Happy hour isn't always about the drinks; for some of us, it's all about the bar bites too. For some, those discounted bar bites during particularly long, generous happy hours act as the American version of tapas or mezze, allowing for a light dinner with the civilized option of a few glasses of wine or pints of beer to wash them all down. If this is the kind of happy hour that rings your bell, consider it well-rung at Woodbar.
Functioning almost as an anteroom to the adjoining Canopy, Woodbar can serve whatever need you may have and at almost any time of day, thanks to the same hours seven days a week: 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Simple. Consistent. Useful. Here, you can drop in for coffee and fresh-baked croissants early in the morning or a petite chicken fried steak late at night.
Happy hour is equally useful, taking place daily from 3 to 7 p.m. (which definitely falls within the category of "particularly long and generous") and offering a wide assortment of specials for $5 or less. Three of the bar's most popular cocktails—including our favorite, the Oxy Daisy, with mezcal, Cointreau and lime juice—are all $5, as are pours of the four staples: red, white, rosé and sparkling wine. Karbach's Sympathy for the Lager is a mere $3. But the food is where Woodbar's happy hour menu really shines.
Last week, we indulged in particularly generous portions of Greek pizza, smoked red pepper hummus with thick slices of cucumber for dipping (disregard the tough pita bread that comes on the side) and a large ramekin of roasted vegetables served with a smaller ramekin of zippy, egg-yolk-yellow saffron aioli. We added a plate of mini lobster rolls from Woodbar's standard menu because we couldn't resist the idea of mini lobster rolls. Together it was more than enough food for the two of us, who ended up arguing over which one should be forced to eat the remaining lobster roll from the original trio instead of leaving it to languish as the last remnant of our meal.
It wasn't an argument I expected to have, but it certainly makes an argument for Woodbar's particularly generous happy hour, which seems to fall in line with its raison d'être here in Montrose as a wholly useful neighborhood spot by day, by night, or any time in between.
Woodbar, 3939 Montrose Blvd., 713-528-6848, shadeandcanopy.com/Woodbar