Media and Press Releases
April 22, 2013: Barrington Spring Wine Walk is Saturday (Patch.com)
March 29, 2013: McGonigal's Pub Says Goodbye to Longtime Patron (Patch.com)
March 25, 2013: Lifelong Barrington resident continues to leave his mark (Chicago Sun Times/Barrington Courier-Review)
March 18, 2013: Barrington Revels in St. Patrick's Day festivities (Chicago Sun Times/Barrington Courier-Review)
March 16, 2013: Barrington Celtic Fest 2013 (Justoffthetracks.com)
March 15, 2013: McGonigal's Pub Opens Barrington Celtic Fest, 2013 (365Barrington.com)
March 15, 2013: St. Pat's Celebrations Start Soon Near Lake Zurich (Patch.com)
March 14, 2013: Beyond Guinness: Explore Irish Brews at McGonigal's (Patch.com)
March 13, 2013: Suburban Irish Pubs cook up St. Patrick's Day Plans (Daily Herald)
March 11, 2013: Barrington Celtic Fest Celebrates the Irish in a Big Way (Patch.com)
March 8, 2013: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the 3rd Annual Barrington Celtic Fest (Chicago Tribune)
March 8, 2013: Barrington Celtic Fest to start March 15 (Daily Herald)
February 25, 2013: Band Lineup Set for 2013 Celtic Fest (Patch.com)
February 7, 2013: Barrington 8-year-old inspires rare disease research (Chicago Sun Times/Barrington Courier-Review)
February 3, 2013: Super Bowl XLVII: Where to Watch in Barrington/Lake Zurich (Patch.com)
January 29, 2013: Rock the Reel at McGonigal's to Benefit Bridget, Rare Disease Campaign (Patch.com)
December 27, 2012: Northwest Suburban New Year's Eve Party Guide (Patch.com)
November 23, 2012: Classic cocktails, casual setting set Annex apart (Daily Herald)
October 2, 2012: Barrington wine bar evolves into restaurant (Chicago Sun Times/Barrington Courier-Review)
October 1, 2012: BHS Class of 1937 Celebrates 75th Reunion (Patch.com)
September 18, 2012: McGonigal's New Annex Lounge Opens TODAY! (365Barrington.com)
September 12, 2012: A Sneak Peek Inside McGonigal’s New Bar, The Annex (365Barrington.com)
September 6, 2012: Fashion's Night Out here in Barrington (Patch.com)
Don't Miss Barrington's "Fashions' Night Out" (365Barrington.com)
August 28, 2012: Park Avenue Wine Bar Closes, New Restaurant Set to Open (Patch.com)
July 31 2012: Ace Hardware to open in Barrington [pub is mentioned] (Daily Herald)
July 26, 2012: Barrington's first Summerfest to be held this weekend (Patch.com)
July 25, 2012: Annual Sales Event goes until Saturday [Barrington Sidewalk Days and Summerfest] (Chicago Sun-Times/Courier-Review)
July 24, 2012: Inaugural Barrington Summerfest, July 27 & 28 (Justoffthetracks.com)
July 6, 2012: Five Questions with...Bryan McGonigal, owner, McGonigal's Pub (Chicago Tribune)
July 1, 2012: Best of Barrington Survey Results: "Out on the Town" (365Barrington.com)
June 17, 2012: Every Day is Father's Day (Barrington Patch)
June 5, 2012: American flavors, global wines at Park Avenue (Chicago Sun-Times/Lake Zurich Courier)
May 2, 2012: Relay for Life proves Purple Heals (Chicago Sun-Times/Wilmette Life)
April 24, 2012: WINGS takes flight with tasting party (Chicago Sun-Times/Courier-Review)
April 13, 2012: Barrington EATS with Executive Chef Ted Stay (365barrington.com)
March 31, 2012: Best of the Burbs Results (McGonigal's Pub voted best Suburban Irish Pub) (Suburbanites Magazine)
March 19, 2012: Celtic Fest rallies support for ACS relays (Chicago Sun-Times/Wilmette Life)
March 19, 2012: Barrington celebrates Celtic Fest (Chicago Sun-Times/Courier-Review)
March 17, 2012: Weekend picks: Lots of ways to fete the Irish today (Daily Herald)
March 16, 2012: Dozens of ways to be Irish for St. Patrick's Day (Daily Herald)
March 15, 2012: Celebrate St. Patrick at Barrington Celtic Fest, 2012 (365Barrington.com)
March 10, 2012: Barrington: Celtic fest (examiner.com)
March 9, 2012: Barrington’s Celtic Fest slated for March 16-17 (Pioneer Press)
March 8, 2012: Thousands Expected at Barrington Celtic Fest (Patch)
February 27, 2012: Celtic Fest Returns to Barrington (Pioneer Press)
February 24, 2012: Best Irish Pubs in Chicago's Suburbs to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (YAHOO! Voices)
February 3, 2012: Lake County Super Bowl Hot Spots (Patch)
January 31, 2012: Barrington Announces Upcoming Cultural Events (Patch)
January 26, 2012: Barrington events serving up winter fun (Daily Herald)
January 26, 2012: Where to Party on Super Bowl Sunday (JustOffTheTracks.com)
January 19, 2012: Barrington merchants get holiday update from village (Pioneer Press)
November 30, 2011: Suburban pubs are home to a few of our favorite things (Daily Herald)
November 16, 2011: Fashion, Fundraising, and a little Rock & Roll (Patch)
November 12, 2011: "Cup of Joe with Joe Walsh" at McGonigal's Pub (Examiner)
September 28, 2011: What's Hot in the Suburbs this Weekend (Daily Herald + video)
July 7, 2011: International Festival a Hit With Community (Patch)
July 5, 2011: Barrington Brew Fest set for July 9th (Daily Herald)
April 8, 2011: McGonigal's Pub - Has Come Onboard (Just Off The Tracks)
March 16, 2011: Fest a public-private collaboration (Chicago Tribune)
March 16, 2011: McGonigal's Putting on Celtic Fest (Pioneer Press)
March 16, 2011: St. Pat's Celebrated at Barrington Celtic Fest (Patch)
March 15, 2011: Celtic Fest in Bryan McGonigal’s Own Words (365Barrington.com)
March 9, 2011: For St. Patrick's Day, check out some historic Irish bars (Chicago Sun-Times)
February 25, 2011: Benefit Concert, Saturday March 19th at McGonigal's Pub (JustOffTheTracks)
February 17, 2011: Barrington Expects First Revenue Increase since 2006 (Courier-Review, and we're quoted in it)
February 3, 2011: Irish Tales Before the Blizzard - info about a new Irish Pub book by Mike Danahey, featuring McGonigal's and McNally's (Courier-News)
September 29, 2010: Fork, Cork & Style event (Pub is a sponsor/participant); Emeril Lagasse to Headline Fork, Cork & Style at Arlington Park (PR Newswire)
September 23, 2010: Fox News Chicago features McGonigal's Pub for their "Deal of the Day" (FOX TV)
August 16, 2010: McGonigal's Pub in Barrington - brief food review (Food Nerd Ciao!)
July 23, 2010: WGN AM720 l"Hometown Voices" tour - live broadcast from McGonigal's Pub (WGN AM720)
July 15, 2010: Book Signing at McGonigal's Pub - Mike Cameron's "Public Bonehead, Private Hero" (TribLocal)
July 10, 2010: Go Gourmet Outdoors - tips for an upscale picnic (Tom Kalomiris, Park Avenue Wine Bar) (NBC-TV)
June 27, 2010: Live on the air - "Livin' Large with Geoff Pinkus Show (WIND AM-560)
June 9, 2010: What Goes Around Comes Around for Local Chef (Daily Herald)
May 15, 2010: The Food Dude Reviews...McGonigal's Pub (The RoundUp/BHS)
May 4, 2010: (video) WGN-TV Midday Fix segment - Tom Kalomiris (Park Avenue Wine Bar) provides Al Fresco dining and wine ideas (WGN-TV)
April 30, 2010: The Architects of Barrington's Amazing New Space (Quintessential Barrington)
April 6, 2010: Melissa Bean Discusses Bill with Business People (meeting held at McGonigal's Pub)
March 24, 2010: (video) WGN-TV Lunchbreak segment - Chef Ted Stay prepares a boxty live on-air (WGN-TV - coupon expired 4/1/10)
March 23, 2010: McGonigal's serving up beer, music and plenty of pub grub (Daily Herald)
March 19, 2010: Brief mention in Chicago Restaurants Openings and Closings (Chicago Sun-Times)
March 17, 2010: The Real McKoi - Chicago Dish (Chicago Magazine)
March 9, 2010: Trustees Happy With Downtown Establishment Opening (Barrington Courier-Review)
March 5, 2010: New Irish Pub Racing to Open Before St. Patrick's Day (Daily Herald)
March 5, 2010: We are mentioned in article Barrington updates residents on CN rail issue, downtown development (Daily Herald)
March 2, 2010: Brief mention on our opening day in the News Digest (Barrington Courier-Review)
January 26, 2010: Fox News Chicago features our employment hiring info on their Monday night (1/25) broadcast!
January 9, 2010: Short article featued in the Irish-American News (IAN)
January 7, 2010: Video of progress, courtesy of PioneerLocal.com (Barrington Courier-Review)
October 27, 2009: Two Establishments Closer to Opening
August 5-8, 2009: Pub and Wine Bar to come to Barrington Village Center
January 31, 2013: Just in time for February, all our new daily specials are ready to go! Actually they've been in effect for a few weeks but are finally listed online. There are great ones every day, check out the Specials page for details.
January 25, 2013: Just a quick announcement on a couple events:
Every Saturday the Pub is offering a Prime Rib Dinner - a very hearty prime rib portion served with mashed potatoes, vegetables and horseradish cream sauce, all for just $25!
On Sunday February 3rd we'll be having a Super Bowl XLVII party, basically offering some great specials, raffles, giveaway prizes and more! Click here for the promotional flyer. Game starts at 5:25 PM.
January 18, 2013: We were prepared for the last of the New Belgium Snow Day to run out... our backup Beer of the Month has now changed to Newcastle Brown Ale, still $3.50 for a pint!
