Finnegans Bar and Eatery

5310 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60630 Directions

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Finnegans Bar and Eatery may decorate its walls with HDTVs, but it doesn't assume that everyone's there to watch the game. From live bands and karaoke to games of bags and skee-ball, Finnegans supplies options for hours of more-active entertainment. The kitchen also ventures beyond its beer, whiskey, and pub classics such as corned beef with braised cabbage and beer-battered fish and chips to include comforting yet slightly exotic options from around the world. Wild boar rather than ground beef bursts from the several bite-size buns of an order of sliders, and Cajun tomato sauce adds zip to chicken pasta. There's also a weekend brunch menu anchored by a hefty Irish breakfast of bacon rashers, white pudding, black pudding, and irish sausage—served alongside a standard morning combo of eggs, potatoes, and toast.

Until recently, Finnegans' Gladstone Park home was the Blue Angel Restaurant, but inside there's no hint that it used to be a diner. Deep-orange walls wrap the entire room in a sunset glow, offset by dark-wood wainscoting, exposed brick, and modern touches such as bar shelves made from light panels and paintings of dogs playing Internet poker.

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