Corcoran's Grill & Pub

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Corcoran's Grill & Pub Corcoran’s Grill & Pub in Chicago’s Lincoln Park has a big beer garden & good crowd. Catch a Second City show, and then hit this Chicago pub with Party Earth! Chicago United States 41.9116198 -87.6345781
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Party Earth Review Irish bars are hardly a rarity in Chicago, but Corcoran’s Grill & Pub avoids cookie-cutter stereotypes with lots of outdoor seating and a crowd that’s as much burgeoning funnymen as Boddingtons-seeking boozers, thanks... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Express Lines: Sedgwick

  • Phone:

    312-440-0885

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  • Hours:

    M–F 11am–2am, Sa 11am–3am, Su 10:30am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Corcoran's Grill & Pub Review

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Corcoran’s Grill & Pub in Chicago’s Lincoln Park has a big beer garden & good crowd. Catch a Second City show, and then hit this Chicago pub with Party Earth!

Irish bars are hardly a rarity in Chicago, but Corcoran’s Grill & Pub avoids cookie-cutter stereotypes with lots of outdoor seating and a crowd that’s as much burgeoning funnymen as Boddingtons-seeking boozers, thanks to its proximity to Second City.

The venue truly shines in summer, with its sidewalk terrace in front, large beer garden in back, and brick gangway connecting the two, all of which overflow with happy day-drinkers when the weather cooperates.

The narrow front room offers ample seating at the long bar, while worn booths and lots of nooks for little tables are taken over by a jovial young crowd when a comedy show lets out across the street.

That doesn’t mean the standard Irish trappings are missing. Guests will still find lots of comfort food, Guinness slow pours, and multiple TVs inside and out, which make the place a popular neighborhood hangout when a big game is on.

The pub’s location means that the regular crowd is a bit more prosperous than at the average bar, but daily specials still make it easy to fill up without breaking the bank, and $5 shots and bombs on Fridays and Saturdays promise a busy scene of frat hijinks mixed with folks still trying to be funny.

The more astute older brother to the boilerplate Gaelic pub, Corcoran’s Grill & Pub is where twenty-somethings can bring their grandparents for dinner and then return for festive flirting late into the night.

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Tip from Lucas:

There’s a second smaller bar back behind the beer garden. If you need a breather, this room, called the ‘coach house,’ usually stays a bit more relaxed than the front. And you can also rent it out for private parties!

  • Crowd

    Preppy fraternity guys, boisterous sorority types, Second City theatergoers, amateur comedians, sports lovers, day drinkers, mid-20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Several TVs inside and out tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Menu of American comfort food and standard Irish pub grub including pretzels, fish and chips, bangers and mash, nachos, quesadillas, and salads. Brunch on Sundays 10:30am–2pm. Beer and drink specials daily. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Prices

    Brunch menu $8–$12, appetizers $7–$11, sandwiches and burgers $7.50–$14, entrées $10–$15. Beer $4–$6, wine $8–$9/glass or $29–$35/bottle, cocktails $6–$8.50.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to preppy: t-shirts, jeans, sports gear, baseball caps, tank tops, cute skirts, blouses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowd of young party types, or warm weekends to take advantage of the ample outdoor seating.

  • Close By

    The Old Town Ale House (219 West North Avenue) is a historic dive that has been serving beer to thirsty college kids and Second City performers for years.

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