Throw back a few beers at English-style pub McNamara's, and enjoy an "across the pond" experience. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at McNamara's. Outdoor seating is ready for diners on those warm summer days. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — McNamara's is great for large groups.
If your weekend plans include a trip to the bar, avoid the packs of people by securing a reservation ahead of time. McNamara's is completely informal — dress as you see fit (and are most comfortable). You can also serve food from McNamara's at your next party — the bar offers catering. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
If driving doesn't appeal, you can take public transportation, with a nearby stop at Irving Park-Blue (Blue). Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at McNamara's' W Irving Park Rd address.
Your tab at McNamara's will usually run to about $30 per guest. All major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy McNamara's since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Find all of your favorite traditional American dishes in one place at The Unforgetable Lounge. Be sure to complete your meal at The Unforgetable Lounge with a drink from the restaurant's full bar. Got the whole gang with you? The Unforgetable Lounge is a great pick for large parties.
If you're heading out on a Friday or Saturday, keep in mind that the restaurant gets busy. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back The Unforgetable Lounge is come-as-you-are.
If preferred, patrons can leave their vehicles in a nearby lot, though space is available on the street as well.
Keeping an eye on your budget? The Unforgetable Lounge is a perfect choice, with most meals costing less than $15.
The number 13 has gotten a bad rap through the years, but the Pineda clan is attempting to turn that around. Thirteen members of the Pineda family run Thirteen Asian Tapas + Bar, with four crafting meals in the kitchen while Gary Pineda leads the pack as general manager. All of their recipes are sourced from Filipino culinary traditions, themselves a fusion of Asian and Latin influences, as evidenced by dishes such as soy-sauce-infused adobo chicken and the roasted and fried lechon, or pork, topped with achara, a traditional pickled papaya garnish.
The kitchen calls on overseas recipes in selections such as pancit, a traditional Filipino birthday dish comprised of thin rice noodles sautéed with cabbage, carrots, and meat that diners unwrap to reveal a miniature band of singing party guests. On some nights, live jazz fills the intimate dining room, where purple walls and exposed brick surround a bar that begets nine specialty martinis that mirror the cuisine's manifold influences with flavors of ginger, mint, tequila, and imported Philippine gin.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at Sidekicks in Chicago. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on Sidekicks' menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. Guests can migrate to the bar section to catch the game on the TV. Up for grabs (and free of charge) is Sidekicks' wifi. Customers here often groove to live music or a DJ. In the mood for dancing? Jive to a live DJ, and show off your moves on the bar floor.
The bar picks up the most people during the week, so avoid the rush if crowds aren't your thing.
Bike parking is also available outside the bar.
Your bill at Sidekicks will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! Sidekicks has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Snack on tasty pub fare at O'Donnell's, a local favorite. Don't expect to find any low-fat fare on O'Donnell's' menu — you'll need to be prepared to indulge a bit. There are plenty of TVs in the bar to go around as well, so diners don't have to worry about missing out on anything. Outdoor dining doesn't get much better than the beautiful patio at O'Donnell's.
If crowds aren't your thing, it's best to visit O'Donnell's during the slower weekday hours.
Chow down for less at O'Donnell's, where a meal almost always costs under $15.
After launching in early 2011 with just two beers on its menu, Finch's Beer Company has expanded into a full craft brewery. At the Chicago-based facility, seasoned brewmasters blend high-quality ingredients, such as American hops and flavored malts, into a core lineup of five beers. These include the Fascist Pig, a dry-hopped American red ale brewed with caramel malts, the Threadless IPA, a hoppy concoction devised in collaboration with the local design company, and the formidable Secret Stache Stout, which is a subtly sweet fusion of vanilla beans and chocolate malt. Though they're available in cans at bars throughout the city, these brews also flow freely on regularly scheduled brewery tours. Each guided visit introduces guests to the equipment and brewing process, including the part where the brewers milk the hops from the pink elephants.