Black Out on Black Wednesday at These Chicago Bars

Black Wednesday: your annual excuse to be totally hungover on Thanksgiving Day. Also known as Drinksgiving for good reason.

But hey, all that food is bound to be the perfect cure. So take a day to indulge your wildest self and get crazy on November 27. Bars all over Chicago are hosting very special happy hour deals that will fuel your drinking habits leading into Turkey Day, so let’s party.


Get ready to black out hard on Black Wednesday at these Chicago bars!

VU Rooftop Bar

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Photo Credit: VU Rooftop Bar

133 East Cermak


Half off the ENTIRE food and drink menu? Could it get any better!? Enjoy bites and sips, complemented by DJ entertainment, starting at 4 pm at the South Loop’s premier rooftop lounge.

Bobby’s Lincoln Park

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Photo Credit: Bobby’s Lincoln Park

2518 N Lincoln Ave


Bobby’s is offering an extended Happy Hour from 4 – 10 pm that includes a list of chef-curated creations, as well as decadent cocktails to kick off your Drinksgiving. Libations include the Barrel Manhattan Shorty, with Bobby’s Single Barrel Journeyman Last Feather Rye Whiskey, Artisanal Rouge Vermouths, bitters, and a Luxardo cherry; and their signature Ultimate Margarita, mixed to perfection with Avion Reposado Tequila, Torres Spanish Orange Liqueur, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, smoked sea salt, topped with a tequila floater. Guests can also indulge in $6 wines by the glass, $3 regular Hop Beers, and an assortment of $4 Crafted Hops.


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Photo Credit: Federales

180 N. Morgan St.


From 8 to 11 p.m. on Drinksgiving (Black Wednesday’s nickname), guests can enjoy domestic drafts, classic margaritas, mixed drinks, and chips & salsa, starting at $30, all at Federales! Get your presale tickets to secure your spot today!

Young American 

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Photo Credit: Young American

2545 N Kedzie Ave


Young American is ringing in Black Wednesday with food and drink specials you can’t ignore.

$5 Burger – Loose Meat, Smoked Cream Cheese, Plochman’s Mustard, Onions
$5 Draft Beer – Off Color ‘Troublesome’, Whiner ‘Hell Kitty Kitty,’ Hopewell Brewing Co. ‘First Lager’



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Photo Credit: SafeHouse

60 E Ontario St

Feeling like supporting a good cause while you drink on Black Wednesday? Head to SafeHouse, where you can play spy for their undercover Drinksgiving party. Enjoy $4 domestic beers, $5 well drinks, $6 select wines, and half-priced specialty cocktails, including favorites like the Agent Chi, Mademoiselle Rosie martini, and the Bearer Bond. The best part? Twenty percent of bar sales for the night go to benefiting local nonprofit The Chicago Lighthouse.



Photo Credit: aliveOne Facebook

2683 N Halsted St

Everything on the menu is half off between 5 – 7 pm on Black Wednesday, plus $5 cocktails and Half Acre draft beers for your tasting. If that’s not a great deal, I don’t know what is, because you’re definitely not going to find anything cheaper. Enjoy live music from 9 pm until closing time and have a blast at aliveOne.

Easy Bar

Easy Bar
Photo Credit: Easy Bar Facebook

1944 W Division St

Happy hour runs from 5 – 7 pm at Easy Bar and their specials are to black out for. Stick around and sip on $6 and $4 cans of beer, plus free pool all night long. Highlights include the Suzeanne with Nolet’s Gin, Suze, Bénédictine, lemon juice, simple syrup, Perchaud’s Bitters and Apple Blossom Bitters, and the Zamboni with Banhez Mezcal, Amaro Nonino, Carpano Antica and chocolate bitters. It’s sure to be a night you won’t remember.


Photo Credit: Estelle’s Facebook

2013 W North Ave

Enjoy the usual happy hour from 5 – 7 pm at Estelle’s on Black Wednesday and you’ll be treated to half-priced drinks—including Second City 75 with Rhine Hall apple brandy, Chicago Distilling Company Finn’s Gin, lemon juice, demerara and prosecco, garnished with an apple chip—and $6 grilled cheese sandwiches. Hey, you’re going to need to eat if you’re drinking all night, so as far as great deals go, Estelle’s has it going on.

Hubbard Inn

Hubbard Inn
Photo Credit: Angel Eyes Photography

110 W Hubbard St

Enjoy the $1 oyster special (6 minimum) from 4 – 6 pm on the ground floor and pair these salty bites with an optional wine or sparkling bottle special, including Avissi Prosecco ($25) and Sauvion Vouvray Chenin Blanc ($30). When you’re all nice and tipsy, head upstairs to the sexy, new Blue Violet cocktail lounge, which boasts cocktails ranging from $12 to $16, like the Snake Venom with Scofflaw Old Tom Gin, apple brandy, Cynar, Amontillado sherry, cucumber, The Tigris with Rittenhouse Rye, thyme, carrot, maple, orange, lemon, and the Yearling with Legent Bourbon, pear cider reduction, ginger and black walnut.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

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All Morton’s Locations (Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Rosemont, and Schaumburg)

Who’s ready for a libation-heavy “Power Hour” happy hour at Morton’s? Enjoy specially priced beer, wine, martinis and cocktails, and their legendary bar bites at varying times across all steakhouse locations. Bar bite highlights include Iceberg Wedge Bites, Mini Crab Cake BLTs, Prime Cheeseburgers, Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches, Filet Mignon Trio and more. Peep the Drinksgiving menus and times below:
  • CHICAGO – THE ORIGINAL -5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the bar area only.
  • CHICAGO – WACKER PLACE -4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area only.
  • NAPERVILLE -Drink specials are valid from open to close and bar bites are available from open to 6:30 p.m.
  • NORTHBROOK -5 p.m. to 7 p.m
  • ROSEMONT -4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and bar bites are available daily from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the bar area only.
  • SCHAUMBURG -5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area only.


Photo Credit: Parlay

112 W. Hubbard St.

Get the holiday celebrations started early this year with $7 Don Julio 1942, $5 Miller Lite and Coors Light and $5 White Claw at Parlay, plus a choice of tacos paired with Corona for $12. Taco selections include short rib, bacon barbacoa, steak or chicken. What could be better than this?

Play Kitchen & Cocktails

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Photo Credit: Gerardo Rios

7 W Division St

Pregame Thanksgiving with Play Kitchen & Cocktails’ “Half-y Hour” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy half-off select menu items including cocktails, wine, champagne, draft beer and bites like Seven Heaven Wings, Southwest Roll-ups, Bucket O’ Tenders, Brisket Sliders and more.


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Photo Credit: Ivy Tac

1910 N Milwaukee Ave

Remedy is taking things up a notch this Drinksgiving. Get ready to party at the “Black Wednesday Blacklight Party” at the bar’s weekly “Color Me Weird Wednesdays”, where guests can get lit under blacklights, glow sticks, and blacklight posters. Drink specials will include a half-off everything happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. as well as a Miller High Life bottle and Evan Williams shot combo for $8 all night.

The Owl

The Owl
Photo Credit: The Owl Facebook

2521 N Milwaukee Ave

From 6 – 8 pm on Black Wednesday, you can enjoy half-priced cocktails and beers to get the night started off the right way. But, since this late-night bar is open until 4 am, you can get sloshed on $5 Hopewell First Lager cans all evening. Let’s get this Drinksgiving started!


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