Times: 5pm-2am (Weekdays) / 11am-2pm (Weekends)
Drink Deals: $4 Beers, $5 House Wine & Margaritas (check menu for specific days)
Food Deals: Half-priced appetizers, 5-8pm, Fridays
Drink Up: There’s something for everyone, with a variety of daily deals.
Spill the Wine: No wine spillage here. The service was great!
Happy New Year, fellow Happy Hour fans!! As you can tell, I’m one of those folks who continue to say “Happy New Year” well into the first few weeks of the year if we haven’t had a chance to catch up. With this being the first post of 2014, it’s about damn time we catch up!
If you haven’t been following us on instagram (and you totally should be!), you’ve missed out on some good dranking. Over the holidays, JB visited with family in Springfield, while I boozed it up with family on Memphis’s Beale Street. JB & I also got together for New Years Eve and celebrated the Irish way (also known as lots of Jameson) at Quigley’s Irish Pub. Now that the holidays are over, we’ve both been scratching our heads on which Happy Hours to check out next… and then I got an invite for a Happy Hour event with Chicago Blogger Network at Diag Bar & Grill.
Diag Bar & Grill is a high end sports bar located in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. They are known for their beer, with an inventory of 50+ bottled beer and 20+ on tap. Lucky for me, they also have a fully stocked bar, including a variety of wines and I enjoyed the House Cabernet ($5). Diag Bar & Grill doesn’t have a specific Happy Hour, but they do feature a drink special for each day of the week. Serious boozers may want to check out Diag Bar on a Friday night for a $20 fishbowl cocktail or Saturday & Sunday for the $15 mimosa pitchers and $15 buckets of domestic beer.
I visited on a Friday night and even though I wasn’t hungry after a super-heavy lunch, it was nice to know that Diag offers half-off appetizers from 5-8pm every Friday. There is also machine with complimentary popcorn that was conveniently located near our reserved section.
The service at Diag Bar & Grill was pretty great, especially for servers needing to keep track of our group who were constantly on the move to socialize. The servers were even sure to check on people when their glasses were low and so I was never without a glass.
While wine is usually a highlight of mine, I must say that the best part of the night was the socializing. Typically at a blogger event, there’s less talking and more photo taking, instagraming, tweeting, facebooking, etc. but in this case there’s wasn’t a lot of posting because everyone was so busy chatting with new friends. I had a great time meeting Kitt of The Kittchen, Desi of Fashionlingual, Danielle of Allusional, and Chloe of Chloe Cline, and the hostess with the mostess, Jill of Jess & Jill. Next time, JB will have to come down from Milwaukee to get in on the fun!
Bloggers aside, it appeared that the regular crowd was a pretty culturally diverse group of folks in their 20s and 30s. The crowd appeared fun, but not rowdy, as I saw one table get TWO fishbowls. Clearly, they knew how to hold their liquor because things were pretty mellow on that side of the bar… or maybe they just passed out. Either way, I’d definitely visit Diag Bar & Grill again with bloggers, with friends, or maybe even a date.
Diag Bar & Grill
2856 N. Southport
Chicago, IL 60657