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16 Excellent Houston Happy Hours

When 5 p.m. comes calling, here’s where to relax

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After a long day at work, there’s nothing better than bellying up to the bar for cheap booze and snacks during happy hour. Everyone has their favorite haunt, but Houston is replete with excellent happy hours, which means that it’s time to branch out.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Dish Society

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5740 San Felipe St #100
Houston, TX 77057
(832) 538-1060
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The farm-to-table diner offers eight wines on happy hour pricing — either $15 for the bottle or $5 for a glass — a steal, indeed. Plus there’s sangria by the glass $5 or carafe $15, local craft beer for $3 to $6, and happy hour bites for $6 and under. It happens every Monday through Friday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

2. Nobu

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5115 Westheimer Rd suite c-3515
Houston, TX 77056
(832) 987-2599
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Eagerly awaited renowned sushi powerhouse Nobu opened its doors with gusto last year in its Houston Galleria location. While the omasake menu runs a cool $125 to $175 for a multi-course experience, the daily Tanoshi Hour is the most cost-effective way to partake in this hotspot. Stop in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily to indulge in items like yellowtail sashimi, rock shrimp butter ponzu, and mini seafood ceviche tacos for $10 to $12. Happy hour also includes specialty cocktails like an elderflower lychee martini, and beers and sparkling wine ranging from $5-$15.

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3. Blanco Tacos + Tequila

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5115 Westheimer Rd Ste C2520
Houston, TX 77056
(346) 250-1900
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This new Mexican food import from Arizona offers up tacos stuffed with pork carnitas and chicken pastor, plus double cheese nachos with black beans, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo all from $4 to $8 on its happy hour menu. Drinks include $5 classic margaritas, sangria, frosé, house red or white wine, and beer. Happy hour happens Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. in the bar area.

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4. Toulouse Houston

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4444 Westheimer Rd E100
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 871-0768
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Charming River Oaks District French bistro Toulouse serves up happy hour in the bar section from Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Choose from select drinks and wines for $7 and petite bites including scallop carpaccio, goat cheese croquettes, stuffed mushrooms, and salmon gravlax $7.  

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5. Roka Akor

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2929 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 622-1777
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From cuts of certified Kobe beef to Japanese Wagyu raised in Houston, Roka Akor doesn’t skimp on high-end ingredients. From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., get a taste of this by noshing on light bites at $4 to $8 including Wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings; snow crab and avocado maki; hamachi serrano chili maki; and the Roka Chili burger. Drinks include select cocktails for $8, select wines for $7, sake for $5, and beer for $3.

6. Eunice

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3737 Buffalo Speedway Suite 100 Located on the southeast corner of Richmond Ave & Buffalo Speedway. The entrance on Richmond Ave leads to the restaurant where complementary valet parking is available
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 491-1717
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Oyster lovers can snag the little bivalves for 75 cents during happy hour, along with snacks, beer, wine by the glass, and specialty cocktails for half off. Sip a St. Landry Sidecar with brandy, orange liqueur, lemon, egg white, and champagne on the cheap. Takes place daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

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7. Relish Restaurant & Bar

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2810 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 599-1960
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Relish Restaurant & Bar’s happy hour features $6 select cocktails including old fashioneds, Moscow mules, and more, along with $3 draft beer, and $6 wines by the glass from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. As far as snacks go, snag small plates like a classic burger, bruschetta with duck liver mousse, deviled eggs, and a kale salad ranging in price from $4 to $10 Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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8. On The Kirb

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5004 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-1414
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Plan on a Lyft ahead of time, since it’s easy to get pretty hammered at this West U bar’s 7-hour-long happy hour. After dousing your liver with $4 draft beers, $5 house wine, and $3 off cocktails, redeem yourself by chowing down on the bar’s organic fare. While the food doesn’t have special happy hour pricing, the cheap alcohol more than makes up for it. The deals happen 12 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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9. Ambrosia

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2003 Lexington St
Houston, TX 77098
(832) 649-4636
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Tucked away on a residential street, Ambrosia is a perfect spot to seek refuge after a long day with Asian dishes and drinks in hand. Diners will find ribeye tataki, salmon crudo, pork dumplings, and Japanese fried chicken for $6 and under, featured wines for $7, and cocktails for $8. Find this happy hour Sunday through Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. with Mondays extended until 9 p.m.

