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Who doesn't love a friendly local pub? Steeped in tradition and devoted to camaraderie, these neighborhood hangouts charm everyone. Chicago is dotted with comfortable pubs that serve hefty pints, savory pub grub and a constant dose of hospitality. Enjoy a glass of locally brewed craft beers (or your old favorites), a plate of fish and chips or a heaping burger and fries, 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 these Chicago pubs deliver a feel-good experience.
If you want a down and dirty place to watch a soccer/football game, head to The Globe in North Center. One of only two Scottish pubs in Chicago, The Duke of Perth may not have the high-end feel of its neighbor Owen and Engine but its impressive Scottish ales keeps fans returning. A funky, modern English pub with Indian food is found at Pub Royale.
Long-time favorites such as Timothy O’Toole’s delight diners, and it may be of no surprise that almost all of our selections have traditional pub food such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips on their menus. To really make it on our list, though, each pub had to have an impressive beverage program and none of these top 10 disappoint. Whether you want to kick back with a cold pint of Guinness or fancy a Scottish ale, these pubs will make you feel like you’re in another world.