Drinking beer makes watching sports more enjoyable, just like replacing gunpowder with Tang made the Revolutionary War more exciting. Enjoy a game and a frosty one with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of beverages and American fare at Cork & Kerry, located on South Western Avenue and South Princeton Avenue. No food is served at the Western Avenue location.
Named one of the top 100 bars in Chicago in 2010 by Chicago Magazine, the press-lauded, Irish-influenced pub fills glasses with on-tap brews both domestic and imported. Pints of Bud Light ($2 when the Blackhawks are playing), along with glasses of Fat Tire and Bass, refresh tongues' hockey knowledge so their owners can discuss the game. On the weekends, bloody marys made with Pit Crew barbecue mix deliver spiked servings of vegetables ($3). Though there are no culinary offerings at the Western Avenue location, peckish Princeton patrons can dig into the cheese- and avocado-heaped Latino burger, which MetroMix Chicago named as one of the top new burgers of 2010 ($8.95). An appetizer of the popular, just-hatched Irish egg rolls ($2.50) primes stomachs for Pulled Pork at the Cork, which is slathered with award-winning barbecue sauce ($5.95).
Cork & Kerry
Like any pub found in its namesake counties, Cork & Kerry boasts an interior of dark, shiny wood paneling and exposed brick accented by stained glass windows. Unlike many of those pubs, however, the venue sprawls across 6,000 square feet, its crowning jewel a multi-level beer garden. In summer, the entire garden provides a sunny spot to enjoy one of the 20 beers on tap, a selection anchored by the constant presence of Guinness and Harp. Come winter, a portion of the patio boasts enclosed walls and climate control so that guests can still enjoy Chicago’s sunny, if snowier, vistas.