Not all beer gardens are German. If you order right at these joints, you’ll get an international experience that’s (sort of) just like visiting the mother country.
By David Tamarkin|
MEXICO PLACE Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave, 773-235-4039 bigstarchicago.com. Sun–Fri 11:30am–2am; Sat 11:30am–3am. Average beer: $4. EAT Tacos de pescado; tacos al pastor; chips with housemade salsas DRINK Tecate, Pacifico, Modelo Especial
FRANCE PLACE Troquet 1834 W Montrose Ave, 773-334-5664 troquetchicago.com. Sun–Wed noon–midnight; Thu, Fri noon–2am; Sat noon–3am. Average beer: $5 EAT Charcuterie, moules frites, croque-madame DRINK Domaine DuPage (No, it’s not French, but this Two Brothers beer is a French-style ale, and that’s as close as you’re going to get)
IRISH PLACE The Grafton 4530 N Lincoln Ave, 773-271-9000 thegrafton.com.Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 11am–3am; Sun 11am–2am. Average beer: $5. EAT Fish-and-chips; Irish breakfast; shepherd’s pie DRINK Put two stouts head-to-head: Guinness and Murphy’s Irish
POLISH (AND, UM, KOREAN) PLACE Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar 960 W 31st St, 773-890-0588 community-bar.com. Sun–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat 4pm–3am. Average beer: $4. EAT The Korean-Polish barbecue, served—for free!—on Mondays from 5:30–7:30pm DRINK A cold shot of vodka