It's Five O'clock Somewhere

We scout out happy hour in Houston.

Happy hours: Tuesday through Thursday 4-9 p.m.
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Kubo's

2414 University Blvd., suite 200

The atmosphere is a big draw on the upstairs patio at Cafe Adobe. Margaritas for $3 help, too.
The atmosphere is a big draw on the upstairs patio at Cafe Adobe. Margaritas for $3 help, too.
With Japanese beer and sushi this cheap, happy hour at Oishii stays packed.
With Japanese beer and sushi this cheap, happy hour at Oishii stays packed.

713-528-7878

www.kubos-sushi.com

Perch at Kubo's friendly bar or grab a booth near the window, overlooking the hustle and bustle of Rice Village below, and enjoy one of the best kinds of happy hour food specials: the kind that won't leave you too full for dinner. The frozen Sakerita is a nice complement to the bite-sized yet fiery wasabi shumai that are just begging to be popped into your mouth two at a time. If sushi is more your route, Kubo's offers an assortment of its most popular rolls at rock-bottom prices, with none more than $5.50. Wash them down with an ice-cold Asahi and you're ready to tackle the night ahead.

Happy hours: Seven days a week 4-7 p.m.
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benjy's

5922 Washington

713-868-1131

www.benjys.com

Beat the traffic and the crowds to Washington Avenue by relaxing at the new Benjy's and enjoying the happy hour deals. Every single appetizer on the large lounge menu is only $5, but the warm pistachio-crusted goat cheese cakes, the pan-seared pork dumplings and the mushroom pizza with fontina and truffle oil are favorites. And as with most Washington joints, the people-watching at this hip, ultramodern outpost (the original benjy's is still going strong in the Village) can't be beat, so get all dressed up — you now have somewhere to go.

Happy hours: Seven days a week 4-7 p.m.
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PICK-UP SCENE
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Shot Bar

2315 Bagby

713-526-3000

www.shotbarhouston.com

The Shot Bar in Midtown features one of the wackiest happy hours in town, but it seems to be geared to one thing: helping people get drunk enough to hook up. For 15 minutes each night, Kamikaze shots are $1. During the late hours, the bar always seems to be packed with young men and women, along with plenty of sexual energy. So spot that special someone, and when happy hour hits, bring them a tray of Kamikazes.

Happy hours: Thursday through Saturday 10:45-11 p.m.
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Pub Fiction

2303 Smith

713-400-8400

www.pubfiction.com

There are some people who probably do their best to steer clear of Pub Fiction. They just can't handle Affliction. But this is happy hour, and Pub Fiction has one of the best happy hours in Midtown. You can get a pitcher of beer for $6, domestic pints are $2 and imports are $1 more. Vodka drinks and martinis are $4. And Pub Fiction never disappoints: By the end of happy hour, there's always someone to pick up.

Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-8 p.m.
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Pearl Bar

4216 Washington

713-868-5337

www.thepearlbarhouston.com

During happy hour at Pearl Bar, the scene is removed from what comes to mind when you think of Washington Avenue, or even Pearl Bar. The place is huge, with a great patio out back, and stays fairly empty during the early hours. So you can shoot pool or play shuffleboard or just drink a few beers in peace until the crowd rolls in. And on Washington, there's always action to be found. The featured drinks during happy hour change each day.

Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2-8 p.m.
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Ginger Man

5607 Morningside Dr.

713-526-2770

www.gingermanpub.com

Disregard the fact that the bathrooms at Ginger Man make you feel like you're living in a submarine, because you don't come here for the bathrooms. Happy hour attracts a wide variety of people, so there should be someone for everyone. There are the men still dressed in slacks and ties, hippie college students or the guy who looks like he's homeless but owns a $1 million home a couple blocks away. And there's always the crowd coming in from Little Woodrow's next door.

Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.
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CHEAPEST BARS
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5555 Morningside Dr.

713-522-2603

www.brianoneills.com

It may not be off any main drags, but the happy hour at Brian O'Neill's is worth making the quick detour into Rice Village. Surrounded by a slew of other, more gimmicky bars, O'Neill's had to lay down the gauntlet. These guys basically throw the sauce at you seven days a week during their happy hours. $2 glasses of house wines, $1.75 wells, plus $6 pitchers of domestic beers. It's a miracle that people don't get mail at Brian O'Neill's.

Happy hours: Tuesday through Saturday 3-9 p.m.; all day on Sunday and Monday.
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Alice's Tall Texan

4904 N. Main

713-862-0141

If Lone Star served out of huge goblets topping out at $1.50 isn't your scene, then leave the state immediately. We don't need you here, and don't let Beaumont or Dallas hit you in the ass on the way out. Tall Texan doesn't have to bombard you with glitz to get you to come out. Just north of downtown off North Main is everyone's little slice of heaven. Tall Texan is actually this cheap all the time, and doesn't need a set number of hours a night to reel you in. You could forgo the goblet and get a bottle for $1.75, but to each his own.

Happy hours: All day, seven days a week.
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