Chicago is known as a drinking town with a sports problem. You can get your party on at dive bars, rooftop bars and swanky lounges with crafty cocktail menus. Additionally, this town pays a heartfelt homage to our friends across the pond. Below is a list of the Best British Pubs Chicago Offers by neighborhood. Ditch your car, ride the rails and drink responsibly!
What: Chief O’Neill’s is as Irish as pubs get in Chicago. It’s named for a former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department (circa the 1890s) who hailed from County Cork in Ireland. In addition to good Irish fare and drink, musicians from
Ireland perform in the tradition of pubs of their motherland. The outdoor garden is lovely.
Where: 3471 Elston Ave. – Take the CTA Blue Line to the Belmont ‘L’ stop.
What: Owen & Engine serves all the usual Irish dishes on its menu and a great beer list. The burgers here are fantastic as well as the Cornish pasty and pot of mussels.
Where: 2700 N. Western Avenue – Take the CTA Blue Line to the Western ‘L’ stop.
What: The Red Lion Pub is one of the Best British Pubs Chicago offers because it is a bi-level space with a cool library of British history books. Whether you order the Welsh rarebit (British mac ‘n cheese) or the Ploughman’s Platter, you cannot go wrong in this beautiful pub.
Where: 2446 N. Lincoln Ave. – Take the CTA Red, Purple or Brown Lines to the Fullerton ‘L’ stop.
What: Duke Of Perth is a dark and moody Scottish pub on Chicago’s north side. It’s the spot to hunker down on a rainy or snowy night. In the warmer weather, take your party outside to the back patio.
Where: 2913 N. Clark St. – Take the CTA Brown Line to the Wellington ‘L’ stop.
What: Wilde is a pub with wonderful fireplaces and a couple of bars in the front and back. It’s named for the legendary writer, Oscar Wilde. The menu has traditional shepherds pie, chicken pot pie, fish ‘n chips and more. I love coming here on the early side of lunch for some quiet time as well as a raucous blast with friends at night.
Where: 3130 N. Broadway – Take the CTA Red, Brown or Purple Lines to the Belmont ‘L’ stop.
What: The Northman is one of those British pubs Chicago got right. It specializes in cider which they do really well. It may well be the only pub in Chicago that is dedicated to a spiked apple bar menu. Of course, beer and other hard liquor are available as well. Many of the typical British dishes are on the menu, as well as a lentil shepherds pie.
Where: 4337 N. Lincoln Ave. – Take the CTA Brown Line to the Montrose ‘L’ stop.
What: Lady Gregory’s is the sister restaurant to Wilde in the Lakeview neighborhood. It has a large welcoming bar, cozy booths, library-fee and delicious food which combines the dishes of Great Britain with new American fare. I am partial to their hearty, fresh soups here.
Where: 5260 N. Clark St. – Take the CTA Red Line to the Berwyn ‘L’ stop.
What: Pub Royale is special because it combines British and Indian cuisine. The beer and festive cocktails are the reason I keep coming back. Try it out for brunch for brunch as well.
Where: 2049 W. Division St. – Take the CTA Blue Line to the Division ‘L’ stop.
What: D4 Irish Pub is hidden just steps off the beaten path of Michigan Avenue. The bright bar is welcoming and the cozy, cavernous dining area is the perfect refuge after a day of shopping. This great spot is a good choice after taking in a movie at nearby River East 21 Cinemas.
Where: 345 E. Ohio – Take the CTA Red Line to the Grand ‘L’ stop or the #3 King Dr. bus to Ohio.
What: The Kerryman Pub is a bi-level space with a party feel. I love coming here on special event days such as the Kentucky Derby. In the summer, the outdoor patio has lovely flower boxes.
Where: 661 N. Clark St. – Take the CTA Red Line to the Chicago ‘L’ stop.
What: Fadó (Gaelic for “long ago”) is one of the British pubs Chicago has which is always fun with a group of friends. I have never been here when it wasn’t an all-out party. Come for a Guinness, Irish coffee or the big game1
Where: 100 W. Grand Ave. – Take the CTA Red Line to the Grand ‘L’ stop.
What: The Gage is the perfect British pub Chicago has near Millennium Park. In fact, it is literally across the street from The Bean and Crown Fountain. The food is top notch especially the Scotch egg and mussels and there are numerous cozy nooks and crannies where you can sit. Or, belly up to the long bar where the party is always going on.
Where: 24 S. Michigan Ave. – Take the Orange, Green, Brown, Pink or Purple Lines to the Washington/Wabash ‘L’ stop.
What: Pleasant House Pub is, by far, my favorite British pub Chicago has to offer. The owners specialize in traditional pot pies like steak ‘n ale, mushroom-kale, and chicken Balti pie. They own a local farm so all of their produce is fresh and sustainable. Freshly baked bread is made with grains which are milled in-house. The white lace curtains and adjoining courtyard patio make Pleasant House very special. In traditional British fashion, it’s open from breakfast through late night.
Where: 2119 S. Halsted St. – Take the CTA Orange Line to the Halsted ‘L’ stop. The #8 Halsted bus stops here as well.
You’re all set! Get up, get out and hop the rails and buses to the Best British Pubs Chicago Offers.
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In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA trains and buses to the Best British Pubs Chicago Offers. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!