In Houston, happy hour means so much more than bargain-priced beer during a small early-evening window of time—though, to be clear, it means that, too. In this ultra-social city, it’s as much about the people you spend it with. Happy hour means rounding up your colleagues to blow off steam after work, giving up on cooking dinner and meeting your significant other for an inexpensive night out, or group-texting your friends to plan a Saturday afternoon that won’t break the bank. It also means you’ll be spending way longer than an hour catching up over craft beers and cocktails, and—especially in this food-frenzied town—ordering something good-and-cheap to eat, too. Just remember: Nothing makes you a hero like buying that first round.

In This Feature:

Happy Hour: An Etiquette Guide

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What Are You Looking for in a Happy Hour?

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Better by the Dozen: The Cheapest (Good) Oysters in Houston

Oysters for a buck or less are one of the greatest Gulf Coast privileges of them all.

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Discover the Joys of Japanese Pub Grub

Unleash your sake and biru-loving beast within with some of these exceptional deals

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5 Dog-Friendly Drinkeries For You and Your Pup

Your furry family members are welcome at these Paws on Patio-approved spots.

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7 of Our Favorite (and Most Diverse) Happy Hour Menus

From French frites on the cheap to Chinatown-style afternoon tea, happy hour goes global in Houston.

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