TJ O’Brien’s is not just another sports bar. Although it is a friendly place to watch the game and grab a beer…… it’s much more. You can also enjoy a home cooked Irish meal right in the heart of Downtown Palatine.
We recently had the chance to talk with the owners, Tim and Jimmy O’Brien, Father and Son, about TJ O’Brien’s Bar & Grill and find out why they are one of Palatines favorite destinations.
Tell us how TJ O’Brien’s came about.
My son, Jimmy wanted a sports bar with a fun atmosphere and nightlife. I wanted to serve good food and incorporate our Irish Heritage. So about a year ago, TJ O’Brien’s came to life – an “Irish Sports Bar”. We are a great place to watch a game, hang out with friends and enjoy a great meal.
Why did you choose to locate in Palatine?
Palatines vibrant downtown area makes it a great destination for restaurants, bars & nightlife. It is also filled with some of the friendliest people in Illinois, which gives it a small town feel.
You mentioned your food, tell us about your menu.
We serve a full menu with homemade pizza and other pub favorites such as burgers and Italian beef. Our customers can take our “Italian Beef Challenge”, if you can eat our 3 foot long Italian beef sandwich in under 30 minutes, it’s Free. Winners also get their name and picture on the wall, win or lose you get a great sandwich and a T-Shirt with a funny slogan. We are proud to serve our Traditional ‘Irish House Specialties’ that our chef makes from recipes handed down from my Grandmother.
Can you tell us about your Chef?
Sure, James Parker is a master chef for over 30 years. He puts a new spin on old classics, like our Irish Egg Rolls, with corned beef, Swiss cheese and sauerkraut served with Thousand Island dressing or the Shamrock Turkey Melt with 3 cheeses, turkey, bacon, avocado & creamy coleslaw. His specialty is the Prime Rib, watch for our Prime Rib Specials.
What are your favorite dishes?
My favorite is the “O” Ruben and Jimmy’s is the Italian Beef, but I can recommend everything on our menu.
It sounds like you d0 concentrate on the food, what do you to accommodate Jimmy for the fun Sports Bar?
We have 3 to 5 great drink specials every day. Here are just a few, Monday $3 Coronas & Heinekeins, Tuesday $2 Bartender Shots, Wednesday $5 Car Bombs, Thursday $5 Martinis, Friday $4 Captain Morgan Mixers, Saturday $3 Sam Adams Bottles, and on Sunday a $4 Bloody Mary. And of course we have several large screen TVs, the only pool table in Downtown Palatine and we occasionally have live entertainment and DJ’s.
What do you feel makes TJ’s unique?
We are the only Neighborhood, Irish Sports Bar in Downtown Palatine. Our customers usually come for the food and stay for the fun!
You are right across from the Metra Station, do you see a lot of commuters?
We get a lot of people stopping in on their way home, we also welcome Train & Bar Crawls.
Is there anything else that you would like your customers to know?
You can also enjoy our food at your own party with our catering or here in our intimate party room with a fireplace. The use of the room is free with the purchase of food and drink.
53 West Slade Street
Palatine, IL 60067
Hours of Operation:
Sunday Through Thursday - Bar 9am-12am, Kitchen 9am-9pm
Friday & Saturday - Bar 9am-1am, Kitchen 11am-11pm