LAST UPDATED - 3/15/20


TO ALL OUR PATRONS

March 15, 2020

We are extremely disappointed to report that due to the COVID-19 concerns ALL bars & restaurants in Illinois will be shut down for in-house dining at the end of Monday March 16th (tomorrow).  This dine-in closure extends through the end of March.  This means that our full celebratory plans need to be cut short, so the schedule below for Tuesday is no longer in effect.  However, we will be open for a “day early” St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Monday, and Cirrus Falcon will be on our main level stage at 7 PM for evening entertainment.  We will of course be taking all extra precautions to assure the safety of our patrons and staff.  As you know this is entirely out of our control, but we'd still like to extend our deepest apologies and look forward to seeing all our patrons back at the Pub soon.




Entertainment Lineup     Food Menu     Retail Participants     Directions

         

St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Pub

Friday March 13 - Tuesday March 17, 2020

         


Indoors at McGonigal's Pub & The Loft

105 S. Cook Street

Barrington, IL 60010

Friday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Saturday 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM

Sunday 11:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Tuesday 10:00 AM - 1:00 AM


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On behalf of McGonigal’s Pub and the wonderful Village of Barrington we’d like to thank all our patrons for many fantastic years celebrating Barrington Celtic Fest with us.  It has been a true pleasure hosting this event that’s not only tremendously fun but benefits all merchants by bringing many more people into our village.  This year will be our eleventh St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but with that day being on a Tuesday our options for a full-blown festival become much more limited in terms of timing, logistics and expenses. We will not be using a festival tent and will simply keep everything internal throughout both our levels.  Also participating is our "connected" neighbor, Big Iron Horse BBQ!


The 11th Annual St. Patrick's Day celebration at McGonigal's Pub - also known as the Barrington Celtic Fest for many years - will take place on Friday March 13th through Tuesday March 17th at McGonigal's Pub, 105 S. Cook Street, right in the heart of downtown Barrington.  The agenda includes live music, Irish goods sold by our friends from The Irish Boutique/Paddy's on the Square, various entertainment including Irish dancers, promotional giveaways and of course plentiful availability of food and beverages.  Plus, admission is FREE at the Pub all weekend long!


This is truly one huge party, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year for us (as it is with all other Irish pubs), so we need to make the proper adjustments in order to provide the best possible service.  To accommodate the crowds, Saturday 3/14 and Tuesday 3/17 the Pub will be offering an "expanded limited" food menu. Most of the usual Irish favorites will be offered, and there will be several kid-friendly choices.  There will be NO special seating or reservations of any type taken throughout the weekend and Tuesday.  Seating specifically for dining will be available in The Loft -our fantastic second level - on a first come, first served basis.  NO COUPONS, regular daily food & drink specials and/or special promotional discounts will be honored March 14th & 17th.  Additionally, most of our drink and dining services will be changed over to paper & plastic during these days, with normal full restaurant service returning on Wednesday March 18th.  We apologize for any inconveniences but this way we can service everyone to the best of our ability.


Our celebration is focused on food, drink and fun, and families are welcome and encouraged to attend during the daytime hours - especially on Sunday when we have three Irish Dance troupes here!  Regular Pub rules of 21+ of age required after 9:00 PM are in effect every day. However, please use your best discretion with younger children at all other times... it's still a busy weekend and St. Patrick's Day at an Irish Pub, which inevitably becomes more of an adult holiday as the evening hours arrive.


Rain, shine, or snow - our Irish celebration will be THE place to be in the region!


  Entertainment Lineups & Venue Info

(start and end times subject to minor changes)


Friday March 13th


Pub Main Level

(11 AM - 2 AM)

8:30 PM - Midnight: Ray Moore (LIVE)


The Loft (2nd level)

(4 PM - 1 AM)

Open for drinking & dining, Irish music, jukebox



Saturday March 14th


Main Level

(11 AM - 2 AM)

Open for drinking & dining all day & night

4 PM - 7 PM:  Mac Dralle (LIVE)

8 PM - Midnight:  The Messengers (LIVE)


The Loft (2nd level)

(11 AM - 1 AM)

Open for drinking & dining, Irish music, jukebox

9:00 PM:  DJ Atlas (LIVE)



Sunday March 15th

"Irish Dancers / Family Day"


The Loft (2nd level)

(11 AM - 8 PM)

Open for drinking & dining, Irish music, jukebox

1:00 PM:  McNulty Irish Dancers (LIVE)

3:00 PM:  Trinity Irish Dancers (LIVE)*

*Update 3/13/20 - Trinity has canceled all their performances, including their 3 PM once scheduled here

5:00 PM: Hogan Irish Dancers (LIVE)**

**Update 3/13/20 - Hogan has canceled all their performances, including their 5 PM once scheduled here


Main Level

(11 AM - 1 AM)

Open for drinking & dining all day & night



Monday March 16th

Open regular businss hours, 11 AM - 1 AM

(The Loft will be closed)

Full food menus and bar service

Rest up for Tuesday!



