Happy Hour Guide

What Are You Looking for in a Happy Hour?

We've got the best bars for stuffing your face, getting a cutie's phone number, two-stepping for free and more

By Katharine Shilcutt December 28, 2016 Published in the January 2017 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Image: Chuck Cook

These are the Best Happy Hour Destinations for...

Meeting Friends: Añejo
Happy hour: 3–7 p.m. daily

Happy hour at this upscale Tex-Mex café picks up steam around 5 p.m., when nearby Galleria-area office towers empty out and the crowds of white-collars come rushing in.

Flirting: Local Pour
Happy hour: 4–9 p.m. Mon–Sat, 11 a.m.–midnight Sunday

Whether at the River Oaks location or the new spot in the Hughes Landing development overlooking Lake Woodlands, two things are certain: Folks come here more for the convivial atmosphere than the drink specials ($1 off beer and wine, $3 you-call-its), and the restorative Sunday brunch is ideal for a day-after recap with your friends or cozying up to a new love connection.

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The Fully-Loaded Nacho Car at Chuy's is totally free.

Pigging Out: Chuy’s
Happy hour: 4–7 p.m. Mon–Fri

Every weekday from 4 to 7 p.m., the restaurant rolls out its Fully-Loaded Nacho Car—a build-your-own nacho bar that’s totally free, and great with those $4.50 house margaritas.

People-Watching: Ciao Bello
Happy hour: 3–6 p.m. Mon–Fri

While the weekday happy hour might not be prime time for playing Spot That Bush Family Member, you never know who’ll you find kicking back with an Averna-and-soda at this Uptown hotspot.

Perking Up: The Honeymoon
Happy hour: 4–7 p.m. daily

You could acquiesce to the New Orleans vibe of this downtown café by ordering a Sazerac, but we recommend refueling with a Coal Miner’s Daughter: bourbon, lemon and honey blended with cold-brewed coffee.

The Best Drink Specials Anywhere: Wild West
Happy hour: 5-8 p.m. Fri

TGIF takes on a new meaning at this Richmond strip stalwart, where nearly everything is free on Fridays: two-step lessons from 6 to 7 p.m.; hot dogs, nachos and chili-cheese-topped Frito pies; even your first drink. There’s no cover if you arrive before 8 p.m., but even if you don’t, the bar offers $3 you-call-its all night long.

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