St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year—putting the parade on the Saturday before, so you have the an entire week to celebrate with St. Patrick's Day specials like green beer, Irish whiskey shots and bar food to soak it all up. These restaurants and Irish pubs are toasting the Irish holiday with traditional options like Guinness, corned beef, cocktails and more. Here's where to eat and drink for the week and before and after the St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 11.
St. Patrick's Day specials
The luck of the Irish might not help you strike gold at the end of a rainbow, but it sure can convince you you're a good singer after a few pints. Work out those vocal cords on St. Patrick's Day by yelling over dozens of people to order a beer and getting on the karaoke mic at Trader Todd's. The long-time Wrigleyville favorite will be serving up a special menu of corned beef sliders and glasses of green beer all day. Plus, if you want a more unique take on the day, regular tropical fare and tiki drinks will also be available.
Federales knows that the average St. Patrick's Day celebration can get a little stale with all the re-imagined corned beef dishes and green cocktails. So, they added what any good party needs to really get going: a 15-foot piñata. Starting at 10am, you can take a green ice shot and a whack at the piñata, which we're pretty sure is how the Irish envisioned the holiday would be spent.
Everyone’s Irish on St. Paddy’s Day right? The South American inspired rooftop bar, Boleo is going full-Irish to celebrate Chicago’s biggest and greenest party of the year. Just steps from where the river turns green and a Blarney Stones throw from the parade, Boleo will open early at 11am to kick off the festivities with green cocktails, green bottles of beer, and more for their Disco Dusted St. Patrick’s Day Party. Sham-rock out to DJ Bridget Marie spinning modern disco mashups while sipping on specialty cocktails like the "Oh My Darling Don't Cry,” a South American spin on Irish coffee made with Dark Matter cold brew and topped with house made whipped cream or share the luck with a special disco-dusted Pot-of-Gold large format cocktail.
Because you might need a little something to soak up all that green beer and Irish whiskey, Saint Lou’s Assembly has taken classic corned beef and cabbage and turned it into the ultimate Saint Patrick’s Day sandwich. On March 17th, the restaurant and neighboring bar, Moneygun, will offer a corned beef and cabbage melt. The Irish-inspired sandwich is stacked high with house-made corned beef, pickled cabbage, pickled mustard seed, Swiss cheese and touch of mayo, along with a choice of salad salad or waffle fries on the side.
Dusek's Board and Beer thinks it's time you moved on from your grandma's standard corned beef and cabbage, so they're offering an upscale version of the time-honored dish with the spot's cabbage-wrapped corned beef tongue that is served with smoked barley and a 45-minute egg in a rich bacon jus. The dish costs $16 and promises to leave everyone who indulges in it a little bit more Irish.
Throw on head to toe green garb and make your way to Old Town Social for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebration complete with an all-you-can-eat-and-drink Irish feast. The neighborhood sports parlor will serve up a hearty dose of classic St. Paddy’s Day fare with a special Irish food buffet-style brunch and drink package. Nosh on pub favorites and uptakes on traditional Irish fare favorites like corned beef sliders and shepard’s pie or go all out with elevated Irish nachos, a heaping bed of waffle fries loaded with shredded corned beef, white cheddar & Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing. Drinks featured in the package include Coors Light as well as Guinness on draft.
City Winery Chicago's Riverwalk location puts you as close as possible to the infamous green river while giving you a chance to enjoy Irish food, beverages and live music from Rick King’s Royal Hustle. The day's specials include a corned beef sandwich served with chips, a corned beef plate served with potato salad and cabbage and vegetarian Irish stew composed of root vegetables, mushrooms, faro, leeks and kale. In addition to house wines on tap, City Winery will feature Lagunitas Brewing Company’s Cappuccino Stout, Imperial Stout, Pilsner and IPA as well as regular and Irish coffee from the West Loop’s Sparrow Coffee.
