Bars in North Aurora

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The chefs at Tribella Bar and Grill proudly split their allegiance to American and Italian specialties. They sear filet mignon and Fox Valley top sirloin, customizing these prime steaks with bleu cheese, garlic-and-herb breadcrumbs, or Béarnaise sauce and crabmeat. On the Italian side of the menu, patrons find entrees such as veal marsala, fresh beef carpaccio, and penne arabiatta with aged parmesan. Amid the elegant dining room's marbled amber walls, cozy leather booths, and vintage art nouveau posters, guests belly up to white-clothed tables where they sip at global wines and devour tempting desserts such as house-made tiramisu, carrot cake, and turtle cheesecake.

1900 Mill St
Batavia,
IL
US

A well-loved wooden bar dominates O'Brien's Pub & Grill's interior, but it isn't the only place to comfortably lounge. An outdoor patio takes advantage of Chicago's temperate summers by providing a breezy venue for diners to enjoy one of the many sandwiches named after an O'Brien family member. The views of downtown Batavia's well-preserved historic district remind patrons of another era, before the invention of cell phones or noisy children. Inside, murals of happy drinkers in green getups frolic across the walls above the wood paneling.

12 N River St
Batavia,
IL
US

Ballydoyle specializes in comforting Irish fare and even more comforting Irish ales. Folks will wonder why more meat isn't corned after trying the star of Ballydoyle's sandwiches, the corned beef on marble rye (8.95). Heartier Irish specialties include shepherds pie ($11.95), Bangers and Mashed ($11.95), and Dinny's Irish Fry—an aorta-challenging amalgamation of Irish bacon, Irish sausage, black-and-white pudding, grilled tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, two eggs any style, toast, and the keys to Dublin for those that clean their plates ($12.95). Another Irish specialty, boxty ($11.95–$13.95), wraps a homemade potato griddle cake around a variety of fillings, such as vegetables, chicken, and Larry Bird's NBA championship rings. An Irish pub would just be Denny's without an extensive list of draft and bottled beer. Ballydoyle's is one of the only pubs that serves McCaffrey's Irish Cream Ale, making it as delicious as it is exclusive.

28 W New York St
Aurora,
IL
US

The friendly staff at Rudy's Place fuels mealtime revelry and poolroom rivalry with a menu of Mexican favorites alongside classic American sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and pizza. Armed with homemade tortilla chips, diners dive into meals with an appetizer of guacamole or wake up palates with a sampler platter salvo of chicken wings, mini tacos, flautas, and breaded bites of alarm-clock parts. Kitchen magicians pack a half-pound of pure Angus beef into each burger, dressing the most ornate patties in barbecue sauce, pepper jack cheese, and onion rings, or in fried jalapeños and chipotle ranch sauce. Within the bready bookends of a philly cheesesteak, seasoned green peppers and onions fresh from the grill court gooey swiss with charred fragments of the Liberty Bell, and across the table tangy green salsa smothers chicken, beef, steak, or cheese enchiladas as beans, rice, and guacamole offer sideline commentary. Smiling barkeeps pour heaping glasses of beer to refresh over-stimulated palates, whisking away savory sensations with amber bubbles from makers such as Sam Adams, Budweiser, Guinness, Coors, and Miller.

900 Hill Ave
Aurora,
IL
US

Though the Two Brothers Summer Festival might seem like an excuse to celebrate the warm weather, it also serves a second, noble purpose. Devised by the brewery's founders, the Ebel brothers, this week-long event supports the local and regional community, philanthropic programs, and a growing number of charities. Over the past 17 years, the company has been supporting children's charities, such as granting wishes through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

On Saturday, bands take to the stage at Two Brothers Roundhouse as part of a lineup that includes the group Los Lobos, Cornmeal, and Chicago indie-rock duo Autumn Defense. Activities for kids, including a show from performer Ralph's World, ensure that even the youngest visitors aren't left out. One of the weekend's other big events is a homebrewing competition. The winner's recipe will be brewed at Two Brothers.

205 North Broadway
Aurora,
IL
US

Though the flavors of Mexico are front and center at Taco Grill & Salsa Bar, the eatery's chefs also flirt with other cuisines. They pair Mexican favorites such as enchiladas in mole sauce with Cuban-style sandwiches and Tex-Mex tacos served with tomato, cheese, and sour cream. And every dish?from towering nachos to vegetarian burritos?benefits from a healthy dose of house-made salsas that vary from mild to burning hot.

31 North Broadway
Aurora,
IL
US