A friendly and classy neighborhood pub, this place is as inviting as the charming watering holes of its namesake Irish counties. The exterior is reminiscent of Irish storefronts, and the tavern's rich, woody interior is accented by stained glass, framed artwork and knickknacks that bring the Emerald Isle to the South Side. Other framed pictures and assorted memorabilia feature the establishment's Chicago connection. Beer selections rotate on 20 taps, but Guinness and Harp are constants.
Cork & Kerry's spacious, decked beer garden is a pleasant and popular spot for summer revelers; a portion of it is even enclosed to remain open year-round. In 2007, Cork & Kerry added a 3,000-square-foot addition on the north side of the building, doubling the size of the bar. A 50-person party lounge complete with stone fireplace makes private parties even cozier. Additional booth seating and a stage for local and acoustic performances have really added to the appeal of this neighborhood gem.