Come on Get Happy (Hour)
Must-try Happy Hours in H-Town
Dolly Parton said it best when she sang, “It's enough to drive you / Crazy if you let it,” in her song “9 to 5.” Unwinding with a delicious cocktail or discounted bite is a perfect way to celebrate making it through another work day. Check out our list of some happy hours worth visiting in Houston!
If you’re looking for specialty cocktails, Anvil Bar and Refuge are the places to go. With over 100 options to choose from, their happy hours operate during a tight window – Monday through Friday, 4pm to 5pm only – but all their 100 drinks are half price. It’s a great way to find your new favorite cocktail without breaking the bank.
Axelrad Beer Garden is probably one of best outdoor bars in the whole city with its live music, hammocks and breezy atmosphere. They also serve up a fun happy hour menu with a start time of noon and goes to 7pm with $3 Beer of the Day, $3 Mimosas, $4 Wells, $2 Off Frozens, and $6 Michel-Rad-As.
Better Luck Tomorrow is conveniently located near I-10 in the Heights and boasts a budget-friendly weekday happy hour menu. Available Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm, house cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass are all half-off. Come get lost in the neon lights!
The laid-back bar off Fairview is perfect for happy hour with its generous selection and ample patio space. They offer a daily happy hour from 4 to 7pm Monday through Friday. Select drinks are $4 at 4pm, $5 at 5pm & $6 at 6pm. Light bites like Vietnamese fries, empanadas, and Cuban sliders are available as well.
This Heights bar is ideal for the summer months and sipping a drink outside. Happy Hour runs from Monday to Friday 11am to 6pm and all day Wednesdays (drinks only). The menu features $5 beer including Karbach Hopadillo Hazy IPA, Karbach Love Street Kolsch, and Shiner Bock, $6 food bites including brussels sprouts taco, chicharrones, and chips + salsa. Finally, $7 cocktails include Eight Row Rocks Margarita, frozen margarita, Eight Row Mule, Old Fashioned, Agua Fresca with vodka, gin, or tequila.
The East End location features its own unique Happy Hour specials from Monday to Friday from 2pm to 6pm which include $4 select beer, $5 wells, $9 wine by the glass, $7 East End Classics, $3 off frozens, and $9 Select snacks.
Julep, the National James Beard Award-winning bar on Washington Avenue, has a Happy Hour worth cheersing to. Happy Hour at the cozy bar includes 1/2 off House Cocktails and wines by the glass on Monday through Friday from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm. Slow things down at the bar that specializes in delicious food and drink, along with amazing service.
Night owls who may not be able to make it to earlier happy hours are in luck at JR’S Bar & Grill. The bar, located in the Montrose gayborhood, features drink specials every day of the week until 10pm.
Located in the heart of Montrose, La Grange offers a Happy Hour that is filled with sips and bites that won’t break the bank. Available Tuesday to Friday from 4pm to 6pm, the sips include discounted Old Fashioneds, margaritas, house wines, and draft beer. The discounted bites featured include queso, guacamole, salsas, and chicharrones!
With five Houston locations and a daily happy hour, Monday through Friday, from 3 pm to 6 pm, Max’s Wine Dive is always a solid choice. The menu features $6 Chef Bites, $6 wines, and specials on beer, frozens, and more!
Downtown dwellers are in luck with MKT Bar’s Happy Hour offerings. The neighborhood bar welcomes Happy Hour customers from 4pm to 6pm, Monday through Friday, for $5 glass of house red, white or sparkling wine, $6 MKT Cocktail of the Day, $4 Select Local Draught Beer, $3 Select Bottle & Can Beer, and $5 Apps including Hummus, Rustic Sweet Potato Fries.
Piggy’s Kitchen & Bar is the perfect bar between the Heights and Montrose for those looking for an indoor/outdoor option for happy hour. Available Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm, the Happy Hour at Piggy’s includes $5 house wines and wells, $4 drafts, and $15 beer buckets. Additionally, the menu offers $7 frozens, $8 select cocktails, and discounted shareables.
Postino Wine Cafe is redefining happy hour with their $6 Glasses of Wine & Pitchers of Beer until 5 pm at both their Montrose and Heights locations. Their Board & Bottle offer includes $25 Bottle of Wine & Bruschetta Board Every Monday & Tuesday after 8 pm.
Ripcord, Texas’ Oldest Gay Leather bar since 1982, has the drinks flowing seven days a week. The bar offers Happy Hour specials everyday until 8pm. The 21+ bar offers bar goers $3 Fireball, $3 well drinks, $3 domestic beer, and $4 flavored 360 Vodka.
Urban Eats, located on Washington Avenue, celebrates the end of the workday with their Happy Hour menu on Monday through Friday from 3pm to 6pm. The menu features $5 signature sliders, $5 Monkey Bread, $5 Bistro Pommes Frites, $8 Rustic Pizzettes, $15 Mean, Cheese, and Wine combos, and more!
Wooster’s Garden’s 2-hour happy hour menu, available from 4pm to 6pm, boasts expertly crafted cocktails that are ready for their close up!
Houston is home to a number of incredible bars that offer discounted menus during weekday post-work hours. Be sure to check out their websites for any changes to their menu ahead of your visit!