The tried and true after work deals

There’s something special about a really good happy hour. The feeling of a good deal is great, but when it’s paired with a great atmosphere and good friends, there are few things that match it for a casual weekday out. For a great happy hour, it needs to be reliable, nothing that changes every day or has funky hours. And, if it can be unusual on top of a good deal, even better. Here are the most essential happy hours in Chicago, the ones worth counting on to help abate the post-work blues.

il Porcellino

13 different cocktails on the negroni list (including a sbagliato and boulevardier) for $8 a piece make this happy hour special. Plus, $5 wines by the glass are available and $3 Italian sub sandwiches (choose from meatball, Italian, or vegetarian) make a great pre-dinner snack.

Daily 4 – 6 p.m.