January 14, 2013: Pardon our dust as we are doing some refinishing work on our mezzanine level. There's no interruption in business, and work should be completed by the end of this week.
January 13, 2013: Announcing our new daily specials - good both here and in The Annex. Details will be added to the Specials page ASAP:
Mixers Monday - promotional liquor & mixed drinks, with industry representatives sampling some of their booze (starts next week)
Crafts & Drafts Tuesdays - a beer lover's dream! We'll focus on a different brewery each week and offer additional discounts on many of our tap and bottled beers.
Wine Wednesdays - up to half off on bottles and glasses of select wines, along with promotional help right from some of the winery representatives.
Thirsty Thursdays - Unbeatable drink specials and entertainment options; we’d call it Ladies Night, but we’re pretty certain these drinks will appeal to the men too!
Foodie Fridays - several food specials created exclusively by our Executive Chef Ted Stay, good through the entire weekend (or while supplies last).
Sports Saturdays & Sundays - Great themed drinks & food specials to get you through a busy weekend of fun, appealing to all sports and non-sports fans alike. Sundays are also "Industry Night".
January 2, 2013: Happy New Year! Of course it's a new month too, and our Beer of the Month for January is New Belgium Snow Day Winter Ale. Just $3.50 pints until it runs out... which it will as supplies are limited... but there is a backup plan. Stay tuned!
Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones. This beer is the deep garnet of a roasted walnut and presents a creamy tan head, floating artfully atop. Snow Day is bold and hoppy, drinkable and strong. It reminds you to enjoy the unexpected.
Served in 16oz pints
December 31, 2012: From the staff at the Pub and The Annex, we want to thank all of our patrons for the tremendous support in 2012, and we wish everyone a very happy, safe and prosperous New Year. If you like us now, you ain't seen nothing yet - there will be LOTS going on at both establishments starting right after the holidays: new specials & theme nights, new entertainment options, more FUN, and a variety of other GREAT reasons to keep everyone happy and coming back!
Twitter (for both) @mcgonigal
We also have our mailing list, which will start featuring coupons & specials just for our subscribers! Click here to register.
December 27, 2012: Spend your New Years Eve with us - see the events page for details. Space is limited, so don't delay & reserve your spot NOW!
December 24, 2012: On behalf of the entire Pub staff, we want to wish all of our patrons, family and friends a very happy and safe holiday season.
December 19, 2012: Looking for last-minute gifts? We have a great idea that will appeal to family, friends, and basically anyone who gets hungry and thirsty - A McGonigal's Pub gift card! You can get them set to whatever amount you want, and they don't expire. Pick 'em up at the Pub today!
December 18, 2012: Information on our 3rd Annual New Years Eve Party will be released in the next couple days... right here... stay tuned!
December 14, 2012: This has been a rather rough day for everyone, especially for those of us who have children. I speak for everyone at both McGonigal's Pub and The Annex in expressing our deepest condolences to the families of the victims in the sensless, devastating tragedy that happened today at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
December 11, 2012: We welcome a great new seasonal - New Belgium's Snow Day Winter Ale - to our already outstanding tap lineup... stop on in and try out a cold draft today!
December 10, 2012: Holiday Hours:
Monday December 24th - normal business hours (11 AM - 1 AM) but our kitchen services will end early (8:00 PM) this evening.
Tuesday December 25th - Merry Christmas! We will open at 6:00 PM with full bar service but no kitchen service (various snacks will be provided).
Monday December 31st - normal business hours, but our 3rd Annual Pub New Years Eve Party starts at 7:00 PM that evening. More details forthcoming on this event...
Tuesday January 1, 2013 - normal business hours. Happy New Year!
December 5, 2012: We'd like to welcome a new business in town - owned by friends of the Pub - and it happens to be right next door to us and The Annex. "Roots 2 General Store" opened a little over a week ago at 211 Park Avenue (Barrington). They are quickly stocking their shelves with a variety of items, many of which would make great Christmas presents! Next time you're at the Pub, be sure to check out their store.
December 1, 2012: Our BEER OF THE MONTH for December is Stella Artois, $3.50 pints all month long!
November 30, 2012: This Saturday (December 1st) there are LOTS of great Holiday events taking place in and around the Village of Barrington. Way too many to list here, but suffice to say that right outside our front doors, SANTA will be visiting and the annual tree lighting ceremony will be happening at 5:00 PM. Click here for details on the events.
November 23, 2012: Here's a great article on our up-and-coming neighbor... if you haven't check out The Annex yet, be sure to do so during your next visit. New Menus, website and daily specials start next week too!
November 21, 2012: A quick update on current holiday business hours: we are open until 2:00 AM on "Black Wednesday" to accommodate the late night bar crowd! Additionally we will open at 6:00 PM on Thanksgiving Day... full bar service will be available but there will be no kitchen/dinner service (various snacks will be provided). Weekend hours are the same, Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 2 AM, Sunday 11 AM - 1 AM. On behalf of our staff, we hope you have a very happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!
November 13, 2012: We're finally getting into our new "combined" specials that are good for both the Pub and The Annex. Many of our prior specials will be retained, but here's a sampling of just a FEW of the NEW things we're offering... with more details posted daily right here, on the Specials page and Facebook. Most of these new specials will start the week after Thanksgiving.
Mixers Monday - promotional liquor & mixed drinks, with industry representatives sampling some of their booze (starts next week)
Crafts & Drafts Tuesdays - a beer lover's dream! We'll focus on a different brewery each week and offer additional discounts on many of our tap and bottled beers.
Wine Wednesdays - up to half off on bottles and glasses of select wines, along with promotional help right from some of the winery representatives.
Ladies Night Thursdays - unbeatable drink specials and entertainment options for the ladies... and of course the men who follow them out!
Foodie Fridays - several food specials created exclusively by our Executive Chef Ted Stay, good through the entire weekend (or while supplies last).
Sports Saturdays & Sundays - great themed drinks & food specials to get you through a busy weekend of sports, appealing to all sports fans.
November 11, 2012: One behalf of the Pub and Annex staff, we'd like to wish everyone a Happy Veteran's Day and thank all of our brave servicemen for all they've done to protect and serve our great country.
November 1, 2012: Announcing our November BEER OF THE MONTH:
Only $3.50 for a 20oz Imperial Pint, all month long!
October 25, 2012: If you are looking for a place to host a corporate or private holiday party, look no further than the Pub and The Annex! We are offering several banquet options within our facility for private and semi-private parties & events. The featued option is the Pub's amazing second level that will seat up to 100 and includes a full bar, band stage, dart board, jukebox and nine HDTVs! We also have two other boardrooms available on the second level, one which holds 24-30 and another that holds 12. And now with The Annex as part of the Pub, we are happy to accommodate parties up to 50 in this gerat new space! There is ample parking available and of course we are only 2½ blocks from the Metra Train Station. For further information check out our Banquets-Parties page (new pictures of boardrooms and Annex forthcoming), and you can contact us via email at email@example.com or 847-277-7400. Times and dates are filling up rather quickly, so reserve your spot now!
October 22, 2012: Our Pub has always been known for great drafts at reasonable prices, but we now have a pretty complete line of "budget" beers that are being offered EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK! These are bottles of PBR, Old Style and Rolling Rock along with 16oz cans of Miller High Life, PBR and Hamm's. Best part about it, they are only $2.00 each. Every. Day.
October 18, 2012: A few details on our Third Annual Halloween Bash are posted in the right column... it's going to be a great one, and includes The Annex as well!
October 9, 2012: We're putting together plans for another amazing Halloween Bash, set for Saturday October 27th... and it will cover both the main floors of the Pub and The Annex, so there will be lots of room to roam and a ton of food & beverage options! More details to follow.
We're also pleased to announce that another local brewery has made it to our taps... we welcome The Lucky Monk's Fallen Angel Vienna-Style Lager.
A classic amber-style lager created in Austria which falls within the family of “fest” beers. This lager has a slightly toasted, nutty malt mouth feel, and very low bitterness. The body is modest with a creamy maltiness and a slight caramel malt accented flavor. Smooth, clean, and crisp are just a few words to describe this elegant amber lager beer. 4.8% abv / 18 BU
October 3, 2012: On behalf of the Pub and Annex staff, we wanted to thank all the alumni, teachers and current students of Barrington High School for a great Homecoming weekend! Our establishments were proud to have hosted four different reunions - including the BHS Class of 1937 - and it was great to see so many other BHS individuals roaming around our bulidings all weekend long. Thank you for making us the premier destination in town, it's flattering and sincerely appreciated. Also, our October Beer of the Month is Sam Adams Octoberfest - drafts are $3.50 all month long, and they're served in a cool seasonal mug!
September 27, 2012: Visit The Annex today between 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM and support a great cause. Mary McGonigal, mother of the owner of McGonigal's Pub & The Annex, passed away of Ovarian Cancer several years ago. Since that time the McGonigal and Berry families have been involved in various Ovarian cancer fundraisers. This will be the third year that this particular fundraiser is being held at our establishments. There will be some jewelry and artwork for sale, so stop by and do your part to help fight cancer.
September 17, 2012: "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" is today, and the Pub is celebrating by offering half priced Irish entrees and half priced Guinness, Murphy's Stout, Harp and Smithwick's all day! Be sure to come by and enjoy the celebration! On a next-door note, the ribbon cutting ceremony for THE ANNEX will be Tuesday 9/18 at noon... join the village officials and the McGonigal family as we "officially" open the new place for business! Our actual GRAND OPENING celebration is scheduled for Friday September 21st. The new website will be up and running by tomorrow as well, with all sorts of good info!
September 12, 2012: Opening day for The Annex is approaching... and here's a great "sneak peek" article from Liz Luby & 365barrington.com.
September 11, 2012:
We will always remember...
September 10, 2012: We're moving forward on THE ANNEX, but as with these type of projects it always takes longer than expected... and we'd rather "get it right" rather than to rush the opening. Right now we are definitely on target to officially open to the public right after this coming weekend, with our Grand Opening tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 21st. The new website will appear shortly, along with some development of the official Facebook page. Stay tuned...
