After a long day a work, it’s always good to let loose and enjoy life. Fortunately, the Illinois State Legislature lifted the ban against Happy Hours last year and many venues are now offering a great selection of food and drinks for a price that’s easy on the wallet, so what’s not to like? Now, we did the work so that you didn’t have to, and compiled a list of our top 5 happy hour places to check out this week.
Cheers, Kanpai, and Salud from Five to Nine.
1400 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607
We already love bellyQ for their contemporary twist on traditional Asian barbecue, and they just made the deal sweeter with their new happy hour menu. From Mondays to Fridays, 4:30-7pm you can indulge in grilled chicken wings, dumplings & a selection of drinks for only $5 each!
111 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60602
Heaven on Seven is unique for its unique twist on traditional Cajun cuisine–the restaurant is famous for its homestyle gumbo and po’ boys. Located on the 7th floor of the Garland building, Heaven on Seven had a long-standing tradition of only offering dinner once a month. However, since last year they have expanded their dinner times to Thursdays from 5:30 – 9:00 pm and Friday – Saturday from 5:30 – 10:00 pm. Stop by and enjoy their $2 mini po’ boys and $6 mini hurricanes on Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
326 Yorktown Shopping Center, Lombard, IL 60148
D.O.C is a cozy place to get together from friends for dinner and drinks. They have a great selection of wines, spirits, and malts to choose from. Not to mention, the restaurant itself is very stylishly decorated in warm tones and has comfy booths. But the best part is that they’re offering half-price wine flights on Sunday, half-price bottles of wine on Monday, and half-price glasses of wine on Tuesday. If you’re looking for something closer to the city, D.O.C also has another location in Lincoln Park at 2602 N Clark St. that offers all the same amenities.
660 N Orleans St, Chicago, IL 60654
There’s another Bernie in Chicago that’s shaking things up with an eclectic menu featuring influences from Mediterranean, Spanish, and French cuisine. Beyond their popular Brunch services, Bernie’s also features some select choices on their happy hour menu. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Bernie’s offers $3 Draught Beers, $5 Draught Cocktails, $5 Craft Beers, $1 Hamm’s, $1 High Life, $5 Cocktail of the Day and $5 Red Wine, White Wine or Bubbles. And there’s also an assortment of $5 Happy Hour snacks and bites.
441 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Behind Bottlefork is the culinary mastermind that is Kevin Hickey, who resigned his position as executive chef at Allium restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago to undertake this new venture. Bottlefork is currently offering a Gin and Tonic Happy Hour goes from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Mondays through Saturdays and features a build-your-own Gin & Tonic bar with their house-made blend of tonics, botanicals, and hand-selected gins for only $8. Also on the menu are $4 Tiger Beers and $10 cocktails. Also this week, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, from 5:15-5:25pm on Thursday they are pouring shots of Don Julio 1942 for only $1!
Also, we wanted to include Revolution Brewing as a must-go in Chicago for craft-beer lovers and the adventurous even though they don’t currently have happy hour specials going on.
2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Located in a renovated warehouse in Logan Square, Revolution Brewing is the largest craft brewery in Illinois that excels at serving up both amazing beer and bar bites. Although they don’t currently have a happy hour special going on, we felt that Rev Brew had to be included as one of the must-go spots in Chicago. The company is best known for its India Pale Ale, Anti-Hero IPA, but other popular selections include Bottom Up Wit (a Belgian-style white ale) and the award-winning Cross of Gold (a gold ale).