Best Happy Hour Appetizers and Drinks in the Gold Coast

Sipping cocktails on Tuesday and nibbling small plates on a Thursday are par for the course for those who call Chicago’s Gold Coast home. Put the work week on hold, and raise a glass to these fabulous happy hour hot locales.


The team behind Shaw’s Crab House, one of the city’s finest seafood spots, is Quality Crab and Oyster Bah, a seafood lovers mecca. Serving fresh oysters that are flown in daily, the plated possibilities are delicious and endless. All cocktails, wine, and beer are half-price during happy hour, and oysters are $3.75/each. Though the evening specials here remain tightly focused on beverages and oysters, there is also a delectable garlic shrimp dish on tap.

Happy Hour
Weeknights 4:00-6:00 PM

Oysters and Fries during Happy Hour at Quality Crab + Oyster Bah located at 1962 N Halsted St in Chicago. Photo above and header image by Quality Crab and Oyster Bah.


With an upscale vibe that touts chef-driven seasonal cuisine and craft cocktails, the happy hour menu at Bernie’s is impressive. Tailored dishes like tenderloin sliders for $15 and chicharrones for $9 are highlighted alongside a handful of drink features. Included on the libations list are “Bernie’s Gin and Tonics” – spotlighting different flavor profiles, one has a choice between fruity, herbaceous, and floral forward. Add their seasonal rooftop, and your evening just got that much sweeter.

Happy Hour
Mon-Fri 4:30-6:30 PM
Weekends 4:00-6:00 PM


Traditional Irish pub-style meals warm the heart at Fado. Expect dark and moody booths throughout the space, with an occasional fireplace to help you feel right at home. If looking to recreate an authentic Emerald Isle meal, the $7 harp battered fish tacos are a great place to start. Committed to quality, all cod served at Fado is sustainably caught in the waters of the North Atlantic. Cocktail, wine, and beer specials accompany all dishes, and the whiskey selection proves expansive.

Happy Hour
Weeknights 5:00-7:00 PM

Fish Tacos at Fado Irish Pub in the Gold Coast. Photo by Fado


American fare is the focus at Earl’s, but it’s served with a global cherry on top. Serving seven different states in the country, each location hosts a personalized menu curated for its home city. Chipotle calamari and crispy ribs are sure to please in Chicago, with $7 chicken tacos and $11 spicy tuna rolls guaranteeing your return. The vibe is casual meets elegant, and the large outdoor patio complete with fire pit will keep you feeling cozy, no matter the season.

Happy Hour
Mon-Fri 2:00-5:00 PM and 9:00 PM to close
(food only)


At Gild, the sights, sounds, and shops of Chicago’s Gold Coast are just outside your front door. We revel in exceeding your lifestyle expectations with our community amenities and attentive concierge team, who are here to help with anything from restaurant reservations to date reminders. We want to ensure that you’re making the most of your apartment home at Gild. Learn more about our available Studio, 1 Bed, and 2 Bed apartments here, or