5 Irish Bars Getting All Decked Out for St. Patrick’s Day

Paint the town green! With the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17 comes the inevitable parties, bar crawls, and whimsy fun in Chicago the weekend before. Enjoy the luck of the Irish and the enchantment of day-drinking at the best Irish bars in Chicago on Saturday, March 14.

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Photo Credit: Pippin’s Tavern

Pippin’s Tavern | 806 N Rush St

Famed for upscale retail boutiques, Bentley car-dealerships, and embellished architecture, Rush Street in Gold Coast may not appear to be the go-to place for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Chicago. Amidst the glamor is an Irish bar gem: Pippin’s Tavern. A staple since the early 1970s, Pippin’s offers an extensive list of libations and an old-school, pub atmosphere. Should you get hungry, next door is Downtown Dogs — serving up authentic Chicago-style hot dogs at Pippin’s. For St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the parade from Pippin’s all the while enjoying a strong drink or draft Guinness. 

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Charm’d | 3505 N Clark St

A pop-up bar like no other, Charm’d is a must for those who want to add a little whimsy to their celebratory day. Bringing you green, rainbows, and glitter, this bar is a millennial paradise for Instagram photo-ops. Wear your green and experience the luck of the Irish at Charm’d, complete with multiple levels, massive drinks, and small bites!

* Note: Be sure to purchase your ticket in advance here!

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D4 Irish Pub | 345 E Ohio St

Inspired by Dublin’s D4 zip-code, D4 Irish Pub and Cafe in Streeterville brings top-notch homestyle recipes Ireland along with an extensive beverage list (plenty of craft beers on draft!) Enjoy some Guinness by the fireplace or savor the shepherd’s pie in a leather-tufted booth. D4 is endearing, welcoming, and sure to be a staple for when you just need good ol’ fashioned Irish fare. Be sure to check out their St. Patrick’s Day Celebration offerings as well. From Parade Day to the morning after, D4 turns this day into a week-long party.

*Note: Saturday, March 14: D4 opens at 8 am and there is a $10 cover charge. 

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The Kerryman | 661 N Clark St

The owners and chef bring a taste of their home to you at this River North establishment. Warm, inviting, and jovial, The Kerryman is a must for those who take their drinking and Irish bar fare seriously… but not too seriously. All the drinks and all the fun are at The Kerryman this year. Get an early start on your day-drinking extravaganza here with The Kerryman’s Paddy Package

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Wilde Bar and Restaurant | 3130 N Broadway

Who said literary puns and atmospheres weren’t lit!? Wilde Bar and Restaurant is a Lake View favorite for folks who enjoy an eclectic and, at times, quirky vibe while eating a hearty serving of meatloaf. Although Wilde doesn’t’ offer an official St. Patrick’s Day themed party, Wilde does bring its A-game with Irish warmth and fare. You’ll be able to enjoy the delectable Irish dishes with a crafted-cocktail without the crowds of downtown. Cozy up at one of their two bars or join in the fun with some friends at a massive booth!

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Stay spirited, charmed, and lucky, Chicago, at the best Irish bars for this St. Patty’s Day!

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