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Guinness and fish and chips aren't just for St. Patrick's Day, especially in a city with as many Irish ties as Chicago. With Irish bars located all over the city, you're never far from a nip of whiskey or a pint of beer. Whether you want to drink somewhere after watching the dyeing of the river or just want a pint in August, here are the best Irish pubs in Chicago.
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As the “Home of the Glasgow Celtic Supporters Club,” this Irish pub boasts a dozen beers on tap and traditional fare like shepherd’s pie, as well as decidedly un-Irish tacos and ribs. Weekly Wii games, beanbag tournaments, and live performances from the Polkaholics and Up Ye Boyo keep things lively in the party room behind the spacious main bar.Read more
When two Irish-born musicians open a pub, you’d better believe they’ll pay attention to the tunes. Even aside from live Irish music on Sundays, you can usually count on sipping your stout to bagpipe-driven sounds. In nice weather, the massive back patio doubles the capacity, with towering hedges muffling the sounds of Elston Avenue, while winter means a chance to warm by three fireplaces inside.Read more
Hang with the Beverly crowd at this Far South Side institution, where Irish brogues are the norm and the staff is among the friendliest in town. The fenced-in, wooden deck has a homey, antique decor (i.e., wagon wheels and hanging plants), along with two bars that are great places to root on the Sox.Read more
With the waitresses brandishing brogues along with the shepherd’s pie and Guinness pints, you know this Lakeview Irish pub is the real deal. Everyone from neighborhood families to tipsy Cubs fans stops in for the above-par bar grub. Besides potpies, fish-and-chips and other Emerald Isle imports, you can’t go wrong with the char-grilled meatloaf sandwich, turkey-and-corned-beef Reubens or onion rings the size of your head.Read more
There’s a lot more Gaelic cheer at this bar than just the Guinness on tap. The yummy pub grub is authentic, most of the staff is actually Irish, and it’s never too crowded to nab a table (choose between the vintage woodwork inside and the expansive, open-air patio). Just don’t spread the word too much—we’d hate to wind up ass-to-elbow like at most Lincoln Park McPubs.Read more
Every Irish bar in the city claims maximum authenticity, but this one has the goods to prove it: The vibe is a nice mix of traditional and contemporary Irish pub culture, the bar was designed and built in Ireland, and most of the waitstaff are real live Irish folks (or just really good at faking accents).Read more
Like the handcrafted wooden bar at this friendly South Side pub? Owner Bernard Callaghan built it himself. He’s also most likely the guy you’ll see pouring whiskey, Guinness or Magners for the Sox fans who belly up to said bar for a drink and idle chat. Weekends get packed with generations of freckle-faced locals, but a genuine smile should get you let into the family in no time.Read more
Andersonvillagers of all stripes are crazy for this Irish pub, from the owner of Wilde Bar & Restaurant and Beckett’s. Maybe it’s because Kyle McHugh, who used to run the Drinks Over Dearborn liquor store, pulled together a beer list 100 deep, with drafts like Metropolitan Krankshaft Kölsch available in 5oz, 10oz and 16oz pours. Maybe it’s because, with large portions of chicken potpie and mac and cheese, it’s a no-brainer to stick around for dinner. Or maybe it’s because everyone is secretly really, really into the works of Lady Gregory, the Irish dramatist and folklorist.Read more