P.J. Clarke's

Restaurant / Sports Bar
P.J. Clarke's P.J. Clarke’s in Chicago’s Gold Coast is a chill sports bar/restaurant with hearty grub & a neighborhood vibe. Chill out over beer & the Bears with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.904169 -87.628811
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Party Earth Review A classic tavern where the typical dad would hang out with his buds to watch the Bears, P.J. Clarke’s offers a chill vibe and plentiful comfort food, two ingredients that have made it a casual mainstay in the competitive... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Restaurant: M–Th 5–10pm, F 5pm–midnight, Sa 10am–midnight, Su 10am–10pm
    Bar: M–F 11:30am–2am, Sa–Su 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth P.J. Clarke's Review

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P.J. Clarke’s in Chicago’s Gold Coast is a chill sports bar/restaurant with hearty grub & a neighborhood vibe. Chill out over beer & the Bears with Party Earth.

A classic tavern where the typical dad would hang out with his buds to watch the Bears, P.J. Clarke’s offers a chill vibe and plentiful comfort food, two ingredients that have made it a casual mainstay in the competitive – and ritzy – Gold Coast neighborhood.

A halo of neon over large open windows lights up the front door, but once inside, patrons discover a cozy atmosphere with lots of dark wood and polished brass accents. Black and white pictures of Hollywood celebrities like James Dean and Clint Eastwood hang on the walls, while an ambient mix of old-school tunes and seasoned crooners adds to the laid-back vibe.

Midweek sees the joint busy with families and older sports fans, who chow down on burgers and mac and cheese as they watch a game on one of the flat-screens spread throughout the four levels, while an outdoor dining area invites friends to enjoy their meal al fresco.

Things get a bit more energetic come Fridays, when rowdier folks in the midst of a pub crawl stumble in from the party mecca of nearby Division, ready to linger over a few drinks and reenergize before heading back into the night.

Weekend brunch also makes P.J. Clarke’s a good destination for budget-friendly omelets and pancakes to go with whoever is on the field, so even though the place never rages, it does offer an old-school feel that’s as comfortable as an old friend.

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Tip from Lucas:

If you come here a lot, be sure to join P.J.’s Privilege Program to get discounts based on how much you spend. It adds up fast if you’re drinking with your buddies during the game.

  • Crowd

    Sports fans, laid-back young professionals, families, older moneyed locals, party kids escaping the Division scene for a spell on weekends, 20s to 40s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient mix of Frank Sinatra-type crooners and vintage rock, though the music is never the focus.

    Several flat-screens tuned to sports, with a clear emphasis on the Bears during football season.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Traditional comfort food includes hearty mac and cheese, meatloaf, burgers, and large salads. Brunch till 3pm on weekends.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $9–$13, appetizers and snacks $4–$14, entrées $10–$19+. Beer $4–$6, wine $6.50–$10/glass or $28–$40/bottle, cocktails $8–$12.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, team t-shirts, post-work business attire, slacks, sundresses, halter tops, fitted sweaters.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any time the Bears are playing to catch the game without having to fight for a seat, Fridays and Saturdays for a little respite from rowdy Division Street, or weekends to recover from said night on Division.

  • Close By

    Right next door is McFadden’s (1206 North State Parkway), a high-energy sports pub that eventually draws wall-to-wall people on Friday and Saturday nights.

P.J. Clarke's User Reviews

Average rating:
Based on the legendary NY pub--a warm, affordable hangout with excellent food and beer selections.
Greg S. Mar 20, 2013
This Chicago version of the legendary New York pub sports the same mixture of cozy, casual dark-wood decor with quality, affordable pub food as its namesake. Known for their burgers and brew, they also do fresh, hearty salads. Everything is presented in generous portions. The service, including the bar staff, is warm and efficient. Plenty of hooks on which to hang winter coats. Weekday nights are populated by the after work "Mad Men" types. Weekend nights are packed with young revelers. Though there are most always private booths in the back for those craving more intimate encounters.
Laid Back Vibe
Maria S. Feb 19, 2013
P.J. Clarke's offers a very laid back vibe. I really love that this place is multileveled, and it feels like there is always another nook of the restaurant/bar to explore. The stain glass entrance is also welcoming. It's worth a short stop in.
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