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Perfect Paddy’s Pubs

Millions of Americans celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and if you’re one of them but looking for a more traditional experience, these authentic places will provide just that.

Michen Dewey | The PHOENIXStaircase to the second floor with stained glass windows at Fado Irish Pub Chicago. Michen Dewey | The PHOENIX

Fado Irish Pub Chicago

Look no further than Fado’s if you’re interested in a full menu of traditional, hearty meals on March 17. The menu has everything from fish and chips to shepherd’s pie and corn beef, with prices ranging from $6 to $16.

Featured drinks will include Guinness pints, Irish coffees and a number of signature Irish whiskey drinks priced between $7 to $10.

“There will be a line waiting for us to open. It’s a tradition people do every year,” manager Steve Diamond said.

Fado’s welcomes all ages on normal business days, but will be 21 and up on March 17. You can find the pub at 100 W. Grand Ave. in the River North neighborhood.

Michen Dewey | The PHOENIXA beer tap and shelves of beverage choices at Corcoran’s Grill & Pub. Michen Dewey | The PHOENIX

Corcoran’s Grill & Pub

Make your way to Corcoran’s on March 17 for all day music, traditional Irish food, green beer, Irish dancers and bagpipe players.

They’ll be serving up Irish specialties like bangers and mash and Irish breakfast all day. The bar will have four Irish beers on tap and 30 Irish whiskeys on the shelves.

Food prices range from $8 to $16 and drinks start around $6.

The 21 and under crowd is welcome all day until 9 p.m.

“When you walk in, you can tell it’s a neighborhood place,” Manager Casey Graham said. “We definitely support the Irish community.”

Corcoran’s is located in the Old Town neighborhood, across from Second City, at 1615 N. Wells St.

Courtesy John McdonaghOutdoor sign at The Corrib Irish Pub. Courtesy John Mcdonagh

The Corrib Irish Pub

If you’re looking to spend St. Patrick’s Day in a casual, more traditional pub, then the Corrib is the place to be.

They’ll be serving traditional Irish food and have live music from 2 to 9 p.m. featuring Celtic, country and rock bands.

Owner John McDonagh said they have a very traditional bar atmosphere and welcome people 21 and up.

“All I’ve got to say is that we’ve got great music and great beer,” McDonagh said.

The Corrib is located at 5522 N. Elston Ave. in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.

Courtesy of Kerryman Irish Bar & RestaurantCrowd of customers celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the Kerryman Irish Bar and Restaurant. Courtesy of Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant

Kerryman Irish Bar & Restaurant

If you’re under 21 but still want to celebrate, go over to the Kerryman for traditional Irish music and food.

The restaurant is serving corn beef and cabbage for about $17 and will have DJs playing all day on March 17.

If you’re of drinking age, the bar serves up an adult version of the Shamrock Shake called the Caskmate Shake that is mixed with Jameson Irish whiskey aged in beer barrels.

The Kerryman is located in the River North neighborhood at 661 N. Clark St.

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