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The Best Happy Hours In Houston

Our guide to the best Happy Hour food and drinks around the city.

Some might say that Happy Hour is necessary for the survival of mankind. At the very least, Happy Hour is necessary to celebrate the survival of your last meeting of the day. Every Happy Hour has different strengths, but at the very least, there should be good drinks, delicious appetizers, and an atmosphere that fosters some fun. The spots below have all three (and then some) and make up our list of the very best Happy Hours in Houston. 

THE SPOTS

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When: Mon-Thu 4-8pm; Fridays 4-10pm

The Deal: $7 frozen drinks, cocktails, $3 beers, $6 premium liquors, half off chicken and beef sliders, $5 ½ portion quesadilla, $22 quesadilla and bottle of red or white wine

The Savoy, the rustic bar and grill in the Third Ward, is great for watching the game or hanging with friends on their massive heated patio. Come in Monday through Thursday for $3 beers, $7 frozen cocktails, half-priced mini sliders, and a half-portion quesadilla for $5. On Fridays, there’s an extended Happy Hour that runs from 4-10pm. 


When: Mon-Fri 4-6pm; Sat-Sun 11am-6pm

The Deal: $4-$6 appetizers/small entrees, discounted margaritas and pitchers, $2.75 beer of the day

El Patio in the Galleria neighborhood is no stranger to a good time, so it’s fitting that this classic Tex-Mex spot has Happy Hour specials every day. Swing by with a few of your work besties and have discounted margaritas by the pitcher, or come solo and grab their $2.75 beer of the day and devour $6 nachos, $5 tamales, or $4 flautitas.


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When: Mon-Fri 5-8pm

The Deal: $5 mixed drinks, and rotating daily specials (which include 50 cent wings, $10 fried fish platter, $1 raw and chargrilled oysters)

Happy Hour at Kamp, a clubstaurant in the Galleria with a huge patio, is a good time no matter which weekday you go. Drink specials are available between 5-8pm, but food specials last all day, which means the Happy Hour starts whenever you show up. Kamp provides unique Happy Hour offerings on weekdays, including $15 seafood boils on Mondays, $1 oysters on Wednesdays, and $10 seafood platters on Fridays.


When: Mon-Fri 4-7pm

The Deal: $6 House Margaritas, Half off ceviche, nachos, flautitas, chalupas, and several enchiladas etc. 

At Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, the Tex-Mex spot in Memorial, Happy Hour is about as cozy as you can get without actually being in your home. Monday through Friday, Sylvia’s offers discounted house margaritas, half-price nachos, flautitas, enchiladas, and more. On Tuesdays you can also get $5 tacos rancheros, beef fajita tacos, and tamales for $8.


When: Tue-Fri 3-6:30pm

The Deal: $8 cocktails, $4-6 tacos, half off appetizers

Dinner at Hugo’s, the classic Montrose spot serving traditional Mexican dishes, is usually reserved for a birthday, anniversary, or any occasion that calls for your good suit jacket. But Tuesday through Friday, the Happy Hour here includes $8 cocktails, $4-6 tacos, and half off appetizers like the ceviche verde and chicken taquitos. Which means you can go to Hugo’s Happy Hour just to celebrate having a good day (suit jacket optional).


When: Tue-Thu 5-6pm

The Deal: Half off wine by the glass, Half off select pizzas, $5 cocktails, $3 beers, $15 half-dozen oysters

The Happy Hour at Tiny Champions, an Italian spot EaDo, is only from 5-6pm. But you can fill every minute sitting on their cozy patio with a half-price pizza, half-price glasses of wine, and $5 cocktails. You can also get half dozen oysters for $15, which are only available for Happy Hour. 


When: Mon-Fri 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 off original cocktails, $7 highball, $7 house classic cocktails, $8 queso, $8 guacamole, $6 brussels sprouts, $6 mini quesabirria tacos

We don’t know too much about how raccoons like to party, but if the vibe is anything like Trash Panda Drinking Club, then we want the next invite. At this dive-y spot in Northside Village, you can spend Happy Hour sitting under fluorescent red lights while you listen to house music deep cuts with $7 classic house cocktails and mini quesabirria tacos served with an eye-watering jalapeno crema sauce.


When: Mon-Fri 3-6:30pm

The Deal: $6 cocktails, well drinks, and house wine, $8-$11 bar bites

Oporto Fooding House & Wine is a warm and airy spot serving Portuguese food in the Fourth Ward. Any day of the week from 3-6:30pm, you can grab a spot at the sleek bar with marble countertops shiny enough for an HGTV cameo, have a $6 caipirinha, $6 well drinks, and one of their many appetizers like grilled chorizo, pizza, and lulas fritas all for under $10.


When: Tue-Thu 4-6pm

The Deal: $4 beer, $5 wine, $7 margs and old fashioned, catfish nuggets, mac and cheese, burger, truffle brussels sprouts ($6-8 dollars) 

If you had the type of day that only a mountain of cheese can fix, spend Happy Hour at Lucille’s, a family-owned Southern comfort spot in the Museum District. Here, you can relax, have a $7 old-fashioned, and leave the day behind with $8 catfish nuggets, $7 baked mac and cheese, or a $10 burger (or, all three).


When: Mon-Fri 3-6pm

The Deal: $5 dollar house wines and well drinks and jack and coke, $7 moscow mules and old fashioned, $6 dollar apps and butter burgers

At Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, a River Oaks spot serving Southern comfort food, the Monday through Friday Happy Hour is best spent with a $5 old fashioned and any of their $6 appetizers like short rib grilled cheese, ahi tuna wraps, or one of their glistening butter burgers.

When: Tue-Fri 4-7pm

The Deal: $7 drinks and appetizers, $1 gulf oysters (½ doz minimum)

Brennan’s shaded French Quarter-style courtyard is a dreamy spot for a cocktail or two. Luckily, this classic Creole restaurant in Midtown offers Happy Hour Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 7pm exclusively at the tree-lined brick courtyard bar. For only $7 each, you can have a glass of wine, a house cocktail, or an appetizer like cajun pepper seafood campechana. Or enjoy $1 Gulf oysters, served by the half dozen. 

When: All day Mon, Tue-Thu 5-6:30pm, Fri-Sun 2:30-5pm

The Deal: Every day has $5-$6 bar bites, $6 wine by the glass, $7 cocktails, $5 drafts, and $3 canned/bottled beer. There’s also a different food and/or drink special every day.

The Vietnamese restaurant Xin Chao in the Sixth Ward has the remedy for your Sunday Scaries. Well, actually, they have a remedy for the whole week, because Happy Hour happens every night. Find happiness all day long on Monday. Get a Tuesday pick-me-up with half-off oysters and champagne. Or fight hump day anxiety with half-off all wine on Wednesday. There are snacks from $5 to $6 each, $6 glasses of wine, $5 draft beers, $3 bottled and canned beers, and $7 cocktails every day. It’s the Happy Hour version of Oprah’s, “and you get a car!”

When: Mon-Fri 2-6pm

The Deal: $5 bar bites , $8 sandwiches, $5 Aki Sour, Yuzu Spritz, and Boozy Slushies, $4-$5 for select beer and glasses of wine

The mid-afternoon Happy Hour at Loro, an Asian smokehouse in The Heights, runs every Monday to Friday from 2 to 6pm, and it’s a great setup for an early dinner with kids, a coworker get-together, or even catching up with a third-tier friend. Order some $5 bar bites, grab a $5 sandwich, and get a few $5 cocktails, beers, or glasses of wine, and wrap everything up before it's even dark outside.

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