The Best Happy Hour Spots in Chicago to Hit with Your Coworkers

All work and no play makes is a well-known recipe for burn out. The cure? Bonding with your co-workers over drinks and food, and possibly, a few favorite tunes at a weekly happy hour.

If you’re new to the windy city and want to recommend a great spot, or live in Chi-town and are looking to branch out of your typical coffee meet-up spots—check out our list of the best places to mix and mingle below!

North Side, Old Town

 

Old Town Pour House

Location: 1419 N Wells St (b/t Burton Pl & Schiller St)
Price range: $11-$13
What makes it a good spot? If you’re a sports fan, you’ll appreciate the two massive TV’s that make it easy to watch any game from anywhere in the bar. Otherwise, it’s the perfect places for a drink and a bite—or multiple beers and baskets of fish and chips, if you’re celebrating the end of a super productive week.

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The VIG Chicago

Location: 1527 N Wells St (b/t Burton Pl & North Ave)
Price range: $11-$13
What makes it a good spot? Picture this: you’re wolfing down a Chicken parmesan sandwich (or if you’re a vegetarian with a sweet too, the Skillet Cinnamon Roll) with your team while sipping a good porter under high, wood-beamed ceilings. Sounds like a nice fantasy right? Make it a reality, and pay a visit to this hot spot.
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Benchmark

Location: 1510 N Wells St (b/t Burton Pl & North Ave)
Price range: $11-$13
What makes it a good spot? While you can’t exactly start you workday with bottomless brunch and mimosas, you can end it with amazing mac and cheese, and super cheap cocktails. Be sure to share a few treats and laughs at their dessert bar too!

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Beatrix

Location: 519 North Clark St
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? The interior feels like a cozy living room, and they offer a wide array of treats—from savory juices, mouth-watering desserts, and of course, refreshing beverages like their Watermelon Cooler, Pineapple Habanero Margarita, and other tasty juice cocktails. If you’re looking for a place to have dinner with colleagues in a setting that’s the perfect mix of business and casual, this is your spot!
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West Side, West Loop

 

Jefferson Tap & Grille

Location: 1510 N Wells St (b/t Burton Pl & North Ave)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? This affordable and friendly place is the prime meet-up spot for students, since it’s located in the middle of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Bonus: you can host your next event or team outing here, and take full advantage of the opportunity to stuff your face with a make your-own-grilled cheese and speciality drinks!

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The Betty

Location: 839 W Fulton Market
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Stroll in, grab a drink, and enjoy! This bar gets busy, but bearably so. The atmosphere is lively, and their 20’s-themed inspired drinks will inspire you to open your own place and serve up selections like “The Cobbler,” “La Grande Dame,” “Age of Enlightenment,” and more! Take caution though: you probably won’t be able to concoct beverages as good as theirs, and really, who could match such a decked out area with killer service and food? Give this spot a shot, pronto!

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New Line Tavern 

Location: 201 N Clinton St (b/t Quincy St & Lake St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Daily specials call for daily reasons to wake up happy and leave fully stuffed, and totally impressed by this bar! Kick back with a “Dark and Storm or “Cherry Lane” if you’re in the mood for a sweet buzz, or settle on wine and beer if you’re more interested in cleansing your palette with their Caprese panini, pretzel twists, and any other option that you see on the menu. If you’re coworkers joke that you have a loud mouth, wait until they see how fast it moves when you devour this spot’s delicacies!

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The Loop

 

Metropolitan Club Restaurant

Location: 233 S Wacker Dr (b/t Post Pl & Adams St)
Price range: $33-$60
What makes it a good spot? If you’re feeling fancy, you need to make a reservation at this beautiful spot. Not only is the view is amazing, but the environment is elegant and they’ve sponsored a lot of networking events in Chicago, such as Wisconsin-Madison alumni events at the beginning and end of each semesters. Score!

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The Dearborn

Location: 145 N Dearborn St
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? This restaurant is seriously out of this world. Not only does it look like something straight out of The Great Gatsby, but its dishes—like the sea bass, beef oxtail, truffle pasta, and “Rabbit Pot Pie,” to name a few—will have you and your coworkers coming back for for!

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AceBounce

Location: 230 N Clark St (b/t Haddock Pl & Wacker Dr)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Ping pong. No, seriously, this place is essentially a playground with cool tables, great chefs, and artfully crafted drinks. This is the perfect spot to unleash your competitive side with a fun game, or kick back and unleash your inner animal—because you won’t be able to control yourself after you taste their garlic fries, red quinoa tacos, or sausage and rabe pizza. (Also: if you’re celebrating a special occasion, make sure you book one of their party rooms in advance—and enjoy a feast of awesome eats, before you burn it all off!)

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West Loop

 

Federales

Location: 180 North Morgan St (b/t Monroe St & Adams St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? This indoor/outdoor space serves some of the most amazing shrimp and fish tacos you’ll ever eat. Paired with a mango margarita (or whatever else your stomach desires from their jam-packed menu), you’ll have a blast with co-workers in this close-knit spot. Definitely head here if you’re looking to loosen up—where else are you going to be able to take shots out of ice glasses and throw them at a bell?

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The Berkshire Room

Location: 15 E Ohio St (b/t Wabash Ave & State St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Pros just want to have fun! For a great night, head to this cocktail bar with “dealer’s choice” drinks and bar snacks to enjoy—like pretzel bites, smoky meats, and their flavorful “cracker jacks.” Nothing like a good meal, and a great time!