10. Calle Onze

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222 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 767-1417
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Calle Onze, the Tex-Mex paradise in the Heights, boasts an enticing happy hour menu. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, enjoy cocktails like house margaritas, mojitos, palomas, Mexican mules, and sangrias for $6 each, with select beers and house wines for $4 and $5. Appetizers are only $5 from 3 to 6 p.m., snag nachos, pork tamales, chicken and beef quesadillas, chicken taquitos, and more.

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11. Night Heron

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1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-8010
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Night Heron’s happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and all day Monday. The downtown outpost from the Agricole Hospitality group (of Eight Row Flint and Coltivare fame) has an abbreviated menu of two or three beer, wine, and cocktail options for $3, $7, and $7 respectively. Cocktail drinkers will find a Salty Dog made from honeysuckle vodka and grapefruit, a margarita, and an old fashioned.

12. Helen in the Heights

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1111 Studewood St suite b
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 582-7146
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The happy hour at this offshoot of the original Rice Village restaurant, Helen Greek Food and Wine, is offered Tuesday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nibble on small plates like $3 dolmades, $6 dips, and $8 meatballs, feta brined wings, and Greek poutine, along with $5 Bourbon Baklava soft-serve made with salt-roasted pecans and raw organic honey. Select cocktails like a French 75 are $5; beer $2 to $3; and select wines by the glass are $9, while bottles are $25.

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13. BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

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933 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77007
(832) 831-7155
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The Heights sister spin-off of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations indulges nostalgic fancies by serving up playful drinks and food inspired by favorite childhood memories (think Captain Crunch milk punch, shake and bake chicken, and Swiss roll cake). The restaurant has a solid happy hour option from Monday through Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m. which features seven select cocktails like a cuba libre and old-fashioned for $7, wells for $5, beer $3, appetizers for $5, and crispy Peking duck tacos made with cabbage, pickled red onion, hoisin, and sour cream for only $2.50.

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14. Poitín

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2313 Edwards St #100
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 470-6686
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This Sawyer Yards eatery from Chef Dominick Lee serves happy hour dishes like chicken wings, beef cheek tacos, “possum pie,” and fish balls from $6 to $10. Sip on select $8 cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, and draft beers at $2 off. Daily from 4 to 6 p.m. with reverse happy hour Sunday through Wednesday 9 p.m. to close.

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15. B.B. Lemon

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1809 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 554-1809
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Ben Berg’s new joint just launched a pretty sweet happy hour menu with $8 craft cocktails, $4 beers, and $2 off all wines by the glass, alongside happy hour bites like half-priced oysters and wagyu hot dogs, frito pie, and pulled pork sliders for $8 and under. It goes down Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.

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16. Pitch 25

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2120 Walker St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 814-8157
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Eado’s beer garden and soccer bar opened with a bang last year as the perfect spot to partake in all the World Cup hoopla. During the rest of the time, the bar offers happy hour from Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $3 on select beers and half off wines and frozen drinks like the passion fruit calpirinhas and (of course) rosé.

