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Score a mini version of the famous ahi tuna tower for $5 during Red Sun Hour.

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Happy hour isn't what it used to be in Houston... It's much, much better! The days when restaurants would simply offer drink specials from 4 to 6 p.m. are gone, replaced with a plethora of options for after work wind down time. After all, some of us enjoy a martini or three when we escape the office, but others would rather opt for tuna tacos or discounted desserts. Among sushi house happy hours, few compare to The Blue Fish, where the menu spotlights some of the restaurant's most popular dishes—from appetizers to desserts—and nothing exceeds $5.

Served seven days a week from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at both the downtown and Washington Avenue locations, the Red Sun Hour at The Blue Fish is a delicious affair. Beginning with cocktails, guests can score hot or cold house sake, or red or white house wines by the glass for only $4 during happy hour. Kirin, Sapporo and Bud Lite are on draft and are also priced at $4.

As the restaurant spotlights sushi above all else, there's no shortage of fresh fish on the happy hour menu. Spicy salmon, shrimp tempura, yellowtail scallion and eel-and-avocado are all available as traditional rolls or hand rolls for only $5. In addition, the menu features two fish-free rolls, one with avocado, another centered around mixed vegetables.

What truly sets the Blue Fish apart though, is the extent to which its happy hour menu goes beyond the norm. Aside from the presence of sized-down versions of signature dishes from the restaurant's main menu like the famous ahi tuna tower, crab potstickers and seafood tempura—all for $5—expect discounted dessert selections for $3, including mochi ice cream in flavors including mango and red bean, or the oh-so-decadent chocolate spring rolls. While some people may still choose to drown their after work sorrows in a glass of wine or a bottle of sake the old fashioned way, we choose to get happy by diving into desserts.

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