September 1, 2012: New "BEER" OF THE MONTH, that needs no special introduction in an Irish Pub - Magner's Irish Cider DRAFTS and Magner's Pear Cider Bottles. $4.00 for the drafts, $3.50 for the bottles, all month long!
August 28, 2012: Just so you know, the Pub will be OPEN for normal business hours over the entire holiday weekend, including Labor Day. Have a great holiday and hope to see you here!
August 27, 2012: A bit of news on Park Avenue Wine Bar hit the news media this morning, here's an article from the Barrington Patch. On a very positive note, we're working feverishly on THE ANNEX and are excited about the concept and potential! Starting this weekend we'll start posting information on this venture and perhaps even have the web page up & running!
August 26, 2012: As of this weekend we've finished the main round of interviews for THE ANNEX and are in the process of hiring. Any further interviews will need to be set up on an individual basis; call 847-277-7400 and ask for Ismini Walsh.
August 24, 2012: OPEN INTERVIEWS for THE ANNEX - our new establishment - are happening Friday August 24, 11 AM - 7 PM and Saturday August 25, 11 AM - 4 PM. We are looking for bartender, server, busser, host and shift manager positions to be filled. Interviews will be held in the Pub 2nd level. Be sure to bring a recent copy of your resume and a completely filled out employment application (you can download one here or fill out a copy at the Pub).
**August 25 UPDATE - open interviews have been extended through Sunday August 26th, Noon-3:00 PM.
August 20, 2012: There is an announcement that needs to be made, which though sad news at the moment will turn into great news very soon, we promise! Our friends and Pub family members at Park Avenue Wine Bar officially shut their doors for business as of Sunday August 19th. HOWEVER, in this case when one door closes another one opens up... this is not the end, it's evolution. We're in the process of creating a business that will offer a fantastic new establishment to the region while also providing a true compliment to our already great Pub atmosphere. One family business, one main location, two great destinations combined - in early September we'll be welcoming The Annex to downtown Barrington! Work has already commenced, and progress will be posted here. Please also check our Employment section for available opportunities.
August 11, 2012: Thought we'd share a great new site that provides information on shopping, dining and events in and around the Barrington region. It's a village sponsored site called Enjoybarrington.com. If you're coming into town or just want to know what's happening in the area, give it a look!
August 3, 2012: We're making a push towards adding more specialty and craft beers to our great Pub lineup, and though our taps are limited to 20 brands we can still offer plenty more in bottles! Having said that, we have now oficially added Rogue Dead Guy Ale to our list of available beers at the Pub.
UPDATE October 1, 2012 - Dead Guy Ale is still available at the Pub but is being stocked and sold through The Annex.
August 1, 2012: We're pleased to announce that the August Beer of the Month is HEINEKEN.... we'll be serving up 20oz pints of the world's most popular beer for just $3.50 all month long! Also, we'll have a special Heineken promotion at the Pub on Thursday, August 23rd - samples, giveaways and more!
Additionally on Thursday August 9th there will be a Newcastle Summer Ale promotion, including sample tastings and other goodies (8-9 PM).
July 29, 2012: Just wanted to say THANKS to everyone who came out for the inaugural Barrington Summerfest... the weather was beautiful, drinks were freely flowing, the music was awesome and a great time was had by all! We look forward to doing more of these type of events in the future.
July 26, 2012: Barrington's annual Sidewalk Days begins today, which is a Barrington Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event... and in conjunction with their efforts is the Barrington Summerfest which is sponsored by the Pub! We're promoting the village together with our efforts and have received some good press... here's a couple recent news articles:
July 8, 2012: Thanks to everyone who participated in yet another amazing Barrington Brew Fest (Saturday July 7th). The weather definitely cooperated, and with nearly 100 tasting options it was a beer lover's dream! The Pub was again proud to be the primary sponsor and we look forward to next year's event! You can get updates and pictures from the event at the official Facebook page, and they will also soon be added to the website.
July 1, 2012: ...and the July BEER OF THE MONTH is Smithwick's, Ireland's oldest ale. We're offering it all month for an amazing $3.50, and that's for the "real" pints... 20oz Imperial! Enjoy!!! We also welcome a new beer on tap - Hop Slayer from local brewery & restaurant The Onion Pub. If you're into IPA's, for $7 a pint this double IPA (8.2% ABV) will certainly not disappoint!
June 28, 2012: OK... bottles of Rolling Rock, Old Style and Pabst Blue Ribbon our now our everyday $2 beers!
June 26, 2012: A quick reminder - the Pub will be OPEN for normal business hours on Wednesday, July 4th. The parade marches down Main Street so it goes right past the front doors of our establishment... stop on in afterwards for some cold drinks and great food!
June 17, 2012: Happy Father's Day! The Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar Father-Son team is featured in this Barrington Patch article, written specifically for Father's Day. Enjoy!
June 14, 2012: We now have Carlsberg on tap...$4.50 pints throughout EURO2012!
June 13, 2012: The Pub is once again a proud sponsor of the Barrington Cruise Night, which is every Thursday evening (weather pending) throughout the summer in downtown Barrington, just a block south of the Pub. This family-friendly car show is FREE and features different types and styles of automobiles every week. The Pub is scheduled to sell food and (non-alcoholic) drinks outside at this event on June 14th, July 5th and August 2nd. More information can be found at the Village website.
June 11, 2012: Just a reminder - the Pub is selling tickets for the 9th Annual Barrington Brewfest, which is on Saturday July 7th (3 PM - 7 PM). Tickets are $40 each, cash or check only (checks made out to BACOA), and you also get a complimentary t-shirt with your ticket purchase at the Pub; the shirts should be available by June 16th (your ticket is your shirt receipt). You can also buy tickets online if you need to use a credit card.
June 7, 2012: Two big events involving the Pub, starting on Friday June 8th:
- The American Cancer Society Barrington Area Relay For Life starts at 6:00 PM on June 8th and goes all evening, ending at 5:30 AM on Saturday. The Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar are proud Sapphire Sponsors of this event, and we will also be serving food at the event itself! You can find more info at their website and their Facebook page.
- EURO 2012 - The UEFA European Championship - starts on June 8th and runs through July 1st. The Pub and our friends at McNally's Pub will be showing all the games plus adding in gameday food and drink specials. Match times are 11:00 AM and 1:45 PM CST; info will be posted here and on our official Facebook page.
June 1, 2012: It's finally here... our revised menu! Check it out on the Menu tab. Same goes for our new daily specials... you can view 'em all, day by day, on the Specials tab! Additionally, we have TWO June "Beers of the Month" - Hoegaarden on tap for $4 pints and Rolling Rock bottles for just $2 each, all through the month of June!
May 28, 2012: A view from the Pub's 2nd level, overlooking the Memorial Day parade... the Barrington High School band is marching right past the Veteran's Memorial. On this day the Pub is open regular business hours... but more important, all our staff remembers and honors the brave men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thanks and condolences go out to the soldiers and all their families.... and God bless America.
May 22, 2012: There's LOTS of new & exciting things happening at the Pub, many of which start over and after this coming Memorial Day weekend! We're featuring completely revamped daily specials, many new "permanent" menu items, expanded entertaiment options (hint - we'll be using our 2nd level and other available resources much more often) and several major local events that we're participating in, sponsoring or both! You'll start seeing a lot of updates here and on our Facebook page, along with some overdue email announcements to our subscribed patrons (get on the mailing list if you haven't done so already). It's going to be a FANTASTIC summer at the Pub and in the Village of Barrington!!!
One other note - the Pub WILL be open for normal business hours on Memorial Day (Monday May 28th).
May 21, 2012: Though not complete just yet with all the info, two new festivals have been added to our Events section... obviously these are Pub-sponsored! Check out some details on the 9th Annual Barrington Brew Fest (Saturday July 7th) and a sneak preview into plans for the inaugural "Barrington Summerfest" (Friday July 27th-Saturday July 28th). Check back soon for loads of new infomation on these fests!
May 17, 2012: This article from 365barrington.com dates back to mid-April but was missed in our prior updates. It's a great one highlighting our Executive Chef Ted Stay and both restaurants he services. Click here for the article.
May 11, 2012: The Pub is open for normal business hours on Mother's Day (Sunday May 13th)... we won't be having a brunch but are opening early for some soccer matches, offering a complimentary mimosa for all moms who come in during the day, and have a special Sunday Irish Session with Seamus O'Kane from 5-8 PM. If you're looking to add a little Irish flair to this special day, we'll see you at the Pub!
May 4, 2012: Info and the link to purchase tickets for the Celtic Thunder "Acoustic by Candlelight" show on Saturday May 12th is on the right side of this web page, but here's the link again. Please note that the Pub is not affiliated with ticket sales for this event.
May 3, 2012: We continue to be THE place in the Chicagoland NW suburban area to watch great soccer matches! Join us for EARLY OPENINGS...
Saturday May 5th: The Pub opens at 10:15 AM for the FA Cup match Chelsea vs. Liverpool (10:30 AM).
Sunday May 6th: The Pub opens at 7:15 AM for a "double header",
Newcastle United vs. Manchester City at 7:30 AM
Manchester United vs. Swansea City at 9:30 AM
May 1, 2012: We're featuring BEERS of the month in May... on tap is the recently introduced Newcastle Founder's Ale for $3.50. We're also offering bottles of Dos Equis Lager and Amber for $3.50 - just in time for Cinco de Mayo!
April 20, 2012: New menu items, new beers, new daily specials, new entertainment options, new upcoming events... and they are all happening soon here, in the same great Pub! Stay tuned for more details, which you'll find on this site and on our official Facebook page.
April 18, 2012: We've upgraded our Heineken offering - drafts are now being served in 20oz pints, and for just $4.50!
April 4, 2012: A quick announcment about our EASTER SUNDAY hours (Sunday April 8th). The pub will open for normal business at 5:00 PM, with full bar service until close (approximately 1:00 AM) and a limited food menu until 10:00 PM. Note that we are actually doing a special early opening at 7:15 AM for the Manchester United soccer match - which will be bar service only - but we will then close after the match and reopen at 5:00 PM. Hopefully that's not too confusing...just know that we will NOT be opening at our normal 11 AM time on Easter Sunday, come visit us after 5 PM!
