Despite what its name may suggest, Elephant & Castle isn't a fantastical place with roaming elephants and stoic castles. Instead, this British pub, which is named after a 14th century legend, is responsible for bringing England's favorite dishes across the pond and onto your plate.
Traditional British recipes and more than 100 beers and Scotch whiskeys make this a popular spot for drinks or a meal or both, for that matter. Stop in to fill your stomach with fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie or bangers, beans 'n 'mash while throwing back a pint of Guinness, catching a live game of EPL football (better known to us Yanks as soccer) or resting your shopping-weary feet (Michigan Avenue is only a half block away). Appetizers cost between $6-$21 and entrees $9-$22.
Although it's adjacent to the Radisson Hotel and Suites, this pub serves as many regulars as it does hotel guests. The regulars have more than one reason to keep coming back; in fact they have seven, thanks to the seven daily specials. The week kicks off with $5 pints of Newcastle Brown Ale and Bass Ale on Mondays and $4 pints of Miller Light and 35-cent wings on Tuesdays. It's all about the ladies on Wednesday nights, when desserts are half-price and Absolut martinis are $8. Thursdays bring $5 Trumer Pils, and Fridays feature London Pride, ESB or Porter pints for $4.50. Buckets of five domestic bottles for $15 make for a happy Saturday, while $5.50 bloody marys and $5 black and tans help smooth over Sunday.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Albrey Nuss