Modern-day pubs descended from Roman taverns, explaining why most still require patrons to manhandle a lion before earning a chalice of beer. Follow in the footsteps of our forefathers with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare and drinks at Elgin Public House in Elgin.
Elgin Public House, owned by Elgin denizens Greg and Lou, hosts friendly staff members who sling more than 80 sudsy beers and a variety of savory sustenance. The rich roster of handheld meal missiles stars the Pulled Pork Plus sandwich, a 2011 Downtown Madness Championship–winner accompanied by barbecue sauce, house-made coleslaw, and a team of makeup artists ($8.50). A troop of brawny burgers await barking orders, ready to kit up in crisp apple-wood-smoked bacon and blue cheese ($9.75), hearty chili and cheddar ($9.75), or zesty bruschetta and fresh mozzarella ($9.75). Give your knife and fork ample exercise with the wedge salad, a blue-cheese-topped head of lettuce that, unlike your tax collector, won't watch you while you're eating ($6). And keep gullets gulping with a bottle of Stella Artois ($4.75) or glass of Blue Moon ($4.75).
In addition to entertaining taste buds, Elgin Public House caters to the remaining 14 senses with its cozy, exposed brick interior, warm lighting, and rotating events, such as live trivia on Wednesdays, monthly acoustic shows, and tastings.
Elgin Public House
Visitors to the Elgin Public House step into a cozy interior reinforced by exposed-brick walls. A culinary crew revives weary locals with a menu of hearty pub eats and a beer selection of 87 varieties imported from across Europe and the United States. Chefs use certified Angus beef for burgers, stuff pork chops full of blue-cheese cornbread, and hand-cut steaks in house after aging them a minimum of two weeks to ensure optimal flavor and prevent them from prank-calling patrons. Plus, a late-night menu on select days keeps night owls chowing down throughout the evening, with burgers, sandwiches, and more.
A calendar of weekly events keeps things lively with regular offerings such as Friday-night fish fries and daily specials. One Tuesday each month, limited-seating dinner-pairing events offer six-course meals, with each course accompanied by an alcoholic beverage, such as red wine or tequila.