An ongoing log of the best restaurant and bar deals in town

Happy hour specials are important. The discounted prices are a great tool to bring Chicagoans into bars and restaurants no matter the weather. It’s been almost three years since state lawmakers legalized happy hour, lifting obsolete restrictions that prevented restaurant and bar owners from offer discounts on alcoholic drinks.

Eater Chicago attempted to log all the happy hour specials in one map. But as time went by, the map became bloated with outdated specials. It was difficult to update and bar owners would complain that the information wasn’t up to date. Customers would get angry that bars wouldn’t honor specials. Eater Chicago would get angry that no one informed the publication about any happy hour changes. No one was, well, happy.

So starting for 2018, happy hour specials will now be logged periodically on this post. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive list, but will try to highlight new restaurants or thoughtful offers from old standbys. Just make sure to check with the establishment to find out if older specials are still valid.

December 20

RIVER NORTH — Bar Ramone, 441 N. Clark Street

Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises’ first wine bar isn’t named after the venerable ‘80s punk rock band. But the Melmans want to make at least make one of those 24 hours to go a happy one. They’re offering $7 glasses of wine and $5 select pintxos.

Happy hour is form 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Sunday.