Food & Drink

40 shot-and-a-beers. 15 'hoods. All $7 or less.

Published On 03/05/2014 Published On 03/05/2014

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.

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Simon's Tavern
5210 N Clark St
The Deal: A can of Schlitz and a well shot for $7.

FLICKR/RAELENE GUTIERREZ

Bernice's Tavern
3238 S Halsted St
The Deal: $5 for PBR and a shot of Evan Williams.

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Bucktown Pub
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).

Lottie's Pub
1925 W Cortland St
The Deal: A bunch of different options to make beer + shot specials for as little as $6.

FLICKR/OFACE KILLAH

Bullhead Cantina
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.

FLICKR/LINDSEY TURNER

Finley Dunnes
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).

FLICKR/HOLGER H.

Hi-Tops
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.

Delilah's
2771 N Lincoln Ave
The Deal: PBR and Old Crow for $4, and Labatt and Maker’s Mark for $6.

Taco Joint
1969 N Halsted St
The Deal: Modelo and a shot of tequila for $5.

Shoes Pub
1134 W Armitage Ave
The Deal: $2 shots of Malort + beers for $2-$3.

Aliveone
2683 N Halsted St
The Deal: $7ish for a shot of Jameson and a PBR.

Trinity Bar
2721 N Halsted St
The Deal: $3 Jameson shots every day + rotating $3 beer specials.

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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?

FLICKR/SANTIAGO ZAVALA

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.

The Owl
2521 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: $6 gets you a can of PBR and a shot of Jameson.

The Mutiny
2428 N Western Ave
The Deal: $4 for a PBR and a well shot on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.

Quenchers Saloon
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.

FLICKR/DAVID PIERCE

Rossi's
412 N State St
The Deal: $4 well shots and $2.50 tall boys.

FLICKR/J R

The Chipp Inn
832 N Greenview Ave
The Deal: $4 Beam and Beast special.

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Grace Street Tap
3759 N Western
The Deal: Well shots + PBR for $5.

Cork Lounge
1822 W Addison St
The Deal: $5 for 16oz of Genesee and a shot of Jim Beam, available every day but Monday.

FLICKR/DAVE NEWMAN

Paramount Room
415 N Milwaukee Ave
The Deal: $5 shot + beer, Mondays through Fridays.

FLICKR/JOSE

Four Treys
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.

FLICKR/RAELENE GUTIERREZ

Gold Star Bar
1755 W Division St
The Deal: $5 for a can of Hamm’s and a shot of Kessler.

Happy Village
1059 N Wolcott Ave
The Deal: $2 Hamm’s + $3.50 for a shot of Jameson.

Empty Bottle
1035 N Western Ave
The Deal: $6 for a can of beer and a shot of whiskey.

FLICKR/ROBERT S. DONOVAN

The Southern
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.

Big Star
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.

Beachwood Inn
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".

The Anthem
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.

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1. Simon's Tavern 5210 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640 (Andersonville)

This Swedish-centric joint in Andersonville is decked in Viking swag and serves up warm winter drinks like Glögg, a hot mulled wine.

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2. The Southern 1840 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Setting up shop in the former Chaise Lounge space, TS aims to be more of a down-home, laid-back boozer than its coastally inspired predecessor, with a long timber bar surrounded by wood-planked high-top tables that contribute a classy picnic vibe, but thankfully no picnic baskets, or that silly Yogi Bear would mess up EVERYTHING.

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3. The Flat Iron 1565 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Wicker Park)

The Note's been transformed from a live music venue to a divey neighborhood tavern, with walls graffiti'd up by nine local artists (buxom women, devils, aliens, robots, etc). The remodel's from the guy who runs the laid-back trio Nick's Beer Garden, Nick'

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4. Big Star 1531 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Chicago)

A lot of things about Wicker Park's Big Star will make you feel like you're in Texas. First, there's the taco-centric menu that features a dozen taco varieties and necessary sides like guacamole and queso. Then there's the drink selection, which is heavy on whiskey, tequila, and craft beer. The massive outdoor patio begs for you to order a margarita and drink the day away, especially during the summer when the seasonal music series is in full swing.

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5. The Anthem 1725 W DIvision St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Because sports and nostalgia are natural companions so long as you aren't a Cubs fan, the folks behind Bangers & Lace are opening The Anthem, a retro-themed athletics bar decked with a 19thC American flag, reclaimed school lockers, and station-wagon-esque wood paneling along the L-shaped bar, which is presided over by a mere four flats and a couple of projectors, though just tell those bitter dudes to shut up and confront their dad, already!

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6. The Corner Bar 2224 N Leavitt St, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

This Bucktown watering hole bills itself as a "true Chicago tavern" with cheap drinks, a friendly atmosphere, and special events happening sporadically throughout the year.

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7. Gallery Cabaret 2020 N Oakley Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Bucktown)

With a prime spot in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, Gallery Cabaret is one of the premier destinations in the city for live music, comedy nights, and poetry readings.

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8. Lottie's Pub 1925 W Cortland St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Bucktown)

Born in 1934 as a destination for Chicago’s mobsters to gamble and indulge in prostitution, the modern-day Lottie’s promises its guests beer, bar snacks, and a little slice of history. The pub has, obviously, undergone renovations, but its exposed brick walls, wood paneling, and various memorabilia help maintain its old-time, neighborhood atmosphere. Now offering a full menu of bar food favorites -- chicken tenders, nachos, burgers, pizza, and the like -- and a large selection of cheap beer, the two-story dive draws a mixed demographic to its corner in Bucktown.

