The Grafton

Bars, Pubs Lincoln Square
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The Grafton
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The Grafton Pub

Owner Malcolm Molloy has that fresh-off-the-boat brogue that could charm the pants off your own mother. But please don’t take this for one of your run-of-the-mill McIrish pubs. Folk musicians pluck away while those-in-the-know scarf down Guinness stew or a full Irish breakfast, regardless of the witching hour (even better in colder months while sitting near the fire). Compared with many other gastropubs laying claim to the Emerald Isle, it’s a sea of tranquility.


Venue name: The Grafton
Address: 4530 N Lincoln Ave

Cross street: between Sunnyside and Wilson Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am
Transport: El stop: Brown to Western. Bus: 11, 49, 78.
Price: Average main course: $25
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Cozy Irish Pub in the heart of Lincoln Square. Located next to the Old Town School of Folk Music, they host music nights showing off the best of those next door at Old Town. Great pub grub and an extensive Craft Beer selection, as well as crafted cocktails and an enormous whiskey list!