Happy hours at Vines on Clark
I admit it. As much as family life fulfills me,
sometimes I miss the days of Friday evening happy hours. The
combination of loud music, big-screen TVs and cold beer seemed the
perfect way to end a hectic week. But while this hardly seems a
family-friendly environment, you might change your mind with a
visit to Vines on Clark. Friday night Kids' Night manages to
capture happy hour while also catering to kids.
Between 4-7 p.m., families can take advantage of food and
drink specials in this comfortable and friendly restaurant/tavern.
Off season and at an early hour, parking was not an issue. We found
plenty of spots right on Clark Street. My sons were thrilled with
the loud music that greeted us. From classic rock to '80s "hair
bands," the playlist took my husband and me back to our single days
and kept the kids bouncing.
It was too cold to take advantage of Vines' large outdoor
seating area, so we settled comfortably into a large booth in the
main dining room. In addition to the usual sports shows, the giant
screens were tuned in to kids' channels for these hours. I'm not
sure how much you get from shows without sound, but they watched
college football highlights, SpongeBob and iCarly without
We ordered some beers (the real stuff for mom and dad,
root beer for the boys). They loved getting their own bottle of
exclusive Cubby Bear Root Beer. As big Cubs' fans, they've heard
the Cubby Bear mentioned during games, so they felt "famous." It's
some pretty tasty stuff.
During Kids' Night, meals from the Kids' Menu are just
$1.99. Offerings are the standard burgers, chicken strips and
pizza, but the food is good and the portions are generous,
especially for the price. We really liked the wood-fired pizza with
its thin and crunchy crust. Luckily, the grown-up versions are also
a "happy hour" special at half price.
Vines offers a full menu of sandwiches and pastas, but we
stuck to the appetizers and pizzas, in the true spirit of happy
Alena Murguia lives in Berwyn, Illinois along with her husband and three growing sons.
See more of Alena's stories here.
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