O'Donovan's

Historic Bar / Irish Pub / Restaurant
O'Donovan's O'Donovan's in Chicago's North Center is an institution for great food/drink specials. Crash their popular beer garden in Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.9541285547253 -87.6811981201172
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Party Earth Review In business since 1886 (it was called Schulien’s back then), O’Donovan’s is among the city’s oldest, continuously running taverns. And though it looks as lived in as it does well loved, that doesn’t dampen the energy of... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 10am–2am
    Late night menu 11pm–1am
    Kitchen closes at 1am daily

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

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O'Donovan's in Chicago's North Center is an institution for great food/drink specials. Crash their popular beer garden in Chicago with Party Earth.

In business since 1886 (it was called Schulien’s back then), O’Donovan’s is among the city’s oldest, continuously running taverns. And though it looks as lived in as it does well loved, that doesn’t dampen the energy of the young Cubs fans and friendly yuppies that make up the regular crowd.

The space features a narrow front room with a long mahogany bar, worn high-tops, and cabinets faced in stained glass. A small central area has more of a restaurant feel with its scattering of dining tables and vintage French café-style posters on the deep red walls, while the back room – also home to the original Schulien’s sign – is used mostly for private parties.

In winter, the dim drinking den is a cozy retreat for mostly unpretentious locals, but summer sees its popularity skyrocket as big groups of post-collegiate cuties mingle in the big beer garden and quieter kin sink into soft furniture among the topiaries lining the sidewalk.

Though they’re well accounted for on sunny days and most Fridays and Saturdays, the place isn’t just for the shots-and-flirting crowd, as whole families have been popping in for generations to take advantage of all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch, while sports lovers of all stripes show up when a big game is on.

Patrons won’t find much in the way of Irish kitsch at O’Donovan’s, but they will find lots of budget-friendly reasons to become lucky regulars.

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Tip from Emma:

The Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday food specials are crazy-popular deals – even if they do require a one-drink minimum. Half-off select beer, wine, and champagne all day Wednesday is also hard to beat. And, in the spirit of a tradition that began with Schulien’s, O’Donovan’s hosts a roving magician who performs card tricks at tables on the weekends.

  • Crowd

    Sports fans, college kids, flirty young professionals, older neighborhood boozers, friendly budget-minded bar crawlers, families that have been dropping by for generations, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    About two dozen TVs tuned to sports.

    Trivia at 8:30pm on Tuesdays.

    Roving magician F–Su 6–10pm.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Full menu of pub grub including steak, seafood, chicken, nachos, and salads. All-you-can-eat brunch on Sundays from 10am–2pm. Daily food and drink specials.

  • Prices

    All-you-can-eat brunch $14, appetizers $3–$13, sandwiches and burgers $6.50–$10.50, entrées $11–$15. Beer $4–$8, wine $5–$10/glass or $20–$35, cocktails $5–$10+, drink packages $20–$35.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, jeans, sports attire, post-work business casual, cute sweaters, blouses, shawls.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Mondays for the $2 burger special, Wednesdays for up to half off most bottles of wine and champagne all night, Friday and Saturday nights for a festive young crowd, Sundays for brunch, and any warm day when the beer garden is open.

  • Close By

    Laschet’s Inn (2119 West Irving Park Road) is another neighborhood institution with a large variety of beer.

O'Donovan's User Reviews

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A World Unto Itself
Gretchen C. Apr 1, 2013
O'Donovan's is the kind of place that makes you feel like your troubles have disappeared and you've entered another world. O'Donovan's might be dark when you first go through the doors and it can get a little cramped, but the staff is very friendly and will serve you lots of great food and drink to keep you there until the wee hours. O'Donovan's is a neighborhood bar, quite literally, since it's located on the corner of a small neighborhood in Northcenter, but it's more than that too; this bar and its patrons rabidly support the Ohio State Buckeyes as well as all the Chicago sports teams. There is almost always a game playing on the many televisions surrounding the bar and you're more than likely to be there on a night they offer a great deal. Tuesdays are particularly enjoyable, as the bar hosts a trivia evening (with plenty of prizes to win!) beginning at 8:30, and the bar also offers 30 cent wings on that night. This is a bar that has been open for well more than a century, and it is because it has not only remained a great place to hang out, but also offers an escape from the rest of the world.
The perfect neighborhood bar
Brinda G. Dec 4, 2012
O'Donovan's is the kind of place where neighborhood kids go with their parents, who once went with their parents. Its family feel is something that so many places try to recreate and fail. The bar is pretty big, with two great outdoor areas: a quiet sidewalk strip, and a party-time tented patio. The food is good old-fashioned pub grub, with what seems to be 7 million specials running a day. Mondays, with their $2 burgers, are especially great. Even after dinner hours, when the place is more like a bar-bar, with no kids running around, it's a low-key kind of bar, where you can watch the game or catch up with friends without much hassle. There's no catchy hook to the place, but it's been going strong for about 100 years because it just gets the bar-down-the-street thing so right.
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