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Happy hours: Monday through Saturday 4-7 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
There's no happy hour at Soma, but you can drop by between 4 and 7 p.m. or any time Sunday for the restaurant's cocktail hour menu. Trust us, though — with good drinks and some of the best sushi in town, Soma has earned the right to be a little pretentious. For proof, pair the outstanding Crazy Irishman roll (more than worth it at $7 bucks) with a $6 flavored "martini." If a cucumber-sake-tini is too frou-frou for you, imported beers are $3 and better liquors like Bombay Sapphire and Crown go for $6.
Happy hours: Monday through Saturday 4-7 p.m.; all day Sunday.
12225 Westheimer Rd.
An elegant dining room, nice prices and above-average fish — Edomae is your strongest bet for west-side happy hour sushi. You can put together a sweet spread with a number of individual piece options at $1.25 each, and the rolls and kitchen appetizers top out at $4.50. Imported beers, well drinks and house wine are only $3.
Happy hours: Monday through Friday 4-7 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.-close; all day Sunday.
WE'RE SO APP-APP-APPY
The Houston Press partners with GoTime.com in the quest for cheap drinks
Technology has improved nearly every aspect of our lives and now at long last, it's been applied to mankind's greatest venture: the search for cheap drinks. Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC, the parent company of the Houston Press, and GoTime.com have partnered to bring you Happy Hours, the premier smart-phone application for finding drink specials wherever you are and whenever you're looking.
Your phone tells the app where you are, you specify any special happy hour needs you might have, and voilà, you've got a detailed list of every happy hour around, including what's on offer and when that happy hour ends. The list is sorted by distance from your current location, and you can turn your phone sideways for a Google map of the nearest picks. Can't decide which one to try? Give the phone a good shake and the app will randomly select a happy hour for you.
Almost 20,000 happy hours in more than 30 cities are covered. The data comes from GoTime's extensive database, business owners and users, creating the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings possible. It's like having a native guide to the best spots in town, wherever you go. And in the 14 cities with Village Voice Media alt-weeklies, it's not like having a native guide, it is having a native guide: Recommendations from our editorial staff, the people who live and breathe the city's nightlife, are integrated into the app.
Native apps are available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users, but you can still get in on the fun even if you don't have a smart phone. Just point your phone's Web browser to m.gotime.com and you can get the same info (albeit minus the slick functionality offered by the apps). And no matter what platform you use, it's all free — so you can save your money for that last half-price mojito or two-for-one beer special of the night. — Cory Casciato