Halligan Bar

Irish Pub / Sports Bar
Halligan Bar Halligan Bar in Chicago's Lincoln Park is a fireman-owned Irish sports bar with amazingly cheap specials. Come burn down the Chicago house with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.923275 -87.645772
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Halligan Bar - Irish Pub | Sports Bar in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review For Lincoln Park denizens in need of affordable booze and a place to catch the game, the luck of the Irish doesn’t come much faster than at Halligan Bar. Beers are rarely more than a few dollars, over a dozen flat-screens... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton

  • Phone:

    773-472-7940

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M 6pm–2am, Tu–Th 5pm–2am, F noon–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Halligan Bar Review

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Halligan Bar in Chicago's Lincoln Park is a fireman-owned Irish sports bar with amazingly cheap specials. Come burn down the Chicago house with Party Earth.

For Lincoln Park denizens in need of affordable booze and a place to catch the game, the luck of the Irish doesn’t come much faster than at Halligan Bar.

Beers are rarely more than a few dollars, over a dozen flat-screens make it hard to find a bad seat in the house, and floor-to-ceiling windows – left wide open in summer – make for great people-watching onto busy Lincoln Avenue.

During the day, laid-back students from nearby DePaul grab a pint with friends in one of the leather booths, as casual area professionals mingle and flirt to the mix of classic rock and pop favorites on the jukebox.

Although the walls are covered in Irish, sports, and firefighter paraphernalia – the bar was started by two South Side firefighters – from hoses and axes to Notre Dame pennants and Guinness placards, little is visible through the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds of rowdy post-grads that show up on the weekends to get sauced on the cheap.

A hostel a few blocks away ensures the bar sees a backpacking contingent as well, especially on Thursdays when the hostel’s regular bar crawl drops in.

Seeing as there’s been a tavern in this building since 1893, the worn dark-wood furnishings and enormous mirrors behind the bar have clearly weathered the test of time, but it’s doubtful the young regulars at Halligan Bar are thinking much about the past – or even about tomorrow.

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Tip from Lucas:

Be aware that Halligan Bar has a $20 credit card minimum. That wouldn’t usually be a problem, but with specials this good, you’d have a hard time hitting $20 by yourself.

  • Crowd

    DePaul students and recent grads, relaxed bros, sports lovers, budget drinkers, and casual groups of friends, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    More than a dozen flat-screens tuned to the game. Jukebox stocked with a mix of classic rock and current pop.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    No food served, but patrons are welcome to bring in their own.

  • Prices

    Beer $1.50–$5, wine $4–$6, cocktails $2.50–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to prepster: jerseys, button-downs, polo shirts, fitted jeans, cute skirts, sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursdays through Saturdays for a packed house of festive drinkers all night, or Tuesdays to get in on the best specials of the week: half-off EVERYTHING.

  • Close By

    Wise Fools Pub (2270 North Lincoln Avenue) is a dog-friendly dive bar just steps away, and has similar great specials and free popcorn.

Halligan Bar User Reviews

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Halligan Review
JD K. Jul 1, 2013
My Take: This is one of my favorite bars in Chicago. When it comes to rowdy college age bars, Halligan has you covered. It is a large bar with a lot of bartenders who are quick with a drink, so you won’t spend all night waiting for someone to help you. Not to mention the drinks are always inexpensive. You can go there with $15 in your pocket and get drinks for the whole night. Since Halligan is located right in the Lincoln Park it can get wild. It will be packed with students and young professionals looking for excitement and many come in groups, but it not very hard to approach anyone in the bar and strike up a conversation. The Scene: College students from DePaul and others who are recent grads are the most frequent visitors. Many who go here are usually with their friends and are trying to stay out all night. It’s also good for any sports lover or somewhere where single can meet and greet. Cocktails & Cuisine: There are drink specials for $2-3 every night and every night has a special where you can buy a beer for $2-3 and a mix drink for $3. There is always a drink and a shot of the month (just ask) and be sure to try the vodka and whiskey drinks. That’s they’re specialty Prices: Things generally cost $2-5. What to Wear: Many come dressed casually. The guys usually wear jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, and button downs. Girls wear the same and maybe a cocktail dress if they plan on going to a different bar afterwards. Insider Info/When to go: There is usually never a line so all you need to do is go to the front door, and they make the deals easy to spot because they are posted all over the walls. The best nights are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
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