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Butch Mc Guires Tavern

#397 of 7,700 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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

What can be wrong with Guinness, Jameson and good pub food all in the same location. Not a dang thing. Always good service with the bartenders still wearing traditional shirts with ties. Very knowledgeable and helpful. Go here and have a pour of Guinness and a burger you won't be sorry.

Thank BrianEH32766
Level Contributor
31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Four of us spent several hours in this pub as we were in Chicago on an all girls' trip. What a great place. Decorations were phenomenol. The atmosphere was so festive. The staff was amazing. So efficient, friendly, polite and never lost their cool among the zaniness. The bartenders were so spot on! We met several great folks and had... More 

Thank FloridaRetiredProf
Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

My wife and I had a great time at Butch's on St. Patty's Day. Extremely crowded but the manager was very helpful in finding us a table. He put us in a booth with another couple and we ended up staying for hours talking with them and other around us. Fish and chips were excellent. The clam chowder, not so... More 

Thank blakflag21361
Chicago, Illinois
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2,780 reviews
1,568 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,778 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017

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
Reviewed 24 January 2017

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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2,955 reviews
2,294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 491 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 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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92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 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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94 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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
Reviewed 28 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

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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
Groups, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
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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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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