The Abbey Pub & Grill

Live Music Venue / Pub / Restaurant
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The Abbey Pub & Grill - Live Music Venue | Pub | Restaurant in Chicago.
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Party Earth Review Substantially renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, The Abbey Pub & Grill is an Irish pub-meets-concert hall that welcomes patrons with Guinness, guitars, shepherd’s pie, and a good dollop of soccer. Known as The... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Bar: M–F 3pm–2am, Sa 9am–3am, Su 9am–2am
    Kitchen: M–F 3–11pm, Sa–Su 9am–midnight

    Show times vary; check venue website for upcoming lineup
    Will open earlier for live broadcast of major European sports.

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Abbey Pub & Grill Review

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Looking for concerts at The Abbey in Chicago? Check out Party Earth for schedules, updates, photos, videos, and more for this one-of-a-kind Live Music Venue!

Substantially renovated in 2011 by Spike TV’s Bar Rescue, The Abbey Pub & Grill is an Irish pub-meets-concert hall that welcomes patrons with Guinness, guitars, shepherd’s pie, and a good dollop of soccer.

Known as The Green Room, the pub/restaurant space sees couples cozying in around candlelit tables with bangers and mash and sausage pizzas, while blue-collar regulars enjoy the decent whiskey and scotch options – that is, if a proper pint isn’t hard enough.

A small stage hosts a variety of acts, from acoustic sessions to poetry talks, though whenever the game is on – be it the Bulls or The Boys in Green – the central focus is undoubtedly on the projection screen and scattering of TVs.

Concertgoers bypass the restaurant and head straight for the expansive adjoining hall, which has played host to impressive indie acts like Florence & The Machine as well as up-and-coming folk, bluegrass, and country twangers that routinely draw a crowd.

Although the demo varies based on the act, there’s rarely a shortage of Irving hipsters reloading their PBRs at the multiple bars as performers take the high stage. Low tables and chairs dot the edges of the floor for those who need to sit one out, while narrow staircases on both sides lead to a routinely packed balcony.

The Abbey Pub & Grill may not promise salvation, but this prime Irish pub and rocking music venue has certainly turned a lot of Chicagoans into devout regulars.

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Tip from Jonah:

Seeing a major concert here is great, but you should definitely check out the Irish jam on a Sunday afternoon as well. It’s reportedly the longest-running traditional Irish session in the city – and if these performers can’t prompt your feet to stomp a bit, then nothing will.

  • Crowd

    Crowd varies markedly based on the performer, but usually includes students, music-loving hipsters, old-school punks, blue-collar regulars, casual couples, and still-cool older professionals, early 20s to mid-40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Concert hall hosts live regular music shows and special concerts on Fridays and Saturdays, including up-and-coming indie, blues, folk, and hip-hop artists. Concert days and times may vary.

    The Green Room hosts open mic and local bands on Tuesdays and Irish sessions on Sundays. Schedule may vary.

    TVs and projection screen tuned to news and major sports, with an emphasis on European matches, though national teams are also covered.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of Irish grub and American pub staples, including bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, burgers, pizzas, and God Bless America potato skins loaded with shredded cheese and bacon. ATM on site.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $0–$15+/concert hall only.

    Beer $3.50–$6, wine $4–$6, cocktails $6–$10, shots $6–$9. Appetizers $4–$8, sandwiches $9–$11, entrées $10–$15, pizza $15–$20, desserts $5–$6.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, graphic t-shirts, hoodies, studded belts, Converse sneakers, baseball caps, flats, skirts.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any night for a concert of interest in the main hall, Tuesdays for the open mic night in The Green Room, and Sundays for the Irish jam sessions.

  • Close By

    Dharma Garden (3109 West Irving Park Road) offers an affordable alternative to sandwiches and pizza with Thai and Indian cuisine, perfect for stinking up the concert hall with a little curry in a hurry.

The Abbey Pub & Grill User Reviews

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A whole new Abbey
Mallory Ann S. Apr 3, 2013
Guitars hang on the dilapidated brick walls of the historic Chicago Irish pub as a drum-set chandelier lights the newly renovated Abbey. Since 1973, The Abbey Pub in Chicago, IL has entertained those from all over the world by expanding the Irish culture through music, food and whiskey. The Abbey Pub & Grill has come a long way from being the "Shabby Abbey" on Bar Rescue to turning into a neighborhood hangout where locals can come to enjoy a good night of music. The concert side offers sitting on two different levels, as well as a bar on each level so you never miss a tune, or lose your seat. The restaurant side offers a cozy atmosphere with small bar tables and a stage to enjoy a more intimate show. While they are still working out kinks with their newer dining menu, the music keeps people coming back. The Pub Chip Nachos are a great starter to share with your friends and the drinks are affordable for a concert venue. Overall, this is a neighborhood hangout with a lot of regulars waiting to welcome you with open arms, and maybe even a drink.
Go for the Music
Rose G. Feb 20, 2013
I headed to the Abbey Pub last night to see their regular bluegrass band, the Henhouse Prowlers, perform. The Abbey is definitely a no-frills kind of spot, but it’s great to see an energetic staff that knows the regulars in the crowd and wants to get to know new faces. The first time I realized the Abbey had been “revamped” on the popular television show “Bar Rescue”, happened when I sat down on a very trendy, very un-Abbey like outdoor sectional while getting some fresh air during a concert this past summer. After speaking to a staff member who explained the news, I decided to go for dinner before my next concert outing. I hadn’t eaten at the Abbey in the past because I had been told not so great things about the food. I have to be honest, although the menu was clearly aimed at a fresh take on Irish classics, I don’t think the Abbey’s kitchen necessarily heeded Jon Taffer’s expert advice. I’m not one to complain about service, especially when I’m just grabbing a casual bite before a concert, but it was pretty rough. The food was equally disappointing. My chicken sandwich was quite dry, while the person I was with ordered the fish and chips, which were slick with grease. But hey, that didn’t stop us from heading right through the doors after we ate and back into our comfort zone to see the band perform. I had a great time that night, and many nights after that, including last night. Their communities of regulars range depending on the day of the week, but they’re always inclusive of others there to listen to the music. Bar Rescue tried to help the Abbey Pub balance the revenue between the restaurant and the concert. They might not have been entirely successful in doing that, but it’s still a Chicago landmark and a great place to enjoy live music.
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