This Summer in Shots

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In case you've been wondering, we're well aware that been seriously lacking in writing new Happy Hour posts. No, we haven't been spent the summer in a deep hangover. We both have just been extremely busy with work and life in general. However, we still enjoy checking out new places and wines so we do keep up with snapping shots on our instagram feed so here's a little taste of what we've been up to this summer. We hope you're all enjoying these last few week of summer! It'll be cool again before we know it so make sure to make the most of it. 

Cheers! JG & JB

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Kicking off July with Fourth of July Jello Shots

Check out JG's home brewing buddies Metal Monkey Brewing! It's goooood.

Peach Sangria mixed with Bai for Pure Barre Naperville's Thirsty Thursdays in July

JG's birthday lunch at the ever so delicious County BBQ

Flying high with the Cooper's Hawk red wine flight

Staying cool with caipirinhas at Downer's Grove Chama Gaucha 

JB & JG reunited in Milwaukee for some grog cocktails & small plates at Blue Jacket 

JB enjoyed fresh cocktails at Allium

We hate to see summer go, but we'll be enjoying Apothic Dark all fall!


This Month in Shots: June 2014

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Ain't no day like Wine Down Wednesday at Pure Barre Naperville!

Well, Sunday Brunch at Milwaukee Ale House isn't far behind.

Got a case of the Mondays, JG suggests a Manhattan in a mason jar!

Check out the wine pour in Minnesota?!!

JB's highlight of the month? Outkast at Summerfest! Here they are, "So Fresh & So Clean" with a backdrop fit for the dairyland.

Enjoying Kim Crawford wine, JG's bracelet reminds her: "Dreams don't work unless you do."

Along those same lines, Tipsy Basil Lemonade doesn't make itself!

JB's back at Summerfest for a Riverwest Stein and White Arrows!

And a little more wining down - this time at City Winery in Chicago.

For more shots of our Happy Hour life, follow us on Instagram at @TheHappyHourTour!

Jennie & Jessica


This month in Shots: May edition

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A good house party treat? 2 day vodka soaked gummy bears!

If you drink wine and do Pure Barre, you too can be fit! So says, Dr. JG.

Bull & Bear Happy Hour guacamole, topped with strawberries

DIY s'mores bar at the Cinq Chicago Summer Kick Off Party

A peak inside Lucky Joe's in Milwaukee

Good friends treat you to homemade apple moonshine!

Chicago folks: Get your 1st Uber free using promo code HAPPYHOURTOUR!

Thursday Thirsty nights = Half-off wine bottles at Fat Pour Chicago

Saturday night wine flight at Wine & Cheese by TCC

For more shots of our Happy Hour life, follow us on Instagram at @TheHappyHourTour!


Jennie & Jessica


The Happy Hour Tour + Uber Chicago

Hello Chicago! I’ve teamed up with Uber Chicago to bring a great deal for first time riders. Now that the warm weather is finally upon us with BBQs, Happy Hours, and all types of events are popping up all over the place, waiting in the humidity for a taxi is not cute. Save time by booking a luxury ride with Uber!
  • Download the free Uber app for iPhone or Android
  • Register your new account. You will have to link a credit or debit card or PayPal account to complete registration.
  • Upload a photo of yourself so that your driver can identify you.
  • Let the Uber app find your location via GPS; select “Set Pickup Location”
  • Choose your desired car type using the slider at the bottom of the screen
  • On the next screen, tap “Request” and Uber will find you the nearest available driver. You’ll even receive a photo of your driver along with the make, model, & license plate of the car! No stranger danger here.
  • While you wait for your car, you can also check the map to see the car in route.
My favorite feature is that the app allows you to select car type by how far it and you may also get a fare quote before completing the booking.

Remember when booking your ride, use the code “HAPPYHOURTOUR” to get your first free ride in a luxury car, up to $20. 

If you’re using the service in Chicago proper, use the promo code to treat yourself to a sleek black car. If you’re a suburbanite like me, you can also book a basic car and with the credit, your ride may be half-off just like a happy hour drink! 

Get your Uber deal while it’s hot! The “HAPPYHOURTOUR” Promo code expires June 30th.



Thanks to Uber Chicago for collaborating with The Happy Hour Tour. My first ride was complimentary. All opinions are my own.


Bull & Bear

Days: Daily drink specials / Mon.-Fri. food specials
Times: 3-7pm for food specials
Drink Deals: $5 beers to $35 sangria bucket! (see calendar)
Food Deals: Half-off appetizers


Drink Up: For a busy bar, the service was amazing! Thank you, Frannie!!

Spill the Wine: The half-off wine specials are for bottles only, not for wine by the glass.


Last night at Bull & Bear, Windy City Bloggers hosted a Happy Hour event along with Chicago Food Bloggers. 

