Welcome to Brehon Pub
A blast from Brehon Pub's past life.
WTTW's Geoffrey Baer explores Brehon Pub's previous and sordid incarnation as the "Mirage Tavern".
Come visit and see for yourself!
Photo provided by Second City Image
Ung Roy! Ung Foy! Ung Loy!
One King! One Faith! One Law!
Brehon Pub proudly has been a River North establishment since 1980. Deriving its name from the ancient Irish
legal system (Brehon Law), it was started appropriately by two Irish-American brothers practicing law in Chicago.
Look for the “Burke” coat-of-arms over the front door.
Brehon Pub is housed in the historic building that dates back to the rebuilding of Chicago after the Great Fire of 1871. The tin ceilings are the originals and the back bar was constructed by Brunswick for the Schlitz Brewing Company. Prior to the present ownership, the Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association used the bar as a front in a secret operation to set up crooked city inspectors. Fittingly call the “Mirage” the sting led to 34 convictions. Publicity was world wide. Mike Wallace from 60 minutes even showed up to air a segment about it.
Brehon's Manager Ramiro Nunez and Blackhawks Goalie Antti Niemi
Through it's history, Brehon Pub has been the setting for several movies and TV shows. Jeremy Piven, Patrick Swayze and Kelsey Gramer have appeared in shows filmed here.
The Pub was the setting for orations in August 2003 by John Kerry and in 2004 by Barack Obama.
But, most importantly, Brehon Pub has simply enjoyed offering an authentic gathering place for so many who call Chicago home.
Half Irish - Half Chicago
Serving Guinness, Not Gimmicks, Since 1980
The Brehon Pub predates by far the area's high-end galleries, condos, restaurants and clubs. As a result, this humble corner bar holds a warm place in the hearts of River North pub enthusiasts, but also a spot in the folkloric annals of local Chicago history.
Text from ChiBarProject.com by Sean Parnell
Sloppy Joe & Fries
Miller Lite Pints
Stoli Mixed Drinks
Classic Pub Burger & Fries
Mixed Well Drinks
Pulled Pork & Fries
Fat Tire Pints
Smirnoff Mixed Drinks
Grilled Sirloin & Fries
Blue Moon Pints
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich & Fries
Fire Ball Shots
Wing Dinner & Fries
Smirnoff Bomb Shots
Chicken Club Wrap & Fries