The 5 Best Happy Hours in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

We don't know what's nicer. Cottonwood's bar or the giant outdoor patio.
We don't know what's nicer. Cottonwood's bar or the giant outdoor patio.
Photo by Troy Fields

If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're moving we're moving just outside the loop to the neighborhoods of Garden Oaks and Oak Forest.

Note: For purposes of this post, Garden Oaks / Oak Forest is defined as north of Loop 610, east of Highway 290, south of Tidwell and west of Shepherd.

Honorable Mention: Free wine tastings at Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro (follow them on Facebook for updates).

Cottonwood, 3422 N Shepherd Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily specials

Unwind with $1 off drafts and house wines by the glass as you sit out on Houston's chillest (and biggest) patio. Look out for food specials -- like a $10 fried fish sandwich or the burger of the day with a giant pile of fries -- on Facebook or Twitter.

Wakefield Crowbar, 954 Wakefield Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. + daily specials

Outdoor sand volleyball courts and a solid selection of bar eats make this happy hour a winner. Get $3 domestics and $1 off appetizers like stuffed jalapenos, fried pickles, and pineapple habanero hot wings during happy hour; or go for their awesome daily specials. On Tuesdays, $3 select TX drafts and $15 rib eyes with sides will hit the spot; as will the $15 bottles of house wine and $6 Hawaiian sangria on Wednesday's trivia night.

Come to Petrol for an excellent selection of hard-to-score brews.
Come to Petrol for an excellent selection of hard-to-score brews.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Petrol Station, 985 Wakefield Tuesday through Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily

Houston's oldest craft beer bar remains one of the city's finest. Head here for specials like fried chicken and $3 regular pints, beer breakfasts, $9.99 burger, fries and pint dinners, and more. Follow them on Facebook to see what kind of awesomeness they've got going on.

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This funky pub is the kind of place you could stay a while.
This funky pub is the kind of place you could stay a while.
Photo by Troy Fields

Shepherd Park Draught House, 3402 N Shepherd Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This laidback craft beer bar with solid pub grub is always popping during their weekday happy hour. Along with getting $2 off ALL beer and wine, you can feast on $1 off appetizers like crisp goat cheese ravioli, fire roasted hummus, and hot, bbq, or Thai chili wings.

This grilled shrimp po' boy made Katherine Shilcutt's list of 100 Favorite Dishes.
This grilled shrimp po' boy made Katherine Shilcutt's list of 100 Favorite Dishes.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, 13080 Northwest Fwy Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The bar at this New-Orleans-inspired seafood spot serves up $4.95 big Bud Lights and wines by the glass, $5.95 Big Shiners, and $6.95 to $7.95 specialty cocktails and margs alongside a selection of $3.95 to $7.95 bar bites. Snack on catfish beignets and fries, blackened shrimp and crawfish fondeaux, and petite seafood po' boys while you take down a couple of frozen Swamp Things.

See our other 5 Best Happy Hour Lists: 5 Best Happy Hours in Montrose 5 Best Happy Hours in Washington Corridor 5 Best Happy Hours in Downtown 5 Best Happy Hours in Midtown 5 Best Happy Hours in the Galleria 5 Best Happy Hours in The Heights 5 Best Happy Hours in Upper Kirby 5 Best Happy Hours in Greenway Plaza 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres 5 Best Happy Hours Near the Museum District 5 Best Happy Hours in the East End 5 Best Happy Hours in Rice Village 5 Best Happy Hours in River Oaks 5 Best Happy Hours Near Highland Village

For our guide to the best cheap lunch spots by neighborhood, see here.

For our guide to the best brunch spots by neighborhood, see here.

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Shepherd Park Draught House

3402 N. Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77018

832-767-1380

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Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro

1214 W. 43rd St.
Houston, TX 77018

713-290-1070

www.plonkbistro.com

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