Located next door to the Old Town School of Folk Music

The Grafton is a cozy, comfortable pub that succeeds in providing exceptional Irish comfort food and pub-grub. We get quite a bit of media exposure for our burgers, which are hand-pattied & seasoned. We use only Angus USDA certified Choice beef. Our friendly staff is happy to walk you through our great list of American Craft and International beers, a list that changes frequently so be sure to stop by our site often to check in on our newest features and limited releases. When you’re feeling like a whiskey stop on by, we have over 90 varieties from around the globe.Check out our calendar of events for our music line-up. From Irish folk to American folk, most Sundays-Wednesdays have something that you’ll love to listen to.


The Story

The Grafton was established in 2002 by Malcolm & Andrea Molloy together with a partner. We acquired Winners, a sports bar in Lincoln Square, we oversaw a complete renovation of the establishment to reflect a more modern Irish bar/restaurant. The Grafton was opened in late 2002. Today, The Grafton has attracted a loyal clientele and thanks to them, the establishment is among the most successful in Lincoln Square. In early 2006, we bought out the partner and since then ownership has been in the hands of Malcolm & Andrea Molloy.

"USDA choice sirloin patty + pretzel roll + fried onions + mesclun greens + curry mayo + even more curry sauce on the side = luscious, juicy, break-apart-in-quality meat, prescription for hangover cure."

-Chicago Tribune

"In Chicago, The Grafton's Pub Burgers Make All Eyes Smile"

-Chicago Serious Eats

"The Grafton Pub and Grill: The back room is dark and cozy with a roaring fire. You may even catch an informal acoustic jam session — students from the nearby Old Town School of Folk Music come here after class."

-Chicago Tribune Top 10 Winter Escapes of 2012

"People frequent this pub with relaxation in mind—to grab good food, drinks and just enjoy the company. If they're lucky, they'll also enjoy one of the regular live music acts, which range from American folk to live Irish and even a Monday night open mic."

-Centerstage Editorial Review

"The unofficial greenroom for Old Town School’s performers and teachers, this pub quenches thirsts with 75 beers and 60 whiskeys and hosts an Irish jam session on Sundays."

 -Chicago Magazine


Top 100 Bars of Chicago, Chicago Magazine

Best St. Patrick's Day Events 2012, The Daily Meal

Video: Cooking our Irish Stew on ABC 7 News

Urban Folk Circuit @ The Grafton

Best Burgers in Chicago 2011, Huffington Post

Top 10 Winter Escapes 2011, Chicago Tribune

Most Authentic Irish Pubs in the Nation 2012

Video: Chicago's Best, Viewer Choice Best Burger

Video: Live Music, Jonas & Maria

Video: Live Music,  Facknitz & Friddle Feature

Video: Live Music, Gabriel & Jason

Video: Live Music, Joe Carroll

Huffington Post "Best Burgers in Chicago"

Serious Eats food Blog reviews the Grafton Burger

Huffington Post "Best Irish Pub St. Patrick's Day 2010" Nominee

Hubpages.com "Cozy Bars in Chicago"

Liquor.com names The Grafton as one of the best Irish bars in the country