Scout Notes: It’s true that Guinness tastes just a little bit better in Dublin than it does every...It’s true that Guinness tastes just a little bit better in Dublin than it does everywhere else in the world. But when a true Irishman owns a pub in Chicago, and there’s an Irish guy sitting at the bar, and there’s Champions League soccer on the TV—the Guinness tastes pretty darn good. Well, at least that’s true at Atlantic Bar & Grill, a classic soccer pub in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. They do all the pub classics like Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, and Bangers and Mash (made, of course, with real Irish sausage), and show English Premier League soccer games on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Why not a Saint Patrick’s Day staple, Corned Beef and Cabbage, to go with that tasty Guinness?
Like any good public house, the Atlantic has plenty of brews on draft, including a house Irish Ale (imported from Ireland) along with the requisite Smithwick’s and Guinness. English football banners may dot the walls—as it is the home to the Tottenham Hotspurs Supporters Club—but the Atlantic’s back room also plays nightly host to musicians and other events. On Tuesday, there’s an improv group from Second City, karaoke on Friday, while on other nights, old-time pickers play traditional Irish tunes.
If there were a true “local” team for the pub, it’d probably have to be Glasgow’s Celtic Football Club. Rod Stewart has dropped in on occasion to cheer on the Scottish side, which beat St. Mirren during his last trip. On other days, Section 8, the Chicago Fire’s head supporters, host their monthly meet-ups at the Atlantic. But even if you’re not a life-and-death fan of the world’s most popular sport, you’re still welcome for a pint of Guinness. It’s as close to the original as you’re going to get.
Corned Beef and Cabbage, $12.95
Shepherd’s Pie, $10.95
Bangers and Mash, $9.95
Curry Fries, $4.95
Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.