Houston's Best Cheap Happy Hours

Get the best bang for your buck
November 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Head to these spots for the best cheap happy hours in Houston.  Get boozy cocktails, discounted drafts and bar bites for just a fraction of their original price.  

The Pass & Provisions
American · Montrose · $$$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

“Inventive and tasteful” New American bites are the stars of this Montrose multitasker that’s “two restaurants in one” – The Pass serves ambitious “gastronomic” set-course meals in a minimalist setting with an open kitchen, while Provisions offers a modern bistro menu backed by “restored gym flooring” on the walls; the two also share an “unusual and equally interesting” wine list, and there’s a happening bar area and a good-sized terrace, to boot.
Caracol Restaurant
Mexican · Galleria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.3

Seafood gets an upscale spin at this “happening” Galleria Mexican that some say has “emerged as one of the best new restaurants” in town; housed on the ground floor of a sleek tower, the “vibrant” space boasts a “fun atmosphere” and several distinct areas, including an oyster bar, a private wine room and a traditional bar mixing “eclectic” drinks.
Cafe Annie
American · Galleria · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

Robert Del Grande’s Galleria-area New American is “still one of the most 'in' places in the city” , combining “sublime” cuisine made from “high-quality” ingredients with a “chic” atmosphere in the lounge, bar and dining room, making it suitable for occasions ranging from “drinks after work” to “romantic dinners” to “fancy celebrations” ; note that tabs are “on the high end” , but most agree they’re “actually worth it.”
Benjy's
New American · Rice Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Innovative, modern” New American fare plus a “really fun” cocktail list and a “comfortable” yet “chic” setting combine at these popular standbys; the “young and hip” arrive for “first-date drinks, brunch with the family and dinner with friends” , and it’s a “favorite happy-hour spot” too.
Boheme
Bar · Montrose · $$
Food - · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

"Bohemian" digs with mismatched seating and an "ample patio" mark this "adorable" , "date" -ready wine bar in a "trendy part" of Montrose; with "good pricing" on an "extensive" vino list and popular drinks ( "love the frozen mojitos" ), it's a "cool place" to "sit back and chill."
MAX's Wine Dive Houston - Fairview St.
Wine Bar · Montrose · $$
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

The “creative” , casual New American menu at the Montrose branch of this locally bred chain includes favorites such as pulled pork nachos, duck confit taquitos and “to-die-for” fried chicken, with a “huge” choice of wines to wash it all down; the industrial-chic space has a “relaxed” vibe, but it can get “fairly loud” when busy; P.S. brunch (served Friday–Sunday) is “fantastic.”
Dish Society
American · Briargrove · $
Food 4.2 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.8

“Following the locavore trend” by “featuring whatever may be fresh and locally grown” , these “cool, casual” New American spots offer “creative plates and beverages” via counter serve for breakfast and lunch and table service at dinnertime (they also host weekend brunch); the Briargrove original's industrial-chic space with high ceilings and an open kitchen is appealing, but when it fills up, it can get “loud.”
Etoile Cuisine Et Bar
French · Galleria · $$$

Chef Philippe Verpiand (ex San Diego’s Cavaillon) is behind this pricey Uptown Park French serving updated, exactingly composed versions of old-school Gallic favorites. The rustic yet polished setting features contrasting dark hues and whitewashed wood, complemented by lighter touches like plush banquettes and stylish chandeliers.
Stone's Throw
Bar · Montrose · $$

Once a beauty supply store, this refurbished two-story Montrose bar boasts 20-ft. ceilings and an expansive 17-ft. bar pouring a selection of craft cocktails, tap and bottled beers, champagne and wine. The cozy, dimly lit upstairs area features black velvet booths and a bird's-eye view of the downstairs action.