Ranked: Top Ten Pubs to be in on St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago

In Case You Are Still Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day…..

The 5 Best Irish Pubs in Chicago

According to the Chicago Traveler:

Top 10 Irish Pubs in Chicago

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, and to help you celebrate, the “Luck of the Irish” in Chicago, we’ve assembled a Top 10 list, with a little something for everyone!  From authentic, to affordable, this list has it all!

Top 10 Irish Pubs Chicago

#1  The Kerryman

Ireland meets River North with this classic, located at Erie and Clark on the Near North Side. Whether it’s relaxing on the mezzanine with friends after work, or enjoying their distinct Irish version of a quesadilla, The Kerryman is a must, when out and about in the River North area.

#2  The Abbey

This Northwest Side pub screams Irish meets the British Invasion.  It’s as if Paul, Ringo, and the gang had stopped in for a Guinness and had never left. The house bands flash you back to the 60’s with hits like, “Lucy in the Sky” and “Yellow Submarine.”

#3  Fado Irish Pub

Whether it’s the Irish flag, Irish bartenders, or the enticing aroma of malt vinegar they serve with their fish and chips, this is your classic Chicago Irish pub. Competing with other hot spots in River North, Fado separates itself by their authentic Irish interior, and their complete list of Guinness concoctions, and Irish brews.

#4  McGee’s

Located right in the heart of Lincoln Park, McGee’s offers that eclectic mix for a casual evening, while also giving anyone who chooses, the opportunity to really paint the town green. Later in the night, the live music kicks it up a notch, and you would be hard-pressed to find room on the dance floor.

#5  McFadden’s

Gold Coast’s hottest Irish Pub is not only the most popular Pub in this upscale neighborhood, but it  provides a nice hideaway from the chaos and bustle of the Division Street bars.

#6  The Irish Oak

There are not many true “pubs” in the Wrigleyville neighborhood. The Irish Oak is only one block from Wrigley Field, and upon stepping in the door, the atmosphere immediately takes you across the pond to Ireland.  They also feature enough Guinness for just about anyone to forget about the Cubs having another losing season.

#7  O’Shaughnessy’s

This Ravenswood classic features one of the most extensive draft beer selections on the top 10. In addition to Guinness, this pub features 13 other Irish and English beers on tap.   The friendly staff, and amazing food will make you want to order another!

#8  Emmit’s Irish Pub

An Irish eatery with more imported Irish beers than you would ever expect, and a location steps off the “El” (right off the Grand Blue Line Stop), makes this an all-time favorite of this Top 10 list!

#9  Dublin’s

Stay for the food!  When an Irish pub features baked goat cheese with tomato basil sauce and garlic toast points, it is like you walked into a 25th century upper-class Irish bar.

#10  Brehon Pub

Another foody favorite, this Irish pub located at 731 N. Wells Street, is a watering hole that features not only a vast menu, but some of the best specials any of these Irish pubs have to offer. With features like Fish N’ Chips, or Brats and Chips, for only $5.95 on a Friday, this makes for a great stop, anytime!


Bars, Places

Secret Bars In River North You Have Never Been To

Chicago is the place to be when you’re looking to drink. You are probably so used to going to the same places every weekend and want to try something new – something special.

The Windy City is always full of surprises. How could you get bored of this place? If you want an adventure, just walk down the street!

We have a list of secret Chicago bars that you should make your way to if you’re ever in the mood. Below are secret bars in River North you have never been to…and should visit!

1. The Library
The Library

This beautiful intimate space is hiding below Gilt Bar. It has a lot of books of the leather-bound, gold-lettered, antique variety. The perfect bar to feel like your back in college…except you’re actually drinking at the library which is way more fun.

2. Jimmy

This secret bar is located past the sandwich counter of David Burke’s Bacon Bar. The door is unmarked and guarded by a men dressed in tuxedos. The bar the is inspired by 1970’s cinema. This is one bar you will love being at.

