A long time ago a few guys were sitting on a couch after a long night of hanging out and other bars in Chicago. Later that night, they started talking about how cool it would be to have a bar of their own and how much fun they could make sure their customers had. Now we’ve all had these conversations late at night and nothing ever seems to come out of them, although this time it was different. These guys went on to purchase the old Billy Goat Tavern in Wrigleyville and convert it into Merkle’s Bar and Grill in 2004. They followed through on what they said that night and it’s been going 12 years strong! Believe it or not, the story is that simple.

So what does this mean to you? It means that this bar was designed and operated by guys who wanted people to have more fun at bars then they were already having. They decided that our customers were gonna be our friends, our prices were going to be affordable, and we were gonna be there to greet you when you walked in. We made sure to this day, that we would be the ones operating the bar. Odds are, you’ll always see one of us here. There’s no corporate side to this establishment and certainly no man hiding behind a curtain. It’s just us in shorts and a t-shirt hoping that you come in and tell us how you’ve been doing since the last time we saw you. There’s no BS. Come in, Sit Down (or dance), and hang out at a place where everyone is eventually going to know your name.










The Holy Cows

The Holy Cows primarily consist of a couple brothers that have been playing music their entire life. John Tashjian, also a performer at the legendary Howl at the Moon in downtown Chicago, has a extensive list of high-energy covers that are sure to keep the party rolling all at all times. With his experience in high traffic and high volume performances, he’s sure to be able to play your song and make sure the band can follow along. Don’t miss these guys when they’re around!

Chris Buehrle

Currently based out of Chicago, Chris Buehrle is constantly working on establishing himself as one of the top acts to emerge out of the Windy City’s music scene. With a growing fanbase all throughout the MidWest, he is consistantly working on providing high-energy live performances. Chris is currently in the studio getting ready for a new release and will keep you posted as to what’s coming up!

Senn Alan Band

Senn Alan Band is a premier Chicago cover band that puts its own flavor, spin and unique instrumentation on some of your favorite songs from yesterday and today. With the ability to go seemlessly from Country to Hip Hop to good ole Rock & Roll, you can think of us as your favorite jukebox come to life. We have had the pleasure of playing with and opening for the following bands (Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Brad Paisley, Randy Houser, Kenny Chesney, Grateful Dead, Bon Jovi, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and many more amazing artists.

Dan Harvey

Dan Harvey’s high energy show, keep audience members on their feet and a drink in their hand.  With over a 1,000 song set list, he is sure to know your favorite sing along.  It’s the perfect blend of 80s, 90s, and Rock that will leave you wanting more. His musical talent earned him the opportunity to travel and play on Six Man Cruises with such bands as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Zac Brown, and Sister Hazel.  When combined with his highly talented band members, the Dan Harvey Band is not a show to be missed.

Sorry for Partying

What are the qualities of a great cover band?  Sorry For Partying believes these qualities are experience, energy, variety and fun. By incorporating these simple concepts we are taking the Chicago cover scene by storm with our high energy shows that can only leave people wanting more. Sorry For Partying is all about good music and good times. With our current set list consisting of over five decades of music, it makes it easy to appeal to a wide variety of people. From rock and pop to country and honky tonk, you will not only know every song we perform but you won’t believe your ears.

The Pink Flamingo


maddon flamingo Chicago baseball Skipper Joe Maddon has many goals in life. One of them surely is to bring a World Series Championship to the northside of Chicago. Another one, as mentioned in a recent press conference, is to own a bar called, “The Pink Flamingo”.

We want to help Joe achieve one of those goals and are renaming Merkle’s Bar & Grill to “The Pink Flamingo” for late in the season or a playoff run. We are also offering Joe honorary ownership of The Pink Flamingo, and will be donating all of the proceeds of its new flamingo drinks sold during this run to Susan G. Komen – Chicago on Joe’s behalf.

“We want to see Joe achieve all of his goals,” said Russell Bishop, GM of Merkle’s Bar and Grill.  “We thought we could support Joe by helping him achieve one of them, hence allowing him to concentrate on his main goal, which is winning a World Series Championship”.

We are featuring specialty cocktails during that duration, one of them being called the Pink Flamingo itself. This drink comes in an inflatable flamingo coaster that’s yours to keep!

