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626 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201

Sun - Thurs: 4pm - 9pm
Fri - Sat: 4pm - 10pm

(847) 864-1679

A modern Irish pub in the heart of downtown Evanston.

Our menu features pub grub, traditional tavern fare, fresh salads, exceptional entrees and desserts prepared daily. We are open for lunch, Sunday brunch, dinner and late night, and an informal Moira's Afternoon Tea is served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.


We offer a solid selection of imported beers and domestic craft brews, a worldwide wine list, whiskey galore and a full line of spirits. The inviting dark wooded interior includes a bar area, a spacious and comfortable candlelit restaurant and a private room. The private party room which is called "The Snug" is perfect for just about any gathering that can be imagined. There is regular weekly live entertainment including live music and storytelling. We never charge a cover.

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Our Story

The Celtic Knot is run by husband and wife team Liz and Patrick Breslin. Patrick Breslin, originally from County Down, first opened the restaurant in 2005.


Breslin grew up in a small town where the pub was the center of the community. He went to the pub regularly with his family where anything that happened in the village occurred. Breslin’s goal was to recreate that same atmosphere at The Celtic Knot. 

While we encourage lively conversation and engagement, we also offer plenty of entertainment of the Irish variety. There is live music four nights a week, which includes blue grass and traditional Irish music.



Check out our calendar of events.

"The perfectly opaque grilled salmon served here on a generous bed of spinach is so good you won't care if it's less-than-traditional pub food. And the server put me onto a pasty stuffed with Guinness-stewed beef tenderloin and mushroom, the meat exceedingly tender and the pastry a flaky, buttery delight."

Peter Tyksinski, Chicago Reader