9 English Pubs to Get Bangers and Mash in Downtown Chicago

Sometimes you want to have a beer with some substantial-but-not-too-fancy pub grub to go with it. When you’d like to find a spot with great brews that’s casual, inviting, and not too dive-y, sometimes an English pub can be just the right place. For a taste of food and drink from across the pond, check out these English pubs in Chicago.

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The Red Lion Pub

2446 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60614


Opened in the 80s by John Cordwell and now run by his son Colin, The Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park is decorated to honor the proprietor’s English roots and family history. It also offers “14 unique drafts,” as well as pub fare and a large whiskey selection.

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The Globe Pub

1934 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago IL 60613


This English pub in Ravenswood of Chicago is not only dedicated to English fare— including classics like fish and chips and bangers and mash— but also to English sports. In fact, the bar strives to show as many international sporting events as possible, earning their self-appointed position as “The World’s Neighborhood Sports Bar.”

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Owen & Engine

2700 N Western Ave, Chicago IL 60647


With menu items like the Cornish Pasty, Bangers and Mash, and Fish and Chips (not to mention a long beer list including UK brews), this restaurant near Western and Diversey demonstrates daily its commitment to a true British pub experience.

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Pleasant House Pub

2119 S Halsted St, Chicago IL 60608


The inspiration for the menu at Pleasant House Pub in Downtown Chicago created by Art and Chelsea Jackson (husband-and-wife co-owners of the pub) can be traced back to “an 1800s cottage that still looks out on the rolling green hills of rural Yorkshire, England”— or, the original Pleasant House, which was home to the Jackson family decades ago.

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The Red Lion Lincoln Square

4749 N Rockwell St, Chicago IL 60625


Though the name is similar, this British Pub in Lincoln Square of Chicago is entirely separate from The Red Lion Pub in Lincoln Park. This bar and restaurant boasts “homemade traditional English fare prepared with the finest and fresh locally grown ingredients,” more than 25 different single malts, and more than 35 beer selections brewed both near and far.

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Duke of Perth

2913 N Clark St, Chicago IL 60657


It’s important to note that Duke of Perth is technically a Scottish pub, and with one look at the menu, you can tell: the more broadly-English fare is interspersed with Haggis-inspired dishes, a Robert the Bruce Burger, and Hebridean Leek Pie, among other more distinctly Scottish items.

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Peckish Pig

623 Howard St, Evanston IL 60202


This woman-owned English pub in Evanston near Downtown Chicago features a team largely from the UK, and serves British classics like fish and chips and sausage rolls alongside Texas Chili Short Rib Tacos and House Smoked BBQ Ribs.

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Queen Mary Tavern

2125 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Named in honor of Mary Kafka, the original owner of the Polish tavern that once occupied the space, Queen Mary Tavern is a self-described “time capsule bar” which “explores British maritime drinking traditions,” and has a wide selection of gin, Scotch whiskey, and other spirits.

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Elephant & Castle

185 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601 | 111 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

While actually a Canadian chain, Elephant & Castle is a British pub in Downtown Chicago that delivers a decent homage to its English roots by including classic pub fare like Stuffed Yorkshire Pudding, Bangers & Mash, and Shepherd’s Pie, as well as a wide variety of beers (local and not).


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