$20 for $50 Worth of Pub Grub and Drinks at Franklin Tap

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Focus your bifocals, leave your lightning kite in the garage, and insist on "no libation without representation" with today's Groupon to the Franklin Tap, an upscale South Loop pub that takes its name from both its impressive collection of beer taps and the inventor of the glass armonica. For $20, you'll get $50 worth of beer and hearty pub grub.

A solid beer selection—with domestic staples and quality imports, such as Newcastle and St. Pauli Girl—and top-shelf liquors, such as Johnnie Walker Blue and Gran Patron, make Franklin Tap a convenient spot to work on your New Year's resolution to drink more. Catch the bowl games on the many plasma-screen HD-TVs or start your own game with Golden Tee, darts, or attractive strangers. The menu features comforting fare to satisfy your post-work hungers or late-night need to build a base upon which to drink. For a snack, try a hot soft pretzel ($6.95) or hand-cut, beer-battered onion rings ($5.95). If you're hungrier, reenact the famous fish and chips ($9.95) fever of 1788, or drive the frost from your pores with a little homemade macaroni and cheese with bacon ($8.95). Bread-encased options, including the turkey avocado sandwich (with asiago and parmesan, tomato, and caramelized onions on tomato focaccia, $9.95), veggie burger on a toasted bun ($8.95), and caprese panini ($8.95) provide Franklin Tap's characteristic culinary comfort.

Use your Groupon to treat your coworkers to lots of drinks, then be ready to drop some lyrical damage on your fellow customers. Everyone at Franklin Tap continually raps about Ben Franklin while doing the "Franklin Tap," a jovial tap dance performed to the beat of the old school 80s hip-hop drum machine rhythm that frames all rhymes. To properly perform the "Franklin Tap," lift your top hat on and off (make sure your powdered wig is affixed tightly to your scalp with a mustard plaster) as you gad about frenetically. Brush up on your history before you come, because the Franklin Tap Rappers (regulars) constantly fact-check Franklin's many accomplishments, including his discovery of aphorisms and his appearance on the $100 bill.

You must be 21+ years old to enter.


Citysearchers give Franklin Tap four stars, while Metromixers give it 3.4. FT's customer reviews in TimeOut Chicago praise its drinks, food, and atmosphere:

  • "The steak skewers were tasty and well-seasoned while the chicken tenders were plump and plentiful. They also stayed open pretty late, that was quite unusual for the loop. We look forward to clos[ing] them out next week!" – FRANKtheTANK, TimeOut Chicago
  • "The meatloaf sandwich is AWESOME. The ribs and pulled pork sandwich ain't [sic] half bad either....The place seem [sic] to get packed around 4 pm. With limited choices in the loop to drink at without screaming brats, this place is just right." – Office lush, TimeOut Chicago

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Ages 21 and up. Must have valid ID. Limit 1 per table. 11.25% tax and 18% gratuity will be added to the pre-discounted bill. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Franklin Tap

Franklin Tap

Restaurant, American
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