Chicago Bar Project since 2000

A Mean Pint:
Best Irish Pubs of Chicago

Whether you're pining for a well-pulled pint 'o the black stuff or you're recovering from a fierce hangover, here's a Chicago Trolley pub crawl to get you into top form:

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If you buy a copy of our book Historic Bars of Chicago ($12), you can get a Chicago Trolley $45 coupon that is more than 10% off for most rentals.

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Starting Point:

Abbey Pub

3420 W. Grace


Known by many as one of the city's top venues for both traditional Irish and folksy rock music, you're here for the same authentically Irish food & drink that keeps George Wendt, U2 and John Cusack coming back.

Abbey Pub is one of Chicago's Top 100 most historic bars.

After Abbey Pub, meet and board the Chicago Trolley, and have the driver shoot north up Elston, east along Irving Park and south along Lincoln.

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Your pub crawl agenda is completely up to you. If you'd like to hire a guide, please be sure to mention that when you contact Chicago Trolley.

1st Stop:

Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro

3905 N. Lincoln


Under the same ownership as legendary Murphy's Bleachers across from Wrigley Field, the Murphy clan celebrates their heritage with superb food & drink in what used to be a funeral home but is now a spanking good pub.

Have your driver go south along Lincoln, east along Addison, and north up Southport.

2nd Stop:

Irish Oak

3511 N. Clark


Every bit of the entire pub was imported from Ireland, including the bartenders who pull one of the best pints of Guinness in town; a smaller version, Johnny O'Hagan's, is just down the block.

After Irish Oak, board the Chicago Trolley and have the driver go north up Clark Street, circle around Wrigley Field again, drive west along Addison and south (left) down Southport.

3rd Stop:

Celtic Crossings

751 N. Clark


You know they pull a mean pint of Guinness but they've also been awarded the prestigious "James Joyce Irish Pub Award."

Just south down Clark Street to your final stop.

Final Stop:


100 W. Grand

12:45-2:00 (3:00 Sat)

While usually loathe to recommend chain pubs, this one is the best and offers three types of Irish pubs all rolled into one.

Time for a taxi, which you'll find out front.

If you buy a copy of our book Historic Bars of Chicago ($12), you can get a Chicago Trolley $45 coupon that is more than 10% off for most rentals.

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