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The Temple Bar

View Map3001 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 248-0990
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Editorial Review of The Temple Bar

Named after a popular pub in Dublin's nightlife quarter, Lakeview's Temple Bar just may prove itself to be as infamous as the original.

A vibrant red exterior beckons passersby and a bustling 90-seat outdoor patio makes for a tempting spot to kick back with a cold one. During the winter months, a dark-wood interior is just as inviting, with long high-top tables that seat six, and cozy two-person booths tucked way in the back. But the lovely bartenders – with thick Irish accents – are the real charm here. In addition to its welcoming staff, Temple Bar provides numerous flat-screens (streaming your favorite European sports), and sleek brass-handled taps filled with all the Murphy's Irish Stout you can handle.

A traditional Irish breakfast is available around the clock, but it's a tough call choosing between that and the George Best steak sandwich (a house favorite). Guests will also be pleased with other regional staples like shepherd's pie and fish n' chips.

Whiskey flights are a nice option for connoisseurs and amateurs alike and feature several different choices from low-brow blends to "the very finest," including tipples from Ireland, Canada and Scotland ($8-$12).

Those who can't handle the stiff stuff should stick to Temple's smooth cocktails or the house sangria. And while sports are the main attraction here, the bar also makes room for live acoustic tunes every Saturday evening.

Centerstage Reviewer: Stacy Warden

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11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Saturday-Sunday

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