Best Bar, South Side 

O’Toole’s Restaurant & Pub

Readers' Pick

4800 Forest Hill Ave.

Second Place: Capital Ale House, Midlothian

Third Place: Legend Brewing Co.

A stalwart and welcoming watering hole in Westover Hills, O'Toole's is only four years away from a 50-year anniversary celebration. "It's going to be a big one when we do it," says owner John O'Toole, who's only 50 himself. He took the place over in 1998 after the death of his father, Jim, the son of Irish parents and the pub's founder. The goal is to keep the quality high and the ambiance friendly. "We try to introduce ourselves to the customers when they come in, make them feel at home," John says. You'll find a mixed crowd enjoying the selection of Irish beer and whiskey (Jameson's the biggest seller; Midleton's here too), not to mention the dinner specials. "At any point you can have three generations of one family here in the restaurant," Jim says. "I think it's just a comfortable place to come relax and have a good meal and a cold beer."


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