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
3937 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Brown Line: Irving Park
M 5pm–midnight, Tu–Th 5pm–2am, F 4pm–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–midnight
Lakeview, Chicago –
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.
University of Texas and Butler University alums, college students, preppy young professionals, and older sports fans, early 20s to late 30s.
Several TVs tuned to sports. Jukebox playing mostly Top 40.
Upscale American pub grub including quesadillas, wings, burgers, and steak salads.
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 .
Casual to business casual: jeans, t-shirts, jerseys, caps, work attire.
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.
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