Party Earth Review The city’s premier beer and bacon bar, Paddy Long’s is a popular hangout for a mixed crowd of young Lincoln Park hipsters and older regulars on a first-name basis with the owner – a Dublin native who is often also the... ... read full review
1028 West Diversey Parkway
Chicago, IL 60657
Brown, Purple Express Lines: Diversey
M–F 11:30am–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 11am–2am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
The city’s premier beer and bacon bar, Paddy Long’s is a popular hangout for a mixed crowd of young Lincoln Park hipsters and older regulars on a first-name basis with the owner – a Dublin native who is often also the bartender.
Usually low-key and welcoming, this Irish-style pub features craft beers and a menu that would make a vegetarian faint, including the signature Bacon Bomb, a five-pound processed pork explosion that few have ever attempted to finish.
Scattered tables offer plenty of space for the after-work crowd to watch sports and unwind over a few pints as hipsters drop coins in the retro jukebox, but the place is at its best on Wednesdays and the weekends when it hosts a Bacon and Beer Tasting – an event that usually sells out in advance, and which pairs five cuts of bacon with five craft brews.
An unlikely combination of neighborhood bar and impending heart attack, Paddy Long’s provides an inviting atmosphere in which to savor a succulent meal with a cold beer and zero (ba)con-descension.
Mix of hipsters, young professionals, and a few older male regulars, mid-20s to 40+.
Radio tuned to alternative rock music. Jukebox. Four flat-screen TVs tuned to sports. Team Trivia on Tuesday nights, Beer and Bacon Tastings on Wednesdays and weekends.
Menu featuring bacon specialties, including the five-pound Bacon Bomb, as well as appetizers, sandwiches, and burgers. Bacon can be added to almost any menu item.
Appetizers $5–$12, soups and salads $6–$10, entrées $8–$15, Bacon Bomb $50. Beer $4–$10, wine $6–$9, cocktails $5–$8.
Casual to business casual: jeans, t-shirts, flannel, slacks, button-downs, sweatpants, athletic gear.
Tuesdays for Trivia night, or Wednesdays and weekends for Beer and Bacon Tastings and a busier, but still mellow, scene.
Delilah’s (2271 North Lincoln Avenue) has less bacon, but makes up for it with four hundred types of whiskey.