Brookfield Bars: Drink the vibe

The bar scene is alive and well in Brookfield. But if you still have any doubts we’re here to settle it for the record.

For whiskey, scotch, bourbon, bacon and beer, you might as well call Sebastian’s Ale and Whiskey House home, located at 8900 Fairview Avenue. Here you can try a number of adult beverages that’ll help you kick it into high gear. Featured on Chicago’s Best, and when you check out the menu it’s hard not to see why. Appetizers include Bacon wrapped jalepenos, bacon and steak roulade, bacon hog wings, or if you cant make up your mind try the bacon sampler, which is a sample of any four bacon wrapped appetizers. But have no fear if bacon isn’t your thing, dare we say, because you can also choose from other appetizers like spicy bang bang shrimp or toothsome cheese curds, and maybe some gooey mozzarella cheese sticks. But don’t fill up before you get to the main course. Because along with a long list of Bloody Mary drinks, there’s also an extensive list of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps.  And the entrees include such offerings like warm and filling mac and cheese, and as good as mom’s meatloaf dinner. Hope you left room for dessert because there’s no skimping here either. In case you needed even more bacon, try the brownie bacon, which is as good as it sounds, or even the brownie with ice cream. But there are other non-bacon desserts too, like the cookie skillet, gelato, and pecan whiskey twinkle.  Speaking of whiskey, this might be a good time to bring up their wide-range of spirits to try. You won’t be disappointed at the selection. And their taps are always revolving to offer a wide selection of both macro brews and craft beers.

Pub 78 located at 3733 Grand Boulevard is a fun little bar with a small menu packed with lots of flavor. Check out their pub snacks such as nachos, fried mushrooms, and fresh cut fries. Or step into a taco, with bite. There are wings, burgers and sandwiches. Pub 78 also has a variety of musical acts that perform live on its stage as well as daily drinks specials. So stop in for a friendly bite, a mug of suds, and meet some new friends while you’re here.

The Little Owl Social Pub at 3747 Grand Boulevard is a fresh new option in Brookfield. With a focus on craft beers from the Midwest, live entertainment, and arcade games, the Little Owl Social Pub has what it takes to pack them in. Enjoy starters such as: fried pickles, wings and veggie quesadillas. Check out their selections of tacos like the pork belly taco or fried avocado taco. There’s Poutine, salads, wraps and grilled cheese like their mouthwatering BBQ Porky, The Funguy, and Mr. Greek. You’ll gawk at their sandwiches and burgers like the Bayou Billy Po’Boy and the El Chapo burger. The little ones are welcome too, and there’s even a kids menu for their tiny appetites with choices like chicken tenders, grilled cheese, and cheese quesadillas. With weekly events like bar trivia, karaoke and live music, the Little Owl Social Pub gives a new meaning to what it’s like to be social.

Of course you can’t talk about the bar scene without talking about Irish Times and Pub at 8869 Burlington Avenue. It’s been in the neighborhood for over 30 years and it’s dripping in Irish heritage. Find a seat at the bar and enjoy delicious ale poured by experts trained in the art of the pour. And you can’t go wrong with a heaping bowl of shepherd’s pie, or a mouth-watering burger. Check out their corned beef and cabbage, it’ll have you crying in your ale it’s so delicious. Or enjoy some fish and chips, a fan favorite. Enjoy daily specials and an all-you-can-eat fish fry on Fridays. They also throw an annual Guinness Oyster Fest, a summer pig roast, as well as offering fun events during the local St. Patrick’s Day week.

You can’t go wrong saddling up to the bars at these local joints, but there are even more to discover in Brookfield. So while you should check out these places, make sure you journey to a few others not on this list. We’ll see you soon, in Brookfield.

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