The Abbey Pub hosts a diverse range of music, but every once in a while we will get the pleasure of going there. In the heart of Irving Park the Abbey is also is restaurant which is above the dance floor level. It can hold 550 patrons. Security is present and very nice. There is no patdown upon entering. There’s nowhere to sneak a smoke in there and you will get asked to go outside. Smoking anything else and you will be asked to leave. If you are smoking things other than tobacco it is assumed that you will go at least a a half block down the street or far enough that the smell doesn’t waft near the bar. Beers are well priced I believe imports were $4 and I think mixed drinks were $6. Check their website for daily specials http://www.abbeypub.com/. They often have attractive waitresses walking around asking if you want drinks which is nice. The sound in there is decent, it’s as good as it could be based on the naturally terrible acoustics of the room. There is one man running the soundboard, it’s usually the same guy. I’ve noticed if you stand really, really close the sound is better…I’m serious. The bathrooms here are nice and stay nice throughout the evening. There is a bathroom attendant in there, he’s a nice guy and has a quick draw on the soap. Crowds stay relatively small at the Abbey, great place to party if you get a bunch of friends to join you.
The Abbey Pub – 3420 West Grace Street Chicago, IL 60615 – (773) 478-4408 – http://www.abbeypub.com/