Party Earth Review A quintessential Irish pub just north of swanky Rush Street, Butch McGuire’s has been doling out bar fare and beer since 1961 and draws an energetic crowd of affluent professionals, younger frat types, and party girls... ... read full review
20 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Red Line: Clark/Division
M–F, Su 11am–4am, Sa 8am–5am
Kitchen open until midnight daily
Gold Coast, Chicago –
A quintessential Irish pub just north of swanky Rush Street, Butch McGuire’s has been doling out bar fare and beer since 1961 and draws an energetic crowd of affluent professionals, younger frat types, and party girls looking for a good time.
Butch himself originally launched the pub as a singles bar, and although local lore suggests that more than five-thousand marriages got their start here, nowadays the scene is less about long-term relationships and more about short-term partying.
While weeknights see the rustic, easygoing pub full of well-to-do business types unwinding over a drink and sports fans watching the game or playing a round of darts, weekends see the pub take a walk on the wild side as boisterous preppy types and party girls pound pitchers beneath a ceiling hung with hundreds of beer steins, glasses, and model boats.
Part of the nightly crawl for scenesters flitting from bar to bar, Butch McGuire’s is an easy choice to start the night, end the night, or maybe even meet Mr. or Mrs. Right.
After a Friday night of partying at Butch’s and the surrounding bars, head back on Saturday morning for an oversized Bloody Mary and some Car Bomb French Toast – that’s French toast soaked in Guinness and Bailey’s and served with Jameson-spiked syrup. Hair-of-the-dog sure to cure any hangover!
Sports fans, frat types, party girls, well-dressed young professionals, and affluent Gold Coast residents and businessmen, late 20s to early 40s.
Ambient old-school rock and alternative jams. Six flat-screen TVs tuned to sports, including a fifty-inch TV in the back room. Bingo night on Mondays, trivia on Tuesdays. Jukebox. Darts in the back room.
Bar menu including fish and chips and roast pork. Weekend brunch menu.
Brunch $7–$11, appetizers $5–$12, entrées $9–$16, late night menu $3–$10. Beer $4–$7, wine $7–$9, cocktails $5–$10.
Casual: jeans, t-shirts, fleeces, business attire.
Friday and Saturday nights for a real party atmosphere.
The Cedar Hotel (1112 North State Street) is another high-energy Gold Coast spot to let loose at or catch the game.