Palatine is located approximately half way from the city and the furthest stop on the Northwest Pacific Metra Train Line, making it a great place to meet for a bar crawl. Geography aside there is also an abundance of bars which contributes to Palatine being a ideal location. This bar crawl features three great bars.
We suggest you start the evening at Pop’s (Pete’s of Palatine). Located only minutes from the train station. Pop’s has a great selection of craft, domestic, imported and seasonal beers. There is never a cover charge and if you want to grab a bite to eat before setting out for the next bar Pop’s is known for their wings and homemade pizza some of which are unique to Pop’s such as the Pot Roast Pizza or the Pulled Pork Pizza with Giardiniera. Check the menu because there are always daily food and drink specials.
From the Palatine Metra Station head east on W. Wood St., turn right on N. Brockway St., left on W. Slade St. and N. on Bothwell St. The walk should only take about 4 minutes.
TJ O’Brien’s Bar and Grill is just down the street from Pop’s. This Irish
Sports bar also features daily drink specials as well as some great food, including some Irish favorites. If anyone in your group is up to it, there is an Italian Beef Challenge if you can eat a three foot Italian Beef Sandwich in under 30 minutes you will not only get the sandwich free but forever be immortalized on the wall with your name and picture. You can also enjoy a game of pool at the only pool table in downtown Palatine.
To get to TJ O’Brien’s form Pop’s head north on N. Bothwell St. and continue on W. Slade. T.J. O’Briens is only about a minute away.
The last stop on the crawlis Lamplighter Inn Tavern and Grill. Everyone that has ridden the train has probally seen the Lamplighter as it’s outdoor, upper deck overlooks the Metra Tracks. Once again they offer daily food and drink specials. Depending on the night of the week the Lamplighter often has live music, karaoke, open mic, and open jam. For more information http://www.lamplighters.com/
To get to The Lamplighter from T.J. O’Brien’s, go west on W. Slade St., turn right on N. Brockway St., right on W. Wilson St., then right on N. Bothwell. It is a short 3 minute walk. To get back to the train station head north on N. Bothwell St., left on Wood St., then left on N.Smith St. Allow approximately 5 minutes.