The 5 Best Happy Hours in Rice Village

Step inside for a happy hour with Southern charm.
Step inside for a happy hour with Southern charm.
Photo by Mai Pham

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 to the bar and restaurant packed 'hood of Rice Village.

Honorable Mention: Kubo's Sushi Bar & Grill for cheap apps, rolls, and beers.

These sweet corn hushpuppies aren't on the happy hour menu, but at $8 a bow, you should probably order some anyway.
These sweet corn hushpuppies aren't on the happy hour menu, but at $8 a bow, you should probably order some anyway.
Photo by Mai Pham

Punk's Simple Southern Food Sunday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the bar

All Texas beers are $2 off during happy hour at this Southern charmer's bar. Unwind with a few of them or try a $5 house wine or $6 to $7 anejo manhattan, honeydew margarita, or bourbon iced tea. You'll need them to wash down the seriously good eats, like the fried chicken biscuit slider with Punk's sauce ($5), crispy-fried pimiento cheese balls ($6), or full pound of St. Louis-style pork ribs ($11).

Mi Luna Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (with an extended happy hour until 10 p.m. on Mondays!)

At this vibrant Spanish bar and eatery, everything happy hour menu is just $3. That means you can sip on sangrias, margaritas, mojitos, and wines by the glass AND munch on some killer hot and cold tapas without breaking the bank. Get everything from pulpo a la vinagreta (marinated octopus) and jamon serrano tostas to spicy beef empanadas and croquetas stuffed with chicken and saffron rice.

Get $1 off drinks like this Whiskey Smash and a Strawberry Basil Margarita.
Get $1 off drinks like this Whiskey Smash and a Strawberry Basil Margarita.
Photo by Paul Knight

Under The Volcano Everyday open to 7 p.m. + daily specials

Get away from the mobs of the Village Arcade at this eccentric dive, where you can get $1 off mixed drinks and daily beer and food specials during their all day happy hour. The bar's Monday night Steak Night is easily one of our favorites in the city. Starting at 6 p.m., get a beefy 16 oz rib eye or strip steak with garlic mashed and a tossed salad for $17. Follow them on Twitter (@volcanohouston) to see what kind of excellent specials they have going.

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