40 shot-and-a-beers. 15 'hoods. All $7 or less.
There’s a time and a place for fancy cocktails mixed with rare spirits and on-fire garnishes, just like there's a time and a place for... not that at all. For those latter times: here're 40 under-$7 shot-and-a-beer specials, spread across 15 different Chicago neighborhoods.
5210 N Clark St
The Deal: A can of Schlitz and a well shot for $7.
3238 S Halsted St
The Deal: $5 for PBR and a shot of Evan Williams.
1658 W Cortland St
The Deal: Rotating shot specials every day of the week, but they always have $2 Hamms, so you can get a shot and beer for between $5 and $8.
The Corner Bar
2224 N Leavitt St
The Deal: $1.50 PBR every day, and daily shot specials that vary from $2-$3.
The Gallery Cabaret
2020 N Oakley Ave
The Deal: $6 Hammeson (Jameson & Hamm's) OR Jackhammer (Jack Daniels & Hamm's).
1925 W Cortland St
The Deal: A bunch of different options to make beer + shot specials for as little as $6.
1143 N California
The Deal: A PBR tall boy, a shot of the daily whiskey special, AND (!!!) your choice of a taco for $6.
Archie's Iowa & Rockwell Tavern
2600 W Iowa St
The Deal: $5 Hamm’s and a Jim Beam every day of the week, plus free pool and cheese puffs.
3458 N Lincoln Ave
The Deal: $2 staff shots and $2 Miller High Lifes.
L and L Tavern
3207 N Clark St
The Deal: $2 PBR and $3 whiskey shots (whiskey varieties change monthly).
2462 N Lincoln Ave
The Deal: $5-$6 beer + shot combination on Mondays, $6-$7 beer + shot combination on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays, $3 beer + shot combination on Thursdays, $7 for 22oz stadium cups of Miller Lite and Coors + well drinks on Saturdays, and half-price everything on Sundays.
2771 N Lincoln Ave
The Deal: PBR and Old Crow for $4, and Labatt and Maker’s Mark for $6.
1969 N Halsted St
The Deal: Modelo and a shot of tequila for $5.
1134 W Armitage Ave
The Deal: $2 shots of Malort + beers for $2-$3.
2683 N Halsted St
The Deal: $7ish for a shot of Jameson and a PBR.
2721 N Halsted St
The Deal: $3 Jameson shots every day + rotating $3 beer specials.
The Drum and Monkey
1435 W Taylor St
The Deal: $4 Jameson/Bushmills shots + $4 Smithwick’s drafts on Fridays. That adds up to $7, right?
The Boiler Room
2210 N California Ave
The Deal: The $8.50 “PB&J Special”, which includes a slice of pizza, a PBR tall boy, and a shot of Jameson. So if you wanna go glass-half-full on this: $1 shot and a beer + a $7.50 slice of pizza.
2521 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: $6 gets you a can of PBR and a shot of Jameson.
2428 N Western Ave
The Deal: $4 for a PBR and a well shot on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.
2401 N Western Ave
The Deal: $3 shots of Malort every day + a variety of beers that are $4 or less.
Longman & Eagle
2657 N Kedzie Ave
The Deal: $2 cans of Old Milwaukee and your choice of over 50 different whiskeys for $3 a pop.
412 N State St
The Deal: $4 well shots and $2.50 tall boys.
The Chipp Inn
832 N Greenview Ave
The Deal: $4 Beam and Beast special.
Grace Street Tap
3759 N Western
The Deal: Well shots + PBR for $5.
1822 W Addison St
The Deal: $5 for 16oz of Genesee and a shot of Jim Beam, available every day but Monday.
415 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: $5 shot + beer, Mondays through Fridays.
3333 N Damen St
The Deal: $6.50 for PBR and a shot of Jameson, Mondays through Thursdays; $5 bombs, $3 well drinks, and $4 shots of Jameson on Fridays; $8 Bud Light pitchers and $4 Jameson shots on Saturdays; and $5 Blood Mary pints, $3 Malort shots, $4 Jameson shots, $3 domestic bottles of beer, and $4 imports on Sundays.
Gold Star Bar
1755 W Division St
The Deal: $5 for a can of Hamm’s and a shot of Kessler.
1059 N Wolcott Ave
The Deal: $2 Hamm’s + $3.50 for a shot of Jameson.
1035 N Western Ave
The Deal: $6 for a can of beer and a shot of whiskey.
1840 W North Ave
The Deal: A variety of $3 shots and $3 beers, Mondays through Fridays.
The Flat Iron
1565 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: PBR and well whiskey for $5.
Nick's Beer Garden
1516 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: A rotating $5 beer + shot combo.
1531 N Damen
The Deal: A rotating $3 daily whiskey special and $2-$3 beers (Shlitz, High Life, Tecate, and Blatz).
Chris' Northland Tavern & Grill
1610 W North Ave
The Deal: $6.50 for PBR on tap + a well shot.
The Crocodile Lounge
1540 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: Bud Light and a shot of Jameson for $8, plus a free personal pizza.
Green Eye Lounge
2403 W Homer St
The Deal: $5 shot-and-beer combo, every day.
1415 N Wood St
The Deal: A can of Old Style Lite and a well shot for $6, plus a rotating list of $3 "Shots of the Day".
1725 W Division St
The Deal: $5 for a shot of bourbon and a beer.
Kailley Lindman is a contributing writer for Thrillist Chicago, as well as a food blogger, bacon enthusiast, and devout user of the Oxford comma. Follow her at @KailleysKitchen.