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Where to drink right now: The 10 hottest, happy hour deals for July

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The Dogwood, bar, April 2013
The Dogwood rocks from afternoon until night. Photo by Adrienne Raquel
The Line & Lariat at Hotel Icon bar with drink
The elegant bar at Line & Lariat in Hotel Icon beckons. HotelIcon.com
Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen restaurant interior crowd venue
At Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen, enjoy bites and beverages. Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen/Facebook
Corner Table bar with drinks on counter
Stop by Corner Table's 1919 Wine & Mixology for cocktails in a relaxing atmosphere. Corner Table/Facebook
The Dogwood, bar, April 2013
The Line & Lariat at Hotel Icon bar with drink
Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen restaurant interior crowd venue
Corner Table bar with drinks on counter
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With specials that include price breaks on both food and drinks, these 10 happy hour deals are worth your time — and your dime.

DOWNTOWN

LINE & LARIAT
The Place: A Lone Star State theme flows throughout Line & Lariat in Hotel Icon, even extending to the decor with high back chairs emblazoned with the Texas flag and a community table with oil derrick legs. Then of course, there's the Texas cuisine and vast selection of beers and liquors crafted in the Lone Star State. Engage in a friendly game of Backgammon, Tic Tac Toe or one of the other classic board games available in the lounge or take advantage of all the happenings and new venues around Market Square.

The Food: The recently revamped happy hour menu features bites like Mini Pork Tostadas, Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños, Coffee Crusted Baby Back Ribs and Chipotle Mac & Cheese — all $7 and under. It's $12 for a hearty Beef Rajas Burger or chicken sandwich.

The Drinks: All $5 — wines by the glass, well drinks and drafts, including Saint Arnold Seasonal, Karbach Sympathy for the Lager and Real Ale Lost Gold India Pale Ale IPA.

Happy Hour Times: Weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m.
 

MIDTOWN/MONTROSE

DOGWOOD
The Place: Enjoy a little southern hospitality at this two-story, Midtown hotspot from owners Jason Carrier and brothers Chad and Brad Womack. The interior of this down home bar is spacious, and a rooftop bar offers a bird's-eye view of the Houston skyline.

The Food: The southern influence is reflected in the fare — try the chicken fried steak fingers or Southwestern Railroad Short Ribs for $7 each.

The Drinks: $1 off all beer and liquor.

Happy Hour Times: Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

TONY MANDOLA'S
The Place: The 6,700-square-foot restaurant with New Orleans allure offers a Gulf Coast Cuisine with Cajun and Italian influences, great service and new happy hour menu available not only in the bar, but the dining room and patio as well.

The Food: From the $5 food menu, order an individual-size pizza (the crust was a balance of crispy-yet-chewy perfection on a recent visit), a slightly spicy version of a shrimp cocktail or an order of fried calamari topped with a rich, scampi-like butter and white wine sauce. You have to order at least one beverage to get the $5 food deal, but since the drinks are on special, too, it's still a bargain.

The Drinks: $5 to $7 glasses of house wine, $3 domestics, select spirits for $6 and under.

Happy Hour Times: Weekdays from 2 to 6 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON AVENUE

HOLLISTER ON WASHINGTON
The Place: Owner Chuck Pritchett, who also brought us the popular Spring Branch neighborhood haunt Hollister Grill, runs Hollister on Washington. The cozy and casual space was formerly occupied by Cova.

The Food:  The half-price happy hour menu with a focus on Gulf Coast eats includes shrimp & grit croquettes for $7 and fried green tomatoes for $6.

The Drinks: With its liquor license still in the works, now's the time to take advantage of Hollister on Washington's short-term BYOB policy.

Happy Hour Times: Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m.

FEDERAL GRILL
The Place: Coming into its own, Federal Grill may have kept many of the items from David Grossman’s menu at the old Branch Water Tavern (which occupied the same space), but it has begun adding several new creations from the kitchen. Not in the mood to get dressed up? Federal Grill boasts a "fine casual" dress code with a come-as-you-are standard. Flip flops welcome.

The Food: Prices range from $14 for the charcuterie plate to $6 for beer battered onion rings.

The Drinks: $6 cocktail of the day, $5 infused cocktail that changes weekly, $5 calls and wines by the glass, $3 Southern Star Bombshell Blonde drafts.

Happy Hour Times: Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m. at the bar

UNDERDOGS SPORTS PUB
The Place: This cool, casual beer bar on Washington Avenue offers up more than 50 whiskeys and 100 beers, Tuesday Night Trivia and a Basketpong tailgating game.

The Food: Order delivery or bring in food from your favorite place.

The Drinks: $4 well drinks on Tuesdays plus $5 Crown Royal and draft beers; Wednesdays get $3 off all whiskeys; on Thursday, all pints are $3; Friday is for Firemen — a portion of sales from Firemans #4, Fireball, and FireFly goes to the Fallen Firemen Fund.

Happy Hour Times: Tuesday through Friday all day

AROUND TOWN

SEASONS 52
The Place: New to Houston, Seasons 52 is a fresh grill and wine bar where no dish tops 475 calories. Happy hour offers a “Flights and Flats” wine tasting and flatbread combo for $15.

The Food: Your choice of a full-size flatbread to go with your wine flight.

The Drinks: Select three from a menu of four red and four white wines and receive a 2 ounce pour of each (totaling one full glass). From there, chose your favorite and receive a full glass of that variety.

Happy Hour Times: Daily from lunch until 6 p.m.

HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS
The Place: The West Palm Beach-based restaurant with a casual beach vibe has opened a location in the Champions subdivision. More than 30 flavors of jumbo wings, fried pickles, Firecracker Shrimp, Thai Ginger & Garlic Glaze Salmon and an assortment of island cocktails highlight the menu.

The Food: Half price appetizers include Garlic & Parmesan Fries and the Wing Appetizer with Bleu Cheese and Jalapeno Queso Dips.

The Drinks: 16 ounce domestics are $2, and 22 ounce domestics and wells are $3 each.

Happy Hour Times: Weekdays from 3 to 7 p.m.

D&T DRIVE INN
The Place: You can stay cool this summer at D&T Drive Inn, located in the Heights, with more than 50 beers on tap. There's also a refreshing frozen shandy (a mix of beer and lemonade topped with bitters) for $4. Although it's not on the happy hour menu, it's a tasty must-try.

The Food: While D&T offers a regular daily menu from chef Mike McElroy and executive chef Benjy Mason, specials include red beans and rice on Mondays for $4, steak with a baked potato and salad for $16 on Tuesdays and fried chicken with coleslaw, a biscuit and a jalapeno on Sundays for $8.

The Drinks:  Five craft beers, rotated periodically if not daily, are just $3.

Happy Hour Times: Drink deals run weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. The red beans and rice special runs on Mondays from 3 p.m. until the kitchen is out, steak night happens Tuesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and the fried chicken deal takes place Sundays from 3 to 8 p.m.

1919 WINE & MIXOLOGY
The Place: Adjacent to Corner Table, and from the same owners, is 1919 Wine & Mixology. 1919 offers European ambiance, abundant seating with plenty of lush antique sofas and chairs and most importantly, more than 140 wine and champagne options (several organic and sustainable).

The Food: From chef Bruce Molzan's kitchen at Corner Table, bar menu choices include crispy calamari with jalapeno cilantro and ginger miso aioli for $12, paleo buffalo wings for $11 and creme brulee (three cheeses, pears, apples and dried cherries) for $13.

The Drinks: $3 domestics, $4 imports, red and white wines by the glass for $5, $7 premium selections, $10 martinis.

Happy Hour Times: Weekdays from 4 to 7 p.m.

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