Who says happy hour specials can only be during the inconvenient commuting hours? While not necessarily a “happy hour” per se, many bars and restaurants like to offer their patrons a little special something extra even in the late hours of the night, both in regards to drinks and food. Check out these five places around the city if you’re looking for some good late-night eats and drinks at a good price in a fun atmosphere.
Atlantic Bar & Grill
5062 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Come to this Lincoln Square sports bar to watch the latest soccer match projected onto a large screen, among the other TVs, and stay late into the night for some good pub grub. The Irish bar offers a rotating list of specials every day that are available after 5 p.m. up until the kitchen closes at 1 a.m. The specials always include a handful of drinks, both beers and cocktails, as well as some food. While an Irish bar, the pub offers more than just Irish classic dishes like shepherd’s pie. In fact, the Sunday dinner special is often a fried chicken dinner priced at a reasonable $8.95.
800 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
You don’t have to wait until Sunday brunch for the chilaquiles at this West Loop restaurant and bar. But you do have to wait until after midnight. This enormous platter of chips slathered with scrambled eggs, onions, sour cream, queso fresco, pickled onions, cilantro and more can easily satisfy your cravings, as well as the cravings of at least three of your friends. And you can get this enormous plate of nachos for $17.95. It’s the perfect way to soak up all of the draft beers you’ve imbibed from the bar.
Cactus Bar and Grill
404 S. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Get your Mexican fix — margaritas, food and otherwise — at one of the few hopping bar/restaurants in the financial district of Chicago’s Loop. While you can enjoy salads, sandwiches and burgers during the day on the outdoor patio, come back after work to really get the party started. Not only will the drinks be flowing, but you can grab an array of appetizers — such as the popular Death Valley chicken dip — for just $3.95 until the bar closes down late at night, especially on Friday when the bar closes down at 2 a.m. Monday night specials are also often available, such as $1 sliders.
3258 N. Southport Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Head to the Southport Corridor for a party that offers $5 specials every day of the week and any time of the day (as long as the bar is open, of course). Specials rotate, but expect at least a handful of drink specials as well as food options on everything from mini burgers to appetizers while you catch the latest Illini and Marquette games. The bar also hosts trivia nights and other events, often with additional food/drink specials.
Cleo’s Bar and Grill
1935 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Have a hankering for some chicken wings late at night? Get them for just 35 cents a piece at this Ukrainian Village bar every Monday night from noon to 2 a.m. The international soccer bar also features other daily drink and food specials until the bar closes every day of the week.
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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not writing about food, she’s scribbling novels, and TV show reviews and recaps. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.