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

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.



Timothy O' Toole's is a bustling sort of place that features a number of entertainment options: TV's, pool tables, dartboards, interactive trivia games, video games and of course, the drink menu that includes microbrews as well as domestic and...  Read More



This River North hotspot offers authentic Irish pub atmosphere with food, drink and entertainment to match. Inside, you'll find quintessential dark-wood bar areas and plenty of "pub" ambiance though the place does tend to get packed quickly...  Read More

Galway Arms


Walk into Galway Arms and feel as if you've entered a cozy tavern in the Irish countryside. From the exposed brick, two fireplaces and creaky floors to the wooden tables and soft lights, the place has a lived-in feel yet it's just steps away...  Read More



This landmark, family-owned Irish pub opened in 1973, and got a makeover in 2011 while being featured on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" show. Now, the Irish pub leans a little more toward rock-and-roll. It's part-restaurant, part-music club, and...  Read More

North Center


If you're a soccer fan who loves bar food, The Globe is for you. Since this is a place where fans hang out and enjoy the game while eating and drinking, servers come around regularly to make sure you're taken care of while not making you feel...  Read More



Pub food here is delicious, stick-to-your-ribs comfort food, and you can enjoy it with a pint of beer or a class of whiskey, while sitting along stained glass windows and a warm fireplace. If you're ordering food, your meal will start with a...  Read More



Emmit's fulfills all the requirements for a textbook Irish pub - a great selection of Irish beer, whiskey and scotch, traditional grub like shepherd's pie and live Irish music on weekends. The professional 20-somethings who comprise most of the...  Read More

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This modern British-Indian pub is a Chicago standout, thanks to its outstanding beer and drink selection, its Indian food menu, and its eccentric décor (there's a motorcycle and peacock feathers on the wall, among other items). Located in...  Read More



Diners at Owen & Engine's elegant yet rustic restaurant enjoy its British-inspired comfort food with real ales and a seven page carefully crafted beverage menu. Head upstairs if you want to feel like you're dining in someone's living room...  Read More



As one of only two Scottish pubs in Chicago, the Duke of Perth is as authentic as it Scottish pubs go. Scotch. Heavy beer. Animal heads on the wall. And beers from around the world. Patrons love the crispy fish and chips and even more so on...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.