You know the riverside patio at Japonais for its cabanas, cushy seating, and excellent beverage list. Now picture ping-pong tables in the mix. All summer long, Sunday through Wednesday, happy hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. allow guests to play in tournaments while munching $7 sushi rolls, small plates, and sliders.
And if — like us — your backhand gets better as you get tipsier, try some seasonal sips. Fresh-for-summer cocktails include the gin-based Les Botanique with simple syrup, lime, and ginger beer; there’s also the vodka cocktail Lychee at Night.
Japonais, 600 West Chicago Avenue (at North Larrabee Street); 312-822-9600.
Photo: Courtesy of Japonais