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    Post #1 - December 6th, 2018, 2:29 pm
    Post #1 - December 6th, 2018, 2:29 pm Post #1 - December 6th, 2018, 2:29 pm
    Have an office next to the Palmer House. Buncha co-workers are gonna meet / work there next Fri, and then we're gonna go grab a few drinks and apps before heading home. Looking for an interesting pub-like place, no need to be seen. We are NOT that crowd. Couple of beers, maybe a spirit, apps to share, possibly a meal. Somewhere between the Palmer House, and Ogilvie Transportation Center, or not far off of that path at all. Contenders so far: Millers, Elephant&Castle, South Branch, Madison Tavern. My vote would be for somewhere with cool food, cold beer, and NO crowds, but I never hang around those parts. Anyone got a hidden gem nearby? It's cold, so not looking to walk too far off the path.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #2 - December 6th, 2018, 2:43 pm
    Post #2 - December 6th, 2018, 2:43 pm Post #2 - December 6th, 2018, 2:43 pm
    Contenders so far: Millers, Elephant&Castle, South Branch, Madison Tavern. My vote would be for somewhere with cool food, cold beer, and NO crowds, but I never hang around those parts.


    You're asking a lot for downtown. ;-) Out of your list, I can speak to a few of them. Miller's would be high on my list. Haven't been to Elephant and Castle. South Branch is loud and not particularly inspiring. Madison Tavern can be a zoo after work.

    Other ideas: Franklin Tap (great beer list), Ceres Cafe, the Berghoff. I hate the name, but Stocks and Blondes has a surprisingly good beer selection.
    -Mary
  • Post #3 - December 6th, 2018, 2:57 pm
    Post #3 - December 6th, 2018, 2:57 pm Post #3 - December 6th, 2018, 2:57 pm
    For a good beer list and apps (wings too), give 2Twenty2 Tavern a look. Just 1 block south of the Palmer House on Wabash.

    Avoiding crowds is next to impossible at the time you're planning for, but this is an unpretentious spot.

    2Twenty2 Tavern
    222 S Wabash
    (312) 878-9994
    http://www.2Twenty2Tavern.com
  • Post #4 - December 6th, 2018, 3:13 pm
    Post #4 - December 6th, 2018, 3:13 pm Post #4 - December 6th, 2018, 3:13 pm
    222 looks nice - apps look way better than standard wings and rings and such. Once you use the words grill, brussels sprouts, and bacon in a menu description, you have my attention.

    We'll sneak out of the office no later than 3:30 to try and score a "happy hour" table somewhere.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #5 - December 6th, 2018, 3:20 pm
    Post #5 - December 6th, 2018, 3:20 pm Post #5 - December 6th, 2018, 3:20 pm
    Worth the walk.

    The Shamrock Club
    210 W Kinzie St.
    Chicago, Illinois 60654
  • Post #6 - December 6th, 2018, 3:24 pm
    Post #6 - December 6th, 2018, 3:24 pm Post #6 - December 6th, 2018, 3:24 pm
    It's a block south of both your office and Ogilvie, but I like Jackson Tavern for drinks in the Loop. It's a cool space -- the bar is literally almost a half-block long. I haven't eaten there, but the menu looks decent. Can confirm that the beer is cold, though.

    Jackson Tavern
    216 W Jackson Blvd
  • Post #7 - December 6th, 2018, 3:26 pm
    Post #7 - December 6th, 2018, 3:26 pm Post #7 - December 6th, 2018, 3:26 pm
    Miller's is a classic.
    Exchequer is also classic.
    2Twenty2 is surprisingly not a bad place to hang for a minute. They usually have live music in the evenings as well.
    Elephant & Castle is genericAF

    Shamrock Club in River North is a great shit hole. Cold drinks, decent sysco food. Unlike practically any other bar in River North.
  • Post #8 - December 6th, 2018, 3:59 pm
    Post #8 - December 6th, 2018, 3:59 pm Post #8 - December 6th, 2018, 3:59 pm
    Not exactly a pub, but you might consider Revival Food Hall. It's on your route, it has a full bar, it is usually not too crowded in the afternoon and there are food options for various tastes. I think the bar also has happy hour specials.
  • Post #9 - December 6th, 2018, 4:15 pm
    Post #9 - December 6th, 2018, 4:15 pm Post #9 - December 6th, 2018, 4:15 pm
    I'll add:
    Monk's Pub
    205 W Lake St,
    Chicago, IL 60606
    312-357-6665
    https://www.monkspubchicago.com/
    "At a formal dinner party, the person nearest death should always be seated closest to the bathroom." George Carlin
  • Post #10 - December 7th, 2018, 11:12 am
    Post #10 - December 7th, 2018, 11:12 am Post #10 - December 7th, 2018, 11:12 am
    DJH wrote:Not exactly a pub, but you might consider Revival Food Hall. It's on your route, it has a full bar, it is usually not too crowded in the afternoon and there are food options for various tastes. I think the bar also has happy hour specials.


    Yup - Revival was our last lunch when we met down there. Probably going for lunch there this day as well. That fried chicken...

    Nice to know about that bar. Thanks!
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #11 - December 7th, 2018, 3:10 pm
    Post #11 - December 7th, 2018, 3:10 pm Post #11 - December 7th, 2018, 3:10 pm
    Monk's, Jackson Tavern or Franklin Tap would be my call. I've only eaten at Monk's - they put out a great burger.
  • Post #12 - December 7th, 2018, 7:15 pm
    Post #12 - December 7th, 2018, 7:15 pm Post #12 - December 7th, 2018, 7:15 pm
    Rossi's and Pippen's are my go to's.
  • Post #13 - December 10th, 2018, 5:59 pm
    Post #13 - December 10th, 2018, 5:59 pm Post #13 - December 10th, 2018, 5:59 pm
    Miller's Pub
    134 S Wabash Ave, Chicago

    The classic
    "Make Lunch, Not War" ~ Anon

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