Brunch and ‘ball: morning sports and sausage

Admittedly, while physically, mentally, and emotionally incapable of participating in or watching sports, I also recognize that I am in the minority and that despite my own aversion, some might find a sports-themed brunch appealing. It seems to be a common trend among a number of bars, so why not? As long as there’s food, I’m in. Also, after brunch there’s the benefit to stick around continue ordering from a fully-stocked bar. That said, here is a list of some restaurants currently offering brunch and ‘ball deals in Chicago. Unsurprisingly, most of them are in Lincoln Park and Lakeview.

Ginger’s Ale House
Considering the direct foot-to-ball action, it seems strange that we Americans would choose to use “soccer” as the word of choice when football is clearly the more appropriate title. Whatever you call it, you can eat your heart out on eggs and European football games at Ginger’s Ale House. Depending on which soccer game is playing, the restaurant opens bright and early Saturdays and Sundays as soon as 6:30 a.m., and rounding out somewhere around 2:00 p.m., or when they feel like it.

Ginger’s Ale House is located at 3801 N. Ashland Ave. in Lakeview. For more information, call 773.348.2767.

Citizen Bar
If you’re going to be stuck at a bar for a few hours watching a game, might as well make it a bottomless brunch. Citizens Bar offers this kind of deal for $20 with $3 domestic bottles on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. The bottomless brunch is made-to-order as opposed to buffet-style, which allows you to get what you want fresh off the pan. Or get more bang-for-your-buck during Bears games with $30 all-you-can-drink drafts and all-you-can-eat burgers, brats and chili.

Citizens Bar is located at 364 W. Erie in River North. For more information, call 312.640.1156.

Casey Moran’s
I don’t know what it is about Chicago having bars who root for other states’ teams, but Casey Moran’s is yet another example of a non-Illinois sports bar. Ohio transplants can expect to run into fellow O.S.U. alumni for Buckeyes games and Cleveland Browns games. But Chicagoans can still cut Casey Moran’s some slack as heaven forbid the Wrigleyville bar not showcase Cubs and Bears games on at least one of their 35 HD televisions. And the most important part: $5 brunch menu and Absolut Bloody Marys, $12 Miller Lite buckets, and $15 Great Lakes buckets — except on Cubs home game days.

Casey Moran’s is located at 3660 N. Clark St. in Wrigleyville. For more information, call 773.755.4444.

The Pony
This bar needs to get their priorities straight. Apparently, Kentucky, Illinois, and Texas A&M alumni are all invited to root for their home teams at this new Lakeview establishment. Let’s hope there aren’t any showdowns or else there will be mayhem in the streets. The Pony serves up your standard brunch fare Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. On Saturdays, the bar offers $6 breakfast stacks U of I style (whatever this means), while Sunday seems to take the cake with $6 chicken and waffles and plenty of drink specials to go around in between both days.

The Pony is located at 1638 W. Belmont Ave. in Lakeview. For more information, call 773.828.5055.

Duffy’s Tavern
Like Casey Moran’s, Duffy’s is also a non-Illinois sports bar, except patrons might don this shirt during their games:

Counterproductive much?

Counterproductive much?

Okay, before delving into brunch specials, I just have to note that I totally don’t get these shirts. The University of Illinois’s equivalent of “Muck Fichigan” also uses this type of collegiate wit, switching the first letters of each word to cleverly evade the direct use of a swear word. Just wondering how “fuckeyes” is less offensive in any respect. Go figure.

I digress: Duffy’s is a Michigan bar for all those MiChicagoans that have fled the old automotive state for greener pastures in the Land of Lincoln. Of course, like other non-Illinois college sports bars, Duffy’s knows their place, broadcasting a number of local sports games throughout their bar. According to a hostess at Duffy’s, they have “a lot.” Watch all the sports you can handle over a cheap ‘n’ saucy selection of $5.50 Bloody Marys on Saturday and Sunday, and a brunch buffet Sundays from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. featuring an omelet bar, eggs benedict, fresh fruit, pastries, chocolate fountain, PB & J French toast, and mimosa bar. Not bad for $15.95.

Duffy’s Tavern is located at 420 1/2 W. Diversey Ave. in Lincoln Park. For more information, call 773.549.9090.

Sully’s House
Besides being one of the newer bars to open, you probably might not recognize Sully’s being that it’s tucked away on two off-streets in the Old Town/Lincoln Park circuit. But like most hidden gems, Sully’s shines with modern style and outstanding beer selection, including 20 imported and domestic drafts and over 30 bottles, complementing three spacious seating areas and two separate bars with 16 HD flatscreens and three projection screens for your sports viewing pleasure. But seeing as we’re concerned with brunch here, Sully’s offers a Sunday Bears brunch buffet for $15 with $2.50 bottles of Lite and Bloody Mary specials starting 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Sully’s House is located at 1501 N. Dayton St. in Old Town. For more information, call 773.244.1234.

Wild Goose Bar & Grill
Bears, brunch and all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary’s for $8.50 on Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Watch games from playing on two projection screens and 20 plasma screens while eating a reasonably priced brunch menu of classic entrees under $10. Also, according to their website, another popular novelty featured at Wild Goose are a number of hot girls who purportedly work there.

Wild Goose Bar & Grill is located at 4265 N. Lincoln Ave. in North Center. For more information call 773.281.7112.

Cans Bar and Canteen
Given that this is one of a handful of sports bar brunches in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area, you’re pretty much looking at a run-of-the-mill brunch without any frilly deals. The plasma screen selection isn’t up to par with the sports-obsessed Lakeview/Lincoln Park area, but major games make a regular appearance on the handful of TVs it does have. That said, food here is still reasonably under $10 and canned beer (get it? Cans?) includes the standard PBR but moves beyond to imported ales like Old Speckled Hen and Tetley’s for those with more refined tastes. Brunch runs Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00p.m. Beermosas anyone?

Cans Bar and Canteen is located at 1640 N. Damen Ave. in Bucktown. For more information, call 773.227.2277.

Junior’s Sports Lounge
The name gives it away: this is a sports lounge and therefore you can expect lots and lots of sports, along with a basic brunch on weekends starting at 10:00 a.m. The unexpected bonus is 20% off your bill if you went to any one of at least five different schools the bar supports. Sadly, I did not go to any of them.

Junior’s Sports Lounge is located at 724 W. Maxwell St. in University Village. For more information, call 312.421.2277.

— Carly Fisher


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