The Beacon Tap’s History

The Beacon Revival:

Des Plaines’ favorite American bar and restaurant just got better!

The Beacon Tap is your friendly neighborhood taproom, offering that Cheers kind of vibe and classic American fare that will keep you coming back for more. A long-standing favorite in Des Plaines, Illinois, The Beacon Tap received the first-ever liquor license in the city in 1955.

Now, having undergone a renaissance of sorts, your favorite bar and grill is back and better than ever before!

The Beacon Tap: Then and Now

For decades, The Beacon Tap has offered a casual, comfortable environment where people of all ages could hang out, eat, and play. It has been a “home away from home” for generations.

Today, that tradition stands, and we’re thrilled to breathe new life into this neighborhood hotspot. Having become the property of The Calabrese Restaurant Group (Zia’s Trattoria, Zia’s Lago Vista and Café Touche) in March 2017, The Beacon Tap team has a renewed focus on providing the Des Plaines community with a warm, welcoming environment that they can feel good about sharing with their family and friends.

So, go ahead. Bring your children, grandparents, neighbors, and coworkers. The Beacon revival has begun, and we’re so excited for you to be a part of it!

Something exciting is always on tap at The Beacon Tap!

If sports tv just isn’t your thing, don’t fret! Whether you come alone or with a group, we are never short on entertainment at The Beacon Tap.

During the summer months, you’ll find beach volleyball and bags being played on The Beacon Patio. And on any given day (or night!) Golden Tee, a digital dart board, a TouchTunes jukebox, and more. We also host various special events throughout the year, so keep an eye out for a schedule of Beacon happenings!

  • Family-friendly

  • Free guest wifi

  • Ample off-street parking

  • Indoor and outdoor dining

  • Historic Des Plaines artifacts displayed throughout the restaurant

  • Friday Fish Fry

  • State of the art televisions and sound system

  • Party packages available for large groups and private events

  • Open until 2am on Friday and Saturday

Come as a stranger, leave as a friend.

We can’t wait to show you
around the new and improved Beacon Tap!