The Fifth Province

Chicago
Bar
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The Fifth Province is a traditional Irish pub, but its location is about as traditional as wearing clown shoes to a non-clown wedding. Located in the South wing of the Irish American Heritage Center, the pub is completely hidden away from plain view. The building itself looks very much like a local high school, so finding a bar inside really makes it seem like you’ve stumbled upon a Stonemasons hangout. In addition to hearty pub fare and pints of Guinness, you can expect live music after 9pm.

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While there’s some debate about whether or not this is a quote-unquote secret bar, it sure as hell ain’t easy to find. Located in the south wing of the Irish American Heritage Center, the covert tavern is completely hidden away from plain view. The building looks very much like a local high school, so finding a fully fledged bar inside really makes it seem like you’ve stumbled upon a Freemason lair. In addition to hearty pub fare and pints of Guinness, expect live music after 9 pm. Hit up the Friday Fish Fry and after a few stouts, stumble around the center to check out Irish art and photography exhibits. They even host their own St. Pat’s Fest, which is a very nice touch.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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