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10 Excellent Houston Cocktails Under $6

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Craft cocktail culture runs rampant in H-Town, and that top-of-the-line quality typically comes at a price. Fortunately, Houston’s best bartenders are whipping up classic cocktails, fresh takes on old favorites, and entirely new concoctions for practically peanuts during the plethora of happy hours across the city.

For drinkers fed up with the standard issue well liquor and soda, here’s where to get fabulously crafted cocktails for under $6.

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Anvil Bar & Refuge

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No place conveys “craft cocktail” quite like this Montrose staple. The “100 List” at Anvil began as a staff training guide detailing the 100 classic cocktails that every bartender should know. The entire list is half-off during happy hour including the Bees Knees which clocks in at $4.50; it’s a prohibition era cocktail made with gin, lemon, honey, and served chilled. Try it Monday through Friday, 4 to 5 p.m.

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Night Heron

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In Houston, obviously Tex-Mex reigns supreme. For a decidedly different twist on a south-of-the-border staple, newly-opened Night Heron adds vanilla, tarragon, and a dash of egg whites for a truly smooth finish to the salty lime original. Grab one for $5, Monday through Friday 2 to 6 p.m.

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Eight Row Flint

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A typical Moscow Mule is made with vodka and served in a traditional copper mug. Eight Row Flint, a place better known for whiskey, does things a little differently by pairing Barton Bourbon with Deep Eddy peach vodka to give their mule a Southern twist, all for $5. Get it Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.

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Cane Rosso

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Cane Rosso doesn’t try to mess with perfection. This Dallas pizza joint keeps its classic Old Fashioned simple and authentic with bourbon, sugar, bitters, and an orange twist. Find it at both Houston locations for $5, Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

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Piggy's Kitchen & Bar

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It’s patio season again and there’s no better place to soak up some sun than in Piggy’s backyard. For its playful take on a Mai Tai, Piggy’s combines Havana Club rum with Plantation pineapple rum, lime, and nutty orgeat syrup for $5. Get it Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.

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Better Luck Tomorrow

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With a cocktail menu crafted by Anvil’s Bobby Heugel, every drink at BLT is guaranteed to please. The Salty Cat features gin mixed with grapefruit and garnished with salted fruit, plus its pink hue pops in the bar’s neon lighting for a drink that’s both pleasing to the palette and pretty to look at. Get it for just $4.50, Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

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Wooster's Garden

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Wooster’s Garden has 45 house cocktails that are half-priced during its 7-days-a-week happy hour. For a cocktail with a kick, try the layered Bayou Bramble. Jalapeno joins gin, lemon, and creme de cassis from the classic bramble for a hint of heat. Served with crushed ice and mint leaves, the Wooster’s version is as refreshing as ever. When: Monday through Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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Edison & Patton

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A cosmopolitan takes the tried and true combination of vodka and cranberry juice and adds a splash of sour with triple sec and lime. During happy hour at The Edison, you can snag this and a host of other classic cocktails for only $6. When: Daily 4 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 p.m. to close.

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Worcester's Annex

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Like its sister concept Wooster’s Garden, Worcester’s Annex offers an extensive cocktail list for half price during happy hour. Their Annex Sour swaps out whiskey for gin, balances sour lemon with sweet peach, and tops it off with frothy egg whites. It’s only $5 Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m.

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Mint juleps shine at Alba Huerta’s Southern cocktail bar, but for something different try the Corn Buck. It’s a cross between an old fashioned and a mule with corn whiskey, turbinado sugar, ginger beer, and a drop of bitters. It’s $6 daily from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Anvil Bar & Refuge

No place conveys “craft cocktail” quite like this Montrose staple. The “100 List” at Anvil began as a staff training guide detailing the 100 classic cocktails that every bartender should know. The entire list is half-off during happy hour including the Bees Knees which clocks in at $4.50; it’s a prohibition era cocktail made with gin, lemon, honey, and served chilled. Try it Monday through Friday, 4 to 5 p.m.

Anvil Bar & Refuge/Facebook

Night Heron

In Houston, obviously Tex-Mex reigns supreme. For a decidedly different twist on a south-of-the-border staple, newly-opened Night Heron adds vanilla, tarragon, and a dash of egg whites for a truly smooth finish to the salty lime original. Grab one for $5, Monday through Friday 2 to 6 p.m.

Photo by Baylea Jones

Eight Row Flint

A typical Moscow Mule is made with vodka and served in a traditional copper mug. Eight Row Flint, a place better known for whiskey, does things a little differently by pairing Barton Bourbon with Deep Eddy peach vodka to give their mule a Southern twist, all for $5. Get it Monday through Friday, 2 to 6 p.m.

Instagram/@htxfoodcourt

Cane Rosso

Cane Rosso doesn’t try to mess with perfection. This Dallas pizza joint keeps its classic Old Fashioned simple and authentic with bourbon, sugar, bitters, and an orange twist. Find it at both Houston locations for $5, Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

Instagram/canerossotx

Piggy's Kitchen & Bar

It’s patio season again and there’s no better place to soak up some sun than in Piggy’s backyard. For its playful take on a Mai Tai, Piggy’s combines Havana Club rum with Plantation pineapple rum, lime, and nutty orgeat syrup for $5. Get it Tuesday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m.

Instagram/@__its_kat__

Better Luck Tomorrow

With a cocktail menu crafted by Anvil’s Bobby Heugel, every drink at BLT is guaranteed to please. The Salty Cat features gin mixed with grapefruit and garnished with salted fruit, plus its pink hue pops in the bar’s neon lighting for a drink that’s both pleasing to the palette and pretty to look at. Get it for just $4.50, Monday through Friday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Instagram/bltomorrow

Wooster's Garden

Wooster’s Garden has 45 house cocktails that are half-priced during its 7-days-a-week happy hour. For a cocktail with a kick, try the layered Bayou Bramble. Jalapeno joins gin, lemon, and creme de cassis from the classic bramble for a hint of heat. Served with crushed ice and mint leaves, the Wooster’s version is as refreshing as ever. When: Monday through Saturday, 4 to 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

Wooster’s Garden/Facebook

Edison & Patton

A cosmopolitan takes the tried and true combination of vodka and cranberry juice and adds a splash of sour with triple sec and lime. During happy hour at The Edison, you can snag this and a host of other classic cocktails for only $6. When: Daily 4 to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 p.m. to close.

Edison & Patton/Facebook

Worcester's Annex

Like its sister concept Wooster’s Garden, Worcester’s Annex offers an extensive cocktail list for half price during happy hour. Their Annex Sour swaps out whiskey for gin, balances sour lemon with sweet peach, and tops it off with frothy egg whites. It’s only $5 Monday through Friday 4 to 6 p.m.

Instagram/worcestersannex

Julep

Mint juleps shine at Alba Huerta’s Southern cocktail bar, but for something different try the Corn Buck. It’s a cross between an old fashioned and a mule with corn whiskey, turbinado sugar, ginger beer, and a drop of bitters. It’s $6 daily from 4 to 6 p.m.

Julep/Facebook

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