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17 Happy Hour Specials to Try In Chicago Now

Italian favorite L’Aperitivo is available during happy hour at the Loyalist

An ongoing log of the best restaurant and bar deals in town

Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It’s been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners from offer discounts on alcoholic drinks.

Eater Chicago attempted to log all the happy hour specials in one map. But as time went by, the map became bloated with outdated specials. It was difficult to update and bar owners would complain that the information wasn’t up to date. Customers would get angry that bars wouldn’t honor specials. Eater Chicago would get angry that no one informed the publication about any happy hour changes. No one was, well, happy.

Happy hour specials are now logged periodically on this post. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive list, but will try to highlight new restaurants or thoughtful offers from old standbys. Just make sure to check with the establishment to find out if older specials are still valid. Beware, bars aren’t abound to honor these specials which they’ve sent to Eater, but it sure would be nice if they did. Happy Hour specials from winter and spring 2019 are available here.

Feel free to email chicago@eater.com with any solid happy hour deals.

June 13

AVONDALE – Pisolino, 2755 W. Belmont Avenue

All-day Italian spot Pisolino is offering a special cicchetti (small snacks) menu and cocktail list during happy hour. Drink options include classics like the Spritz (prosecco, aperol, soda water), the Americano (sweet vermouth, bitter liqueur, soda water) and prosecco splits, all for $12. Cicchetti options rotate, and include items like cherry peppers stuffed with Sicilian tuna and roasted beets with Formaggio del Mugello.

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

FULTON MARKET – Fulton Market Kitchen, 311 N. Sangamon Street

Glasses of prosecco and rosé are available for $7, and glasses of house wines (red and white) are on offer for $8. Customers can get a “Beer of the Day” for $4, plus a shot for an additional $2. A cocktail, “A Trick With No Sleeve” with tequila, red chili liqueur, lime, and Chinese 5 spice bitters, is available for $7.

Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

FULTON MARKET – Ramen-san Fulton Market, 219 N. Green Street

The younger sibling of Lettuce Entertain You’s River North and Streeterville ramen spots, the Ramen-san Fulton Market outpost offers $3 Asahi cold drafts, $5 cilantro-lime margaritas, and $7 “Okinawa Ol’ Fashioneds” (Rittenhouse Rye and Okinawan sugar) for happy hour. Food items include $2 “Tokyo mini dogs” with mustard mayo, pickled lotus root, sesame, and cilantro, a $4 tamago katsu sandwich with tonkatsu sauce and Kewpie mayo, and $6 crispy karaage shrimp dusted with togarashi and lime zest with a side of Thai chili dipping sauce.

Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

HYDE PARK – Virtue, 1462 E. 53rd Street

The staff of Southern hotspot Virtue like to call happy hour “pot liquor time,” and their specials reflect that same playfulness. Original cocktail offerings include “Patience is a Virtue” (vodka, creme yvette, rhubarb bitters) and “Father South” (mezcal, Amaro, orange, whiskey bitters) for $8. Diners can expect traditional Southern snacks as well, such as pork cracklin ($5), pig foot fritters ($6), and catfish sliders ($4).

Happy hour is from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday.

LINCOLN PARK – Avli Taverna, 1335 W. Wrightwood Avenue

Modern Greek spot Avli Taverna is offering half-off bottles of Greek rosé during happy hour at its Lincoln Park location. Options include Sideritis Paparoussis Petite Fleur ($24), Agioritiko Gaia 14-18h ($22), and Xinomavro Dio Fili ($20).

Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday.

LINCOLN PARK – Casati’s, 444 W. Fullerton Parkway

This family-owned modern Italian restaurant recently opened a new 42-seat, pet-friendly patio and is offering 40 percent off a select cocktail list and wines by the glass during happy hour. Cocktail options include a mezcal Negroni (Campari, mezcal, vermoth rosso) and a “Lollo Spritz” (Aperol, sparkling wine, soda).

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

LINCOLN PARK – Castaways, 1603 N. Lake Shore Drive

This essential lakefront spot on North Avenue Beach offers a gorgeous view, plus some food and drink specials for happy hour. Tito’s and Captain Morgan cocktails are $8.50, and mix-and-match beer buckets (16-ounces for $30, 12-ounces for $28) could be good for groups. These deals are not available on holidays.

