It doesn’t have to be St. Patrick’s Day to go on an Irish Pub Crawl. This pub crawl features five Irish pubs. That is a lot of pubs even for the seasoned pub crawler. Normally on our excursions we take you from point A to point B. On this trip we suggest you include as many pubs as you wish. Should you make all five, we want to hear from you - once you recover. We will start with the pubs closest to the city and work our way out through the northwest suburbs.
The first pub on the list is The Curraugh Traditional Irish Pub, in Edison Park. As the name implies, this pub prides itself on it’s traditional Irish pub ambiance. The pub features daily drink specials, and has been awarded “the Guinness Gold Standard Award for perfect pints!” In addition to the regular menu this pub also has a comprehensive menu of Irish fare. On Saturdays there is often live music. From the Edison Park Metra Station head southeast on North Olmstead Avenue, left on North Oliphant Avenue, left on Northwest Highway. The pub will be on your right.
Peggy Kinane’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is located several stops down in Arlington Heights. This pub prides itself on it’s true Irish pub authenticity. The pubs interior components were built in Ireland, then shipped and assembled on site. The menu features many Irish favorites and there is often live music. Minutes from the Arlington Heights Metra Station, head northwest on US-14, left on North Vail Avenue.
Durty Nellies is just a few stops down the line in Palatine. This pub was modeled after a real Irish pub located in County Clare. Durty Nellies is known for the live music and outdoor beer garden. They have a full menu and a great selection of beer. This 15,000 sq. ft. complex is by far the largest of the bars/restaurants. From the Palatine Metra Station head west on West Wood Street, and left at North Smith Street.
Recently McGonigal’s Pub opened in Barrington. Housed in a historic bank building this two story space was transformed into a cozy Irish pub with exposed brick walls and tin ceiling. Full menu available with a terrific beer selection. Located less than five minutes from the train station, head northwest on Park Avenue, turn left on South Cook.
The last bar on the line is Finn McCool’s Irish Sports Pub in Crystal Lake. This pub is also in an historic bank building minutes from the train station. The massive bar is the focal point of the two story space. You will never a miss a minute of the game, in fact any game (flat screen TVs are everywhere). There are daily food and drink specials. To get to Finn McCool’s head southeast on East Woodstock Street, then right on North Williams Street.
Please note for all multiple stop outings
If you are making a stop-over on a week day, inform the conductor when you hand them your ticket and they will make a notation to that effect when they punch your ticket. On the weekend this is unnecessary if you are riding on a weekend pass, as it is good for as much Saturday and Sunday travel as you can fit in.