Happy Hour at Home
Cheers! In this new world of staying in, local laws are relaxed (at least for now) so that Chicago North Shore restaurants and drinkeries can sell packaged beer and liquor to go. Time to party…on the couch! Go casual with a beer and some pub grub or sing your own Dean Martin oldie with a nice chianti and pasta. Whether you’re sheltering solo, residing with family, or Zoom-ing with your crew you can have a fun night in and support your local businesses.
Note that local establishments will be following safety and other protocols to protect you, your family and their teams. Alcohol is still only sold to people ages 21 and older; IDs will be checked. Be sure to check each business for information about how to place and pick up your order. Their hours of operation will probably be different (and shorter) than usual, too. Thank you for tipping generously as your patronage will help keep our local businesses open when we can all go out and play again.
See a full list of Chicago's North Shore restaurants offering carry out and delivery here.
Temperance Beer Co.
2000 Dempster St., Evanston
It’s easier than ever to grab a growler from Evanston's first and oldest brewery and tap room. Pull right up to Temperance with their drive-thru service! Stock up on some of their year-round canned brews like Basement Party™ Unfiltered American Lager, Birdsong™ Saison, or Gatecrasher® IPA. They’ve got beer available to go in four- and six-packs, 64-ounce growlers, and 32-ounce howlers and growlers. Tucked away in Evanston’s semi-industrial corridor, watch for the sign on Dempster to hop on over. Noon-6:00 pm.
The Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar and Grill
Temperance Beer Co., Evanston
8050 Lincoln Ave., Skokie
This March definitely brought a different kind of madness. Sports fans may need to hunt classic games on cable or mount their own style of backyard playoffs. Get your game on with curb-side pickup or delivery from this neighborhood favorite. The full menu is available—along with beer and liquor—but on Tuesdays take advantage of their half-price pizza deal (full price for ingredients; personal sizes not included). Add Fried Calamari, Boneless Buffalo Wings, Build Your Own Sandwich, pizzas, and desserts to celebrate a victory like the mood-enhancing Chocolate Peanut Butter Thunder Cake.
Village Inn Pizzeria Sports Bar and Grill, Skokie
695 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
Take your Home-Style Happy Hour to a whole new level. Sample Guildhall’s vetted beer and wine list with Vandermill’s Totally Roasted (Spring Lake, Michigan) or the 2018 Domaine Trotignon Les Silex Sauvignon Blanc (Loire Valley, France). Keep the meal simple with a Wood-Fired, Family-Style Sicilian Pan Pizza sauced in red, white, or vegan with your choice of toppings. Or feed four with their Make It a Meal offering a choice of Oven Roasted Salmon, Whole Rotisserie Chicken, or Herb-Marinated Centre-Cut Pork Loin accompanied by a garden salad, choice of two sides, and Publican Quality Bread.
574 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Elevated American classics with high-quality, fresh ingredients are the perfect side-kick to the wide and well-balanced bottled wine list and local canned craft beer available to go here. For that game day vibe, check out their Wings with a soy, ginger, garlic, and cucumber wasabi dip or get a quart of the Turkey Chili (with oyster crackers, natch). Fred’s Garage supports Chicago area breweries with winners like Whiner Le Tub’s Wild Farmhouse Ale, Revolution’s Eugene Porter and Half Acre’s Pony Pils along with a strong selection of whites, reds, rosés, and sparkling wine.
Fred's Garage, Winnetka
1819 Lake Cook Rd., Northbrook
See, swirl, sniff, sip, savor. Practice your wine pairing protocol with a 14 Hands Merlot or Chardonnay from P.F. Changs in Northbrook or choose any two bottles of their hand-selected red or whites for $30. If you find yourself more in the mood for a beer to accompany your Chinese food, grab a Sapporo Lager, also available for take out and delivery. Pair this all with P.F. Changs delicious shareables and dim sum like their Lettuce Wraps, Chili-Garlic Green Beans or Handmade Dumplings for the perfect happy hour fare. Or, make a full meal out of it with your favorites.
Beer on Central
1930 Central St., Evanston
Set up your own tasting room and select a medley from more than 60 cold and room-temperature craft beers (an ever-changing inventory) at Beer on Central. This retail shop is not only passionate about beer, they strive to support local breweries. Stock up on specialty brews that fit the times like Natural Villain from Goose Island, Unwind Your Mind from Hop Butcher, True Reality by Pipeworks, or Lite Thinking Lager from Pollyanna Brewing Company. Mead, cider, non-alcoholic bevvies, gluten-free options, hard liquor, and vino are also available for pick-up.
Ten Ninety Brewing Company
Beer on Central, Evanston
1025 Waukegan Rd., Glenview
Recently featured on Chicago's Best, Ten-Ninety has more than a dozen different beers on the market and another eleven fermenting at any given time. Add some of their beer-infused/inspired dishes to your night in like par-baked artisan pizzas on hand-tossed dough made with their 1916 Lager (bake them fresh at home) or the Ten Ninety Burger with their Rancorous III dijonaise. Their eclectic combinations of beer and food (wine, too!) will brighten up any evening. Heck, order up a case while you’re at it.
Ten Ninety Brewing Company, Glenview
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