Happy rodeo, Houston! Kick up your heels with bites and beverages at any these 10 happy hours, available at various restaurants and bars around town. Before you head ‘em up and move ‘em out for the Houston Livestock and Rodeo at Reliant Stadium, check out your HLSR transportation options.
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SHULA'S STEAK HOUSE
Shula's Steak House has launched its first-ever happy hour menu. Mondays through Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m., you can save on food and drinks at this downtown restaurant located in the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Everything on the happy hour menu is $9 and under. Choose from appetizers like bacon-wrapped scallops, seared Ahi tuna and French dip sliders. Quench your thirst with wines by the glass for $7, bottled beer for $4, specialty martinis for $5, and well selections for $5. Giddy up!
If you’re in or near the Texas Medical Center during the social hour, Trevisio offers specials Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m. Saddle up to the bar and order one of sommelier Sean Beck’s specialty drinks. These signature cocktails, made with Texas spirits, are $6 each.
Try a Road to Waco made with Balcones Rum or Tuscan Lemon Drop with Dripping Springs Vodka. Texas beers are $3.50 as are other domestic and imported beers. House wine goes for $4 per glass.
Chef Jon Buchanan’s happy hour food menu features hand-tossed pizzas for $6 to $8 and several small plates, all $6 or less, like the Ali di Pollo (garlic parmesan chicken wings) and Frito Misto de Vedure (lightly battered zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant and red sauce).
Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m., everything on the happy hour menu is four bucks at Quattro in the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. There are discounted wines by the glass, specialty drinks, and bottled and draft beer. The deal on bites features the likes of Ligurian olive bruschetta with marinated artichoke and mushroom, and crostino with prosciutto di parma and Sottocenere al Tartufo cheese. Complimentary valet parking.
Cowboys and city-slickers alike will enjoy happy hour at Hugo’s in Montrose. Get a deal on three delicious happy hour cocktails for $5 each, Mondays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. Pick from the “Y Porque No” margarita, sangria of the day or classic Mojito.
To go with your beverage, try the lobster taco for $9 or the huarachito (small masa pancake) with your choice of toppings for $6.
Before you hit the trail, enjoy half-portions of Prego’s handmade pastas (except lasagna) for half-price, and $8 wines by the glass and well drinks. This special is good all day everyday at this quaint West University restaurant.
Round 'em up for happy hour at BRC GastroPub near Washington Avenue. Receive $2 off draft beer and wines by the glass daily from 2:30 to 7 pm. The Lite (food) Menu is available daily from 2:30 to 5 p.m. and includes a deviled eggs and fried oysters plate for $9.50, brisket queso for $9 and BBQ chicken legs for $10.
Happy hour is every day from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Ciro's off the Katy Freeway, near Bunker Hill. Well drinks plus several other beverages including a frozen Bellini, Cosmo Martini, sangria, frozen strawberry daiquiri, frozen margarita, and select house wines by the glass are all $4 or less.
Also $4 and under, order fare like shrimp parmesan sliders, fried chicken tenders with sweet potato fries, and a shrimp cocktail. On the patio: Cigar smoking and Bocce ball. Yeehaw!
Giddy on up to any of Cyclone Anaya's locations — CityCentre, Durham/Shepherd, Midtown or Woodway — for happy hour. Weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the $4-$5-$6 bar menu includes mini chicken flautas, Tamarindo braised pulled beef sliders, mini fajita skewers and select wines by the glass.
Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at Oishii in Greenway Plaza. Get a price break on drinks such as a large hot sake for $3, domestic beer for $1.25 and house wine for $4.
Plus there are buy one get one free, $4 appetizers. Try the California and Dynamite rolls, vegetable tempura, Kani Sunomono (crab and cucumber salad in vinaigrette) and Gyoza (fried pork dumplings).
Go West partner . . . to the West Side, that is. Le Mistral, known for its fine French cuisine, is located in the Energy Corridor. This upscale restaurant offers bar deals Monday through Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For seven bucks, you can order the Kobe beef sliders, baked snails or beef carpaccio. The $5 drink menu features cocktails, wine and domestic beer.