Irish pubs celebrate the contributions of Emerald Isle’s most famous citizens, honoring George Best’s athleticism, Bono’s musicality, and James Joyce’s invention of the world’s first readable doorstop. Embark on a pint-laden odyssey with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of traditional Irish fare and drinks at The Curragh Irish Pub & Restaurant. This Groupon is valid at two locations in Chicago and Skokie
The Curragh Irish Pub & Restaurant's Irish owners cultivate the warm Celtic sentiment of "Craic" with a welcoming staff and traditional Irish fare served in a festive common room decked in clover green trim, Irish bibelots, and scrawled Gaelic proverbs. Flaky Guinness fish ‘n’ chips ($12.99) anchor a menu of Eire favorites including bangers and mash ($9.99) and corned beef and cabbage boxties ($11.99), while the Dublin burger bridges culinary cultures with a 10-ounce sirloin patty topped with blarney cheese and irish bacon ($8.99). Patrons imbibe brews including seven Guinness draught specialty blends, admiring the pub’s Guinness Gold Standard Award for pouring perfect pints before raising toasts or arguing over which letters of the word “shillelagh” are actually silent.
An entertaining lineup of events jostles frothy pint heads with weekend live music, Irish step dancing, and an annual St. Patrick's Day festival deluged in green garb and beads. Glowing televisions broadcast international soccer matches and the Skokie location's karaoke nights feature masterful covers and harmonized food orders.
The Curragh Irish Pub
In pubs across Ireland, the craic, which means enjoyable conversation and gossip, is everything. It's the same at The Curragh Irish Pub, with regular live music, Irish dancing, and live streaming of rugby and soccer matches from around the world.
The Curragh's menu relies on its Irish ancestry, with traditional dishes such as corned beef and cabbage or chicken boxty. Beers follow suit, with dozens of Irish ales, including Smithwick's and Guinness, on tap. Whiskeys such as Jameson and Bushmills are also poured through tap-like spigots at the wood-paneled bar.
In the summery months, The Curragh's patio radiates with warmth and conviviality, often humming with the cheer and snorted laughter of catered parties.