Best Irish Bars In Chicago

March 5, 2015 7:00 AM

Many people favor Irish bars in Chicago, whether it’s to seek out authentic Irish whiskey or to find the perfect fish and chips dish to wash it all down. St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago has always been a holiday celebrated with enthusiasm, from using green dye on the waters to the many St. Patrick’s Day parades throughout the city and neighboring suburbs. The previous article entitled, “Best Irish Pubs” offered some great options for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, but a few others have made the list this year. If you’re looking to head into the city to visit an Irish bar for the holiday, check out some of the venues that know how to make the most out of St. Patrick’s Day.

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(Photo Credit: fadoirishpub.com)

(Photo Credit: fadoirishpub.com)

Fado Irish Pub
100 West Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 836-0066
www.fadoirishpub.com

While pub food can be often thought of as only including greasy burgers or bland fried fish, Fado Irish Pub will put a whole new definition to what constitutes pub food. Using high-quality ingredients, including grass-fed beef and organic ingredients, Fado Irish Pub ensures each dish will satisfy beyond just what will contemplate your average beer. Happy hour specials for $5 drinks and $5 food items are offered Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and live music is offered on Fridays and Saturdays. While the St. Patrick’s Day festivities have yet to be announced, a visit to Fado Irish Pub will definitely include authentic Irish pub cuisine and some great drinks.

Celtic Crossings Irish Pub
751 North Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 337-1005
www.celticcrossingschicago.com

Not everyone is looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the over-the-top parades or the big giant clover hats, and for those people, Celtic Crossings Irish Pub is the perfect spot to celebrate this Irish holiday. With a quaint and cozy atmosphere, an Irish owner and a large selection of Irish beers and whiskeys, this is a no-frills pub that focuses on the drinks. While you won’t be able to order any food at Celtic Crossings Irish Pub, you will be able to play an Irish song on the jukebox and enjoy your drinks in peace. Whether you’re looking for a pub for after dinner or looking to celebrate the holiday in a relaxed atmosphere with a small group of friends, this is the place for you.

(Photo Credit: D4 Irish Pub & Cafe's Facebook)

(Photo Credit: D4 Irish Pub & Cafe’s Facebook)

D4 Irish Pub & Cafe
345 E. Ohio St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 624-8385
www.d4pub.com

Located in the River East neighborhood of Chicago, D4 Irish Pub & Cafe is a modern and contemporary version of an Irish pub. A large selection of Irish whiskeys and beers combined with classic pub cuisine allows it to be considered St. Patrick’s Day worthy, but visitors should expect the unexpected during their visit. Menu items like braised lamb banh mi or the root beer sloppy Joes are just a few of the noteworthy dishes that puts the food menu over the top. If you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day bar that will think outside of typical Irish cuisine, D4 Irish Pub & Cafe will ensure everyone in your group will find what they’re looking for.

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Emmit’s Irish Pub 
495 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 563-9631
www.emmits.com

Located in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Emmit’s Irish Pub is everything you could hope for in an Irish-themed pub. The ambiance is made complete with everything from the authentic Irish tablecloths to the never-ending shamrock decor spread throughout the venue. St. Patrick’s Day is a huge event every year, with live Irish bagpipers performing for a packed house. Whether you’re there to get the famous Guinness beer battered cod and fries or just to witness the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Emmit’s Irish Pub will be the perfect place to finally bust out the “Kiss Me I’m Irish Shirt.”

The Irish Oak
3511 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 935-6669
www.irishoak.com

Located in Wrigleyville, The Irish Oak features classic Irish cuisine like shepherd’s pie and Guinness stew. While the food and drinks are tempting, the many themed events are what keep guests coming back for more. Wingo Bingo is offered every Tuesday at 10 p.m., and the Unplugged Acoustic Karaoke on Wednesdays have everyone joining in to sing their favorite tune while knocking back a few Guinness beers. While the full details of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities have yet to be announced, previous events have included a four-hour package complete with a breakfast buffet, bloody mary’s bull cocktails and even green beer.

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Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.