Tuesday March 17th


Main Level

(10 AM - 1 AM)

Noon - 4 PM:  Seamus O'Kane (LIVE)

4 :30 PM - 7:30 PM:  Cirrus Falcon (LIVE)

8 PM - Midnight:  The Ragged Rascals  (LIVE)*

**Update 3/14/20 - The Ragged Rascals have canceled all their performances for the foreseeable future. We will seek an alternative for this evening or move our DJ from The Loft to our main level.


The Loft (2nd level)

(11 AM - Midnight)

Open for drinking & dining, extra seating, Irish music

7:30 PM:  DJ Atlas (LIVE)


  Limited Food Menu

In order to best accommodate everyone, it's necessary for us to make some temporary adjustments to our normal operations.  Our normal full restaurant service returns on Wednesday March 18th. We apologize for any inconveniences.


LIMITED FOOD MENU in effect on these dates:

Saturday March 14 - All Day

Tuesday March 17 - All Day

**Items listed are preliminary thoughts and subject to change**


Corned Beef & Cabbage   $13.50  

Fish & Chips   $14.50 

Shepherd’s Pie   $14.50  

Irish Lamb Stew   $12.95 

Reuben or Corned Beef Sandwich   $12.50

Caesar Salad  $10.50 (with crispy chicken $12.95)  

Pub Fries   $6.95 

Chicken Fingers   $10.50

Jumbo Pizza Slice   $4.00

(cheese, sausage or pepperoni)

Kids Fish Fry   $7.50

Kids Chicken Fingers & Fries    $6.95

Kids Mac & Cheese   $6.95


Paper and plastic serving ware will be used for food and drinks while limited menu is in effect


  Retail Partipicants


Irish American News


The Irish Boutique/Paddy's On The Square

Update 3/11/20 - our friends at The Irish Boutique have informed us that they will be taking a break from doing festivals for the foreseeable future.  They will be missed, but please visit their website (above link) for information on ordering their merchandise.


McGonigal's Pub

Update 3/11/20 - if you are interested in any of our shirts or other merchandise, please email us at info@barringtonpub.com and we will inform you when product is available.


  Directions

The entire event is located in downtown Barrington at McGonigal’s Pub at 105 S. Cook Street, which is located one block east of Rt. 59 (Hough Street) and half a block south of Lake-Cook Road (Main Street).  Access to the event via the Union Pacific Northwest Metra Rail is very convenient as the event is located only two blocks west of the Barrington Station.  Plentiful & free parking is available all weekend in the Metra station, and also in the downtown Barrington area.




2020 Press Coverage and additional notes

February 18, 2020:  We are now four weeks away from “the big Irish event”, and on behalf of McGonigal’s Pub and the wonderful Village of Barrington we’d like to thank all our patrons for many fantastic years celebrating Barrington Celtic Fest with us.  It has been a true pleasure hosting this event that’s not only tremendously fun but benefits all merchants by bringing many more people into our village.


This year will be our eleventh St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but with that day being on a Tuesday our options for a full-blown festival become much more limited in terms of timing, logistics and expenses. We will not be using a festival tent and will simply keep everything internal throughout both our levels.  Throughout the weekend of March 13th March 15th we’ll have some additional entertainment, Irish dancers and will focus our menu on Irish cuisine.  On Tuesday March 17th the party will start early and there will be live Irish music from noon until close.  Details on everything will be released soon.


One more note - The Pub celebrates our TENTH year of business on March 9th, and we would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for all the support.  We couldn’t have done it without you!


2019 Celtic Fest Page


2019 Press Coverage:

Weekend picks: St. Patrick's parades, Kids Expo, Michael Buble & more

Go green at a suburban St. Patrick's Day parade or fest Saturday

St. Patrick's Day 2019: 5 Festive Events In McHenry County

Where to eat, drink and be Irish over St. Patrick's Day weekend 2019

Best bets: Lots of St. Patrick's Day events in the city and suburbs

5 parades to get you in the St. Patrick's Day spirit this weekend

Big Iron Horse BBQ Opening Next Door to McGonigal’s in Time for Celtic Fest Preview

10th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Celtic Fest at McGonigal’s Pub

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Lake County Events


2018 Celtic Fest Page

2017 Celtic Fest Page

2016 Celtic Fest Page

2015 Celtic Fest Page

2014 Celtic Fest Page

2013 Celtic Fest Page

2012 Celtic Fest Page

2011 Celtic Fest Page







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