April 1, 2012: No April Fools joke here...our BEER OF THE MONTH is Bell's Oberon, at an amazingly low price of $4 per pint!
March 28, 2012: We recently received some very nice recognition - McGonigal's Pub was voted Best Irish Pub for the 2011 "Best of the Burbs" contest held by SuburbaNites Magazine. Thank you to our great staff and patrons, of course without you this wouldn't have happened!
March 18, 2012: As we start to get the Pub back to "normal" functionality, I wanted to take a brief moment to thank the literally thousands of people who came out on a gorgeous weekend and made this years Barrington Celtic Fest an unbelievable event, for both the Pub and the Village of Barrington. This exceeded our expectations on pretty much every level! A recap and numerous images from the festivities will follow in the near future.
March 17, 2012: Happy St. Patrick's Day...and top o' the mornin' to ya! The first day of the Barrington Celtic Fest was fantastic, we had great weather and a pretty amazing turnout for a regular Friday! Day two should be many times busier and fun...and we'll have more to report on this website later. In the meantime follow the Facebook pages for Barrington Celtic Fest and McGonigal's Pub for many real-time updates.
March 14, 2012: We've recently had a couple changes in tap beers...right now the Pub is offering Breckenridge Irish Red Ale ($5 pints) which replaces their 471 IPA. Replacing Labatt Blue, we welcome back Magners Irish Cider, which will likely find a permanent home on the Pub taps from here on out! $6 pints, with or without ice. Both additions are perfect timing for the upcoming Barrington Celtic Fest!
March 10, 2012: On behalf of the Pub I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who came out for our two year anniversary celebration yesterday (Friday March 9th). We love Barrington and we love our patrons, and it was certainly our pleasure to give something else back in terms of great specials. Thanks to you we know we'll be around for a a long time...so here's to many, many more years!
March 7, 2012: Overshadowed by the Barrington Celtic Fest/St. Patricks Day events is the anniversary of McGonigal's Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar. Both establishments officially turn TWO YEARS OLD on Friday, March 9th! Though the "big" party is the following week, we welcome you into downtown Barrington for the day & evening to celebrate this occasion with us...and as a THANK YOU to all of our patrons and supporters who have helped make us a huge success, we're offiering some ridiculously good specials for the day!
March 2, 2012: We are just TWO WEEKS AWAY from the 2nd Annual Barrington Celtic Fest! Full details are available in our Events section of this site, plus be sure to visit and "like" the official Facebook page too.
March 1, 2012: Our beer of the month is Amstel Wheat...released in the fall of 2011, this beer is the first new product introduction from Amstel in more than ten years! Throughout the month of March, we are providing this to you for an amazingly low $3.00 per draft!
February 22, 2012: Bud Light Platinum has been added to our "Wings 'n Bud Wednesday" specials . . . $3 gets you a bottle of this new brew, plus enjoy our Jumbo Chicken Wings 8 for $6.50 or 20 for $13, and Bud/Bud Light bottles are $2 every Wednesday at the Pub. Check out our Special page for all our daily and usual specials!
February 17, 2012: Detailed information on the 2nd Annual Barrington Celtic Fest will be available on the "official" web page: http://www.mcgonigalspub.com/events/celticfest.html
It's in the EVENTS tab section, or just click on the big Celtic Fest graphic to the right! You can also check out additional input on the official Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/celticfest
February 11, 2012: We're starting to reorganize this site a bit better - our Food & Drink menus now have their own top level tab, Daily/Weekly/Monthly etc. Specials are broken down into categories, and our Events Planning page (info on party room rentals, etc) has moved to the HOME page tab, listed under Banquets-Parties - you should see on the left side of this page. We are aware that these changes may affect some other websites that link to us, but as long as you can get to www.mcgonigalspub.com all is well. And... yes... we will be adding many more images too!
February 3, 2012: Don't forget that we serve up FREE PIZZA every Friday at Midnight, courtesy of our local friends at Cooper's of Barrington!
February 1, 2012: New month, new featured beer. In February we're pleased to announce that it's a local brew this time - The Onion's Paddy Pale Ale is our focus. "This American-style pale ale their flagship brand and celebrates the blending of intense hop character and crisp, malty mouthful." Enjoy drafts all month long at the Pub for just $4.50.
January 30, 2012: Super Bowl Party plans (Sunday February 5th) forthcoming...check the website by Tuesday for more info. Also, the 2nd annual Barrington Celtic Fest plans to be released very soon as well - for now mark down in your calendars that the place to be is in Barrington on Friday March 16th and Saturday March 17th! Stay tuned...
January 16, 2012: An early announcement for our patrons - the Pub will be closing at 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 22nd for our annual Staff Holiday Party. Dinner service (ordering) will end for the public at 7:00 PM. Management apologies for any inconvenience to our customers, but we needed at least one evening to show our staff how much they are truly appreciated!
January 13, 2012: Strange but true... don't ask how a brewery can run out of their "Winter Lager" in early January, but somehow it happened! However, the good folks at Sam Adams make a good brew, so the NEW January Beer of the Month is Sam Adams Alpine Spring. This is a completely new release from the brewery and we're one of the first places to offer it! Try a pint today for just $4.
January 12, 2012: One step in our numerous Pub enhancements has been completed...next time you're in, check out our huge new HDTV upgrade in the main level! More great things to happen in the next few weeks...stay tuned!
January 8, 2012: On behalf of our entire staff I'd like to extend our sincere apologies to all of our patrons who were at or came by the Pub this past Saturday evening (January 7th) and experienced the power outages that affected not just us but three blocks in the downtown area. It couldn't have happened at a more inopportune time and unfortunately made it necessary to close early for the evening. This was totally out of our control, but we hope that the repairs ComEd are (still) doing will eliminate or at least greatly lessen the chances of similar outages happening again. Also, to our friends at Motor Werks who were having their own special party in our 2nd level with one of their bands, we're very sorry and hope to have you back soon for another try at that event. "Full Power" for you next time, promise!
January 6, 2012: Early this year the Pub will be undergoing all sorts of great improvements, starting with upgrading and expanding our specials & entertainment offerings. More details to be released soon, but as a hint...expect some enhanced "viewing" space and some "on target" gaming options forthcoming within the next few weeks! Stay tuned...
January 1, 2012: HAPPY NEW YEAR...and to kick off the new year in domestic style, the Beer of the Month is Sam Adams Winter Lager - $4.00 drafts all month long!
December 27, 2011: We have a new great IPA on tap...stop by the Pub and try a Breckenridge 471 IPA. It's already been "taste tested" by a few folks here and gets two thumbs up! Here's a bit of marketing info from their website:
Hoppy? Brother, 471 IPA redefines hoppy. 471 is a small batch, limited edition ale that was created by our Brewmaster to separate the weak from the strong. 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you've ever had at one time. Enjoy.
December 24, 2011: On behalf of the entire Pub staff I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all. Have a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you at the pub again soon!
December 19, 2011: CHRISTMAS HOURS: Just a reminder that the Pub will be open and "full service" all day and evening on Christmas Eve (Saturday 12/24), though we will be ending regular kitchen services around 9:00 PM. On Christmas Day (Sunday 12/25) the Pub will be closed during the day but will OPEN at 6:00 PM. Full bar service, no kitchen service, assorted snacks will be provided, and the Packers-Bears are on at 7 PM...the feature event on all our HDTVs.
December 17, 2011: The Pub's New Years Eve party plans are now posted in a PDF file for viewing, with the website page still in the works (should be completed by Monday 12/19). We are excited to announce that we'll be featuring Chicago's premier 80's tribute band The Breakfast Club on our big stage in the Pub 2nd level! It's an amazing package deal we're offering for just $50, and tickets for the event go on sale Monday, December 19th. Stay tuned for more details...
December 9, 2011: Looking for that perfect gift that's simple, easy and will definitely be used? Give a gift certificate to McGonigal's Pub! It can be any amount you wish and can be used over and over again until the card is empty (note as well that our gift cards do not expire). Cash or credit cards accepted, simply stop by the pub to pick one up.
December 1, 2011: We are THRILLED to announce that our Pub will be hosting the "Margeson Pub Quiz" every Monday evening, beginning on Monday, December 5th! Join "The Adjudicator" Bill Margeson for some good craic! It's a traditional Pub Quiz (general trivia, not just about Pubs) with cash prizes. $7 per person, with up to FOUR players on each team. The trivia contest runs approximately two hours, and our pub will have some "pub quiz specials" for all participants! Typical start times will be 7:30 PM though we have to make some adjustments in December for prior booked holiday events - just check out this page for details on start times.
November 30, 2011: It's always nice to get great plugs in the media, and this one is from the staff at the Daily Herald. Seems like we're one of their favorite places to visit in the region! Thank you Daily Herald, and you can read the article here:
November 21, 2011: Announcing our holiday schedule:
- Wednesday, November 23 - "Black Wednesday" -the pub will be open until 2:00 AM, both levels open during the evening, and we have a well known AC/DC tribute band, "Riff/Raff", playing live in our 2nd level.
- Thursday, November 24 - Happy Thanksgiving! The Pub will be closed during the day but will OPEN at 6:00 PM. Full bar, no kitchen service, but there will be some snacks out AND we're serving some FREE pizza from Coopers of Barrington around 10:00 PM.
- Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve day we will be open for normal business, full bar and kitchen service.
- Sunday, December 25th - Merry Christmas! The Pub will be closed during the day but will OPEN at 6:00 PM. Full bar, no kitchen service, but snacks will be available for the BEARS-PACKERS game.
- Saturday, December 31st - the Pub will be hosting it's 2nd annual New Years Eve Bash! Details TBA.
- Sunday January 1st - Happy New Year! The Pub will be open for normal business, and showing lots of college football games!
November 8, 2011: The Pub is now proudly serving Amstel Wheat Bier, a brand new release from Amstel...it's their first new product introduction in more than ten years! It's tap release is rather limited at the moment, but we have it and encourage lots of taste tests!
