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The Celtic Crown more than an Irish bar Print E-mail
Written by VINCE GIANDONATO / Photos by BARRY BRECHEISEN   
Wednesday, 15 December 2004
If you love Irish pubs, but feel as though you’re watching a Lucky Charms commercial when you’re in one, this is the place for you.

The Celtic Crown Public House
4301 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 588-1110
Hours: 11 to 2 am daily
www.celticcrownpub.com
Located on Western Avenue, north of Irving Park Road, The Celtic Crown is the perfect mix of cozy Irish pub and friendly neighborhood watering hole. Nestled on the ground level of an apartment building, The Celtic feels like home from the moment you step through the front door and squeeze your way through the hoards of people that flock there to soak in all that this amazing bar has to offer.

ATMOSPHERE

Once inside, The Celtic is reminiscent of your typical stone and wood Irish pub. That similarity ends when you through in healthy helping of big screen TV’s, a killer sound system, and enough people to fill the place from wall to wall. Yet, The Celtic manages to hold onto it’s cozy atmosphere, maybe it’s the liquor talking, or the eye-pleasing help, or the FREE and freshly popped popcorn, it’s hard to tell really. This bar also manages to keep its integrity through three levels (Basement, Main Floor, and the slightly elevated third). The sounds of the scene range from a rowdy mix of sports to hip tunes provided by the jukebox or if you’re lucky, the staff picks some killer tunes to play through the night.

CROWD

The Celtic Crown attracts people from all ages (21 and over of course) and different walks of life, from students to geriatrics and more. This is a very diverse crowd with one thing in common: THEY WANT A GOOD TIME! At first glance The Celtic might seem a little clique-ish because it seems that people always flock their with groups. However, the single man or woman would have no problem striking up a conversation and meeting more than one new friend.

ENTERTAINMENT / EVENTS

The Celtic features daily drink and food specials as well as a rotating schedule of events that is posted on their Web site. As far as I’m concerned, Monday nights with Buck Burgers and $2 domestics is the way to go. Friday night’s fish fry isn’t half bad either.

SPIRITS

With Three bars to keep you company, Liquor and beer are never in short supply. To make this pie even sweater, The Celtic has a mind boggling selection of beers on tap and in the bottle. They can also whip you up just about anything you can dream of for mixed drinks and they won’t even look at you funny when you order a sex on the beach during Monday Night Football.

GRUB

As for the food, I could go on and on and on about this. While their menu is not extensive, you have to remember that this IS a pub and not a restaurant., But for what it’s worth they have a good selection and they do everything justice. They cook a wicked burger, and their Fire Cracker Chicken Salad will blow you away. You can’t go wrong with this menu, just let your stomach do the talking.

PRICES

The price is right at the Celtic Crown because you won’t be emptying your wallet for one or two drinks. Stay hip to their specials if you’re looking to save a few bucks. I’d say they stay within the cheap to reasonable range without ever flirting with the “Need a 2nd loan” range.

WHY IT'S UNIQUE

The Celtic is one in a million, a bar in the big city with the neighborhood feel and neighborhood prices. The waitresses and bartenders are beautiful but not out of reach or snooty, which helps a lot. It’s big and cozy and always has a place for you as it seems to expand to welcome each new person with a big Irish hug and big cold pint.

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