Over a recent weekend, two wedding parties used Evanston's Celtic Knot Public House as one of the bases for their celebrations. Between dinners, receptions and tying the knot, it was back to 626 Church Street for food, drinks and hanging out.
The reason was simple - fond memories, for both couples met in the friendly confines of the Evanston favorite, now celebrating 15 years in business.
It was a stand out weekend for Evanston-based owners Liz Bartlow Breslin and Patrick Breslin (who met while working in a restaurant in London), and the team that they work with, but just a couple of days of many great ones over the 15 years since the Celtic Knot first opened its somewhat famous revolving doors back on January 10, 2005.
The vision that they had 15 years ago is still going strong and getting stronger day by day.
This is where people meet, greet, connect, tell stories, eat great food, drink fine drinks and listen to music- live, local and free, three times a week. It is proud to be an authentic Irish public house.
The hard working staff, some there from the beginning, many for the best part of a decade, make sure The Knot is a truly comfortable venue for it’s regulars – including many faculty, students and employees of nearby Northwestern University – and visitors to Evanston.
It's what Patrick, from County Down, Ireland, and Mount Prospect native Liz talked about before those doors opened.
And back in the day they talked with, worked with and learned from other people, not least Steve Prescott, the man behind a restaurant renaissance in Evanston beginning in the mid-eighties.
The Celtic Knot Public House has become a home to many over these 15 years and, by now, has a serious word of mouth reputation…
…for its warm, efficient and knowledgeable people serving consistent and delicious food - just try the Guinness Cheese Dip for openers, then follow it with Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie or one of the weekly dinner specials. Top it off with a dessert plate. It’s an unpretentious food haven on the North Shore that also serves an informal Afternoon Tea a couple of times a week.
…for its hosting of countless community groups and events, including Kiwanis Club of Evanston, Citizens for a Greener Evanston, Rotary International, Evanston Library Book Clubs and many more.
…for its select whiskeys, delicious wines and top beers from the United States and Europe, including Ireland, offered in traditional Irish 20 oz pint glasses at reasonable prices ($7 for a 20oz Guinness).
…for its lack of televisions blaring in the bar, though one is definitely available if a group wants to get together to watch a game.
…for its free, live and local music three days a week including an Irish Music Session on Sundays from 3 to 6 pm led by John Williams. There is never a cover at The Celtic Knot Public House – all are welcome.
…for its Snug, a cozy private room where people can have a party or where they can come and listen to some of the best local, national and international storytellers.
As a small thank you to the Celtic Knot’s many customers and friends, $15 Dinner Specials will be offered throughout January (Sunday through Thursday 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 4 pm to 10 pm).
To celebrate, there will be a weekend of music and storytelling with One of The Girls (Irish Folk) on Saturday, January 11, at 9:30 pm, John William’s Irish Music Session on Sunday, January 12, 3 pm to 6 pm, followed by Do Not Submit (Storytelling Open Mic) at 6 pm and Storytelling with Lee Melchior at 8 pm. As always, there is never a cover at your public house.
Here’s to The Celtic Knot Public House, 15 years and running. Happy Birthday!
For further information contact Liz or Patrick at 847-864-1679
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