"Staying true to the identity of an authentic European wheat bier, Amstel Wheat offers a deep, translucent golden color with orange and amber hues. The aroma is rich with fruit and floral notes and a subtle tease of freshly baked bread, while the taste is slightly fruity with soft hoppy undertones."
November 7, 2011: The pub is helping sponsor a local school with "McGonigal Mondays." On the first Monday of every month, if you dine in at the pub you can help support North Barrington Elementary School. 10% of the sales on your bill on these days will be donated back to the school. Restrictions apply and you must present the coupon at the time of service to assure the school gets credited. Click here for the coupon, and on behalf of the owner the Pub thanks you for your support!
November 1, 2011: I'd like to thank everyone who came out for what was an AWESOME Halloween Party this past Saturday (10/29). It truly was a BOO-zey night, and pictures will be posted soon...both here and on our Facebook page. Also, if you are looking to book corporate or personal holiday parties (or any type of event), check us out! Some information is posted in our Events/Banquets section. Contact Ismini or Sonam via email or at 847-277-7400. Dates are really filling up fast so don't delay!
October 24, 2011: Just wanted to take a moment to wish my father, Dennis McGonigal, a very happy birthday today - he's a "young" 68 and doing well! Our pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar would not exist with all his help and support, so besides the birthday wishes, on behalf of the entire McGonigal & Berry family I wanted to say THANKS...and we love you dad!
October 20, 2011: Apologies from the owner as we've been very slow in getting this information posted...but here's some brief information on the 2011 Barrington Pub Crawl, #3 of 3 for the year: It's Saturday November 5th from 11 AM - 7 PM and will feature Chessies 111 Grille, McGonigal's Pub, the Blue Heron Cafe, The Onion Pub and ending at the Yankee Doodle. Tickets go on sale Saturday October 22, with more details to follow on the events page.
October 14, 2011: Our pub is pleased to announce that effective today, we are partnering with local establishment Cooper's of Barrington and providing FREE pizza slices to customers every Friday evening after midnight! Why, you may ask? Bryan, the pub owner, has some fond memories of days past when a local watering hole would occasionally serve up free pizza slices for its patrons late Friday nights...so he has decided to do the same.
Pizzas should arrive between 12-12:15 AM. Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis...we obviously can't guarantee we'll be able to feed everyone, but odds are good you'll be able to at least grab a slice or two! A great midnight snack from a great Barrington business, courtesy of your friends at the pub!
October 13, 2011: The pub is proud to be sponsoring Barrington High School "Blackout" Friday, when the Broncos play the Fremd Vikings. Students, faculty and many of our own pub employees will be wearing some stylish "Blackout" shirts that feature the pub logo on the sleeve. Come out and cheer on Barrington Broncos football to victory, then head to the pub for some after-game food and drinks!
October 8, 2011: We officially welcome Labatt Blue to our taps - it's a "clean, refreshing pilsner with a distinctive hoppy aroma, a delicate character, and a slightly sweet aftertaste (5% ABV)." Also, it's the #1 selling Canadian beer in the world! Draft pints are $3.00 every day, and on Blackhawks game days we offer 23oz drafts for $4.00!
September 29, 2011: Thank you to my friend Deb Pankey and the Daily Herald for the nice plug on "What's Hot in the Suburbs this Weekend." In the video we are mentioned about two minutes into it! As a reminder, every weekend we feature some great specials, including Guinness, Harp & Smithwicks 20oz Imperial Pints for $5 and buckets of select domestic beers for $12. Check out our Specials page for details and the official pub Facebook page for all the most recent & up-to-the-minute updates.
September 22, 2011: The pub will join Park Avenue Wine Bar in their efforts by donating a percentage of the pub sales on Tuesday September 27th to ovarian cancer research. Mary McGonigal, mother of Bryan McGonigal and Melissa (McGonigal) Berry succumbed to this terrible disease in March 2006. More details to follow, but please plan on joining us on 9/27 and help the fight against cancer. UPDATE September 28, 2011 - On behalf of both the Pub and Wine Bar, we appreciate everyone who came out for the day, supporting both establishments AND helping the fight against ovarian cancer. Total figures aren't available yet but between both places we should be donating several hundred dollars to the cause. Again, THANK YOU!
September 20, 2011: We are proud to support another Barrington area establishment by promoting (well, selling) one of their great beers - The Onion Pub's Paddy Pale Ale is now on tap at OUR pub! "This American-style pale ale their flagship brand and celebrates the blending of intense hop character and crisp, malty mouthful."
$5 a pint everyday at McGonigal's Pub!
September 15, 2011: Major site updates are on the way...for starters the Banquets page (in our Events section) now contains party package information, images of our facilties and the proper event team contacts. Took a while but it's finally there! If you are looking to book holiday, personal or corporate parties, please take a look at this page and then contact either Ismini or Sonam for details (firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-277-7400).
September 11, 2011: Remembering this tragic day ten years ago.
September 6, 2011: Celebrate "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" at the pub on Saturday, September 17th...we'll have some GREAT food and drink specials, giveaways, live music on both levels and some special guests! Check back soon for details.
September 1, 2011: Our September BEER OF THE MONTH is an Irish one, and one of our best sellers...Harp Lager! All month you'll get 20oz Imperial Pint drafts of Harp for just $4.50!
August 21, 2011: We're putting together GREAT plans for the upcoming NFL and College football season...awesome food and drink specials every gameday, along with giveaways (courtesy of our vendors) and other great stuff! We'll take full advantage of our 2nd level with nine HDTVs, so you can see all the games! More information posted soon.
August 1, 2011: Our August BEER OF THE MONTH is Sam Adams Octoberfest - pints are just $4.00 all month!
July 20, 2011: We are excited to announce that Ismini Walsh has officially joined our staff! She will function as a full-time FOH manager and our primary contact for events planning. Ismini brings a wealth of experience with her, putting in over 20 years in the business and comes from a family that's always been involved in this industry. Most recently she was managing the Curragh Pub in Edison Park. Ismini just happens to be married to our star bartender Declan, so we now have a husband-wife superteam at the pub!
July 10, 2011: The 8th Annual Barrington Brew Fest (Saturday July 9th) was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who made it out on this beautiful and HOT day...attendance was awesome, easily the biggest and best one to date. The pub was very proud to once again be the major sponsor, and it's great to see BACOA benefit from all the proceeds. Pictures and a wrapup of the event will be posted soon on the Brew Fest website and on the Facebook page.
July 2, 2011: Come out and visit Barrington this weekend - the annual festival is in full swing this weekend, featuring many family friendly activites, live music and of course the famous Brat Tent! Check it all out at http://www.barrington4thofjuly.com. We're right next to all the festivities, so be sure to stop by the pub this weekend and enjoy what we're offering too! As a reminder, we open at 5:00 PM on July 4th.
June 27, 2011: Just wanted to make a quick announcement that the pub will open at 5:00 PM on Monday, July 4th, offering full bar service until 1:00 AM and a limited menu (until 10:30 PM). Also, we are selling LOTS of Brewfest tickets and have a fresh supply of T-Shirts available in all three colors...
June 8, 2010: The Barrington Cruise Nights officially started last Thursday (6/2), and the pub is once again proud to be a major sponsor of this summertime event held every Thursday through early September. We will also be the main food vendor this Thursday, June 9th and on August 4th and September 1st.
May 30, 2011: On behalf of the pub staff I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day. Let's always remember...it's the Soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the Freedom of the Press. It's the Soldier, not the poet, who has given us the Freedom of Speech. It's the Soldier, not the politicians, that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It's the Soldier who salutes the Flag, who serves beneath the Flag, and whose coffin is draped by the Flag.
May 22, 2011: We should have our outdoor seating set up later this week, just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the 2nd Annual Barrington Art Fair! More details to follow...
May 13, 2011: Another new addition to our to our tap offerings, and this is a GREAT one: Magners Irish Cider served in 20oz Imperial pints!
I'd also like to congratulate and thank a few long-time pub employees - Declan Walsh, Aisling Cogburn, Sonam Zaveri and our current manager John Pauley - who are taking on additional managerial and supervisory responsibilities at the pub. Pictures and other bio data forthcoming on our About Us page.
April 30, 2011: We recently added New Holland Brewery's Mad Hatter IPA to our beers on tap list, and welcome the retun of summer (some day) with May's Beer of the Month, Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.
ALSO...mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Barrington Brew Fest, scheduled for Saturday July 9th in the Barrington Metra Station north parking lot. This event gets bigger and better every year, and projected attendance for this event is around 1500! Our pub will once again be the major sponsor for this event and one of the only places where you can get both tickets and t-shirts in advance! More information is available at the official website and the Facebook page.
April 17, 2011: The inaugural Barrington Pub Crawl (Saturday April 16) went over quite well, and though several of us were less than sober throughout the day, having the shuttle bus transportation got everyone around safely! I'd like to personally thank our friends at 111 Grille for providing the starting point and the bus. The next two crawls will be on Saturday August 6th and Saturday November 5th. Pictures will be posted shortly...
Also, we are painfully aware that we're woefully behind in getting pictures posted from the Barrington Celtic Fest and other things, but hopefully this will be resolved within the next few weeks. Thanks for your patience and stay tuned!
March 21, 2011: Just have time for a BRIEF update to say THANKS to all our staff, vendors, sponsors and of course everyone who came out for the first ever Barrington Celtic Fest this past Thursday & Friday...even though it was scheduled as a two-day event, it carried through the entire weekend! Yes it was a tremendous success and we look forward to making it even bigger and better in 2012. Pictures and additional updates will be posted soon. We also had a nice writeup from Liz Luby of 365Barrington.com, which gives a bit of history on the pub itself. Check it out by clicking here.
March 15, 2011: This is on the personal side of the McGonigal family, but something that should be mentioned. It was five years ago today that my mother, Mary McGonigal, lost her two year battle with cancer and passed away at age 62. She was fortunate enough to spend some time with her new grandchildren, but was not around to see dream of this great establishment materialize. However, we believe that she would have been very proud of all of us. Our tribute to her was built into the the 2nd level of the pub.