Pitch 25

1. Dish Society

5740 San Felipe St #100, Houston, TX 77057

The farm-to-table diner offers eight wines on happy hour pricing — either $15 for the bottle or $5 for a glass — a steal, indeed. Plus there’s sangria by the glass $5 or carafe $15, local craft beer for $3 to $6, and happy hour bites for $6 and under. It happens every Monday through Friday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

5740 San Felipe St #100
Houston, TX 77057

2. Nobu

5115 Westheimer Rd suite c-3515, Houston, TX 77056
Photo: Mai Pham

Eagerly awaited renowned sushi powerhouse Nobu opened its doors with gusto last year in its Houston Galleria location. While the omasake menu runs a cool $125 to $175 for a multi-course experience, the daily Tanoshi Hour is the most cost-effective way to partake in this hotspot. Stop in from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily to indulge in items like yellowtail sashimi, rock shrimp butter ponzu, and mini seafood ceviche tacos for $10 to $12. Happy hour also includes specialty cocktails like an elderflower lychee martini, and beers and sparkling wine ranging from $5-$15.

5115 Westheimer Rd suite c-3515
Houston, TX 77056

3. Blanco Tacos + Tequila

5115 Westheimer Rd Ste C2520, Houston, TX 77056
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This new Mexican food import from Arizona offers up tacos stuffed with pork carnitas and chicken pastor, plus double cheese nachos with black beans, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo all from $4 to $8 on its happy hour menu. Drinks include $5 classic margaritas, sangria, frosé, house red or white wine, and beer. Happy hour happens Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. in the bar area.

5115 Westheimer Rd Ste C2520
Houston, TX 77056

4. Toulouse Houston

4444 Westheimer Rd E100, Houston, TX 77027
Toulouse Houston

Charming River Oaks District French bistro Toulouse serves up happy hour in the bar section from Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Choose from select drinks and wines for $7 and petite bites including scallop carpaccio, goat cheese croquettes, stuffed mushrooms, and salmon gravlax $7.  

4444 Westheimer Rd E100
Houston, TX 77027

5. Roka Akor

2929 Weslayan St #100, Houston, TX 77027

From cuts of certified Kobe beef to Japanese Wagyu raised in Houston, Roka Akor doesn’t skimp on high-end ingredients. From 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., get a taste of this by noshing on light bites at $4 to $8 including Wagyu beef and kimchi dumplings; snow crab and avocado maki; hamachi serrano chili maki; and the Roka Chili burger. Drinks include select cocktails for $8, select wines for $7, sake for $5, and beer for $3.

2929 Weslayan St #100
Houston, TX 77027

6. Eunice

3737 Buffalo Speedway Suite 100 Located on the southeast corner of Richmond Ave & Buffalo Speedway. The entrance on Richmond Ave leads to the restaurant where complementary valet parking is available, Houston, TX 77098
Photo by Kirsten Gilliam

Oyster lovers can snag the little bivalves for 75 cents during happy hour, along with snacks, beer, wine by the glass, and specialty cocktails for half off. Sip a St. Landry Sidecar with brandy, orange liqueur, lemon, egg white, and champagne on the cheap. Takes place daily from 3 to 6 p.m.

3737 Buffalo Speedway Suite 100 Located on the southeast corner of Richmond Ave & Buffalo Speedway. The entrance on Richmond Ave leads to the restaurant where complementary valet parking is available
Houston, TX 77098

7. Relish Restaurant & Bar

2810 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Relish

Relish Restaurant & Bar’s happy hour features $6 select cocktails including old fashioneds, Moscow mules, and more, along with $3 draft beer, and $6 wines by the glass from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. As far as snacks go, snag small plates like a classic burger, bruschetta with duck liver mousse, deviled eggs, and a kale salad ranging in price from $4 to $10 Monday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

2810 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

8. On The Kirb

5004 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
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Plan on a Lyft ahead of time, since it’s easy to get pretty hammered at this West U bar’s 7-hour-long happy hour. After dousing your liver with $4 draft beers, $5 house wine, and $3 off cocktails, redeem yourself by chowing down on the bar’s organic fare. While the food doesn’t have special happy hour pricing, the cheap alcohol more than makes up for it. The deals happen 12 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

5004 Kirby Dr
Houston, TX 77098

9. Ambrosia

2003 Lexington St, Houston, TX 77098

Tucked away on a residential street, Ambrosia is a perfect spot to seek refuge after a long day with Asian dishes and drinks in hand. Diners will find ribeye tataki, salmon crudo, pork dumplings, and Japanese fried chicken for $6 and under, featured wines for $7, and cocktails for $8. Find this happy hour Sunday through Thursday 5 to 7 p.m. with Mondays extended until 9 p.m.

