Duke of Perth

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Duke of Perth The Duke of Perth is a busy Scottish pub in Chicago's Lakeview with lots of whiskeys & hearty Scottish grub. Grab a snifter & get to Chicago with Party Earth. Chicago United States 41.9351321341685 -87.6466727256775
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Party Earth Review With virtually no competition in its category, Duke of Perth’s self-professed declaration as “Chicago’s Scottish Pub” is as unflinching a battle cry as any William Wallace would dare to make. Inside the shadowy space... ... read full review

  • Train:

    Brown, Purple Lines: Wellington, Diversey

  • Phone:

    773-477-1741

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M 5pm–2am, Tu–F, Su noon–2am, Sa noon–3am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Duke of Perth Review

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The Duke of Perth is a busy Scottish pub in Chicago's Lakeview with lots of whiskeys & hearty Scottish grub. Grab a snifter & get to Chicago with Party Earth.

With virtually no competition in its category, Duke of Perth’s self-professed declaration as “Chicago’s Scottish Pub” is as unflinching a battle cry as any William Wallace would dare to make.

Inside the shadowy space, two rooms sport dark crevices full of hardwood chairs and church pews, all familiar to the buns of long-nosed connoisseurs who come to enjoy the seventy-plus selection of malts.

Secretive lovers cozy in by the two fireplaces with their Speyside scotches and Wee Heavy chasers, as post-show theatergoers from the nearby stage and cinema enjoy traditional shepherd’s pie or themed burgers like the Sean Connery (broiled, not sh-tirred).

With nary a TV in sight, midday barflies strike up conversation with stray Cubs fan avoiding the vortex of pre-game Wrigleyville, as happy expats use the free Wi-Fi to write Momma and tell her they’ve found a spot with proper room-temperature ales on tap.

Half of Chicago seems to file in on Wednesdays for all-you-can-eat fish and chips, a crowd only surpassed by the one that shows up when the same dish is served on Fridays. And even when the seasonal beer garden nearly triples the bar’s capacity, weekends still find everyone squeezed tighter than a bagpipe by sundown.

No matter the season, the owner is usually there, filling pints and calling folks by name, proof that a friendly neighborhood bar like Duke of Perth may take your money, and it may take your liver, but it will never take…YOUR FREEEEEEDOOOOMMMMM…to become a regular.

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Tip from Jonah:

New to whiskey or simply can’t make up your mind? The Duke offers a selection of flights to suit all palates, from the budget-friendly Joy For Peat’s Sake for $20 to the Full Monty, which will run you a plum $90 but includes a 30-year Glen Ord.

  • Crowd

    Whiskey lovers, couples, weathered barflies, nostalgic expats, festive groups who care little for sports, moviegoers from the Landmark Century complex down the street, unpretentious locals, and theatergoers and actors from the nearby TimeLine Theater, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Ambient selection of Radiohead, Fiona Apple, Van Morrison, and the like.

    Not a single TV in sight.

    Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Hearty bar favorites and Irish and Scottish home-style dishes including fish and chips, bangers and mash, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and leek pie.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $8, soups and salads $5.50–$10.50, entrées $10–$11. Beer $3.50–$8, wine $8–$9/glass, well drinks $7–$8, cocktails $10–$15+ whiskey $7–$20+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: thick plaid, well-worn jeans, scarves and wool caps, a few Cubs jerseys, t-shirts, cargo shorts, pleated skirts and knee-highs, a kilt if the wind is forgiving.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Wednesdays and Fridays for the all-you-can-eat fish and chips and a big party crowd, Saturdays to get rowdy minus the fish frenzy, or sunny days to take over the beer garden with a whiskey, beer, whiskey, repeat.

  • Close By

    Open since the late 90s and still going strong, TimeLine Theatre Company (615 West Wellington) is known for producing timely plays inspired by history that shine a light on current issues of the day.

Duke of Perth User Reviews

Average rating:
I'm not sure, but I could have sworn I saw a faery.
Gloria I. Apr 3, 2013
The Duke of Perth is one of my favorite spots in all of Chicago. I spent many an evening working through the extensive Scotch, Whiskey, and Bourbon selections; plus the Fish and Chips are on pare with the any that I got when I lived in London. The thing that makes the Duke of Perth so special is the back patio.It's hard to find well kept and cozy places to eat outside in Chicago; this space is a destination location for me. Warm summer breezes, away from the busy streets, you can spend hours with friends surrounded by large potted trees and plants. I always have a nice, fuzzy feeling when I leave I leave the Duke, I'm not making any promises, but it might be the Scottish faeries they keep in the back.
All-you-can-eat fish and chips: all you need to know
Brinda G. Dec 10, 2012
Sometimes all the Irish and faux-Irish pubs in Chicago start to look the same. It's really nice to find a slight variation with this Scottish pub. Duke of Perth’s big draw is its all-you-can-eat fish and chips on Wednesday and Friday. The place is naturally packed on those nights. The cute beer garden in the back is a welcome addition to the space in the summer, but I think I prefer the pub in the winter, when the room (with a fireplace) is a warm and cozy escape from the weather. I don’t like Scotch, but my whiskey-loving friends seem impressed with the selection here. Friendly staff and crowd, and a refreshing lack of shamrock décor.
Single Malt Milestones
Chris M. Aug 2, 2012
The Duke of Perth is where I had my first real scotch whiskey. Not Jack, not Jameson, not some other whiskey but a real smoky, peaty, speyside single malt. It took me almost an hour to get it down because I followed the bartender's advice and didn't add ice or water. Just a drop of water to "open it up". And a glass of water on the side. The staff was very friendly as a couple buddies and I decided to embark on learning about single malts and they made some great recommendations for us beginners. They have a huge selection of top top shelf stuff but also have a wide variety so you can get acquainted without spending $20 for a glass. I also took my now wife here on our first date and it is a great place for intimate conversation. The decor reminds you of a Scottish hunting cabin and they accommodated her ordering a fruity drink as I tried to impress her with my limited knowledge of something she didn't care about. But it all worked out in the end, I think we had some great conversation that night by the fireplace. For the right group or for a date or to learn about single malts, check out Duke of Perth. If you are on a date go to La Creperie nearby first and head here after (it worked for me).
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