Mary McGonigal, 1944-2006
Mothers hold their children's hands for just a little while...And their hearts forever.
May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face.
May the rains fall upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
MAy God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
March 14, 2011: Just off the Tracks in conjunction with McGonigal’s Pub in Barrington are hosting a Benefit Concert for Children’s Memorial Hospital and SuperSibs (an organization recognizing the siblings of children with pediatric cancer) on Saturday, March 19th, beginning at 7:00 PM in the pub 2nd level. The Lost and Nameless Orchestra is the featured entertainment and they've come all the way from Austin, TX. They are "Fiddle Driven Rock" and their music is foot-stomping, fun and perfect for every age. Their songs and lyrics make this band a perfect way to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day, weekend. Your $5 cover and 10 % of your bar & food will go directly to these 2 charities. So grab your friends and family and have some fun – stop in and listen to the band, have a some brews, and eat, all benefiting children that are affected by pediatric cancers. Please come out to Eat & Drink for a Cause!!!
March 9, 2011: As of today it's officially been one year since the pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar opened their doors for business...and it has been a GREAT year! Thank you to our patrons, staff and the surrounding community for all your support. The big celebration kicks off next week at the Barrington Celtic Fest...lots of bands, local and Irish merchants, NCAA basketball tournament showing in our 2nd level and FREE admission both days...don't miss it!
March 1, 2011: Happy March! We're quickly approaching our one year anniversary, which is Wednesday March 9th, and of course the the first ever Barrington Celtic Fest happening on March 17-18. Our main anniversary celebration will be at the fest, but we'll likely be doing something special on the 9th as well. Stay tuned for more details in the very near future. Also, our March BEER OF THE MONTH is Blue Moon, just $3.50 per draft all month long!
February 19, 2011: We are pleased to announce a long-overdue addition to our menu, something that's still a full meal yet a bit lighter than our other entrees. Effective today we have the Half Sandwich & Soup for $7.50, which includes your choice of ham, turkey or corned beef, along with a cup of our soup of the day or baked onion (you may also substititue a side salad for the soup). We also have the Soup and Salad Combo for $8.00, which features a full bowl of your choice of soup and a salad. Both are great deals and won't weight you down!
February 17, 2011: Hooray for Barrington, and we're thrilled that both the pub and wine bar are helping this great town! Check out the article from Pionner Press (Courier-Review): Barrington Expects First Revenue Increase since 2006
February 5, 2011: Our pub received the honor of being nominated for Best New Venue and Best Irish Pub in the SuburbanNites Magazine "Best of the Burbs" contest. You can vote for us (and your other favorite nominated places) every day through February 28th! If you're a fan of the pub (and I'm guessing that you are if you're reading this now), please help! Check out http://nitelife.org/ and click on the "Best of the Burbs" banner at the top to get started. No special registrations needed to participate. Thanks!
February 2, 2011: Most of our local fans already know that the Chicagoland area was hit with a major blizzard that started on February 1st...but no worries as the Pub did open today at our normal hours! As of this posting it's still early and staffing (along with some food availability) is limited, but we should be up to full speed later this afternoon. I woudln't recommend driving around in this weather, but if you're within walking distance we're open for you. Happy Groundhog's Day...haha!
January 27, 2011: Our manager is going crazy with new beer offerings, but they've been great choices! Replacing the Ranger IPA for now is Chicago-based Half Acre's Daisy Cutter Pale Ale, $4.50 a pint.
January 6, 2011: Happy New Year everyone! The pub had an awesome New Years Eve celebration and a couple days later officially ended the holiday season with a great employee holiday party. As we slowly move into 2011, you'll see some exciting things happening in and around the pub. To stay current, keep checking back to this site for more information, be sure to get on our mailing list, and if you have not become a "Facebook Fan" yet, please do so to start receiving real-time updates!
December 30, 2010: Just announced: Kory Quinn & the Comrades - the band that brought a GREAT time to the pub on December 23rd - is back for one more show before Kory (a native of Barrington) returns to his current home in Oregon. They are schedule for Saturday, January 1st at 9:30 PM on our main level stage. If you missed them the first time, here's your second chance!
December 27, 2010: We're throwing an awesome New Years Eve party, but if you're just interested in coming out to have a few drinks without taking advantage of the great package deal, no problem...the pub main level will be open for all patrons all evening (full kitchen services until 11:30 PM with limited appetizer menu until 1:00 AM). We'll be open for normal business hours on Saturday, January 1st and will be showing ALL the college bowl games . . . this will include some all-day snack buffets and great drink specials too! Monday January 3rd is a special day for the pub and wine bar staff - we're having our holiday staff party to thank all our valued employees for doing such a great job for both establishments! Because of this event, at 8:30 PM the pub will close to the general public. Thank you for your understanding.
December 20, 2010: Just a quick reminder that the Pub will be open for normal business hours on Friday, December 24th (11 AM - 2 AM), but kitchen services will only be available until 8 PM. The Pub will be closed on Saturday, December 25th so that our employees can enjoy Christmas Day with their families and friends. Also, we are having an IRISH NEW YEARS EVE PARTY - tickets are on sale NOW, and details are available on the events page!
December 14, 2010: We are excited to welcome Gina Mocchi as our new Events Coordinator! Gina has been successfully handling all the private parties and other functions with our connected neighbor Park Avenue Wine Bar. Working directly with both businesses gives our customers many more options...so if you have any inquiries on booking rooms for special events, etc., Gina can be reached at email@example.com or 224-688-4688. Additionally we are pleased to announce that one of our star bartenders Nelius O'Connell has taken over supervisory duties with the pub, joining Damien Dunne and John Pauley on our managerial staff. Congrats to all!
December 10, 2010: Thank you to Joe Cicero and STAR105.5 FM for helping promote McGonigal's Pub with their successful "Date Night" this past Thursday! You can check out some of the pictures here. No, we haven't turned into a dating service but our pub really is a great place to bring that special someone!
December 4, 2010: We have started a reorganization of our site, adding quite a bit of new information and resorting several other things. One major helpful change is the addition of the "Specials" tab so you can quickly & easily view all of our daily, monthly, industry/community and everyday food & drink specials. We still have lots to add (i.e., pictures) and many categories to fill out, and of during this process some items may temporarily "disappear" or be located in an unfamiliar spot. Hopefully once completed these changes will make it easier overall to navigate and find info. Bear with us!
November 29, 2010: The pub is beginning its Christmas decorating, and the Village of Barrington has plenty in store for the next few weeks. We're pleased to announce that this Saturday, December 4th the "main events" begin...which happen to be right outside our front door! Here's a highlight from the Events section of the village website: Saturday, December 4 from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m. - Barrington Aglow – A Holiday Tradition in the Village - Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. and Visits with Santa from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.A holiday tradition not to be missed! Free carriage rides, Madrigal Singers, extended evening store hours in shops and restaurants and Santa’s arrival to light Barrington’s Christmas tree! After his arrival, Santa will visit with kids in his red Santa House on South Cook Street, checking his list twice to make sure all who visit him have been good this year. Refreshments and hot cocoa will be offered to those who have braved the cold. Remember to bring a camera to capture those memorable moments with Santa.
November 22, 2010: Yes, the holiday season is officially upon us...here's our holiday schedule:
Thanksgiving Day (Thursday November 25) the pub will open at 6:00 PM; the bar will be fully stocked and ready for our patrons, but kitchen operations will be closed down.
Christmas Eve (Friday December 24) the pub will be open for normal business hours, but will have a special limited menu in the evening.
Christmas Day (Saturday December 25) the pub will be CLOSED. Merry Christmas, everyone!
New Years Eve (Friday December 31) the pub is open for normal operations until about 7:00 PM, when we will then shift to starting our first annual New Years Eve party! It will be a package deal with reservations in advance. More details forthcoming.
New Years Day (Saturday January 1) the pub will be open for normal business operations - expect some great drink specials and buffets for the football games!
Also, if you are looking for a place to host your corporate or family holiday party, look no further than our spots in downtown Barrington! Both the pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar have banquet facilities available for private and semi-private parties & events. The pub can provide you with use of our amazing second level that will seat up to 100, and there are two other boardrooms available on the second level (wine bar side), one which holds 24-30 and another that holds 12. There is ample parking available and of course we are only 2½ blocks from the Metra Train Station! For further information you can contact us at 847-277-7400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Times and dates are filling up rather quickly, so reserve your spot now!
November 10, 2010: We are very sad to report that one of our loyal patrons and a good friend of the pub, Chris Johnson, passed away suddenly at his home this past Monday (11/8). Our sincere condolences go out to his family and everyone who had the pleasure of making his acquaintance. Chris, you will be missed.
November 8, 2010: The pub and wine bar were represented nicely on the "Livin' Large with Geoff Pinkus" show this past Sunday evening (November 7) on WIND AM560. Bryan McGonigal and Park Avenue Wine Bar GM Tom Kalomiris chatted with Geoff and his crew on the businesses and some of the upcoming events taking place. They also do remote broadcasts from our establishments every Tuesday evening, and on November 9th they will be broadcasting from the pub on our main level stage.
November 5, 2010: This weekend (Saturday November 6-Sunday November 7) our friends at the Irish American Heritage Center and the Irish American News are sponsoring iBAM! More than 100 Irish and Irish-themed authors, artists and musicians will participate in second annual celebration of Irish books, arts and media. Highly acclaimed Irish broadcaster and prolific author Frank Delaney and The Bogside Artists from Derry, Northern Ireland, are just some of the many names appearing at the iBAM! Chicago 2010 celebration. Festivities kick off at 11 AM each day. For more information please visit the website or their Facebook page.
October 31, 2010: The First Annual Pub Halloween Party was an absolutely HUGE success! Thanks to all who attended, and of course that great band The Outbreaks and their crew for setting the mood in the 2nd level party room! We'll get some pictures posted ASAP. Also, besides our daily promotions, we now have a "Beer of the Month" and for November it's Smithwicks - Ireland's oldest beer! During November, 20oz pints of Smithwicks are $4.50.