2003 Lexington St
Houston, TX 77098

10. Calle Onze

222 W 11th St, Houston, TX 77008
Calle Onze

Calle Onze, the Tex-Mex paradise in the Heights, boasts an enticing happy hour menu. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, enjoy cocktails like house margaritas, mojitos, palomas, Mexican mules, and sangrias for $6 each, with select beers and house wines for $4 and $5. Appetizers are only $5 from 3 to 6 p.m., snag nachos, pork tamales, chicken and beef quesadillas, chicken taquitos, and more.

222 W 11th St
Houston, TX 77008

11. Night Heron

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006

Night Heron’s happy hour runs from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and all day Monday. The downtown outpost from the Agricole Hospitality group (of Eight Row Flint and Coltivare fame) has an abbreviated menu of two or three beer, wine, and cocktail options for $3, $7, and $7 respectively. Cocktail drinkers will find a Salty Dog made from honeysuckle vodka and grapefruit, a margarita, and an old fashioned.

1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

12. Helen in the Heights

1111 Studewood St suite b, Houston, TX 77008
Helen in the Heights

The happy hour at this offshoot of the original Rice Village restaurant, Helen Greek Food and Wine, is offered Tuesday through Friday, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nibble on small plates like $3 dolmades, $6 dips, and $8 meatballs, feta brined wings, and Greek poutine, along with $5 Bourbon Baklava soft-serve made with salt-roasted pecans and raw organic honey. Select cocktails like a French 75 are $5; beer $2 to $3; and select wines by the glass are $9, while bottles are $25.

1111 Studewood St suite b
Houston, TX 77008

13. BCK: Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures

933 Studewood St, Houston, TX 77007
BCK

The Heights sister spin-off of Bosscat Kitchen & Libations indulges nostalgic fancies by serving up playful drinks and food inspired by favorite childhood memories (think Captain Crunch milk punch, shake and bake chicken, and Swiss roll cake). The restaurant has a solid happy hour option from Monday through Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m. which features seven select cocktails like a cuba libre and old-fashioned for $7, wells for $5, beer $3, appetizers for $5, and crispy Peking duck tacos made with cabbage, pickled red onion, hoisin, and sour cream for only $2.50.

933 Studewood St
Houston, TX 77007

14. Poitín

2313 Edwards St #100, Houston, TX 77007
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This Sawyer Yards eatery from Chef Dominick Lee serves happy hour dishes like chicken wings, beef cheek tacos, “possum pie,” and fish balls from $6 to $10. Sip on select $8 cocktails, $5 glasses of wine, and draft beers at $2 off. Daily from 4 to 6 p.m. with reverse happy hour Sunday through Wednesday 9 p.m. to close.

2313 Edwards St #100
Houston, TX 77007

15. B.B. Lemon

1809 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
Courtesy B.B. Lemon

Ben Berg’s new joint just launched a pretty sweet happy hour menu with $8 craft cocktails, $4 beers, and $2 off all wines by the glass, alongside happy hour bites like half-priced oysters and wagyu hot dogs, frito pie, and pulled pork sliders for $8 and under. It goes down Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m.

1809 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

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16. Pitch 25

2120 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003
Pitch 25

Eado’s beer garden and soccer bar opened with a bang last year as the perfect spot to partake in all the World Cup hoopla. During the rest of the time, the bar offers happy hour from Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with $3 on select beers and half off wines and frozen drinks like the passion fruit calpirinhas and (of course) rosé.

2120 Walker St
Houston, TX 77003

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