Everyone wants to have a bar where they can walk in and be handed their drink of choice without even having to ask for it. Well, for people who live in Old Irving Park, The Grayland Pub is that bar.
The Grayland Pub was opened in 1998 by Patrick, the owner and bartender. It is located at 3734 North Milwaukee Avenue, and is open every day from 1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. The bar is close to the Grayland Metra stop which is mostly known for its convenient proximity to Wrigley Field. Cubs fans from the suburbs often exit the train at Grayland in order to catch the bus to be transported to the stadium for Cubs games and other events. Because of this, the Grayland Pub has served thousands of fans and even some former Cubs and Blackhawks players.
When you walk into the Grayland Pub, it is easy to see that everyone is treated with the same welcoming hospitality. Patrick is always quick to serve and spark a friendly conversation. He is an expert on the neighborhood and plenty of stories to tell from over the years. He knows the outbound train schedule by heart, and is probably a better resource than Google. In the front of the pub is a bar with an array of spirits and liquors, although most customers tend to order beer. At the back you will find some tables and a couple of dart boards. You always get great service and don't have to worry about spending too much money.
If you are looking for a quiet spot where you can bring a few friends and have a good conversation, the Grayland Pub is your place. The best part about it is as Patrick puts it,