Avoid people reliving their college glory days on St. Patrick's Day by heading to the Waldorf Astoria for a more upscale celebration. Bernard's Bar and Restaurant will serving corned beef and cabbage and a green St. Patrick's Day martini made with CH Vodka, Midori Melon Liqueuer, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liquer, lemon juice, Angostura bitters and a lime twist.
Saint Patrick’s Day doesn’t just call for a little whiskey, it calls for a lot of whiskey. Get your fix at Revival Cafe Bar, located in Revival Food Hall in the Loop. The bar has curated a special menu highlighting an array of whiskies from Glendalough Distillery, one of Ireland’s first craft distilleries. The Irish-inspired menu includes a signature cocktail called the County Wicklow Cobbler, featuring Glendalough Mountain Strength Poitín, amontillado sherry, apricot preserves, lemon and angostura. RCB will also offer boilermaker shot and beer combos, as well as neat pours of a variety of rare Glendalough whiskeys, while supplies last.
Just like most Chicagoans, Bar Lupo is ditching its' heritage on St. Patrick's Day and pretend to be Irish. The Italian pub is transforming into O'Conall's Irish Pub for the holiday with corned beef meatballs, Irish soda bread, Donegal oatcakes and colcannon (mashed potatoes and cabbage) on the menu. As much as we love a plate of chicken parm or bowl of papardelle, we think our nonny would understand swapping them out for some fish and chips just this one time.
Launching the green and orange festivities on parade day, frat-tastic bar the Fifty/50 is offering a $35 all-you-can-drink package from 9am to noon, including a breakfast buffet, a DJ and express entry. If that's not enough, there will also be an ice luge and leprechaun appearance. But the party doesn’t end at noon. All day long, you can continue feeling lucky with $5 pints of green beer, $7 Jameson shots, $8 Irish car bombs and $3 corned beef sliders.
The speakeasy-style bar atop the Raffaello Hotel invites you to do St. Patty’s in style. No, not the get-too-drunk-playing beer-pong-in-a-dimly-lit-bar style. From 1pm to 5pm you can pay $65 to indulge in an open bar, featuring a high-end whiskey tasting and Irish-themed beers and craft cocktails. Specialty cocktails will include, frozen Irish coffee, a frozen mixture of cocoa nib infused the Powers Irish whiskey, housemade caramel and coffee, Jack Rose Jameson Caskmates, apple, pomegranate, lemon, Peychauds bitters and the Irish old fashioned, Red Breast 12, Demerara sugar and bitters.
Day drinking is a marathon not a sprint and Dark Horse Tap & Grille is dedicating itself to helping you get started on the right foot with their You Can’t Drink All Day if You Don’t Start in the Mornin’ party from 10am to 2pm on Saturday. The St. Patrick’s meal package starting at $35 includes a breakfast buffet, a four-hour premium bar, bloody marys, screwdrivers and green Miller Lite/Coors Light drafts. The buffet lineup includes breakfast fare such as scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, bagels and fresh fruit. But, if you end up sprinting, just make sure to fall asleep at home and not on the bar.
Highline knows that you're probably going to drink a lot on Saturday and they're here to help you own it with a "Highline Today...Hungover Tomorrow" celebration. Give yourself something to regret Sunday by enjoying buckets of beer, shot trays and assorted appetizers. They claim you won't forget the party even if you try, but with boundless Guiness and Jameson being offered, we're not so confident they'll be able to uphold that promise.
When you think St. Patrick's Day, we can almost guarantee you don't think about adding ramen to the celebration. But, Kizuki owner Kevin Yu says in Japan, the traditional way to cure a hangover is with garlic, spice, miso and ginger tea, which, in our opinion, sounds a lot better than just Advil and water. Kizuki is offering drinkers the option to enjoy a wholesome and healthy meal either before or after their festivities with a $20 per person meal that includes a choice of ramen, chicken wings or chicken karaage and a cup of Japanese ginger tea.