenever I want wings, I want XXX! Wings everywhere else pale in comparison.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMay 29, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SKILLET SUNDAE (A GIANT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE SERVED WARM WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM, CHOCOLATE SYRUP & WHIPPED CREAM)
  • Evan O.
    Evan O'ConnorMarch 8, 2013
    Get the Sloppy Pig! It's pulled pork, brisket & smoked chicken in Jake's famous BBQ sauce, topped with cheddar cheese & crispy onions. For beer, I had the Ridgeway IPA. They rotate taps though.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Stunt eaters and people with cast iron stomachs may not be able to resist the allure of the ghost pepper wings but their regular buffalo wings are arguably the best in Chicago. Read more
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMay 29, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    NASHVILLE HOT (CAYENNE, CHILI PEPPERS, HONEY & VINEGAR) and JAKE & THE SPICY PEACH (PEACH, HABANERO)
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoAugust 17, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    WING COMBO: PONCHO’S (GRILLED, GARLIC & CAYENNE) and XXXX (HABANERO, GHOST PEPPER, SCORPION, REAPER)
  • Bobby K.heart icon on user image
    Bobby KennedyOctober 13, 2015
    Impressively solid bar food, albeit with River North prices. The great craft beer list makes up for it.
  • Erika B.
    Erika B.June 7, 2012
    Best selection of beers on tap and in bottle. Awesome garlic fries and homemade bbq chips. Servers are really good and know their beer. ;-)
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMay 29, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    XXXX (HABANERO, GHOST PEPPER, SCORPION & REAPER) and PONCHO’S (GRILLED, GARLIC & CAYENNE)
  • Nicoleheart icon on user image
    NicoleDecember 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great sports bar with even better food! Can't make a wrong turn. The street fries & firecracker wings were to die!
  • Carmen
    CarmenSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mac n' Cheese changes monthly. If you see the loaded potato special you must order it.
  • CC T.heart icon on user image
    CC TJune 12, 2019
    Loved the poncho wings, cocktails, and the bbq platter
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoAugust 26, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Grilled Artichokes, Poncho's Wings, Nashville Hot wings, Ranch Fries
  • Jeff C.heart icon on user image
    Jeff CulpepperMay 4, 2017
    Wings were a little soggy but good flavor. The onion rings are fantastic! Great beer selection and friendly service.
  • Kathy F.
    Kathy ForcheJuly 23, 2013
    Yep!! Best wings ever! They're cooked a little crispy, how I usually have to ask for and the Firecracker flavor comes from my favorite.. Siracha!!!
  • Scott W.
    Scott WeidigJuly 2, 2013
    Nice relaxed atmosphere. Good selection of more than 20 beers on tap. Food is ok, but the outdoor patio is what makes Jake's special.
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoAugust 17, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    BBQ TRIPLE PLAY COMBO with SLOW-SMOKED BEEF BRISKET, 1/4 SMOKED CHICKEN, PULLED PORK
  • Leland B.heart icon on user image
    Leland BrewsterNovember 9, 2015
    Far and away the best buffalo wings I've had in Chicago. That said, I didn't find the "spicy" very spicy. I'll have to go hotter next time.
  • Tim M.heart icon on user image
    Tim McNallySeptember 16, 2015
    Awesome food, great bartenders, great atmosphere. Highly recommend all that I tried, especially the wings.
  • Kaleigh S.heart icon on user image
    Kaleigh SOctober 9, 2016
    I'm sure for anyone who hasn't grown up in Western NY, these wings are great. But if you've had the real deal, you'll find these near inedible. Soggy breading, under-fried and slimy. Gross.
  • Ernesto Z.
    Ernesto ZNovember 4, 2015
    Great food!! Chicken wings and pulled pork are amazing!
  • vakaminskiyheart icon on user image
    vakaminskiyAugust 26, 2014
    Go for the Sloppy Pig! Really tender and delicious sandwich. A bit spicy though!
  • Jackson R.
    Jackson RobbinsJanuary 17, 2013
    Ask for one of their special collaboration beers. Just tried their Greenbush porter made with figs and apples. Tasted great.
  • Astaheart icon on user image
    AstaDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    I love the new app that tells you your wait time and position in line! Also, you get a text when your table is ready!
  • Christian T.heart icon on user image
    Christian TafoyaMay 13, 2015
    Love the wings. Go with the spicier options. Barrel aged gin and tonic is delicious.
  • Jason T.
    Jason TherrienAugust 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent selection of hard to find & exclusive beers. The BBQ nachos & wings are some of the best that this bar-fly has had.
  • Shaun W.heart icon on user image
    Shaun WilliamsFebruary 28, 2017
    Fantastic beer selection, have anything BBQ as they have their own smoker. Get here early!
  • Jason B.
    Jason BroomJune 22, 2012
    Only visited here once, but had the portabello mushroom reuben. I would do it again. And drink some beer while you're at it, but be safe. Somebody loves you.
  • Valeria C.heart icon on user image
    Valeria CallesSeptember 28, 2013
    Really but really delicious!!! Love the wings and fish n' chips!!! Beers rule and service quality amazing!!!
  • ISC C.heart icon on user image
    ISC ChicagoMay 29, 2023
    Been here 10+ times
    PARMESAN GARLIC FRIES (GRATED PARMESAN & GARLIC BUTTER)
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CampbellFebruary 17, 2013
    The service is excellent! The food is also "top shelf". April the bartender is vey knowledgable in the "craft beer" selections. We'll be back!
  • Nick G.heart icon on user image
    Nick GertonsonOctober 18, 2015
    Fish and Chips, and the special wings - pumpkin spice and apple, with Cheddar broccoli slaw.
  • Ron D.heart icon on user image
    Ron DJanuary 23, 2016
    Excellent wings and very solid beer list!
  • 3 Years till R.
    So far so good. Great on-tap selection of not-your-usual-beers. MLB on every tv on all sides. Good atmosphere.
  • Ankit J.
    Ankit JainJune 8, 2013
    Place is awesome to bro out on a Friday night. Beer, BBQ, and Sports. Its a classy version of your favorite corner pub
  • Deirdre R.
    Deirdre ReidMarch 17, 2010
    Fantastic selection of taps and bottles. On a recent trip to Chicago I was so happy I found this place that I went two nights in a row and tasted lots of great local brew.
  • Matt T.heart icon on user image
    Matt TMarch 19, 2014
    The Engine 98 chili is delicious and for a good cause. Me being a fireman on engine 98 has no influence on this tip.
  • Debbie T.
    Debbie TeufelJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Call ahead for a table during busy times. Especially if you have more than a couple of people. It tends to get packed!
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoFebruary 21, 2012
    Go between Thu 16 and Tue 21 and eat beer-battered fish po’ boys and spicy jambalaya and throw back a few hurricanes ($5). Read more
  • Keith C.heart icon on user image
    Keith CaveyJuly 8, 2017
    Great selection of cocktails, craft beer, and very good wings.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossMarch 28, 2016
    Jake Melnick's is always a fun place. Great wings and awesome burgers!
  • Nicholas T.heart icon on user image
    Nicholas TabriziJune 1, 2014
    Must try the Firecracker wings. Best wings I've ever had, you won't be disappointed.
  • Jon T.
    Jon TimmerAugust 30, 2013
    Regular buffalo wings and pulled pork nachos were great! Good selection of beer too
  • David H.
    David HeyOctober 1, 2018
    The Monday Blue Plate Special of meatloaf with mashed potatoes was excellent.
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