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9. Bullhead Cantina 1143 N California, Chicago, IL 60622

This red-hued dive is slinging nearly 50 whiskeys and getting all kinds of serious about its tacos, hand-making corn tortillas for everything from banana leaf-cooked carnitas, to chipotle-sauced Southern-fried chicken, to sweet potato w/ pickled cabbage & roasted corn, roasted Korn no longer being an option because that dude's like a born-again Christian or something.

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10. L&L Tavern 3207 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

Lakeview's L&L Tavern has a dark and storied past, but remains one of the city's more interesting dives because of it. It’s rumored that both Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy frequented the tavern, the former scoping out his next victim through the window facing the street, and the latter in a full clown suit. So… what are you waiting for? Sip your PBR tall boy and realy familiarize yourself with the serial killers by sitting in the very bar -- maybe even the very chair -- they once occupied. Or just go because the beers are cheap, that works too.

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11. Delilah's 2771 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

Delilah’s is a truly remarkable place disguised by the facade of a dreary, punk rock dive. Monday through Saturday, it’s an above-average Lincoln Park hangout with some 200 beers, 750 whiskeys, music, and a rotating art gallery featuring local artists. But the real magic happens on Sundays during football season, when Buffalo fans unite in the narrow dive to shout at TVs showing their beloved Bills. This is no average football viewing, this is serious -- I’m talking tears, dolphins engulfed in flames during Miami match-ups, and bear hugs in victories and losses alike. With every touchdown, a devoted fan buys a round of shots for the bar, and every surface is constantly covered in cans of Labatt Blue. Game days at Delilah’s are not for fair weather Bills (or Sabres) fans, nor for anyone shouting anything other than “Let’s Go Buffalo!”

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12. The Drum and Monkey 1435 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

This Little Italy Irish pub has great drink prices/deals, tasty pub grub, and some of the best prices you'll find in the area.

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13. The Boiler Room 2210 N California, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

This industrial restaurant-slash-bar in Logan Square does pizza, beer, and general comfort food (fried cheese balls, poutine, mac & cheese) really really well. The pizza options are staggering: aside from simple cheese, pepperoni, and sausage pies, there are more than 15 specials and a build-your-own options. The Boiler Room's real claim to fame is its PB&J special: a slice of pizza, PBR tall boy, and a Jameson. There's plenty of communal tables and a great outdoor patio, and if you couldn't tell from the aforementioned PBR and whisky special, this place is a hipster destination.

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14. The Owl 2521 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

From the folks behind laid-back landmarks Easy Bar and Estelle's, The Owl sports a similarly dive-y vibe, with dim amber lighting, a softly curving, 40-stool'd bar, and, held over and spruced up from the previous occupants, a retro-looking waterfall, which you're sure to go chasing...with a beer!

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15. Longman & Eagle 2657 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Longman & Eagle, the Michelin-starred gastropub in Logan Square, has an exclusive whiskey selection (clocking in at over 400 labels), a craft cocktail menu, and an extensive beer list all fit for the most pretentious of drinkers, in the least pretentious of atmospheres. Longman takes a flavor-forward, honest approach to eating and drinking, and because it doesn’t accept reservations, there is always a wait for brunch, happy hour, and dinner alike. (And it is always worth it.) While whiskey may be king, the regional American fare has just as much to offer, hence the Michelin star. The menu changes often, but expect anything from beef tallow beignets and veal brains to wild boar sloppy joes, chicken and waffles, and a burger that, if you know what's good for you, you will order.

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16. Gold Star Bar 1755 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Gold Star's got something for every dive-lover; they've got free popcorn, cheap booze, and a jukebox.

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17. Happy Village 1059 N Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Happy Village is a neighborhood bar located in Ukrainian Village. While it may be unassuming from the outside, the interior is sleek and lively, and there’s a back room housing two ping pong tables. The backyard beer garden -- fully equipped with a pond and goldfish -- is open year-round, though let’s face it, this is Chicago. The neighborhood bar is cash only, but with daily specials, perpetually cheap beers (Old Styles for just $2… again, the Chicago thing), and free ping pong, a visit to happy village will leave your wallet happy, too.

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18. Paramount Room 415 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

This dual-level space dishes out a number of internationally inspired dishes, and it also features a full liquor bar, craft beers, and a number of domestics as well.

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19. Cork Lounge 1822 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60613 (Roscoe Village)

This completely-remodeled Irish speakeasy is sporting five plasmas and a 35ft mahogany bar loaded with 13 taps, from Guinness to Trumer Pils.

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20. Rossi's Liquors 412 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Near North Side)

In a forest green storefront on North State St., with signs advertising fine wines and packaged goods, Rossi's Liquors is a River North mainstay. The store is home to a selection of beers, wines, liquors -- fine, and otherwise -- and to a dark, unpretentious bar oft patronized by those in search of a post-work drink. Rossi's is a welcoming, neighborhood dive where the lights are dim, the jukebox constantly rocking, and the drinks cheap enough that it's easy to get lost in your own thoughts.

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21. Empty Bottle 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (Ukrainian Village)

Empty Bottle's got awesome live music, a photobooth, and a cheap booze selection.

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