Brownstone Tavern & Grill

Restaurant / Sports Bar
Brownstone Tavern & Grill Developed by the same company behind other classy sports-centric watering holes like WestEnd and Gaslight, Brownstone is an energetic sports bar popular with diehard Texas and Butler University fans. Chicago United States 41.953322 -87.678013
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Brownstone Tavern & Grill - Restaurant | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Developed by the same company behind other classy sports-centric watering holes like WestEnd and Gaslight, Brownstone is an energetic sports bar popular with diehard Texas and Butler University fans. A notch more sophisticated... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M 5pm–midnight, Tu–Th 5pm–2am, F 4pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–midnight

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Brownstone Tavern & Grill Review

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Developed by the same company behind other classy sports-centric watering holes like WestEnd and Gaslight, Brownstone is an energetic sports bar popular with diehard Texas and Butler University fans.

Developed by the same company behind other classy sports-centric watering holes like WestEnd and Gaslight, Brownstone is an energetic sports bar popular with diehard Texas and Butler University fans.

A notch more sophisticated than much of the competition in nearby Wrigleyville, the venue features bronze fixtures, wrought-iron chandeliers, and elegant shaded lamps in place of the expected neon signs and obvious athletic trappings.

Despite the uptown ambiance, however, the place is all about sports, as evidenced by the Big 12 and other major sporting events glowing on the myriad TVs mounted on the exposed brick walls – and on game days, the long single room is crammed with young jersey-wearing fans bearing their Longhorns and barking like Bulldogs.

Specials throughout the week keep the place humming even when the TVs are relegated to recaps, while a substantial grub menu makes it a good stop for local young professionals looking to refuel with a few fish tacos.

Tables and banquettes around the perimeter provide space for beer snobs to get a craft fix off the fifty-plus options available, and people-watchers can always retreat to the shaded patio if the rah-rah’ing or loud post-game music gets to be too much.

A polished pub with a welcoming vibe, Brownstone makes getting a drink, catching a game, and being from Texas easy.

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Tip from Lucas:

Brownstone belongs to the same owners as seven other bars in the city. They have a rewards program, so if you buy a $5 rewards card, it comes with $10 loaded onto it – then for every $100 you spend, you get an extra $5 .

  • Crowd

    University of Texas and Butler University alums, college students, preppy young professionals, and older sports fans, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several TVs tuned to sports. Jukebox playing mostly Top 40.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale American pub grub including quesadillas, wings, burgers, and steak salads.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $3–$9, soups and salads $3–$14, sandwiches and burgers $7–$11, desserts $8. Beer $5–$9, wine $8–$9/glass or $30–$36/bottle, cocktails $6–$9. Party packages from $20/person .

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to business casual: jeans, t-shirts, jerseys, caps, work attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any big game day, especially for University of Texas football or Butler University basketball, Friday and Saturday nights for a crowded party scene, and any warm weekend afternoon to people-watch from the patio.

  • Close By

    The Globe Pub (1934 West Irving Park Road) is an English pub with a large following of British expats and other soccer fans.

Brownstone Tavern & Grill User Reviews

Average rating:
Reliable neighborhood spot
Brinda G. Dec 11, 2012
Brownstone is part of a local mini-empire of bars that are consistently good. The group that opened them put a lot of work into how the places look, and Brownstone is prettier than the usual neighborhood spot. (It is not, however, in a brownstone.) It’s the kind of place where you know the food will taste great, your poison of choice will be available, and you’ll be able to see a TV without craning your neck. For my roommate’s birthday, we worked with management to set up a private party, and they were great to work with. Not the kind of bar you’ll cross town for, but if you’re in Ravenswood/North Center/Lakeview, it’s a good bet.
Texas Fight
Mark R. Oct 21, 2012
I was there when they played the last Southwest Conference Game. I was there when Ricky Williams broke the all time NCAA rushing record. I was there when Vince Young filled Mack Brown's iPod with rap music. I was there when Colt McCoy took a beating at the hands of Aggie scofflaws. And now I'm here. I'm in Chicago. And it isn't as different from Texas as I might have thought (I didn't get the Longhorn Network in Texas, either). When Notre Dame was at Solider Field, I met some friends at Brownstone with the understanding that some televisions would be broadcasting that game, and some televisions would be broadcasting the Texas game. That understanding was flawed. My friend spent the better part of an hour convincing the bartender to leave one set on the Notre Dame game, while the rest of us watched the Texas game. It was as though Texas had momentarily annexed a quarter block of North Center for its own and, at least as far as I could tell, no one minded. There was orange. There was chili. And there was beer. What more could a Texas expat ask for? Don't get me wrong, though. Brownstone isn't *just* a Texas bar (as though that would be a bad thing). I've met friends there to watch baseball, basketball, hockey and football (with a lowercase f for non-horn viewing), and just because. The hummus is delicious. The tater tots are plentiful (we don't really have them in Texas), and the staff is friendly. Get there.
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