Sometimes the best in-the-know spot really comes down to the “know factor.” Shamrock Club fits the bill; a few visits here and you’re sure to know the bartenders’ names. With any luck, they’ll know yours as well. The drinks won’t completely empty your wallet, and if all goes well you’ll be sharing shots with the bartenders in know time.
Fringe benefits aside, the service is top-notch, erasing any worries of moping at the bar with an empty glass. The come-as-you-are ambiance makes it downtown’s choice for beer and jeans, a welcome change from the posh watering holes of River West. Fittingly, there’s a great classics-filled jukebox to liven up the background and killer burgers for anyone with an appetite for more.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Kate Schwartz