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Bars in Chicago

11 bars in Chicago

Bars in Chicago
The Kerryman
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I've never seen an Irish pub so relaxed, well organised and comfortable. We came here for the Spain-Ireland match in Euro 2012 and had a Bud Lite, which was really nice. In Spain it's hard to find "lite" beers, but I didn't want to get too drunk! The pub is a typical Irish bar but it's much cleaner and quieter than you might expect. I didn't have any food, but other people were eating, and it looked great. It has a little terrace that's perfect for summer nights.
Bars in Chicago
Lady Gregory's
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Walking into this restaurant is the prime example of what Irish Pubs in Chicago look and feel like. When I came through the doorway I was immediately welcomed to the restaurant by lovely hosts who were stationed next to this lovely majestic wood built bar. The bar is this reddish brown wood, handmade looking island that is in the center of the establishment. It circles between the north end and south end of the restaurant and is run by some very friendly faces (some even Irish!). Lining all over the bar are over 300 International whiskeys (mostly from American/bourbon, Ireland/whiskey, Scotland/scotch). This is definitely a whiskey bar at its finest. For micro-brew craft beer lovers, Lady Gregory's has 25 tap handles of a variety of beer. We sat down in the back library with the fireplace roaring on this cold evening, and ordered some good ol fashion Irish-American comfort food! I ordered my favorite dish of fish and chips and I have never had anything close to this outside of England/Ireland. There is the right amount of breading on the whitefish, and the fries are crispy and beautifully seasoned. My friend had the "Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup" combo. I had a bite of it and it just about melted in my mouth. On the grilled cheese is an assortment of 5 cheeses, tomato concasse, candied bacon, and fried shallots and all enclosed by Parmesan buttered encrusted bread. Dipping the sandwich into the soup is an American tradition and it was the perfect medley of flavors! They also have Chicken Curry, Reubens, Chicken Sandwiches, Macaroni and Cheese entrees, Gourmet Salads, Pot Roasts, and so much more! I could have stayed there by the fire all day, but there was so much more to see in Andersonville!
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Buddy Guy's Legends
A jazz club is an absolute must when visiting Chicago. We chose this place because it was recommended and also close to our hotel! You can have a meal of New Orleans-style cuisine or just a drink. It's a very large lounge with tables around the stage and a large bar decorated with guitars from well-known musicians. The show was great and at one point Buddy Guy himself got up to sing a song with his band and the special guest.
Bars in Chicago
Hopleaf
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This place is a beer lover's heaven. Many beers on tap that change often as well as bottled craft beer.
Bars in Chicago
Local Option
The term "local option" refers to the ability of a neighborhood or county to have a license to prohibit or reduce the sales of liquor. This neighborhood bar in Chicago is one of the oldest and last traditional Chicago neighborhood taverns. It's name comes from when years and years ago it was a biker bar and the neighborhood attempted to become a "dry area" to get rid of the rowdy bar. Local Option petitioned and fought to stay open and won. Today they have some of the greatest beer selection in the city. Not only are they a brewery that serves their own beer, but also known to be international in their selection. This was the first bar in Chicago to feature Rolling Rock, which is why there is a beautiful mural painted across the wall. It still has some of its old biker bar decor about it with skulls and spikes but when coming in here you see all kinds of professionals, young hipsters, and older patrons alike. If you're hungry, they have some pretty great food, although it is odd that it is Creole themed....still it is very good. Be sure to get the wings!
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Four Farthings
Four Farthings is nestled only yards away from the DePaul campus and Victory Gardens Theatre in Lincoln Park. With its traditional Chicago pub feel of the crafted wood bar and ancient cash register, this pub is an ideal place get a pint. The crowd typically coming into this pub house is the neighborhood crowd. Lincoln Park has mostly middle aged to older couples, so typically when walking into Four Farthings I find mostly older men who have been coming together to drink for decades. The food is a little bit on the pricier side but is of good quantities. Some nights they have trivia night where people play a trivia game throughout the bar. On Sundays they have a brunch which is quite popular in Chicago.
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Binnys Tap Room
The much anticipated Tap Room at the biggest Binny's liquor store location has opened its doors. They had a special event with the Bell's Brewery that they could invite folks to but they are still waiting on one last license from the city of Chicago to be officially open to the public. So we got to see the beautiful new tap room. It is fantastic! If you are a regular beer bar goer then you have to check out this new gem to Lincoln Park! The store reconstructed and added on a champagne room with high ceilings and a massive projector screen for events and meetings. Follow through the champagne room to the other side and you are at the entrance of the Tap Room. The designers kept all of the qualities of the warehouse that was once there (which is in true Chicago fashion!) and so there is a massive white washed crane propped in the far ceiling, ceiling high windows with ivy over them, barrels scattered around as tables, beautifully framed newspaper pages about beer and Chicago history all around, and finally a classy black bar. I wish the bar was wood built but I understand why not. The night was amazing. The service all prompt and sincere. They have 25 taps of rare beer and small breweries alike! The bar looks fully stocked with liquor as well! Definitely will be a new hot spot in Chicago!
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First Draft
With countless tap handles and a beer book that goes on for days, this is the perfect example of the craft beer scene in Chicago! They have local beer from the city, from the suburbs, from the Midwest, and then all over the USA and World. The tables are set up with little baskets underneath that are small enough to hold just the beer menu book, so when you sit down you can start looking over all the beers right away. Not only do they have a large selection but they are also very good about staying up to date with the newest craft beers coming out. It is a beautiful restaurant. The bar is the highlight of the place. The woodwork is majestic and perfect for the space. It is brand new and looks it too. With high arches, it really represents the high quality nature of the place. At the west end of the bar, they even have a custom made wood shelf to match the bar with Michael Jordan's Nike designed shoes on it. From the tables to the window counters to the bar, it is a really beautiful place to grab a drink. So not only does the bar and beer selection look great, but from what I have had of their food is amazing. Easily one of my new favorite places in Chicago! We were their late at night so we did not get a whole meal but we did order chicken wings and a pizza. There were 3 different styles of wings which showcased the differences between areas in the US with Chicago style, Louisville style, and some classic BBQ. We had the BBQ and Chicago styles and I was practically licking the plates afterward. Then they came out with the "small" pizza. We got a custom made pizza and it was incredible. You could tell it was handmade dough right away as well as the sauce and the fresh toppings were phenomenal. I cannot wait to go back here and get dinner and a beer sometime soon!
Bars in Chicago
Andy's Jazz Club
We went to the minors session which lasts until seven. Cover is $10 per person and then drinks and food. The music left much to be desired, but perhaps we didn't catch the best show.
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Abbey Pub
With a beautiful built-in stage, this location is a prime spot to catch an amazing show. If you are visiting Chicago and don't have the money or time to get to the top theaters in the city, this would be a great place to check out. We were there to see one of my favorite bands called Under The Willow and they were playing along with a Colorado band called Shel. I would love to know the background of this gorgeous building, because it looks as if it has transitioned into the bar that it is today. It still has the character of what it once was in it. There are intricate carvings into the stage walls and it is even two venues. There is a cement wall separating the stages, and you can't hear any difference if two bands are jamming at the same time. Posters are plastered all over the walls and it is easy to see the history behind this place. Don't expect too much out of the beer selection. There really isn't any. It's more about the experience!
Bars in Chicago