Emmit's Irish Pub
Before Emmit's opened in River West in 1996, the site was a bank with ties to the mob, then a bar popular with cops before getting shut down in the mid-1980s for dwarf tossing. In its current incarnation, Emmit's has appeared in movies such as <em> Ocean's Eleven, Backdraft,</em> and <em> Uncle Buck </em>. So yeah, it's a storied place. There's plenty of beer and whiskey to go around, and there's a food menu with shepherd's pie, Guinness-battered fish & chips, and not-so-Irish things like nachos and mozzarella sticks.
Depicted in such illustrious films as Backdraft, Uncle Buck, Ocean's Eleven, and US Marshals, this firemen-owned hangout was once a prime location for mobster shenanigans. Today, Clooney himself claims to be a fan, but if he were to show up on St. Paddy’s Day, he would find long lines (although he’s Clooney, so not really), bagpipe players standing atop the bar, and corned beef sandwiches to pair with SoCo and lime shooters. There are worse ways to spend St. Pat’s in Chicago. Much, much worse.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.