The first saloons began as an American response to French salons, where grizzled cowboys would discuss the philosophical merits of reaching for the sky. Enjoy discourse-worthy drinks with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Western fare and drinks at PitchFork.
PitchFork's whiskey devotees pride themselves on a sweeping selection of grain mash beverages and a menu of rustic bar fare served in a Western-inspired setting. A pantheon of more than 100 different whiskeys stoically stands over the bar to silently challenge all passersby to test their fiery contents, including 4 Roses ($5), Old Weller ($7), and the voluminously bearded 12-year Pappy Van Winkle ($10) (prices based on shots and cocktails). The pulled-pork sandwich ($8.50) loads piles of smoked meat onto a toasted bun to create a cleaner, more efficient porcine consumption medium than tangy slabs of baby back ribs ($12 half; $19 full). Patrons can coax out reclusive appetites with a platter of buffalo-, barbecue-, or citrus-sauced wings ($8–$20) before designing their own mac 'n' cheese, accessorized with a variety of ingredients including prosciutto, asparagus, or mother-of-pearl brooches ($7+).
Bartenders man taps and shake out cocktails beneath bright chandeliers at the long wooden bar that evokes the Wild West aesthetic, along with the exposed-brick walls and perpetually swinging front doors. Weekly events, such as Wednesday-night trivia or live music acts, pack guests into the spacious bar's two separate dining areas while still maintaining a comfortable amount of elbow and vestigial tail room.
2922 W Irving Park Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60618Get Directions