Timothy O'Toole's Pub

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

5572 Grand Ave
Gurnee, Illinois, 60031-4905
United States

(847) 249-0800 | map

Sunday - Monday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00am - 1:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00am

Added by Star80 on 10-03-2010

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

There is a large selection of Irish and craft beers both of draft and in bottles. Tap menu is updated frequently with seasonal and new releases. Food here is average compared to the Libertyville location. Service is fine.

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Photo of SudsTerkel
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Didn't comprehend Stezz dissing of this place; my experience was entirely favorable but then, I'm a out-of-towner and apparently don't deserve the attention extended to the esteemed locals.

I was impressed with TO's deep tap list offered a wide range of regional crafts: Revolution, Wild Onion, 2 Brothers and others. The servers were both friendly and knowledgeable, suggesting an alternative to a keg that had blown, which was Ale Asylum's Bedlam, a very tasty IPA Saison. Also had one of their salads which was well prepared and a generous portion. The bar has the usual assortment of screens lining the walls blaring sports and it can get noisy; there's a separate room that's a little more serene if that's your bag.

When travelling for work, I consider it a triumph when finding a place like TO's and I'll be back on my next trip

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Photo of j9569p
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Stezz420
2.64/5  rDev -33.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This place had such a great staff when they 1st came in the area, but they've gone so far downhill since then. Sorry to say it but screw this place and don't bother. All the servers are idiots, they don't know anything about beer and you may get a bar tender that might know their shit, but most don't work here since its a navy hang out. No offense to service members at all, but they cater to that kinda crowd and out of towners.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of duobob
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Smokee
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pleasantly surprised during a visit to N. Ill. Decent draft selection, Z. Dust, Blakkrr.., gumball head, Surly Bitter Brewer, to name a few. Much, much better food than seemed to be available vs the Culvers/Wild Wings etc. otherwise available. Good service, I'd say more family oriented than Bar oriented, but given the proximity to 666 Flags, I guess that's expected.

Worth a visit

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Photo of blue-dream
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of JVB
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This was my first Timothy O’Toole’s experience! Timmy is located pretty conveniently between Gurnee Mills Mall and Six Flags Great America in a smaller strip mall. Timmy’s is set up as a cross breed between a Buffalo Wild Wings and Tilted Kilt only way better. I was quite impressed with the beer selection both in bottles and on-tap. Goose Island, 3 Floyds, and Oskar Blues are some of the better choices along with many others! The food is pretty standard pub style food but still pretty good. They even have a Big Timmy burger challenge that after you eat it, you get a free T-shirt. I’ll certainly come back again when I’m in the area!

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Photo of Twifiter
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This was my bar of choice for a long time but as of late it has started to really lose my interest. Their selection is pretty good and they generally have 12+ beers on tap but nothing special. O'Tooles is a great place to meet up with friends who just want to have a good time without to much concern for what they are drinking. One thing to mention is that they had an event with Stone Brewing this year that was a complete tap takeover at both their Gurnee and Chicago locations. I am not sure if they are planning on making this a yearly tradition but I would say that is it certainly in their best interest. In the end I would say that this establishment is worth a shot and if you are in to a more social scene than you will feel at home.

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Photo of crossovert
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Normally this place is just a generic chain style irish pub. But I went for the solidarity event so the taplist was one of the best i had ever seen but usually there is only about 5-6 craft taps out of 30.

The bartender was decently attractive at least in the torso. She was knowledgeable about the taps and that takes some effort since all of the taps were new. She was also prompt and friendly.

It is just a normal chain style restaurant with a ton of tvs, we got the bartender to put the Wings game on.

The food was pretty crappy, no better than Fridays or Outback.

I hope they do more craft events, until then i probably wouldn't drop by.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

New, clean place with 38 drafts available. Irish style bar but not forcing it. Had the fresh guacamole and salsa, and both were quite good. A standard pub menu and full liquor list accompany the beer options. The beer fridge contains mostly craft brew bombers. A few Belgians also available. Drafts are mostly craft brews. Bartends can benefit from some beer education.

Overall I like the place. It's not the ultimate beer bar, but it's keeping me pacified until I get home. Had a Stone smoked porter and Firestone union jack on draft.

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Photo of Star80
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was at this place last week, been meaning to check it out it as their awning boasts, "Voted Best Wings in Chicagoland". Also, it was noted that they have a good selection of beers on tap so it sounded like a hit. Okay, so the atmosphere is of a an upscale sports bar, with a nice dining room to boot, gosh, the place reminded me a LOT of John Barleycorn, but this one actually had a few good brews on tap. What impressed me was that they had good selection of seasonals on tap, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, as well as Bell's Oktoberfest. They claimed on their website they had Three Floyd's Muensterfest but they did not...oh well. As for Three Floyd's, they did have an exceptionally fresh tasting Alpha King draft, which was surprisingly even better than the beer I had at home! Also, the waitress was kind enough to give me a sample of Delirium Tremens on tap, which they don't usually do. I am not sure if the waitress was a beer fan or not, but she was very willing to go out of her way to get me an answer to my beergeek questions which aggravated my wife, and gave me that sample of the Delirium, which according to her is a no no. She told me they were under new management or whatever and were going to be getting more beers. As for their wings, they were good, not extraordinary, probably better than BWW. Prices were actually reasonable too! Actually, about the same as the big buffalo wing chain...will definitely be looking forward to visiting again, preferably next season ;-)

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Timothy O'Toole's Pub in Gurnee, IL
Place rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 14 ratings