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
3420 West Grace Street
Chicago, IL 60618
Blue Line: Addison
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.
Avondale / Irving Park, Chicago –
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Casual: jeans, graphic t-shirts, hoodies, studded belts, Converse sneakers, baseball caps, flats, skirts.
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.
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.