What You'll Get
Put on your drinking shoes and eating socks and get ready to fill your belly with today’s Groupon: $15 for $30 worth of food and drinks at Four Farthings Tavern & Grill located in the heart of Lincoln Park. This family-owned neighborhood gem has been serving locals since 1981 and is best know for made-to-order dishes and an extensive beer and wine list. Like the mythical gryssifix (half gryphon, half animal), it’s a two-part establishment rolled into one—half for foodies, half for tipplers.
On the bar side of things, you’ll find a plethora of flat screens equipped with Direct TV’s football package (if the resolution looks higher than usual, you're right—those are actual tiny football players inside). Lubricate your friendly wagers with selections from the beer and wine lists. Beer lovers can choose from 12 beers on tap and 12 bottled beers. If you like your alcohol more grape-y than bar-ley, there are more than 50 wines by the bottle and 12 by the glass. To use your Groupon toward drinks, you’ll need to purchase at least one food item. Luckily, that’s more of a bonus than a stipulation, and it’s always a good idea to pad the stomach so you can still kick tailfin in the amateur airshow the next morning.
There’s a traditional sit-down section where Sunday brunch, lunch, and dinner are served. The same menus are offered at the bar for those preferring that scene. Lunch and dinner are similarly delicious, with appetizers and finger food at lunchtime. If you’re feeling pubtastic, go for the Angus beef burger ($9), or if you must feast like a king, sink your teeth into the filet mignon ($24.95) or the grilled salmon ($18.50). Joining these choice meats are plenty of other pastas ($11.50–$17.25), salads ($5.95–$14.95), and appetizers ($6.75–$13.95) to choose from. Be forewarned that the cozy dining room of Four Farthings only seats 70 ravenous diners, so you’ll have to make reservations beforehand.
Sunday brunch starts at 10 a.m. and includes a plethora of egg dishes as well as other breakfast fare. Gorge on omelettes such as the smoked salmon or the ham and cheese ($9). Benedicts and egg specialties such as the grilled flank steak and eggs are in the $9.50–$12.95 range. Get your morning drink on and pry loose the freshest gossip from friends with a spicy and delicious bloody mary.
Go in for live music on Friday, or sing your worst rendition of “Living on a Prayer” on Thursday- and Saturday-night karaoke. You’re welcome to go in any other time during regular hours, but you’ll only have the bar’s warm atmosphere, vast beer and wine list, and delicious menu to entertain yourself. So, good luck with that.
The Chicago Reader reviews Four Farthings:
- Raters think the service is great, the atmosphere is inviting, and the food (with an emphasis on steak and seafood) exceeds expectations. – Holly Greenhagen
Four Farthings earns an impressive 4.5 stars on Citysearch, with one reviewer even defending the bar’s honor.
The Roguish Rapier, Chapter 8: Four Farthings
The stable door creaked open like a miser’s lockbox as two armored men entered, both bearing rapiers polished to a gleaming white. The dancing blades cast ominous glints even in the sparse moonlight pouring through the Alexander-shaped hole in the roof.
"Step wise, guv," said the more foul and verbose of the two clanking guards. "The Baron promised four farthings to the man what brings 'im the garbage boy's head."
Alexander watched from above, clinging to the rafters. He couldn't help but be insulted by the piddling bounty the Baron had placed on his head, but times were lean and loyalties cheap. His only weapon, the old broomstick, was now tucked under his arm, but it would take a skilled hand to pit it against two proper thrusting-swords.
"Mebbe, if we find 'im," the vile thug continued, "the Baron'll invite us to the wedding an' lettus ‘ave a dance with that pritty thing'a his." The words hit Alexander like a clod of warm mule leavings.
Even if he humiliated the Baron by somehow escaping unscathed, Leslie was still vulnerable to torture or worse. The Baron was a prideful man and would go to abominable lengths to have his revenge. Alexander would need to do more than survive this one fight. He would need to disappear entirely.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 9, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Dine in only. Must buy at least 1 food item. Not valid with other offers. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 6 or more. Reservations required. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Four Farthings Tavern & Grill
Crouched on a corner in the heart of Lincoln Park, Four Farthings Tavern & Grill has welcomed patrons to fill pints and plates for half a century. Though the tavern was originally a quaint space with a ceiling only reaching 9 feet, it has grown through the decades. Today, it's an eatery where customers can uncover something different every day—a sidewalk brunch on Sunday, a euchre league and the tavern's signature grilled wings on Tuesday, and karaoke and live music twice a week.
The bar keeps televisions abuzz with sports (including extra channels that broadcast Missouri Valley Conference basketball) and plasters photos of old Chicago across walls paneled in centuries-old wood, which was imported from Wisconsin's Kimberly Clark mansion and milled onsite for a custom fit. Four Farthings also hosts Magic Mike the magician on Mondays and provides a free party room that cuts revelers a break with a trio of all-you-can-drink packages.