When the work whistle blows, head to these five new hotspots for your ticket to happy hour paradise. All offer great deals on drinks and light bites — and a guaranteed good time. Cheers.
Feel right at home at this spacious yet welcoming downtown bar. Ample seating, including several comfy sofas, makes it a great gathering place for groups. For those drinking solo, grab a seat at the bar and strike up a conversation with newfound friends. The well-executed drink list, whisky and wine-centric, isn't heavy on cocktails, but it is solid, guaranteeing you’ll find something that hits the spot.
Swing by during happy hour (daily; 4-6:30 p.m.) and save on classics like gin and tonic, rum and Coke, and vodka and soda ($5 each). You'll also save on select beers ($3), red and white wines by the glass ($5), 3-ounce pours of sherry ($3), and a duo of snacks: nuts and seeds ($5) and sweet pickles ($5).
The Woodlands recently got a new steakhouse, and a new social hour deal (Monday-Saturday; 4-6 p.m.) along with it. Enjoy the bargain on draft beers ($2 off), wines by the glass ($3 off) and low-cost appetizers (think: prime rib sliders, filet mignon pizza and Guiness braised brats) while you mingle at the 60-foot titanium granite bar and take in the floor-to-ceiling view of the picturesque Panther Trail golf course at The Woodlands Resort.
Have a rockin’ good time at the sexy downtown hot spot with vinyl spins and stellar drinks. The happy hour menu (weekdays; 4-7 p.m.) offers half off cocktails from a Cosmopolitan ($5) to the Airmail (white rum, lime and honey topped with champagne; $6) as well as draft beers, wells and wines by the glass.
Crank the party up a notch with any or all of three shots ($6 each). Share a shooter of the large-format French Mind Eraser (gin, St. Germain, champagne), sip on the blended and chilled Branca Menta and Maker’s Mark, down the Mexican Razor Blade (blanco tequila, lemon and cayenne), but keep the fun in check, particularly while standing under the mirrored ceiling.
Hit the happy hour superfecta at the contemporary restaurant in the Museum District. The combination of specially priced food, wine, cocktails and beer (weekdays; 5-7 p.m.) is a clear winner. The roster of fare ($5-$10) features scallion and cheddar biscuits (drizzled with salumi caramel sauce) and the Blue Label Burger (topped with caramelized onions and cheddar, served with fries). Don't miss out on $5 wines by the glass, $4 beers and $6 cocktails such as the must-try 004 Proletariat (gin, lemon, hibiscus and thyme).
The swank downtown venue, which houses a restaurant and connecting bar up front and a theater in back for private parties and performances by sultry burlesque troupe, Moonlight Dolls, is spicing things up with a just launched happy hour deal (weekdays; 3-6 p.m.). Indulge in libations — ranging from an Old Fashioned ($5) and Cobble Gobble (bourbon, basil, vermouth and grilled sweet potato syrup; $7) to a bottle of Perrier Jouet ($55) — for a steal. Pair your drink with discounted bites, especially the always classic, champagne and oysters ($6; half dozen).