Today is Friday (the BEST workday EVER). You’ve had a long week, giving tirelessly to your job and family. But, in a few hours, your day will be done. You made it. You did it. And now, you are more than overdue and deserving of a strong cocktail.
Happy Hour! As a young professional on a budget, happy hour truly makes me giddy. There is nothing like a good “clearance” drink (as my buddy Keith would say) and a half-off appetizer after a long day’s work to rejuvenate your spirits and make everything all right. It's a great opportunity to grab your Besties and spend some quality time (without breaking the bank).
As result of a 25-year state-wide ban on “Happy Hour”, Chicago was long shut out from this beautiful phenomena. But, now, weeeee’rrrrreeee baaaaaaccckk!
So, if you are from the amazing city of Chicago or just visiting, you don’t have to go far to have a good happy hour. Here are a few of my favorites.
Earl’s – 1538 N. Clybourn Avenue Unit A108, Chicago, IL
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3-6pm
Located near the Old Town neighborhood, Earl’s is a trendy chain with origins in Canada. During their weekday happy hour, you can enjoy a plethora of discounted appetizers, including the delicious Leroy’s Crispy Ribs (they will literally make you smack your momma). Additionally, they have daily drink specials (5 dolla holla on margaritas to wash your Monday blues away).
Kit Kat Lounge – 3700 N. Halsted Street Chicago, IL
Happy Hour: Sunday – Friday 5:30-7:00pm
Nestled in the lively Boystown, Kit Kat Lounge is a sure winner for happy hour! Literally, they serve every martini known to man for only 4 bucks (Chocolate Chip Cookie is my personal favorite)! Additionally, small plates are half off. Score!
Mercat a la Planxa – 638 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4-6pm
Looking for a good sangria for your happy hour? This is your place! Mercat a la Planxa is a sultry tapas restaurant with beautiful Michigan Ave. in the back drop. Sangrias and cocktails are half-priced. Drink up!
Mr. Brown’s Lounge – 2301 W. Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL
Happy Hour: Everyday 3-6pm
Caribbean cooking and tropical drinks are all I need to take me away! For happy hour, Mr. Brown’s features half-priced rum punch, and $5 mini-mac and wing’ ting. Now, that is irie mon!
For 10 additional happy hour options not mentioned here, click this link.
So, besties!! Who’s coming with me? First rounds on me! Where do you "Happy Hour"? Share below!
Love Without Fear,