Bull & Bear is a classy sports bar that I’ve been told can be a hot spot for the finance crowd. I definitely saw my share of suits, but I also saw plenty of casually dressed folks there to watch last night’s Chicago Blackhawks game. Towards the end of Happy Hour, people were gathering for the weekly Tuesday trivia nights.  If you’re big into trivia, you’ll definitely want to follow Bull & Bar on any one of their social media links for updates on monthly themed trivia nights, such as “Sex & the City” trivia night.

Each day, Bull & Bear features different drink specials all night long. On my Tuesday night visit, the specials included half-off bottles of wine and $15 buckets of Sam Adams. While I love a wine deal, I would have loved more if there was a deal on wine by the glass. I chose to try one of their popular “Liquid Assets” cocktails ($11 each), the No. 4. It’s a cucumber infused Belvedere cocktail with muddled watermelon, lemon, & lime. The first half of the drink was and incredibly refreshing spring time drink needed for a cloudy day. However, the latter half of the drink fell a bit flat so I went back to my tried and true wine, Sauvignon Blanc at $9 a glass. 

On weeknights, appetizers are half-off from 3-7pm, such as pretzels and truffle fries. We received complimentary guacamole and grilled chicken & veggie quesadillas bites.  The guacamole was especially tasty with a few chopped strawberries on top. The strawberry addition was something I had seen or never tasted before, but it was a welcomed experienced. On my way out the door, I commented that I wish I had tupperware to bring some home with me. It’s seriously not to be missed.

Like any great blogger Happy Hour, it was always great to connect with people and talk about our love of food & drink and the agony of getting a great photo of both. It was great to finally meet twitter buddy and fellow wine enthusiast Windy City Epicurean, whose drink of choice was a Riesling. It was also great to chat with the ladies of What R U Wearing, Arin of Heart of Chic, and the always fabulous hostess with the mostest Kit of The Kittchen.

Since I went to Happy Hour straight from work, I used Uber service to transport me to and from my office. I also chose to use Uber to avoid that madness of me finding my way around Chicago’s River North. I was pleasantly surprised that my Happy Hour pick up arrived in under 5 minutes… and complimented on my outfit! Since I was arriving back to my office after hours, I really appreciated the offer to wait until I was secure inside, a courtesy that usually only comes from family & close friends.

If you’re new to Uber and want to check it out, use promo code HAPPYHOURTOUR to get your first ride free, up to $20. 

Thanks to Uber Chicago for collaborating with The Happy Hour Tour. My ride was complimentary. All opinions are my own.


Bull & Bear
Neighborhood: River North

431 N. Wells 
Chicago, IL 60654


How to Make... Margarita Cupcakes


You know we love booze and you know we love cupcakes so it's only logical that we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Margarita Cupcakes! Inspired by Betty Crocker's deliciously appealing recipe, I added a lemon-lime cream cheese frosting and wa-lah, a star recipe is born!

So, put on your apron - get your cookin' cocktail ready and follow along:


1.5 cups coarsely crushed pretzels
.5 cup sugar
.5 cup butter (melted)

1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® white cake mix
.75 cup bottled non-alcoholic margarita mix
.5 cup water
.33 cup vegetable oil
1 TBSP grated lime peel
3 egg whites

1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
.5 cup butter, softened
1 TBSP grated lemon peel
1 TBSP lime juice
5 cups confectioners' sugar

Makes 30 single cupcakes.


1) Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Prepare cupcake liners by greasing the bottom with a touch of Crisco (or coconut oil if you're fancy).

2) In medium bowl, mix crust ingredients. Sprinkle evenly in bottom of cupcake liners; press gently.

3) In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Spoon evenly over crust in cupcake liners.

4) Bake in oven for 16-20 minutes or until light golden brown and top springs back when touched lightly in the center. Cool completely.

5) To make frosting, beat the cream cheese and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy, and stir in the lemon peel and lime juice. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl throughouly after each addition. Spread the frosting over the cupcakes.

As you can tell, these little treasures don't actually contain any liquor, so they're safe to share with the kiddos  (as long as you don't mind a mile-high sugar-high), coworkers, or anyone else that you really want to wish a "Happy Cinco de Mayo," but without the actual tequila :).

From our kitchen to yours, happy Cinco de Mayo!!

-- JB


This Month in Shots: April edition

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Pre-Happy Hour Tour drinks with Cupcake's Red Velvet

JB's Happy Birthday Happy Hour Tour selfie

Prosecco cocktail at Black Sheep

Birthday Brunch at Bavaria


Thorny Rose Sauvignon Blanc for office Happy Hour

Riverwest Stein at Milwaukee Brewer's game

Strawberry Margarita at La Cuchara

JG stocked up on wine for Scandal finale

For more shots of our Happy Hour life, follow us on Instagram at @TheHappyHourTour!


Jennie & Jessica


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