Summer is perfect for drinking, partying, and catching up with friends. Naturally, the Chicago bar scene is always in full-fledged once the highest temperature stays above the 60s. As always, Chicago bars are launching a ton of summer happy hours in Chicago with the tastiest bites and the freshest drinks. Grab a quick drink after a long workday to decompress or spontaneously meet up with a friend in town. This summer, Chicago is ready to pamper you with good drinks and sweet deals.
Image Credit: Matthew Reeves
912 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610
With a 65-seat patio, Adalina is one of the best spots to chill and people watch in Gold Coast. For summer Happy Hours, Adalina has launched the new aperitivo menu which will be available only on the patio. It will be available Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends during brunch. The menu features a variety of $10 spritzes, all of which can be made into large format cocktails to serve 8 people, along with $1 oysters, tuna crudo, shrimp cocktail and more. Spritzes include
Jet Set, with Buisse Aperitivo, Cointreau, Strawberry, Lemon, Prosecco
Divina Costiera, with Grey Goose Peach Rosemary, St. Germain, Lemongrass, Prosecco
Turquoise Waters, with Empress Gin, Creme De Mure, Ginger, Lime, Prosecco
Striped Umbrella, with Maestro Dobel Diamante, Fresh Watermelon, Cucumber, Basil, Lime, Scrappy’s Fire, Graten Meyer Rose
Image Credit: Arbella
112 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Contemporary Chicago speakeasy Arbella will debut their newest menu this June, including a new happy hour. The new happy hour features $6 beer of the day, $9 glass of wine, and some crowd favorite cocktails for the season. Every day, the happy hour features a kitchen special item at market price. Or, you can never go wrong with Arbella’s chicken tender for some quick munchies.
616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
Summer calls for the ocean, sushis, and sashimi. That’s why you should stop by Lure Fishbar during happy hours. Every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., diners can enjoy $12 selected cocktails, $10 glasses of wine, $10 sakes, and $6 beers. Choose from Lure’s crowd-favorite bar snacks including the Shrimp Po’boy Slider and Caviar Deviled Eggs, sushi specials, or delicious Blue Point Oysters served with cocktail sauce and mignonette.
632 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
Have you heard? TAO just revamped their Happy Hour menu! We must say: TAO’s cocktail program is one of the best in town. Now, you have the chance to enjoy some of their most classic cocktails, including Lychee Martini (my personal favorite), and the beloved TAO-Tini for $10 each during their summer happy hours! Happy hour snacks include Oysters with ponzu mignonette, Chicken Wing Lollipops with peanuts, Thai basil, sweet and sour, Shishito peppers with yuzu and sesame, and other small bites.
Image Credit: Kaleigh Glaza
Daisy’s Po’Boy & Tavern is a New Orleans-style restaurant by James Beard Award Winning Chef Erick Williams. The restaurant just launched its new happy hour program, and you really can’t beat these deals. Daisy’s summer happy hours are Tuesday thru Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The menu features $1 Wings (by 1/2 dozen), $7 Mini Hurricanes (limit 4), $7 3-inch Shrimp Po-Boys, $8 1/4 Muffaletta, and $9 Mardi Gras Punch.
26 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60610
Enjoy Happy Hour every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring $5 Bud & Bud Lights, $5 Patron, $5 Jack Daniel’s, $5 Tito’s, and $5 Select Wine at The Original Mother’s, then get ready for Chicago’s best live Dueling Piano sing-along shows every Thursday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. The shows consist of two grand pianos and charismatic entertainers behind the keys with the addition of a rock band drummer. Name a cooler summer happy hour in town — we will wait!
Image Credit: Kindling
202 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606
As one of the hottest new restaurants in Chicago, Kindling’s summer happy hours are everything you could ask for. Food specials include Twice Cooked Sweet Potato and Kindling’s World Famous Confit Chicken Wings with charred jalapeño, garlic, lime and scallion, drink specials include $8 or $11 wines by the glass and selected cocktails. Gather your friends or coworkers, feast, and battle for the championship at Foosball or Shuffleboard on the second floor.
Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile, 20 E Chestnut St, Chicago, IL 60611
Re-opening Memorial Day Weekend, Sofitel Magnificent Mile Chicago’s La Terrace is the ideal spot to experience both the vibrant energy of the Gold Coast neighborhood combined with the atmosphere of southern France. Their cocktail menu features exclusive, rejuvenating beverages from the Sofitel Spritz Cocktail collection, while their summer menu features delightful dishes from the south of France. Throughout the summer, La Terrace offers weekly live music, creating a lively atmosphere for happy hours, date nights and more.
3630 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613
Guests and locals are invited to kick off their weekend with a delicious and satisfying mix of Bubbles & Beats at Alma’s Summer Happy Hours. Each Friday evening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Alma will host some of the city’s top talent spinning everything from top hits to undiscovered gems, while guests sip on a variety of bubbly. From sparkling cocktails to elevated champagne selections, the Bubbles & Beats menu features plenty of options and light bites to start the night. Reservations can be made on Resy.