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Butch Mc Guires Tavern

#403 of 7,676 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Gold Coast
American, Bar, Pub, Irish
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20 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60610
+1 312-787-4318
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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2,452 reviews
1,353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,572 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The reputation of Butch McGuire's Tavern preceded it. Long before my wife and I moved into the Gold Coast neighborhood, we had heard about Butch's. For years, we walked past the location at 20 West Division Street on the Rush/Division bar corridor while shopping at the farmers' market. We glanced at the people enjoying Saturday brunch. Because I don't drink,... More 

Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Butch McGuire's Tavern is the place your parents first met and had a one-night-stand. This tavern has been open for more than 55 years and is very well known locally. It was featured as "Molly McGuire's" in the 80s movie "About Last Night". The founder, Butch, has since passed, but his son Bobby currently runs the joint. Stop by during... More 

Thank Robert G
Chicago, Illinois
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2,512 reviews
1,965 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

It's hard to believe that a tavern would be a great place for kids, but during the Christmas season, Butch McGuire's Tavern decorates the interior, like few other places. I don't know how long it takes for them to decorate it, but when you walk in the Christmas theme is hanging from all of the ceilings. Santa, Mickey, the Minions,... More 

Thank Allen21096
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Full bar and great environment with all the Christmas lights in place and the train running around the bar. Good selection of beer and great food make it a great place to be!

Thank Patricio R
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I must be missing something, because I couldn't enjoy anything here as it was way, way too crowded (which I realize is a good thing for the bar, but we went on a Tuesday. I can't imagine what it's like on the weekend). And I would definitely call it a bar vs a restaurant. However - the decor was incredibly... More 

Thank Laura O
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91 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

What a place. All decorated for Christmas with trains, the heat miser, Snow Miser, and more. Greg the manager is very helpful. Wait staff Jenny is a real pro. Try the Irish Wontons. The Reuben was fantastic.

Thank Roger Q
Lockport, New York
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Super fun place. warm, inviting, laid back atmosphere. Get place to stop in the middle of the afternoon for drinks. Gotta love the year round Christmas decorations.

Thank Kim E
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Arrived in Chicago on Friday for the rugby and met friends in this fine establishment. It was both welcoming and electric. So much so, we returned after the rugby and again on Sunday. Beer flowing, jukebox playing and customers singing. Great customers, great staff and a great session. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Thank Donal123OC
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We had an awesome brunch today! Haven't been here in years, but the place still looks great and the Eggs Benedict and hash were excellent! So was the Bloody Mary! Hope to be back soon!

Thank Kevin F
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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100 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

My friends and I spent Friday night enjoying the vibe of the place. It was busy but service was still very efficient. Prices were good to. Great place for a catch up with friends.

Thank BigWooly

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Bar, Pub, Irish
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60610
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Chicago>  > Gold Coast
  • Neighbourhood: Gold Coast
  • Phone Number: +1 312-787-4318
Butch's is family owned and operated since 1961. We serve food late and are open even later: 4am every night except Saturdays when we are open til 5am. We have awesome excessive decorations for Christmas and St Pat's, but a manage to stay a great neighborhood bar as well.

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Gold Coast
Located just north of The Loop, Gold Coast is one of Chicago’s most affluent and popular neighborhoods. The original Playboy, Hugh Hefner, once had a mansion here. In addition to prestigious hotels, historic mansions and luxury high-rise apartments, you’ll also find upscale specialty boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. Walk along Oak Street for your shopping fix and dance through the night along Rush Street. The Newberry Library is also a great stop to check out noteworthy exhibits and rare book collections.
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