Happy hour is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

NEAR NORTH SIDE – Barton G. the Restaurant Chicago, 415 N. Dearborn Street

Cocktails and “bar bites” are half-off during happy hour at Barton G. the Restaurant’s Chicago outpost. Drink options include the “Moonshine” with pisco, peach vodka, mezcal and Cointreau ($13) and the “Diamonds are Forever” with citron vodka, Cointreau, lemon, and a vodka popsicle ($13.50).

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

NEAR NORTH SIDE – JoJo’s Milk Bar, 23 W. Hubbard Street

Best known for its Instagrammable boozy milkshakes, JoJo’s happy hour offers customers $2 shots of Malort, $4 beers and $6 Tito’s cocktails. Their “Chicago Handshake” – a shot of Malort and an Old Style tall boy — is available for $6 during happy hour.

Happy hour is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day.

RIVER NORTH – Bernie’s, 660 N. Orleans Street

Modern American spot Bernie’s has a robust happy hour: dishes include three short rib sliders with horseradish crème fraîche ($12), deviled eggs with Kewpie mayo and urfa biber, a Turkish chili pepper (5 for $6, 10 for $11), and hummus with warm pita ($10, add lamb for $6). Miller High Life is available for $4 and select draft beers are $5. Moscow Mules and select wines ($7), “Bernie’s Gin & Tonic” ($8), the “Flirtini” and a featured cocktail ($9), are also on offer.

Happy hour is from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day.

RIVER NORTH – Parlay, 112 W. Hubbard Street

Sports bar Parlay offers Stolen Rum, whiskey, Absolut, and Effen cocktails for $5, as well as select glasses of wine for the same price. Don Julio 1942 shots are available for $7, and customers can top it off with a pizza for $10.

This summer, specials include $1 beers, sangria, and select wines on the first of every month this summer from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (one person per order, but diners can order multiple times). Take note — this special applies only on July 1 and August 1.

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

THE LOOP – Game Room and Drawing Room, 12 S. Michigan Avenue inside the Chicago Athletic Association

These sister spots inside the Chicago Athletic Association, operated by Land & Sea Dept., are offering some fresh specials for summer. In the Game Room, diners can order a burger, fries, a Schlitz, and a rotating shot for $10, and popcorn is available for $1. The Drawing Room has $2 oysters and $7 glasses of Maculan “Costadolio” rosé.

Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

THE LOOP – Luke’s Lobster in City Hall, 134 N. La Salle Street

This seafood spot’s specials include a free can of Hamm’s with every lobster roll purchase, or a $1 Hamm’s with any other food item. All other brews are $2 off, and diners can share a platter of six mini-lobster rolls for $30 or hot lobster dip with Cape Cod chips for $10.

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

WEST LOOP – La Sardine, 111 N. Carpenter Street

This French institution is offering $1 oysters, $7 glasses of French wine, and $6 French beers. Cocktails like the “Grumpy Frenchman,” a classic French 75, and a French martini are $9. Food options include a “bbq duck leg” for $9 and sardines and saltines for $5.

Happy hour is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

WEST LOOP – The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada Street

One of two Chicago restaurants to make Eater’s list of essential American restaurants in 2018, this upscale bar is offering specialty cocktails only available during happy hour. These include Italian favorite L’Aperitivo (amaro Dell’ Etna and cult soft drink chinotto), a cucumber vodka press, a paloma, and a “Loyalist Old Fashion,” with prices ranging from $8 to $12.

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.

WICKER PARK – Cafe Cancale, 1576 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Paul Kahan and One Off Hospitality’s French cafe is one of the hottest restaurants in Chicago right now. Happy hour offerings include $1 oysters, as well as $7 martini options. The restaurant will regularly rotate oyster selections from producers across the U.S. and Canada.

Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday.

WICKER PARK/LINCOLN PARK – Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya, 1482 N. Milwaukee Avenue and 1538 N. Clybourn Avenue, Space A112 inside the NEWCITY center

This Japanese chain is offering happy hour specials at both its Wicker Park and Lincoln Park locations. Drink offerings include $1 Kirin, Sapporo, or Asahi beers with each “signature” ramen purchase (diners can select tonkotsu, yuzu, spicy, and miso ramen), as well as $3 sake bombs, $5 house sake and wine, a daily special sangria for $7, and a pitcher of Sapporo for $9.99. Customers can munch on pork don or edamame for $3, and chicken karaage or wings, potato croquettes, and chicken karaage don for $5 each.

Happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday.

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