October 25, 2010: Great news for our customers - we will be introducing our new Gift Card and "Pub Club" loyalty programs soon, definitely in plenty of time to take advantage of the holiday season! Also, we have officially started the Pub's "Industry Night" every Monday; this is our way to thank all of those in this type of business. Individuals who are currently employed in the bar/restaurant industry (with valid ID) will receive 15% off their dining bill on Mondays. Some restrictions do apply, but details and reminders will be posted here. One additional reminder - we are participating in Barrington's 7th Annual Taste'Fest & Expo this Thursday (October 28).
October 21, 2010: Are you looking for a place to plan your corporate or family holiday party? Both the pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar have banquet facilities available for private and semi-private parties & events. The pub can provide you with use of our amazing second level that will seat up to 100, and there are two other boardrooms available on the second level (wine bar side), one which holds 24-30 and another that holds 12. My apologies as information about event hosting has been sorely lacking on this website, so for further information you can contact our events director Christian Webel at 847-345-7342 or send her an email. Times and dates are filling up rather quickly, so reserve your spot now!
October 18, 2010: This week we're finally getting our act together and starting some consistent DAILY specials...Martini Mondays w/Industry night, Buckets and Trinity Tuesdays, Wings & Bud Wednesdays, Irish Thursdays, New Food Fridays to kick off the weekend food special, and of course our Football Weekends that started back in September. In addition to our Thursday-Saturday music schedules we'll be adding in some other special weekly and monthly pub events! Once we get through the first couple weeks we'll have a permanent posting on the site, but in the meantime daily details will be posted right here and on Facebook.
October 6, 2010: If you happen to be in the Northwest Suburban area and are planning any "Pub Crawls" along the Union Pacific Northwest station, be sure to include us and Barrington on the route! We're in a great location, less than three blocks from the Barrington Metra train station, a block east of Rt. 59 and half a block south of Lake-Cook Road. If you let us know a few days in advance of your arrival we can do our best to accommodate your crowd and perhaps even provide some special event pricing. Email or call 847-277-7400 for further assistance and details. A few of my fellow Palatine High School graduates are planning some events over the next couple Saturday evenings. These are Facebook invites but generally open to anyone - October 9th (impromptu gathering) and October 16th (pub crawl). The more the merrier so join in the fun!
September 29, 2010: The pub and wine bar are participating in Fork, Cork & Style this Saturday (October 2nd) at the famous Arlington Park Race Track in Arlington Heights, IL. McGonigal's Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar are truly honored to have been invited to participate in this event. Emeril Lagasse may be the headliner celebrity chef in attendance, but our own celebrity chef Ted Stay will be manning our booth! The quote from their website about the event: "Fork, Cork & Style is a celebration of signature foods from across the country complemented by entertaining demonstrations from top national celebrity chefs in a fun, high-energy atmosphere. Key elements include live bands, the option to taste some of the top wines from the best vintners from around the globe, and a stylish theme designed especially for the Chicago market." The event runs from 11 AM - 7 PM, and tickets are $25 each (buy online or at the event). For more information check out their website. The Daily Herald also just did a story about the event.
September 23, 2010: First, I'd like to wish a very Happy Arthur Guinness Day to all my Irish friends and anyone who enjoys the best beer on the planet! Great media exposure continues - the pub and Chef Ted Stay were featured on FOX News Chicago's "Deal of the Day" this morning. Ted spent a few minutes speaking about the pub, the food we offer and of course the "deal" that's good through Friday 9/24. A big THANKS goes out to J.A.R. PR and the good folks at Fox for having us on, and we look forward to future visits!
September 9, 2010: The pub is officially SIX MONTHS old today! A heartfelt THANK YOU to all our patrons and the village for helping make us such a huge success so quickly! We promise that we'll continue to grow and improve while providing you with the great service, atmosphere, food, libations and FUN that you've grown to expect from our establishment. Slainte!
September 3, 2010: We are pleased to announce that as of today we have added two new draft beer choices - Founder's IPA and Delirium Tremmens. These are great additions to our already outstanding selection of high-end beers on tap! In the very near future we will also be getting in our new seasonals from Sam Adams and Leinekugel - both of the "Oktoberfest" genre!
September 1, 2010: There is a special anniversary that should be mentioned - one year ago today (September 1, 2009) Damien Dunne, officially began his career with McGonigal's Pub. It was a gamble for sure, since it was a brand new business in Barrington and we hadn't even started major construction yet on our buildings! However, the risk he took seems to be paying off nicely and I can honestly say we could not have done this without him. So Damien, on behalf of the entire McGonigal family, THANK YOU for all you have done. We consider you part of the family, and we look forward to seeing you grow and succeed in our establishments for years to come!
August 22, 2010: Downtown Barrington has really been doing a LOT of great things this summer, with weekly crusie nights, farmer's markets, sidewalk days and various festivals & celebrations. Our pub is obviously very pleased to usually be in the center of all these events, and we encourage you to vote Barrington's South Cook Street area as one of Chicagoland's best undiscovered places to be! You can check out the competition and vote here: http://www.placemakingchicago.com/places.
There will also be some information on our fall FOOTBALL SPECIALS posted here very soon. Stay tuned!
August 3, 2010: Another big THANK YOU is owed to Cliff Carlson and his staff at Irish American News for the outstanding coverage our pub received in the August 2010 edition. Not only did they do a great article, but we are also featured on the cover!
You can find more info at www.irishamericannews.com and download a pdf copy of the print edition here. Of course you can also pick up copies at our place (and many other Irish locations), but you best get them soon as supplies are limited!
August 1, 2010: The Chicago Tribune did a poll on people's favorite months of the year, and perhaps not surprisingly August ranked pretty low...definitely the lowest of all summer months. We thought that to help our patrons survive the long hot Dog Days of August, some daily features on our food and drinks - with appropriate discounted pricing - would make the month more enjoyable. So, throughout August we are offering DAILY specials...hey will appear right on the main page of this site and of course our Facebook page.
July 27, 2010: I'd like to take a moment to thank the great crowd of Palatine High School Class of '85 that spent Saturday July 24th at the pub, partying hard for sure! I (Bryan) was in Palatine's Class of '83...but am pleased to say there were lots of my friends and many other familiar faces in this group. There are hordes of pictures popping up on Facebook for individuals, and here's me with a couple old friends, Jennie Rush-Nichols and Chris Strzalka.
While I'm at it, thanks go out as well to Greg Jarrett, Marlene Wells and the remote broadcast staff at WGN Radio AM 720 for the fun LIVE broadcast from our pub this past Friday morning (July 23). Also, kudos to the Barrington High School Class of '75 for hosting such an outstanding 35 year class reunion on Saturday July 17th. Last but not least, thank you to Mike Cameron for using our establishment for his live book signing ("Public Bonehead, Private Hero") this past Sunday July 25th.
July 26, 2010: Welcome Back, McNally's Pub! At 5:00 PM on Monday July 26th, McNally's Traditional Irish Pub in St. Charles officially reopened their doors for business in their new location, three blocks west of their original spot. You can find them at 109 W. Main Street - right across the street from Hotel Baker. McGonigal's Pub is proud to be affiliated with McNally's and we again thank Maurice McNally for the incredible work he did constructing our establishment. You can find more info on McNally's at their official site or on Facebook. Slainte!
July 20, 2010: These announcments may appear elsewhere on the site, but I wanted to highlight a couple in particular. First of all, we are thrilled to announce that WGN Radio (AM 720) will be broadcasting LIVE from our establishment this Friday, July 23rd, from 5 AM - 9 PM. YES you read that correctly-it's WGN-and this is part of their "Hometown Voices" tour that's hosted by Greg Jarrett. If you are in the area please stop by to see the show. A complimentary continental breakfast will also be served during the broadcast. Additionally, McNally's Irish Pub is reopening in their GREAT new location, 109 W. Main Street in St. Charles IL - basically three blocks west of their former spot. Opening date is set for Monday, July 26th! They are also hosting/sponsoring a golf outing for Natasha McShane on August 2nd at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. McGonigal's is proud to be affiliated with McNally's Pub, which has been in business for over twelve years.
July 9, 2010: As you can see, some pictures of our establishment are beginning to pop up on the site. They've been long overdue for sure but hopefully within a week there will be a significant amount more of 'em posted. For those of you who haven't been in for a visit yet and are tired of looking at old construction pictures, this should be a pleasing change. Also, our name continues to be promoted in a positive fashion! We had a great Barrington Cruise Night sponsorship event by providing food for "Convertible Night" on Thursday, July 8th. We're also proud to be the main sponsor for the 7th Annual Barrington Brew Fest, which is this Saturday (July 10th) in the north parking lot of the Metra train station.
June 29, 2010: On behalf of the pub and wine bar I'd like to thank Geoff Pinkus and his crew for having us on his WIND AM 560 radio show this past Sunday. We are a sponsor for the "Livin' Large with Geoff Pinkus" show and had a great time chatting about our places. If you haven't heard the show before, tune in to AM 560 Sundays at 5:00 PM or listen to the live audio feed online. Also, There's a lot going on in Barrington this week with the 4th of July Celebrations. We're a sponsor of the parade (happening on July 3rd) and you'll see the event advertising posted on the Park Avenue side of our building. With all the major local events ending on July 3rd, please note that the pub will be closed on Sunday, July 4th. Have a great holiday!
June 24, 2010: The early opening times for World Cup games have provided many of the fans with a rowdy outlet to watch their favorite teams play! We have been happy to offer this to date and will contiue to do so for all gamedays through July 3rd. In the future we do plan on adding in the GAA live game feeds from Ireland to our offerings, making us one of the ONLY places in the NW Suburban area to carry the games! Details will be posted here in the future.
June 12, 2010: The Pub, in and on the news...
- We were featured on NBC-5 yesterday morning (Friday 6/11) to announce our Father's Day fundraiser: we will be donating to the Prostate Cancer Foundation a portion of the proceeds for all Father's Day sales on our top selling items - Fish & Chips, Killkenny Burger and Denny Reuben. Some radio stations, including WSCR and WDRV were also nice enough to give us a plug.
