Cheers to the Best Irish, Scottish and English Pubs in Chicago

Megy Karydes

By , Local Expert, Chicago
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Who doesn't love a pub? Steeped in tradition and devoted to camaraderie, these neighborhood hangouts charm everyone. Plus, what kind of complaint could you have for a place that serves hefty pints, savory pub grub and a constant dose of hospitality? Enjoy a glass of your favorite ale, a plate of fish and chips and all the tall tales you can bear. Although Abbey Pub & Restaurant is a tradition in town, whether you favor Irish, Scottish or English, all of our Chicago pubs deliver the feel-good experience you're craving.

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    Abbey Pub & Restaurant

    Abbey's is a neighborhood favorite for its Irish cuisine and beer selection and draws a crowd from all over the city for its live music.

    Local Expert Tip: "Features specials every day of the week including beers and pub food."

  • 2

    The Red Lion

    This small and cozy off the beaten path pub rocks the old world English decor.

    Local Expert Tip: "Go on Fridays for their all you eat fish fry."

  • 3

    Owen and Engine

    An upscale English dining experience reminiscent of an exclusive old English hunting club but without the pretentiousness.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check the website for upcoming specials which might include a burger, beer and shot for $15."

  • 4

    Emmit's Irish Pub

    While a Guinness is a Guinness no matter where have one, it seems to taste much better at Emmit's.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take the Blue line to Grand Ave. since Emmit's is right at the stop."

  • 5

    The Duke of Perth

    • Type: Pub
    • Neighborhood: Lake View

    As one of only two Scottish pubs, it offers a great assortment of unique Scottish ales.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the leek pie!"

  • 6

    The Globe

    • Type: Pub
    • Neighborhood: North Center

    A true soccer bar, The Globe is a great place to watch the Champions League.

    Local Expert Tip: "Close to the Irving Park brown line stop."

  • 7

    Galway Arms

    Enjoy authentic and traditional Irish dishes and a pint indoors next to the fireplace or outdoors in its large outdoor patio.

    Local Expert Tip: "The fireplace makes this cozy spot that much nicer to enjoy a pint."

  • 8

    Fadó Irish Pub

    Located in the River North neighborhood, it's popular among downtown professionals, tourists and locals alike.

    Local Expert Tip: "Especially great for large groups "

  • 9

    Timothy O'Toole's Pub Chicago

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    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Irish nachos."

  • 10

    Tommy Nevin's Pub

    Tommy Nevin's has a great outdoor patio for eating and drinking on lazy summer nights.

    Local Expert Tip: "Free parking can be found around 3 blocks away."



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