Houston's Best Happy Hours

Where to unwind after work
July 18, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Hit one of these spots to unwind after work with a discounted drink in hand. 

Japanese · Montrose · $$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

It’s “always an adventure for the palate” at chef Tyson Cole’s Montrose outpost of his Austin original, plating “sushi creations” that are “music in your mouth” plus plenty of other “innovative, delectable” Japanese options that don’t involve raw fish; the scene – amid soft lighting and warm woods – is “impossibly hip” , and the tabs are "expensive" but "worth it" ; P.S. it’s “hard to get a reservation” because most of the seats are saved for walk-ins.
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.
The Pastry War
Bar · Downtown · $$

From artisanal spirits to classic Mexican cocktails, this Downtown bar is serious about tequila and its agave-based cousin, mezcal. Just around the corner from sibling OKRA Charity Saloon, the narrow space allows for both intimacy and boisterousness in separate areas festooned with a cantina motif, including a skull-laden ceiling mural above the indoor patio.
Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge
Bar · Downtown · $

With a balcony hanging over Main Street, this second-floor hot spot offers an upstairs patio with Downtown views. Vinyl records spin in the intimate, speakeasylike space, where a long wooden bar sets up some serious cocktails. P.S. The entrance lacks obvious signage – just walk up the stairs and go through the door marked with a fox.
Wooster's Garden
Cocktail Bar · Midtown · $

With a focus on craft beer, seasonal cocktails and upscale takes on classic bar bites, this laid-back Midtown bar and grill is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. The relaxed space boasts a modern interior with reclaimed-wood accents and a large outdoor patio.
D&T Drive Inn
Pub · Heights · $

Decked out with beer garden tables galore, this updated ice house in the Heights offers spacious front and back patios, as well as limited indoor seating. Dozens of craft brews accompany a bevy of bar snacks while meticulously chosen jukebox tunes waft through the air.