Times: All Night Long
Food Deals: None. Boo.
Drink Deals: $7-$12 cocktails
Parking: Complimentary Valet
Drink Up! There’s a good variety of daily cocktail specials.
Spill the Wine: A great restaurant with no food deals? Come on!
A few weeks ago, Happy Hour Tour regular, Tamika got a tip that Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse is the place to be on Friday nights, particularly the patio. It didn’t take long for us to set a Happy Hour date and grab a pair of seats on the patio at the Oak Brook location for their “Absolut Friday” special.
Gibsons Steakhouse is a well known Chicago bar & steakhouse that has been serving not only locals but actors, singers, and athletes as well for over 20 years. The restaurant’s walls are lined with autographed photos and magazine covers of famous folks who have dined, but certainly not dashed, over the years. The other two locations are in Chicago’s Gold Coast, tucked away in what some locals refer to as The Viagra Triangle, and the other in suburban Rosemont.
Knowing that I was headed to one of the most popular steak houses in the Chicagoland area, I ate light all day to make room for all the food I was planning to enjoy. However, I was disappointed to learn that there were no food specials. The closest that Gibsons comes to a food special is that side dishes can be ordered as a half portion. While that may be nice for some, I’m not exactly looking to split orders of mashed potatoes and creamed spinach. As with most Happy Hours, I was looking for appetizers specials, especially when I had saved myself during the day and wanted to experience at least a few of them.
Since the prices would add up on full priced appetizers, Tamika & I decided we might as well go all out for entrees. The Petit Filet Mignon with Mashed Potatoes ($30.75) filled my belly, while Tamika opted for the Gold Coast Filet Sliders ($14.25) and Creamed Spinach ($8.75). The meat & potatoes satisfied my Midwest appetite, and I’d still love to know what is the secret ingredient is in the gravy and mash potatoes because thinking of it makes my mouth water.
For “Absolut Friday,” Gibsons features $7 Absolut Cocktails and $9 Absolut Martinis. After JB’s too sweet tea cocktail at Heaven on Seven, I suspected the featured cocktail, John Dalys ($7), mixed with Absolut Wild Tea, Lemonade, & Iced Tea may be too sweet for me so we opted for Cosmos martinis ($9). I wish there were something to say about the Cosmo, but a Cosmo is just a Cosmo most of the time. It would have been nice to see more cocktail concoctions listed for such a bougie place. If vodka isn’t your thing, there were also Avion Skinny Margaritas and Malibu cocktails, both priced at $7 each.
As for the being the place to be on Friday night, it certainly was… however, Tamika & I are about 15-20 years younger than their average after work crowd. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! Around 9pm, the entertainment switches from a grand piano performance to a DJ so maybe that’s when my demographic comes out to play. All in all, Gibsons is good, but it’s not quite the place you go for a Happy Hour experience. Plan on going for an after work drink or as a stop on your own Happy Hour Tour through the Oak Brook shopping area.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse
2015 Spring Rd.
Oak Brook, IL 60523