First, a couple of notes about this place to clear up some confusion. Yes, this is technically the same place that used to be about six blocks further west on Irving Park Road, and yes, there used to be another Mike's Ale House on Western and Bryn Mawr. However, Mike Hirsch sold both places; the one on Western is now Sherry's, and the one at the 5134 W. Irving Park location retained the Mike's Ale House name. Unfortunately, it did not retain the beer selection the original Mike's had. They now have all of three taps: Buttwiper, Goose Island Honker's Ale, and Three Floyds Alpha Kings -- all three of which are on tap at about 38,000 other bars in the Chicago area. Except those 38,000 other bars probably actually serve the beer too, instead of having the tap handles adorn empty lines. Dismayed that they didn't actually have any of the two palatable tap selections on tap, I turned to their bottle selection to find that the most exotic bottle offerings were Leffe and Hoegaarden. So I ordered a Leffe with a sigh of resignation. The bartender opened the bottle and plopped it in front of me, as if I should drink it straight out of the bottle like it's Miller Lite. I asked for a glass, and despite the fact that they had La Chouffe tulip glasses there, she handed me a pint shaker glass (which, by the way, was absolutely filthy.) It became evident that these people know nothing about craft beer, so I simply asked her to replace the dirty glass rather than try to explain that you don't serve a bottle-conditioned Belgian ale in a shaker glass.
For food I ordered a "flight" of three mini-burgers, none of which were that great and one of which (the barbecue burger) was kind of nasty because they used cheap-o "Open Pit"-style barbecue sauce. Good grief -- if you're gonna use crappy store-bought barbecue sauce, at least take one step up from the bottom and use something halfway palatable like KC Masterpiece. It also came with tater-tots that were luke-warm. I asked for sauce to dip them in; had to remind the bartender 20 minutes later to please bring me the sauce. Service was similarly flaky throughout my stay. She was very nice though, so at least I didn't get a side-dish of attitude with my mediocre meal and improperly served beer.
It seems like this place is not at all trying to carry on the legacy of the original Mike's Ale House, so maybe it's not fair to judge them against that standard. It does seem like a nice enough little neighborhood corner bar. The bartender was quite friendly and the patrons were pretty low-maintenance-type folks who were easy to chat with. If that's all you need from a bar, this place is worth checking out. But Mike's Ale House is no longer a "beer bar" for craft-beer aficionados.