Oak Forest's fourth annual Fleadh took over Cicero Avenue Saturday, March 9—with local restaurants and pubs getting in on the fun. Many offered specials, some charged cover, others didn't.
But did a hefty cover charge stop patrons from popping into local spots for a cold one?
One customer told Patch in an email: It sure did.
What a disappointment that many of the local bars had to get greedy and charge a cover charge to get in. I wanted to take a walk down Cicero and stop at each of the bars, have a drink, visit, see if there was someone I knew, and move on. I started at Mrs. O'Brien's (no cover) and had one beer.
Then I walked down to Marcotte's where there were four big guys that looked like gang bangers that wanted $5 to enter. No thanks, why would I pay $5 to go in and have one drink?
I stopped at Taps (no cover) and had one. I walked past Blarney Stone (My daughter told me there was a $10 cover) and decided that it was not worth it for me to go on a "so-called" pub crawl if these greedy merchants were going to take advantage of me. I just walked back home.
One Oak Forest Patch Facebook fan seemed to agree:
Too bad many of the bar owners on Cicero weren’t satisfied with all the extra business that the Fleadh brought in. No, not all of them but some had to get greedy and charge a cover. Wasn’t this supposed to be a pub crawl? Who is going to go from bar to bar and pay a cover at each one? This greed ruined it for me.
The Fleadh seems designed to steer customers into local establishments. But did those who charged cover stop you from stepping inside?
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