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Every Chicago Neighborhood's Best Happy Hour Deals

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AceBounce, River North
When: Monday - Friday, 4 - 7 pm

Every weekday afternoon, this “ping-pong bar” (yes, there is such a thing) keeps your mid-week stress levels low with $5 Ketel One drinks and $5 Lagunitas brews.

Bar Louie, University Village
When: Monday - Friday, 4 - 7 pm

This low-key neighborhood pub chain's University Village branch provides a tempting happy hour with half-priced select bar appetizers, $3.50 select domestic brews, $5.50 signature martinis, and other changing promotions.

Bernie’s, River North
When: Monday - Friday, 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Bernie's offers a wide range of happy hour options, from $6 Reprise IPA pints and $10 sangrias to $7 fries and $14 tenderloin sliders.

City Social, Loop
When: Monday - Friday, 4 - 6 pm

This sleek downtown American bar is on the happy hour map thanks to $4 draft Krombacher, $4 Goose Island 312 Shandy, and $6 glasses of rose.

Earl’s, Lincoln Park
When: Monday - Friday, 2 - 5 pm; Monday - Friday, 9 pm - close (food only)

This Canadian export thinks happy hour is so good that they're going to give it to you twice. At 2 p.m., a three-hour drinks and eats extravaganza begins with specials on beer, cocktails, and wine, followed by a second evening happy hour with food-only offers including $7 Street Chicken Tacos and $11 Crab Rolls (also available during the afternoon happy hour).

El Jefe, River North
When: Friday, 4 - 7 pm

El Jefe's end-of-week happy hour has $3 ground beef tacos, $4 cheese quesadillas, $3 Coronas, $5 tequila shots, and $6 house margaritas, so Taco Tuesday might as well be renamed Taco Friday.

Fado, River North
When: Tuesday - Friday, 5 - 7 pm

With $7 Harp-battered Fish Tacos and Bavarian Pretzels, $8 Irish coffees and whiskey sours, and $6 beer and wine by the glass, this classic Irish bar will have you yearning for the Emerald Isle.

Quality Crab & Oyster Bah, Lincoln Park
When: Monday - Thursday, 4 - 5:30 pm; Friday, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

The crew behind Shaw's Crab House's Lettuce Entertain You restaurant serves everyone's favorite happy hour item: oysters. For $15, get a half dozen oysters on the half shell with $3 Boardwalk Fries, $8 Sizzling Garlic Shrimp, $7 select signature cocktails and white wine by the glass, and $4 Founders Solid Gold.

Surge Billiards, Albany Park & Logan Square
When: Monday - Friday, 4 - 7 pm

On weekday afternoons, this chic coffee and billiards bar offers $4 bottles, $5 drafts, and $8 featured drinks for a slightly different happy hour experience that leans less Office Space and more Color of Money.

Townhouse Restaurant & Wine Bar, Loop
When: Monday - Friday, 3 - 6 pm

With a "lucky six" happy hour collection of $6 draft beers, $6 house spirits, and $6 house wines, this sleek yet modest downtown wine bar keeps things simple. Why make life more difficult?

Old Town Pour House, Old Town
When: Monday - Friday, 4 - 6 pm

If sports on flatscreens and over 90 beers on tap are on your happy hour agenda, head to this expansive alcohol emporium for $2 off local drafts, well drinks, and wine by the glass, as well as half-priced bar nibbles like Cheese Curds and Popcorn Chicken.

Brando’s Speakeasy, South Loop
When: Daily, 5 - 7 pm

With $5 Old Fashioneds, Revolution beers, White Claws, Moscow Mules, and more, this dimly lit karaoke lounge is the ideal retreat from another busy work week.

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GMan Tavern, Wrigleyville
When: Monday - Friday, 3 - 6 pm

This not-terrible happy hour deal is offered by one of the few truly not-terrible bars in Wrigleyville: $1 off draft beer, well cocktails, and freezer shots, plus $3 shots of Malort, the polarizing local gasoline-styled charmer.

Fat Cat, Uptown
When: Monday, 4 - 7 pm; Wednesday - Friday, 4 - 7 pm

This happy hour offers $7 burger nights on Mondays, $7 whiskey cocktails on Wednesdays, and a $16 Friday night Fish Fry featuring beer-battered cod four days a week.

Funkenhausen, Ukrainian Village
When: Monday - Saturday, 5 - 7 pm; Sunday, 3 - 6 pm

This one-of-a-kind German-inspired eatery provides $2 to $3 off certain foods including pretzels and shrimp, as well as $6 Belton Pilsners and Rib Tips for a more unusual happy hour.

Frontier, Noble Square
When: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 5 - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday, 3 - 5 pm

Who doesn't like oysters for $1? No one has these, but Frontier has, as well as $3 High Life drafts, $3 dealer's choice whiskey shots, $5 house wine by the glass, and $6 draft cocktails.

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