- As you may have noticed our executive chef, Ted Stay, is becoming quite the media darling and for good reason - the food that his team produces for both the pub and wine bar is nothing short of outstanding. Interested in knowing a bit more about our culinary master? Check out the latest Daily Herald article online.
- This wasn't on the news, but I am pleased to announce that our pub rasied over $500 for the Natasha McShane Foundation. Much of this was due to our generous bartending staff, who on June 11th donated their tips to the cause.
June 10, 2010: First and foremost, my apologies if you're on the mailing list, since some of you received multiple email messages on the below updates and others got nothing. There was a problem with mail server that will be fixed. On a sports note, congrats to our NHL champion CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS for taking the Stanley Cup...great series, great city, great team! Finally, here's a few newsworthy items to report:
- The 2010 WORLD CUP starts Friday and McGonigal’s will be THE place to watch every game! In fact we will open early EVERY DAY to broadcast EVERY GAME LIVE! That would include this Friday @ 9 AM and this Saturday & Sunday @ 6:30 AM...and early every day for the next few weeks.
- Also for the next month we’ll be featuring NEW food items that may inevitably become permanent fixtures on our main menu. Our “World Cup Specials” includes the Full Irish Breakfast, Bangers & Mash, Flatiron Steak and a few other delicious new choices. More announcements to follow.
- Remember that every Thursday evening is Barrington’s Cruise Night, and both McGonigal’s Pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant are major sponsors of this event. This takes place right outside our establishments, so stop by to see the classic cars and of course for some outstanding food & drink.
June 3, 2010: Every Thursdays in Barrington will be hopping, with the start of Cruise Nights @ 6:30 PM tonight - which we are a major sponsor - and joined by the daytime Farmer's Market on June 17th. Also, as of last weekend we have our outdoor patio and most of the furniture in place; we will be "officially" opening our outdoor seating this weekend. More news soon . . .
May 24, 2010: To briefly update you, we're already prepping for a fantastic Memorial Day weekend, including our outdoor seating setup that should be ready to go by Friday or Saturday! We have live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Also, both the pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar welcome all artists and patrons to the Barrington Art Festival this Memorial Day weekend. The show will take place right in the heart of downtown - literally right around our buildings - this Saturday 5/29 & Sunday 5/30. You can get more details on the event and associated activities by clicking here, and while exploring the show be sure to stop in to the pub for some refreshments & delicious food. Safe to say we'll have some specials on tap! Also, starting in June we begin our daily/weekly food and drink specials consistently, along with special daily events such as "industry night". Live music and entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. More sponsorship news will also be posted here soon. Also, we will be THE place to watch the 2010 World Cup! Stay tuned...it's going to be a GREAT summer in Barrington!
May 12, 2010: The STAR 105.5 FM sponsored event on Tuesday 5/11, "Karaoke Idol", was a huge success! Joe Cicero and his staff are a great bunch of people and we really appreciate them promoting out pub & running a fun contest.
May 4, 2010: Our pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar continue to get great press and rave reviews! We are now one of the feature articles in the most recent edition of Quintessential Barrington (May/June 2010). I'd like to personally thank the staff of the magazine for the excellent story covering both our establishments. Click here to check it out! Additionally, Tom Kalomiris (Park Avenue Wine Bar) was featured on WGN-TV's Midday Fix today, discussing Al Fresco dining and wine suggestions. Here's the video link.
April 30, 2010: Still working on updates...drink listings, recent photos and a plethora of new event and pub information should be up relatively soon. We're also getting a ton of wonderful, positive feedback which will eventually appear in the "Customer Quotes" section (under the MORE tab). Also, our outdoor seating should be in place on or before Memorial Day weekend!
April 7, 2010: More major work is starting on this website, and my apologies for the lack of updates as we've been SOOO busy that it's been difficult to find the time!
March 25, 2010: We've made it through our first two weeks and are doing absolutely great! We're still quite behind on updates to this site, but Facebook news is usually happening a bit quicker than this site. Become a fan and you'll get direct updates from that source too.
- Our Executive Chef Ted stay was featured LIVE on WGN-TV on Wednesday 3/24 for their Lunchbreak segment. Click here for the video.
- St. Patrick's Day was for lack of better words was incredible - we had a capacity-busting turnout, plus we had two bands, Irish dancers and bagpipers later in the evening. Several pictures will be posted in the near future along with others from our grand opening. Thank you for all who attended and braved the crowds, hope you had a great time!
- We've also received lots of fantastic press coverage over the past couple weeks, check it out on our General News page.
March 16, 2010: I'm extremely pleased to report that we've had an absolutely AMAZING Grand Opening celebration and outstanding first week of business. I'd like to thank everyone who came out to support us and apologize to those who didn't get a chance to really sit down and enjoy themselves - the crowds were simply overwhelming! It's a truly exciting and humbling feeling to see all the enthusiasm that has been generated, and watching our new team perform very well in a new establishment under a tremendous amount of pressure, right out of the box. There's no doubt that we're definitely an immediate hit and are just getting started - but I can promise that we will continue to keep getting better as time goes on. SOOOO many people have told us that this area really needed something like our pub, and it appears we have been able to deliver! From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the good people of Barrington and all the surrounding communities for your support. I will forever be honored to be at your service. Oh, I almost forgot about March 17th...yeah, right! For ST. PATRICK'S DAY we will be opening at 10 AM, with the first band at noon, Irish Dancers at 3 PM, and another band (flown in directly from Kells, Ireland) at 9 PM. $5 Guinness drafts, $4.50 Smithwicks drafts, $2.00 Miller Lite drafts. Food menu for the day is Fish & Chips, Irish Stew, Reubens and Corned Beef & Cabbage. Of course McGonigal's Pub is THE place to be for St. Patrick's Day in the Barrington area, and we are preparing ourselves for what should be a spectacular turnout! Hope to see you there! AND...let's not forget about the NCAA Tournament, which begins March 18th! We will be broadcasting ALL the basketball games (via DirecTV). Be sure to stop by for some great food, great drink and great NCAA action.
March 11, 2010: I have just a brief moment to catch my breath and say WOW WOW WOW, myself and our entire staff were simply amazed and rather overwhelmed with the huge turnout during our first couple days! THANK YOU EVERYONE, and we appreciate your understanding while we learn and make the necessary adjustments to give you the best possible experience at the pub. Right now I can tell you that on Friday March 12, our Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 5:30 PM, followed by Irish Dancers and additional live entertainment in the evening. This is a public event and we are expecting a rather large turnout, so unfortunately no reservations are being taken...just swing by and enjoy the party! Thanks for your patience and I hope to have more news very soon.
March 9, 2010: We are officially opening our doors for business at 11 AM TODAY! This is what we'd call our "soft opening", which means we will simply open our doors for business and start serving customers. There will of course be numerous growing pains, adjustments to be made and kinks to work out on all levels of operation, so please pardon our dust and bear with us through these early days. This is going to be an awesome experience and will only get better each day we are open! On behalf of the entire staff, we are very excited and pleased to be of service to you.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday through Thursday, 11 AM - 1 AM
Friday and Saturday, 11 AM - 2 AM
Additionally, our opening day was featured in a Pionner Press article Trustees Happy With Downtown Establishment Opening.
March 1, 2010: One week away! Sorry for the lack of additional updates over the past several days, but quite a bit more is planned & will be added later in the week. We're in the final run on getting everything together and ready for opening, so quality web development time is a bit limited right now! Anyway, we also did a soundcheck on our 2nd level stage this past Saturday, February 27th. We had the chance to test out our system with the Ridgeway Daredevils (Steve Berry, brother-in-law & wine bar owner, is to the right). Yes, it sounded awesome!
February 20, 2010: We had an absolutely fantastic turnout for our new employee orientation and general training session this past Thursday (2/18). On behalf of our entire staff (for both establishments) we are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of talented and enthusiastic individuals working for us!
February 14, 2010: Over 160 new pictures of the construction and general progress have been posted; this is in addition to the original posted pics and covers the time frame from December 29 2009 through February 13 2010. You can find them in the Images section. Enjoy!
February 10, 2010: Our main hiring process for the Pub's first ever group of employees is about 98% completed, and individuals we've chosen to join our team have already been contacted. This was a very long & tough process, as between the pub and the wine bar we had nearly 500 applicants for a limited number of jobs. Congratulations to those who are now part of McGonigal's Pub - we truly have a stellar group of individuals and believe they will do an outstanding job providing top notch service to our patrons! Again I'd like to thank everyone who applied and expressed interest in working for us. There were so many good people that I wish we could have hired three times the amount.
February 1, 2010: Our Job Fair was this past Thursday (1/28) and Saturday (1/30). Over those two days we had an AMAZING turnout that featured a tremendous amount of enthusiastic & qualified people! On behalf of staff for both the pub and Park Avenue Wine Bar I'd like to sincerely thank everyone who attended. This week our management teams will be processing all the information we've received, and we will be contacting individuals targeted for hiring no later than February 8-10. If you missed our job fair, or applied for a job and do not hear back from us, you are encouraged to check into available employment opportunities that will be featured on our new JOBS page.
January 26, 2010: Fox News Chicago picked up on our recent employment opportunities article & featured it on their Job Shop segment Monday evening (1/25). Nice exposure for sure!
January 9, 2010: We received a bit of nice promotion from Pioneer Press - in the Barrington Courier-Review (January 7 2010) Bryan McGonigal was the cover photo, and on Pioneerlocal.com there was a 2-minute video of the construction progress (from before Christmas & narrated by our managers). We were also featured in the IAN (Irish-American News) based on a brief interview that our manager Damien Dunne provided to the publication. There are some errors in the article (i.e., we're not "McGonigal Family Pub") but not enough to complain, it's still good press!
December 25, 2009: Merry Christmas from McGonigal's Pub! Many pictures of the demolition and subsequent construction were posted on our Facebook fan page. They are also available on this site in the IMAGES section
December 21, 2009: We had a very productive meeting with our general contractors, and by taking into account what we now know about the buildings and remaining projects at hand, we have a new solid timeframe for completion. Final work should be done by the third week of February, giving us an opening target date of March 1st.
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