Arguably one of the best cities in America for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, Chicago’s rich Irish history and cultural influence have produced a bounty of traditional Irish pubs and restaurants. With all of the excitement of the weekend’s festivities, make sure to venture outside of your usual watering hole and visit the best pubs the city has to offer. Who knows, you might even stumble upon a pot o’ gold.
1. Lady Gregory’s Irish Bar & Restaurant
5260 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
As traditional as it gets, LG’S provides a large stout and whiskey menu in a cozy, pub atmosphere.
2. The Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant
661 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
For those wanting to keep it classy while also indulging in the Irish heritage this holiday, the Kerryman is the perfect spot to grab a Guiness and catch a football (soccer) game with friends.
3. Mrs. Murphey’s and Sons Irish Bistro
3905 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Boasting some of the best Irish faire in the city, Mrs. Murphey’s offers a delectable atmosphere of live music, good eats and plenty of whiskey to go around.
4. Brehon Pub
731 N Wells St #1, Chicago, IL 60654
You can’t celebrate a Chicago St. Paddy’s day without making a stop to the Brehon Pub. Coming up on it’s 40th anniversary, Brehon’s knows how to have a good time and serve up great drinks.
5. O’ Shaughnessy’s Public House
4557 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
You won’t want to pull an Irish goodbye here, O’Shaughnessy’s is consistently rated the best Irish pub in Chicago. Rich mahogany decor, Irish stouts and staff with authentic Irish accents will have you feeling pride for the Emerald Isle.
6. Butch McGuires
20 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610
One of the more festive of the lot, Butch McGuire’s is sure to be a blast during St. Paddy’s. Being in the game since 1961, this pub knows how to party and is a favorite amongst bar-crawl goers.