The Abbey Pub and Grill Going Strong 40 Years On
If you want to experience an authentic Irish establishment, submerge yourself in the Abbey Pub and Grill, Chicago’s Irish culture at its finest. The Abbey Pub has existed over 40 years and is renowned for its music, fare and fun! You can enjoy live traditional Irish music sessions different times during the month with no admission charge. Other nights the music venue is diverse and the talent is endless.
Tom and Breege Looney met on a blind date at an Irish dance in Chicago in the 1960’s. Tom came to the United States from County Clare and Breege from County Mayo, Ireland. Little did they know at that time, their family would end up owning and running one of the most popular venues in the city of Chicago! Their family consists of four children; Tom, Patrick, Siobhan and Dierdra. Even though today they all have professional jobs, they all still help and contribute to the success of their family owned business.
Since the opening of the pub, they have tripled the size to add more room for the music bands and sporting events. They have rooms big enough to hold a large wedding or watch an Irish football match or a smaller venue for a birthday party, bridal shower or Christening. They have reinvented themselves for the community and their patrons. Their huge screens show every Gaelic sports game offered. Don’t be shy if its 7:00 AM and there is a game on the tele. You can be sure to go the Abbey Pub and watch it with many others while you have your Irish tea or $4.00 Bloody Mary.
The food at the Abbey is nothing but delectable. Some of the most notable favorites are the traditional Irish breakfast, Shepherd’s Pie and Fish and Chips. They have daily specials throughout the week and half price appetizers on Monday’s. On the weekends they have a Brunch menu available too. Now, let’s not forget about the drink. They offer a variety of domestic draft and craft beers on tap. But, you cannot leave without a Guinness pour. One of the best tasting whiskeys is one you may not have heard of, yet! It’s called 2 Gingers and will stand up to any Irish whiskey you have ever tasted! Hailed from Ireland, 2 Irish lasses have perfected what other distillery’s have only attempted. When you come in for your pint don’t forget to ask for the 2 Gingers shorty and then bump your glass with Tom! He’ll be sure to have one with you!
The month of July offers many different bands and Irish sessions. Live Irish music every Sunday night with the Holy Hour Band featuring Larry Nugent and Frank Quinn. Don’t miss Aaron Rebecca & Tony from the Tossers the first Friday of every month on July 3 and August 7.
They will have the ever popular Roister and Zappa Jam on July 5th and the Freekbass on Friday 7/24. Keep a look out for any big time musicians that are in town as they just may surprise everyone and show up for an impromptu jam.
GAA Games can be seen every weekend with championship hurling & football just beginning for 2015. If you love comedy, be prepared to laugh, every Wednesday night you can experience live comedians! Did you know you can get a front row seat and watch all Blackhawks games on their many flat screen TVs?
Over the summer, you can catch the Abbey Pub at the Taste of Chicago and Irishfest in Milwaukee, WI and the Elston Ave Sausage and Music Festival.
Tom states their success is from having a vision and making it what you believe it should be. He says a little luck and his family have made it what it is today.
Even if you’re in the city for just one night, don’t miss a live traditional Irish music session, authentic Irish food and drink or just a friendly hello at the bar! You’ll sure be back again!
The Abbey Pub is located at: 3420 W Grace St, Chicago, IL 60618.
https://www.facebook.com/abbeypub; Website: Abbeypub.com.
M-Fri 4pm - 2am - Sat 11am - 3am
Sun 11am - 2am.