Houston's Best Cheap Happy Hours

Get the best bang for your buck
November 21, 2016
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.”
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.
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.