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BIN 36 

Location: 161 N Jefferson St (b/t Randolph St & Adams St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? You can’t resist cheese and wine, much less in such a cool, bowling-alley ambiance that this beautiful restaurant offers. The bartenders, owners, and food will make you question whether you’ve died and gone to heaven…which is probably the best way to describe this top-notch spot. Share a round of sweet flights and pimento cheese fritters, and be prepared—your crew will enjoy themselves so much here, that no one will ever want to leave!
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Lincoln Park

 

The J Parker

Location: 1816 N Clark St (b/t Wabash Ave & State St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Impress your team by suggesting this spot, and take refuge in the killer views and knock-out specials! It’s on the pricey side, but well worth it for the relaxing atmosphere and their popular “Rebel Rebel” cocktail.

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Sidebar

Location: 221 N La Salle St (b/t Haddock Pl & Lasalle St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? You can’t go wrong with delicious martinis and fresh food. It’s the perfect spot to grab a quick drink after work, or treat a co-worker to their choice of meal and beverage(s). We recommend the hummus and guacamole platter, Southwest Steak salad, BBQ Bison burger, Red Chili Shrimp taco…basically, pretty much everything on the menu.

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Location: 1119 W Webster
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Forget pumpkin spiced lattes—this place serves Pumpkin Bites, among other decked-out goods, from their Sweet Potato cakes to their cheesy Bacon Flatbread. Think these options sound good? Wait until you quench your thirst with  their wide variety of drinks—but keep an eye out for how many you and your co-workers consume. Their “Why is the rum gone?” and “You know nothing” are dangerously hilarious phrases that you may utter if you continue indulge in these flavorful beverages.
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North Side, River North

 

River Roast

Location: 315 N La Salle Dr
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? “Golden Gobbets” sound like a magical snack—and here, they’re just that! You’ll get a mouthful at this place right along the river. While you’ll probably be counting down the days until summer arrives, and you’re able to enjoy the patio with your work crew…until then, appreciate the fact that their food not only caters to the pickiest of eaters, but provides allergy and gluten-free options that are as hearty as they are delicious.

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Location: 1 W Grand Ave (b/t Dearborn St & State St)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? If you and your co-workers are in your mood to munch and mingle, you’ve got to head here. Grab a beer (out of their huge selection) and split a plate of nachos before moving on to the Asiago artichoke and crab dip, or chorizo and cotija bites. They also have a super cheap and yummy Happy Hour margarita pizza. Yes, that’s a thing, so do yourself a favor and experience it with your team—together.

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Fremont

Location: 15 W Illinois
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? They have multiple stations: for omelettes, coffee, waffles…basically, multiple opportunities for you and your co-workers to grab a bite before heading to the office! Or, you can spend time exploring the two levels listening to 90’s jams with unlimited champaigne—if you’re wise enough to take advantage of the $50 brunch package on a day that everyone has off!

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Hubbard Inn

Location: 110 W Hubbard St
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? Plenty of space and plenty of specialty cocktails make for one unforgettable experience here, which boasts an upstairs and downstairs lounge for your team to relax in. The staff and owners are friendly, the seafood appetizers are to die for (and not at all pricey!), and best of all, they actually serve a dish called “Monkey Bread.” Since they host a ton of events and parties here, take advantage of that on a night that you’re not looking to chill with a classy “Hepburn”—or any of their other celebrity-inspired drinks.

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Bernie’s Lunch and Supper

Location: 660 N Orleans St
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? They’ve got drink specials for $5 and plates of delicious food for less than $10, that you can enjoy in a seriously decked out, beautifully decorated room. They’ve got a rooftop too, which’ll make it extra enjoyable to indulge in a “Rock My World” and their deviled eggs with your colleagues in the summer!

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Hub51

Location: 51 W Hubbard St
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? You want to end your day on a great note with great people, so it only makes sense that you feast your eyes (and mouths) on this charming eatery. Aside from the awesome services, you’ll have your choice of sushi rolls, yummy apps, crispy nachos, and more—all while sharing a pitcher of their famous Hub punch.

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West Town, Wicker Park

Chop Shop

Location: 2033 W North Ave
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? This butcher is available late, but don’t feel restricted to keeping this a meat-lover’s only affair. They’ve got crazy-tasty concoctions like the Pumpkinhead Martini garnished with a toasted marshmallow, Ginger man cocktail, and of course, a wide assortment of beers, cheeses, and of course, meats! It’s right by the L and open until late guaranteeing you and your co-workers a safe, stomach-satsifying night.

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Rhyme or Reason

Location: 2033 W North Ave
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? This venue is a 70’s-themed dream for any foodie that loves to eat, chat, and listen to music—especially all at once! Even though this place just opened, it’s already won the hearts (and appetites) of locals that can’t get enough of their fun drinks; favorites include their “Billie Jean,” “Rapper’s Delight,” and “Boogie Down.” One trip here, and you’ll want to rock out with their delectable menu, kick ass tunes, and attentive, friendly staff—including their gracious owner! There’s nothing like meeting like-minded professionals, or connecting with the ones you already know and love to work with!

 

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Bangers & Lace

Location: 1670 W Division St (b/t Paulina St & Marshfield Ave)
Price range: $11-$30
What makes it a good spot? The pub gets crowded at night, so make sure you take full advantage of their happy hour! The space is just right when it comes to lighting, noise level, and especially, the drinks! “The Spruce Goose” may make you giggle, and their “North by Southeast” will make you never want to go home, but its their “Jane Doe” that’ll likely be the most popular among your work patrons. Of course, they’ve got loads of beer and snacks—like their house chips, which will change your love for crunchy eats forever. Really though, proceed with caution here: they’ve got tons of options that make for easy sharing—but after a few sips and bites, you’ll won’t be sure if that’s even possible!

 

Which spot are you most excited to try? What Happy Hour spots are your favorite to hit in Chicago? Share in the comments!

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