Our new Pink Flamingo sign and the interior of the bar, guests will find a five-foot blow up flamingo, plastic flamingo stirrers, pink flamingo lights and much more. There will also be a special seat at the bar that is saved for one VIP guest only.

Joe, we would love to have you on-board and there will be a pink stool at the bar with your name on it!!!

We encourage Local residents, flamingo enthusiasts and baseball fans are encouraged to stop by the new Pink Flamingo in the coming weeks to help celebrate a legendary season and support everyone’s favorite northside baseball team.








Merkles_Boner_game_Polo_Grounds_Sept23_1908Merkle’s Boner is one of the most prominent incidents in the history of major league baseball. It occurred in 1908 and involved many future Hall of Fame players.

Fred Merkle was a 19-year-old player filling in for veteran Fred Tenney at first base for the New York Giants when the famous play occurred. During the first decade of the 1900s, the top National League teams were the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Giants, and the Chicago Cubs. During the 1908 season, the Giants and Cubs were in a close battle for first place. The Cubs had previously won the pennant in 1906 and 1907, while the Giants had won in 1904 and 1905.

A few days prior to the game in which the play occurred, Cubs captain and eventual Hall of Famer Johnny Evers warned an umpire that he was going to insist on the umpires calling a runner out if he failed to touch the succeeding base at the end of a game. It was common, at the time, if a batter batted home a runner who was on third base to win a game, for a runner on first base to just leave the field instead of bothering to touch second base. The player whom Evers had seen supposedly failing to touch second base was Warren Gill in a game played on September 4th between the Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On the day in question, September 23rd, the exact same situation happened in New York. Moose McCormick was the runner on third base, and when pitcher Jack Pfiester‘s offering was hit into the outfield by batter Al Bridwell, McCormick ran home, scoring what he thought was the winning run, and ran into the clubhouse.

Fred Merkle was on first base, and he ran toward second base. Whether he actually reached second base has been disputed over the decades. At some point, he veered off as if to run off the field.

Evers yelled at the umpire Hank O’Day, who was the same man that he had warned a few days earlier. Christy Mathewson, the famous Giants pitcher and eventual Hall of Famer, very quickly saw what was happening, and ran onto the field to stop Merkle from leaving.

Meanwhile, the ball had been hit into the outfield, and was picked up by outfielder Solly Hofman. Hofman at first didn’t think there was any rush to return the ball to the infield, but Evers screamed at him to throw it to second base to get a force out on Merkle.

Another famous Giant and eventual Hall of Famer, Ironman Joe McGinnity was coaching at third base that day and saw what was happening. He ran over to second base. As that was happening, the Giant fans in the stands, thinking the game was over, were streaming onto the field. At least one of them was near second base, and as the ball came from the outfield toward second base, he and McGinnity and Evers engaged in a struggle to catch and control the ball, at the same time as Mathewson was manoeuvering Merkle. The fan ended up getting control of the ball, and heaved it into the stands, where it disappeared. An alternate version claims that Rube Kroh, a Chicago pitcher, wrestled the ball from the fan and gave it to Evers, who touched second base.

First baseman and eventual Hall of Famer Frank Chance was the Cubs’ player/manager, and he came out of the dugout to argue his team’s case with the umpire, who had not given any ruling as to whether the winning run had scored. This was somewhat dangerous, as the Giants fans were all over the field, and while Chance argued, many of the fans got quite angry with him.

Not to be outdone, the Giant manager, eventual Hall of Famer John McGraw, came out to argue the Giant side of the story. The umpire listened to both sides, gathered the other umpire, Bob Emslie, and went into the umpires’ room (which was merely a “cage” of metal bars under the stands), where they tried to discuss the problem amidst the raucous yelling of Giant fans trying to influence the decision.

The police were called as a result of the pandemonium, and the Cubs team had to be escorted by the police from the stadium in front of thousands of angry Giant fans.

The umpires ruled the next day that Merkle had not touched second base, and therefore that the Giants had not won the game. The league president eventually ruled that the game was a tie and had to be replayed in its entirety. When it was replayed, the Cubs won. At the end of the season, the Cubs finished one game ahead of the Giants for the pennant. Johnny Evers’ smart move had won the pennant for the Cubs against the Giants.


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