Patrons at Irish pubs can sample traditional Irish cuisine without the hassle of teaching corned-beef sandwiches to sing folk songs in falsetto. Taste a melody of flavors with today's Groupon to Bridie McKenna's in Highwood. Choose between two options:
For $26, you get an Irish-pub meal for two people (up to a $53.85 total value). Each dinner includes:
- Two beer flights (a $16 value)
- One appetizer (up to an $11.95 value)
- Two sandwiches (up to a $25.90 value)
For $49, you get an Irish-pub meal for four people (up to a $107.70 total value). Each dinner includes:
- Four beer flights (a $32 value)
- Two appetizers (up to a $23.90 value)
- Four sandwiches (up to a $51.80 value)
Each beer flight includes samples of Harp, Smithwick's, Kilkenny, and Guinness beers.
Carousing diners inside Bridie McKenna's 5,000-square-foot pub space wash down a menu of traditional pub fare with frothy Irish brews. For starters, couples and foursomes can pitch mussels steamed in Blue Moon ale into mouths to score culinary field goals or play horseshoes with stacks of beer-battered onion rings. Then, amuse appetites with sandwiches such as the whiskey chicken—a char-grilled chicken breast marinated in a boozy glaze and served on sourdough smeared with red-onion marmalade. Waiters can also send mini Reuben sandwiches and pulled-pork sliders to tap-dance across chocolate wood tables to diners’ plates, where the beer flight’s four mini glasses of fermented brew await sipping by each set of lips.
Bridie McKenna owner Fran Moore trekked from the Dublin coast to the Chicago area 30 years ago. A contractor by trade, Moore channeled his craftsmanship skills to sculpt his restaurant into an authentic Irish public house, complete with vaulted, wood-etched ceilings and wrought-iron fixtures. In warm weather, guests lounge on the outside patio before venturing indoors to dance to live bands or practice posing as a toucan for upcoming Guinness-ad casting calls.
The Irish words inscribed above the main door of Bridie McKenna's––"slán abhaile"––mean "safe home," a phrase brought to life by the restaurant and pub's welcoming servers and friendly bartenders. The kitchen sends out traditional comfort foods starting with the hearty all-day Irish breakfast comprised of bacon rashers, baked beans, black and white puddings, and sautéed mushrooms. Irish classics such as corned-beef sandwiches, shepherd's pie, and lamb stew also extinguish appetites alongside 21 beers on tap and an array of single-malt scotches. The strains of Irish or contemporary live music can be heard near the open fireplace several evenings a week and karaoke enthusiasts come to show off their best microphone juggling techniques every Friday.
254 Green Bay Rd.
Highwood, Illinois 60040