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Garrett Ripley's

View Map712 N. Clark St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 642-2900
Fax: (312) 642-2912
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Editorial Review of Garrett Ripley's

Garrett Ripley's last day of business will be Wednesday, March 17. The bar will be replaced by The Shady Lady on April 1.

Recently changing from an Irish bar to a "British gastro pub," according to one of the notoriously friendly waitstaff, Garrett's is a great lofted-ceiling hideout from tourist-heavy Hubbard Street. Three-dollar pints of Guinness ground a fleet of specials ranging from half-priced tapas-style plates on Mondays to half-price bottles of wine on Tuesdays to and free truffle popcorn (caked in truffle oil) from 5-7 p.m. on Fridays.

The aforementioned plates are more French bistro than British pub. Little delectable treats like clam and brie chowder ($5), crab cakes with Dijon aioli ($13) and porcini mushroom and sage risotto ($8) come recommended with three staff-selected wine pairings. In all, you'll find 34 wine choices on the globe-spanning list.

Garrett's head chef has experience at Avenues and Spiaggia, and appropriately dishes out high-class entrees like ricotta gnocchi with rabbit, pancetta and arugula ($14). The drink menu offers similarly classy options, featuring names like "the flirtini" and "the casual fling" ($10).

Average cost: $10-$20

Centerstage Reviewer: Gavin Paul

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

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