The Grafton (Bar, Lincoln Square)

Location: 4530 N. Lincoln Avenue
Phone: (773) 271-9000
Website: thegrafton.com

On a Tuesday night at 10pm, this place had a pretty hoppin’ crowd. As this is an Irish pub, I went for something that seemed to compliment the atmosphere, and chose a Carlsberg for my drink of choice. They have quite a lot of imported beers, 10 draft beers featuring more local and craft brews, as well as your domestic stand-bys in the bottle. They also boast a great selection of Irish whiskey. The place itself definitely has that pub feel, and as we headed toward the back of the bar to find our spot, we noticed something that may draw the crowds in often.

The Grafton is lucky enough to be located just down the street from the Old Town School of Folk Music, and thus has become a neighborhood hangout for the musicians who play and teach there. We stood on the edge of a folk music jam session/sing along that gave the bar a community feel most bars would give up their liquor license for. They host live music Sunday-Wednesday in front of their cozy fireplace; I just might have to come back in the winter. The whole pub feel was just warm and cozy in general, certainly a place I could hang out for hours with the right people.

The Irish-American food looked tasty, and I’ve also heard great things about their burger. The moral of the story here is you can’t go wrong at this traditional Irish pub. On to the next.

To make this bar part of a marathon night, check out our Lincoln Square bar crawl.


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Tessa McLean

About Tessa McLean

There is just something about that feeling when you have been away — maybe for a weekend, a month, 6 months — and you’re driving into Chicago and that first glimpse of the city skyline appears. It just always makes me smile.

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