Best Happy Hours in the City


Happy Hour has become as standard as Brunch these days - a time to connect over drinks/apps while hopefully saving some money at the same time! 

Here's a round up of 20 of our favorite Happy Hour spots (we took into consideration atmosphere, quality of food and of course a decent deal) around the city.   

Check them out below in no particular order (click the name of each one to go directly to their full happy hour menu): 

BOOTH ONE, GOLD COAST | 4-7 PM MON-FRI | Highlights: $5 tacos, tarts, veggie tower and the halibut tacos are delish & $5 "Happy Hour Punch" and beer and wine

PUBLICAN ANKER, WICKER PARK (*link is to main website, not listed online) | MON-FRI 3:30-6 P.M. | Highlights: $1 oysters, $12 pub burger + fries + beer; $4 select beers including Lakefront Pils & Oberon and $6 Rose

ALLIUM (FOUR SEASONS HOTEL), GOLD COAST | (*link is to main website, not listed online)| MON-FRI 4-6 P.M. | Highlights: don't get tempted to book a room too, (or you may never leave!) at this lux hotel chain's happy hour that is a great deal at 1/2 off select drinks & cocktails and also 1/2 off bar bites

ARBELLA, RIVER NORTH | MON-FRI 5-7 P.M. | Highlights: chic setting for this a little smaller bar (get there early so you get a spot!) and great deals including 6 drink specials daily (from $5 beer to draft cocktails) and a different gourmet food specials (Mon-Thurs only)

SPECTRUM BAR & GRILL, GREEKTOWN | MON-FRI 4-7 P.M. | Highlights: fun atmosphere here at one of Greektown's best-known establishments, with amazing cocktails, featuring Greek mojitos and Santorini Spritzers for $5 & $2.50 kabobs

TASTE 222, WEST LOOP (*link is to main website, not listed online)| Highlights: flights of cocktails for $15 and $5 wines

OYSTER BAH, LINCOLN PARK | 5-6 P.M. MON-THURS & 3-6 P.M. FRI-SUN | Highlights: $1.50 oysters and half-off select cocktails and wine

RPM ITALIAN, RIVER NORTH | MON-FRI 4-6 P.M. | Highlights: $7 wines, $8 cocktails and $5 small bites 

STELLA BARRA PIZZERIA, LINCOLN PARK | MON-FRI 4-6 P.M. | Highlights: thin pizzas for $8 or less, $3 beers and $4 wines; well drinks $5

ZED451, RIVER NORTH | MON-FRI 4:30-7 P.M. | Highlights: amazing rooftop for starters, and a different $4.51 drink special every day but every day includes $4.51 appetizers (the mac and cheese croquettes are to die for)

LARK, LAKEVIEW | TUES-FRI 5-7 P.M. & SUNDAYS 3-6:30 P.M. | Highlights: each day has a different food and drink special, but every Thursday there are 1/2 priced mules

WAYDOWN (ACE HOTEL), FULTON MARKET | TUES-FRI 4-6 P.M. | Highlights: this rooftop venue features a small menu, but a good one: $6 Rose and cider, $3 beer, and their special chicken nuggets for $4 and hummus for $3

HOPCAT, LAKEVIEW | MON-THUR 3-6 P.M. & MON ONLY 3 P.M. - CLOSE (ADDITIONAL SPECIALS) | Highlights: $5 off burgers and pizza & $1.50 off select beers; plus, they have Bingo on Tuesday, so that's a fun time too

ELLA ELLI, LAKEVIEW (*link is to main website, not listed online) | MON-THURS 4:30 - 6:30 P.M. | Highlights: one of our favorite places to eat and drink in Lakeview, this spot features Blood Orange Paloma for $6 and select wine for $7, in addition to some food specials from $6-$8

NEON WILDERNESS, WICKER PARK | 5-7 P.M. EVERYDAY | Highlights: this trendy newer spot features $7 featured cocktails plus a $5 beer AND shot ($5 for both together)

FEDERALEES, WEST LOOP | MON-WED 4-6 P.M. | Highlights: $6 margaritas & $15 beer buckets

HUTCH AMERICAN KITCHEN, ANDERSONVILLE | MON-ST 2:30-5 P.M. | Highlights: $3 glasses of champagne & $5 food specials

THE DUCK INN, BRIDGEPORT (*link is to main website, not listed online) | TUES-FRI 5-6:30 P.M. | Highlights: 1/2 of beer, wine, cocktails and bar snacks 

CAFE BA-BA-REEBA, LINCOLN PARK  | 4-6 P.M. MON-FRI | Highlights: $1 mini tapas and $16 Sangria pitchers

HUB 51, RIVER NORTH | 3-6 P.M. EVERYDAY | Highlights: half-priced sushi