Before heading out on the Boystown strip, hunker down at Wilde Bar and Restaurant. Cozy seating and dark wood adorns this pub, which is self-described as an “upscale Irish bar.” Located at 3130 N Broadway Ave, Chef Alan Katz dishes up traditional Irish fare such as shepherd’s pie and plenty of mashed potatoes. I dined on the blackened chicken club sandwich which was nicely balanced with plenty of fresh veggies. In the spirit of the gluten-free movement, all of Wilde’s sandwiches and burgers have a gluten-free bun option. My dining buddy is gluten-free and had no problem ordering off the menu.
It doesn’t stop there. The beer and wine menu also offers a few gluten-free beer options in addition to an enormous bottle and draft selection. If whiskey is more up your alley, Wilde features over 80 whiskies, flights, and a reserve wine list. With those kind of choices, this place can also serve as a hangout spot with your friends.
If you happen to be in the Andersonville neighborhood, visit Lady Gregory’s, Wilde’s sister bar which features an entirely different menu with the same upscale twist to pub grub. Lady Gregory’s is located at 5260 N Clark St.