3. The Drifter
The Drifter

The Drifter is located beneath the The Green Door Tavern and is all about the vintage vibe. Why? Because it’s an actual speakeasy from the Prohibition. This awesome bar offers burlesque shows and a great menu of cocktails.

4. Watershed
The cocktail lounge is located below Pops for Champagne. The theme gives you a lovely 1986 Holiday Inn feel. Cocktail prices are only $10 and includes different concoctions with them on the side. Sounds amazing! It’s like you’re in a time machine when you visit Watershed.

5. Double A

This secret bar is located below Mercadito. What makes this bar special is the environment because you get to stand next to the bartender. See – you can easily make friends here in the open space.

If you have any free time and a few bucks to spare, hit up one of these speakeasy bars and have yourself some fun.



5 Best Irish Bars in Chicago

Indulge in the Irish holiday and get out to your local pub! St. Patrick’s day is the world’s best excuse to drink a little too much beer and spend the day with you buddies. Feeling stuck? Go on a pub crawl! There are plenty of options, so don’t limit yourself this weekend. 

1. O’Shaughnessy’s Public House – 4557 N Ravenswood Ave 

“A Ravenswood neighborhood hangout, open since April 2008, our authentic Irish pub is a comfortable place where everyone is welcome to relax, enjoy a great meal or refreshing drink and have a good time. We hope to see you soon! SLAINTE! O’Shaughnessy’s is open seven days a week for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.” Call: 773-944-9896

2. Lady Gregory’s – 5260 N. Clark 

“Welcome to Lady Gregory’s! Named after the passionate, complex Irish author. We built her soul into our Andersonville nook and hope you stop by to experience our special spot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beckon you in … whether you’re just walking by and feeling peckish or bringing your whole brood in for a night of food and fun, our cozy and sophisticated atmosphere will entice you. Our menu, filled with distinctive specialties, will comfort and delight you. And, you might be pleasantly surprised to see our emphasis on farm-to-table, sustainable, local ingredients.” Call: 773-271-5050

3. Brehon Pub – 731 N. Wells


“Brehon Pub in Chicago, IL has been a River North favorite since 1980. Deriving its name from the ancient Irish legal system (Brehon Law), it was started appropriately by two Irish-American brothers practicing law in Chicago. Look for the “Burke” coat-of-arms over the front door. We serve delicious food and alcoholic beverages to ensure that the merriment never stops. Don’t forget to join us for our famous St. Patrick’s Day Party!” Call: 312-642-1071

4. Mrs. Murphy’s & Sons Irish Bistro – 3905 N. Lincoln

“Opening it’s doors in September 2005, in the heart of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro has been serving up gastro-pub fare with traditional Irish pub favorites, complemented by a thoughtful assortment of craft beers, a friendly wine list and a deep selection of Irish whiskey for more than 11 years.  As important as great food, music and drinks, Mrs. Murphy & Sons offers the warm family welcome, that makes a great Irish pub. Join for us for the run up of St Patrick’s Starting March 1st with a Whiskey tasting and continuing through St Patrick’s Weekend. Plenty of Irish Music, Culture, Drinks and Pub Plates to go around!” Call: 773-248-3905

5. The Kerryman – 661 N. Clark Street

“Drenched in history, the Kerryman’s location was once a notorious gangster hangout known as the McGovern Saloon, where the young Dion O’Banion got his start as a singing waiter.  In 1978 the location became home to one of the “original” punk clubs and was considered to be the zenith of the original Chicago punk movement. Now known as Chicago’s liveliest Irish bar, located in the heart of downtown Chicago’s River North Neighborhood, The Kerryman is a little piece of Ireland.  The 3 owners all hail from Co. Kerry Ireland and the Head Chef Damo Moloney from Co. Limerick, Ireland who creates an upscale authentic Irish menu. Whether you are stopping by for lunch, dinner, an after work pint or late night dancing the staff at The Kerryman are here to make you feel welcome and at home.” Call: 312-355-8121