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
2274 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60686
Brown, Purple Express, Red Lines: Fullerton
M 6pm–2am, Tu–Th 5pm–2am, F noon–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
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.
DePaul students and recent grads, relaxed bros, sports lovers, budget drinkers, and casual groups of friends, 20s to 30s.
More than a dozen flat-screens tuned to the game. Jukebox stocked with a mix of classic rock and current pop.
No food served, but patrons are welcome to bring in their own.
Beer $1.50–$5, wine $4–$6, cocktails $2.50–$8.
Casual to prepster: jerseys, button-downs, polo shirts, fitted jeans, cute skirts, sweaters.
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.
Wise Fools Pub (2270 North Lincoln Avenue) is a dog-friendly dive bar just steps away, and has similar great specials and free popcorn.