Whether you’re toasting your 2019 victories or your 2020 bright plans, New Year’s night is meant for celebrating with gusto.
Allow yourself to throw caution to the wind and enjoy as many drinks as you please–as long you’re not driving that night!–knowing that Chicago abounds in bars and restaurants where you can fix that hangover faster than you can say “Happy New Year!”
The best part is that you can sober up and keep the party going without breaking the bank.
We’ve rounded up 12 places offering New Year’s Day specials including Pedialyte cocktails and IV treatments, as well as plenty of hangover brunch staples like $6 grilled cheese sandwiches.
New Year’s Day Specials: $5 beers; half-price cocktails
Popular for its live performances, aliveOne will open at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Day, but the wait will be worth it; the restaurant will be serving its signature cocktails for half the price, along with $5 Half Acre brews.
Location: 2683 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614
Hours: Sunday – Friday: 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Saturday: 5 p.m. – 3 a.m.
2. Caffè Umbria
New Year’s Day Specials: Cozy Italian drinks
This chic coffeehouse located in Logan Square will be open bright and early on January 1st, at 8 a.m. That hangover won’t stand a chance against their delicious (and affordable) winter drinks. Get cozy with a Cioccolata Calda ($3.75) or sip on Eggnog and nutmeg ($4.25 — $5.25). If Hot Spiced Apple Cider is calling your name, Caffè Umbria’s is made with local apple cider and topped with real whipped cream and caramel sauce ($3.50 — $4).
Location: Location: 2545 West Armitage Ave. Chicago IL 60647
Hours: Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
3. Easy Bar
New Year’s Day Specials: $4 to $6 drinks; free pool
This laid-back bar will kick off the New Year by opening at 8 p.m. Grab a couple of friends and make your 2020 resolutions over $6 signature cocktails and $4 select craft beers. What’s more, the bar offers free pool until 2 a.m.
Location: 1944 W. Division St. Chicago, IL 60622
Hours: Hours: Monday – Friday: 5 p.m – 2 a.m. | Saturday: 3 p.m. – 3 a.m. | Sunday: 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.
4. Elf’d Up
New Year’s Day Specials: “Brunch with Buddy”; College bowl game viewing
If you’re a fan of Buddy the Elf, this bar is the place to be on New Year’s Day. Enjoy “Brunch with Buddy” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring an appearance from a “Buddy the Elf” impersonator at 12 p.m. Brunch dishes like (green!) Papa Elf Pancakes, a Buddy Burrito, You Smell Like Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwich are not only mouth-watering but at under $12 each, they’re also easy on the wallet. The drinks are not too shabby either. Choose from naughty cocktails including Sleigh All Day (Wheatley Vodka, St. Germain, Mionetto Prosecco, and a splash of cranberry) or perhaps a Mr. Narwhal (gin, St. Germain, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and soda) or go for the World’s Best Cup of Naughty Coffee (Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream, Paddy’s Irish Whiskey, maple syrup, and caramel coffee). Those are just a few!
While busy eating and drinking, you might want to keep an eye on the screens. Elf’d Up will be broadcasting all college bowl games as well as the NHL Winter Classic on 15 TVs and two quad video walls throughout the bar.
Location: 3484 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL 60657
Hours: Open Daily through Wednesday January 1. Monday – Thursday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Friday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. | Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. | Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
New Year’s Day Specials: $2 – $3 beer specials
Located in the heart of the Six Corners in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, Estelle’s will open from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. This is where you can indulge in the most decadent hangover remedy: grilled cheese sandwiches with fries. You get to choose from four grilled cheese sandwiches, each just $6. Estelle’s also offers a half-off happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring half-off everything except shots and food.
Location: 2013 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Hours: Sunday – Friday: 5 p.m – 4 a.m. | Saturday: 5 p.m. – 5 a.m.
6. Hubbard Inn
New Year’s Day Specials: $65 brunch buffet
The newly revamped and reopened Hubbard Inn will host a New Year’s Day $65 extravagant brunch buffet paired with Bloody Marys or Mimosas from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get ready to feast on an impressive spread. Chef Eric Babula’s surprise for Hubbard Inn’s guests includes carving stations, an omelet station, waffle station, classic brunch items, pastries, smoked salmon, dessert table, and more. Brunch requires a reservation!
