Butch McGuire's

Irish Pub / Restaurant
Butch McGuire's 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... Chicago United States 41.9040622 -87.6295955
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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

  • Hours:

    M–F, Su 11am–4am, Sa 8am–5am
    Kitchen open until midnight daily

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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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...

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

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!

  • Crowd

    Sports fans, frat types, party girls, well-dressed young professionals, and affluent Gold Coast residents and businessmen, late 20s to early 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Bar menu including fish and chips and roast pork. Weekend brunch menu.

  • Prices

    Brunch $7–$11, appetizers $5–$12, entrées $9–$16, late night menu $3–$10. Beer $4–$7, wine $7–$9, cocktails $5–$10.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, t-shirts, fleeces, business attire.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for a real party atmosphere.

  • Close By

    The Cedar Hotel (1112 North State Street) is another high-energy Gold Coast spot to let loose at or catch the game.

Butch McGuire's User Reviews

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Butch McGuire's
Maria S. Feb 1, 2013
Typically called out as a Division Street favorite amongst my peers, Butch McGuire's appears to be a place all make their way to at some point. The bar is usually packed, so be prepared to stand and mingle. During Christmas, they have some great decorations-with a train lining the bar.
Your standard Chicago Irish bar
Craig B. Dec 9, 2012
There's a strip of Irish pubs along this stretch of Division Street, and Butch McGuire's stands out from the rest by being louder, drunker, and greener than the rest. And that goes for the staff as well as the patrons. I don't think I'll ever go there after sundown again. That being said, the brunch is great. I had eggs benedict and a bloody mary and it was everything I could have dreamed of. Mid-mornings and early afternoons at Butch McGuire's are a world away from the nights there and I would definitely recommend that. Plus, they do pull a good pint of Guinness.
Really bizarre spot...but great brunch!
Christina W. Dec 7, 2012
Along the wild, ridiculous, and perhaps slightly disturbing strip of Gold Coast late night spots, Butch McGuire's is just another one of those terrifying bars. It's loud, it's raucus, it smells like stale beer and shame, and it's filled with the type of crowd you thought you would never spend time with after you graduated college. But somehow I ended up there again a few weeks later, but this time on a Sunday morning. I actually really wish I had been hungover, because the brunch is just screaming "eat me if you're hungover." It's ridiculously delicious. Huge omelets and scrambles overflowing with cheese and vegetables, several kinds of eggs benedict, and the BEST FRENCH TOAST I have ever eaten in my entire life. The toast is soaked in an egg-milk mixture that's spiked with Bailey's and Guinness, and the syrup is spiked with Jameson. Talk about hair of the dog. So no, I don't recommend it for nighttime fun (shame?), but I do highly recommend it for brunch. Yes indeed.
Butch McGuire's: Where Dreams Go To Die & Become Weirder Dreams
Ali B. Sep 27, 2012
It's that time of night: three of your friends have already gone home out of drunkenness, and while you're nowhere near as drunk as you should be, but you aren't ready to give up on your night. You exchange glances with your remaining friends with hesitant expressions, as if to implicitly ask "Are we really going to do this"? And wordlessly, you all pile into a cab and head to Butch's. Butch's is a late night bar with all the charm of the frat on your campus that was always almost getting kicked off campus. This almost kitschy Irish saloon is home, around 3am, to the drunkest and those who aspire to become the drunkest. The crowd itself is almost evenly split between twentysomethings looking to postpone bed time as long as possible, and older folk who are somewhat busted but very ready to buy drinks (keep an eye out for cougars in unnecessarily tight dresses as well as fifty year old dudes in Canadian tuxedos, they are most likely to buy rounds). The drinks are so strong as to be almost insulting. Here's where you find the dregs of the night; people looking to get laid, who aren't quite desperate but, at the very least, open to suggestion. By 5am, when Butch's finally closes, you're liable to be already home with someone, or dancing-fighting the bouncers. In a sentence, Butch's is an extremely boozy choose-your-own-adventure, ending mostly with either sex or injury, sometimes both.
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