I visited the Atlantic when it first opened and discovered that the Irish owner knows first hand about Irish pubs. Almost as if planning for the future, this place has supplanted a Lincoln Park or Wrigleyville quality bar into the north-of-Lawrence Lincoln corridor. I keep going back because of friendly staff. They also have food, the Atlantic salmon is good, and the Shepard's pie is hearty. Don't forget to ask for the daily specials. Evident true Irish culture and friendliness has echoes of certain south side Irish bars, but these are Cub fans and everyone is welcome. This place is ideal for locals in this area, but also draws the international crowd seeking a true Irish pub. (Which football is on today?) It's modern and new in terms of flatscreen tv's but old fashioned in the ways of tending bar. There is plenty of space for private parties or high volume nights in the back, which is a cross between a game room and speakeasy. Darts, foosball, ""bags"" in the summer, softball teams, mmm beer...
Pros: Irish bar not just for Irish people, but for them too.
Cons: Location still just out-of-range for many party people