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Bridie McKenna's
Bridie McKenna's

Bridie McKenna's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bridiemckennas.com
  • Email: nuala@bridiemckennas.com
  • Phone: (847) 432-3311
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 5:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Irish, American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Rooms available for personal and business functions, and special events. Brewery Room has patio access, big screen TV, dart boards, and casual atmosphere. Perfect for business or family gatherings, sports viewing, or fund raisers. Bridie's Library has a more formal setting, fireplace, and is more intimate. Perfect for business or personal gatherings such as book clubs, teas, smaller meetings, anniversary's, birthdays,and the like. Our other rooms, the Country Bar and Victorian Bar can also be reserved. We can combine rooms when needed for larger gatherings.
  • Private Party Contact: Nuala (847) 432-3311
  • Entertainment: We offer Live Music, Karaoke, Irish Dancers and Irish Music Sessions every month. Irish Music Sessions are regularly scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month and on special holidays. Reservations are always suggested on these nights. Bridie's has extensive live entertainment the week leading up to and including St. Paddy's Day. Bridie's reputation for major holiday events is well-established, and includes Bridie's Anniversary Bash in January, the Highwood PumpkinFest and Halloween, and many others. Please check our website for regular updates on live entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Highwood Ave
  • Public Transit: Bridie McKenna's Irish Pub is less than one block south of the Highwood Metra Train Station, with frequent service daily.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking and public city lots throughout the business district are always available nearby. Valet Parking is offered on Friday and Saturday nights in front of the Pub.
A word from Bridie McKenna's
Bridie McKenna's opened to the public in January 2008 after years of planning and hard work. The Irish woman Bridie McKenna had a reputation for friendliness, and for always having an open door to welcome family and friends into her home. Her image is etched on our Front Door glass and is a constant reminder to the owners and staff to treat their patrons with the warmth and hospitality that she was renowned for. The words above the main door "Slan Abhaile" is a "phrase" used commonly in Ireland to wish friends "safe home" after their visit. As in Ireland, Bridie McKenna's is a Community Pub or "Public House". The building was designed in Ireland and reflects the storefronts, colours and character found on any town or village street. Come join us for award-winning food, personal service, and a celebration of friendship. Bridie McKenna's is a truly authentic Irish Pub, and a place where customers will experience "the friendliest welcome on the North Shore." Cheers!Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "First time at venue. Valentines Day free glass of champagne and small heart pendant for the ladies. Food was very good. Beers of course were very good. I am gluten free, and they had special menu and beers. Though if I were very sensitive to gluten, not sure this place would work out. Beautiful decor."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have never been disappointed, no matter how busy they are!"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Even though we had a reservation, the hostess took a long time to acknowledge our presence and seat us. She wanted to seat us at a table in the bar section and was reluctant to put us somewhere else when we objected. She said there was a large private party that "had a reservation" and took up a big part of the restaurant. Well, we also had a reservation!!! Even though it wasn't a great start, the rest of the dinner went ok. The service was adequate."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Good comfort pub food with some Irish standards. Big portions."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "The drinks were really good. The appetizer had fried pickles that were some of the best I've ever had. The rest of the food was OK. I had Shepard's Pie, it's better at Blackthorn in Lake Villa. It's a nice place to stop for a drink"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Great beer selection in a pub atmosphere. Good and varied menu from burgers and sandwiches to full dinners."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Bridies were quite accomodating as we reserved space for 20 people a week in advance but per normal nearly half ended up unable to attend. Talking with the manager about the situation was pleasant and he easily accomodated the difference in number. As people came in staff took their order and managed the separate checks quite well. Food is average pub food, beer is quite good with a decent selection of those on tap."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "This appettizer was absolutely delicious. But you must like calamari to begin with, if not skip it. All entrees were well prpared. The outdoor dining experience was wonderful and more private than you would expect. Just very nice."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "Aside from the non-Irish fare such as Nachos and Curry, Bridie's has a nice selection of authentic Irish dishes. On this occasion, the bangers (sausages) were very good, the Shepherd's Pie a nice mix of mashed, veggies and ground beef in a light gravy, and lean, tasty corned beef sliders. Beers and whiskeys are numerous, and prices are very good. I'm going back for the all-day Irish breakfast soon!!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013