Location: 110 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654
Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Wednesday – Friday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 a.m. | Sunday: 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
7. Mastro’s Steakhouse
New Year’s Day Specials: New Year’s Day Dinner
There’s nothing better than a high-protein meal to cure a hangover. On New Year’s Day,
Mastro’s will be open as usual, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant’s wide selection of prime steaks and fresh seafood includes New Zealand King Salmon Filet, Big Eye Tuna sashimi-style, Alaskan King Crab Legs, Japanese A5 Wagyu, Broadleaf Wagyu Tomahawk Chop, and more.
If you’re feeling adventurous, order Mastro’s signature Dry Aged Bone-In Ribeye (23 or 24-ounce) for $75 or the Chateaubriand for $115, featuring a large center-cut roasted beef tenderloin, sliced and served tableside with Béarnaise and peppercorn sauce on the side.
Location: 520 North Dearborn Chicago, IL 60654
Hours: Lounge: Sunday – Tuesday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. | Wednesday & Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. | Friday & Saturday, 4 p.m. to midnight
Dinner: Sunday – Tuesday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. | Wednesday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
8. Morton’s The Steakhouse
New Year’s Day Specials: $13 – $79 specials
Celebrate the New Year at all Morton’s locations (Chicago, Naperville, Northbrook, Rosemont, and Schaumburg) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Their “Power Hour” happy hour
features specially priced beer, wine, martinis, and cocktails. Don’t skip their famous bar bites such as Iceberg Wedge Bites, Mini Crab Cake BLTs, Prime Cheeseburgers, Petite Filet Mignon Sandwiches, Filet Mignon Trio, and more. “Power Hour” times and menu offerings vary per location. Here’s the complete list:
CHICAGO – The Original
5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the bar area only.
CHICAGO – Wacker Place
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area only.
Drink specials are valid from open to close and bar bites are available from open to 6:30 p.m.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and bar bites are available daily from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the bar area only.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the bar area only.
Locations & websites:
Chicago (The Original): 1050 N. State St., 312-266-4820 www.mortons.com/statestreet/
Chicago (Wacker Place): 65 East Wacker Place, 312-201-0410
Naperville: 1751 Freedom Drive, 630-577-1372 www.mortons.com/naperville/
Northbrook: 699 Skokie Blvd., 847-205-5111 www.mortons.com/northbrook/
Rosemont: 9525 W. Bryn Mawr Ave, 847-678-5155 www.mortons.com/rosemont/
Schaumburg: 1470 McConnor Parkway, 847-413-8771 www.mortons.com/schaumburg/
9. Parlay at Joy District
New Year’s Day Specials: Pedialyte cocktails; bowl games
Swing by Parlay on New Year’s Day at 12 p.m. and enjoy the Citrus Bowl, featuring the bar’s college affiliate, the Michigan Wolverines, versus Alabama Crimson Tide. Nurse your hangover with flavorful dishes like Jumbo Chicken Wings, Bacon Cheddar Ranch Popcorn, Lamb Sliders, Short Rib Tacos, Seared Steak Sandwich and more.
If you really overdid it the night before, choose from a selection of Pedialyte cocktails. To top things off, a Patriot Hydration & Recovery will be on hand, providing hangover IV treatments for half-off.
Location: 112 W. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL 60654
Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. | Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 a.m. | Sunday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
10. Play Kitchen & Cocktails
New Year’s Day Specials: “Half-y Hour”; bowl games
On January 1st, one of the best nightclubs and sports bars in Chicago will be offering a Half-y Hour” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. This means you’ll pay just half to enjoy select menu items including cocktails, wine, champagne, draft beers and bites such as Seven Heaven Wings, Southwest Roll-ups, Bucket O’ Tenders, Brisket Sliders, Play Burger and more. You’ll be able to catch up with both the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, broadcasted on TVs throughout the bar.
Location: 7 W. Division St. Chicago IL 60610
Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. | Wednesday – Friday: 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 a.m. | Sunday: 12 p.m. – 4 a.m.
New Year’s Day Specials: $8 Beer and Shot Combo
Feeling ready for another round of partying? Remedy Bar in Bucktown will open from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Get a good buzz for only $8 with the special Miller High Life bottle and Evan Williams shot.
Location: 1910 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Hours: Sunday- Friday: 4 p.m. – 4 a.m. | Saturday: 4 p.m. – 5 a.m.
12. The Owl
New Year’s Day Specials: $5 beer special
For a little hair of the dog, The Owl will be open from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Their late-night specials include $5 Hopewell First Lager cans.
Location: 2521 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL 60647
Hours: Sunday – Friday: 6 p.m. – 4 a.m. | Saturday: 6 p.m. – 5 a.m.