Happy Hour of the Week: Fielding's Wood Grill
Fielding's Wood Grill is the exception to what most people consider hard and fast rules of living in Houston: One, that there are no good cocktails to be found outside the Loop, and two, that there are no good non-chain restaurants in The Woodlands. A corollary to these "rules" is the all-encompassing, fundamental keystone of life in Houston: there are no rules here. We can't even all agree on how to pronounce "San Felipe," for God's sake; do you think there are any real rules in this town?
Fielding's Wood Grill
1699 Research Forest Dr., Ste. 130
With that in mind, don't be surprised when you walk into Fielding's Wood Grill during its weekly happy hour from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and find yourself presented with an excellent selection of both drinks and deals. The $3 select draft beers and $4 select glasses of wine are an attraction in and of themselves, but it's the speciality cocktails that are the real draw during happy hour.
Priced at half-off during happy hour, the list of 21 house cocktails at Fielding's is reminiscent of the list at Sanctuari in the modern twists it places on old standbys, like a Storm's End (their take on a Dark and Stormy, not on House Baratheon's ancestral seat) made with Rhum J.M., a Rhum Agricole from from Martinique made with sugar cane juice in lieu of molasses, along with fresh lime juice, spicy Fever Tree Ginger beer and a floater of Fernet Branca. During happy hour, it's only $10.
Equally kicky is the $6 jalapeño margarita made with Tanteo jalapeño-infused tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, organic agave syrup and a house-made sweet and sour mix. None of that pre-made, bottled stuff for Fielding's, which has a reputation for making anything and everything it can—ice cream, mole poblano, bacon, gluten-free burger buns—in-house.
You can try more of Fielding's homemade goodies on the happy hour food menu, where appetizers such as pimento cheese, Sriracha hummus and deviled Texas eggs are all $4. And if the traffic on I-45 prevents you from making it there before 6:30 p.m., don't fret; Fielding's also offers reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. to close in the bar, giving you plenty of time to come up with new rules to break.
Who says you have to like Beyoncé? Who says you can't swim in the bayous? Who says you can't decorate the outside of your home with discarded beer cans and turn it into a civic treasure? No one, that's who.