Sips and sippy cups: Best city spots for a family-friendly happy hour

While it was frowned upon in the movies, there’s no shame in indulging in a cold one (or two) after a long day alongside your littles, given the increasing number of restaurants that pair free or discounted kids’ meals and crayons with half priced cocktails and apps.

Raise your glass to our favorite spots to enjoy happy hour in Chicago, family-style.

Barn & Company

This Lincoln Park BBQ joint is known for its varieties of smoked meat (pulled pork, beef brisket, ribs) and tasty housemade go withs (coleslaw, herb bread crumbs, sweet potato fries).

Grown-up special: Half off whiskey & $12.99 all-you-can-eat wings

Kiddie special: Kids eat free

When: Monday-Thursday 5-7 p.m.950 W. Wrightwood, Chicago

Café Babareeba

Featuring sharable Spanish tapas in a casual atmosphere, loyal customers flock to Café Babareeba for staple menu items (bacon wrapped dates, paella, spicy potatoes) and signature sangrias.

Grown-up special: $16 pitchers of Sangria & $1 pintxos (potato and onion bite, deviled egg, stuffed olive)

Kiddie special: Complimentary carrot sticks and hummus dip with Tiny Tapas meals

When: Daily 4-6 p.m.2024 N. Halsted, Chicago

Dunlay’s on the Square

This cozy Lincoln Square eatery serves a wide array of American dishes (mac and cheese, chicken pot pie, baby back ribs) that pair with an extensive menu of wines.

Grown-up special: $5 glasses of wine (Tuesday) & $4 drafts (Thursday)

Kiddie special: Kids eat free

When: Tuesday& Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m. 3137 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago

Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Specialty pizzas (speck and honey, rustica, carbonara) and hearty Italian dishes (pasta rags, rigatoni gigante, roasted brick chicken) are the stars of the show at this Lakeview bistro.

Grown-up special: Half price bottles of wine (Monday) & half price glasses of wine (Tuesday)

Kiddie special: Kids eat free

When: Monday and Tuesday, 4:30-6 p.m.3358 N. Paulina, Chicago

Hutch American Bistro

Hutch lives up to its mission – to serve delicious, affordable food that guests will want to return to week after week. Lobster nachos, skillet shrimp and baked crab cakes are sharable favorites here.

Grown-up special: $1 champagne, $2 well drinks, $3 drafts, $4 wines, $5 craft cocktails & half off appetizers 

Kiddie special: Kids eat free 

When: Daily 5-6:30 p.m. (kiddie special); 4-6 p.m. (grown-up special)

3301 N. Clark St., Chicago

Oyster Bah

Designed to resemble a New England seafood shack, Oyster Bah features 12 varieties of oysters and hand selected wines to pair with each one.

Grown-up special: $1.50 East and West coast oysters 

Kiddie special: Kids eat free (don’t worry, Oyster Bah has child approved options like chicken mittens and fish and chips)

When: Monday-Thursday 5-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday 3-6 p.m.1962 N. Halsted, Chicago

Pork Shoppe

This Andersonville BBQ hangout is a favorite for many northsiders who come in for hand-crafted meats (Carolina style pulled pork, memphis dry rubbed ribs, Texas beef brisket), local draft beer and homemade cocktails.

Grown-up special: Half off drafts of craft beer every weekday; Monday, $4 craft beer; Tuesday, $1 tacos; Thursday, 25-cent wings

Kiddie special: Kids eat free 

When: Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m.5721 N. Clark St., Chicago

Rocks Northcenter

Chicago’s home for whiskey, beer and burgers, the lively atmosphere of this neighborhood bar is perfect for families. 

Grown-up special: Monday, half off beer; Tuesday, half off cocktails& $2 tacos; Wednesday, half off burgers; Thursday, half off bottles of wine; Friday, half off apps

Kiddie special: Half off food

When: Monday-Friday 5-7 p.m.3463 N. Broadway, Chicago

Southport & Irving

Southport & Irving features seasonally-driven American cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and an international wine list.

Grown-up special: $6 signature cocktails featuring gin, whiskey and bourbon

Kiddie special: Kids eat free

When: Daily 5-6:30 p.m. 4000 N. Southport Ave., Chicago

Wilde Bar & Restaurant 

An upscale Irish pub, Wilde serves authentic comfort food (fish& chips, seafood chowder, meatloaf) and a seemingly endless selection of adult beverages. 

Grown-up special: ½ price bottles of wine

Kiddie special: Kids eat free

When: Monday & Tuesday 4:30-6:30 p.m.3130 N. Broadway, Chicago

Know any other great spots to enjoy family friendly happy hour? Let us know in the comments below!

Shout out to the lovely ladies of MamaTribe for contributing to the research in this article.

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