St. Patrick's Day is a major event on any serious beer drinker's calendar, so we understand if you're not going to settle for a green brew at the corner bar. But there's no need to trek across the city for a proper pint. Odds are, there's an Irish pub right in your neighborhood. Here are a few of our favorite haunts.

IRVING PARK/MAYFAIR
5th Province Pub
This authentic pub, located inside the Irish American Heritage Center and open only on Friday and Saturday nights, attracts a diverse crowd of devotees. Pub grub such as corned beef sandwiches and fish and chips fills the menu. Order an Irish brew to wash it down, settle in by the fireplace and soak up the sounds of live music.

LINCOLN SQUARE
Atlantic Bar & Grill
With its nautical theme carried out in everything from the dishes to the decor, this charming Irish-American tavern caters to urbanites and pint-drinking skippers alike. The pub hosts music acts and screens various sporting events, including football from both sides of the pond. Look for nightly drink specials and a menu filled with selections such as shepherd's pie and the Atlantic fish fry.

JEFFERSON PARK
Galvin's Public House
For a taste of the Emerald Isle, head to this husband-and-wife-owned pub. Irish specialties such as corned beef, fish 'n' chips, and shepherd's pie dot the menu, and you can order a full Irish breakfast anytime. Stop in for drink specials on weeknights.

OLD TOWN
Corcoran's Grill & Pub
This friendly neighborhood pub serves up traditional fare such as bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherd's pie, plus American standards like meatloaf, chili and grilled sandwiches. Sports fans can park it in a booth and watch the main event on TV. Not into sports? Relax in the outdoor beer garden or the sidewalk cafe during warmer months.

RIVER NORTH
Brehon Pub
The interior of this turn-of-the-century corner tavern features an original tin ceiling and a back bar constructed by Brunswick for the Schlitz Brewing Company. Framed photos of famed Irish writers and Mayor Richard J. Daley, and a 1994 World Cup jersey adorn the walls. Flat-screen TVs, a pool table and various bar games keep you entertained while you sip one of 17 draft beers or munch on selections from a menu of Irish and American fare.

ROGERS PARK
Poitin Stil
Irish or not, you'll feel like you're knocking 'em back in Galway at this pub--the name (pronounced poo-chine still) is Gaelic for moonshine. Located in the former Charmers space, the bar was rehabbed to showcase exposed bricks and large windows, not to mention the maroon shades of Galway's home-team colors. Though there's no kitchen, the bar often brings in a free buffet on game days.

EDGEBROOK
Moher
Moher, a reference to the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, Ireland, is hard to miss--the exterior is a shocking shade of red. Once inside, a tin ceiling, stained glass, a fireplace and loads of dark wood add homey charm. The menu features Irish fare such as Guinness beef stew, beer-battered fish and chips, and bangers and mash, plus a few American options. Irish beers are favored, with Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's on tap.

WEST TOWN
J. Patrick's
Irish owned-and-operated, this homestyle haunt features traditional fare, live music and plenty of beer and whiskey. The Celtic decor comes straight from the motherland. Menu highlights include Irish stew, Guinness-battered fish and chips, and special brunch items like the Ulster fry: Irish bacon, sausage, black pudding and potato bread. Imported beers such as Harp, Guinness and Bass, as well as an impressive whiskey selection, are available for punters.

[ Information compiled from metromix.com ]
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Originally published March 13, 2007.