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

The 5 Best Happy Hours in Rice Village

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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Get spicy Korean-style crispy chicken an more during Benjy's kickass happy hour.
Get spicy Korean-style crispy chicken an more during Benjy's kickass happy hour.
Photo by Troy Fields

Benjy's Daily 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This swanky Village heavy-hitter is known to get packed during weekday happy hours. That's likely because of the stellar selection of $6 cocktails (think lychee fizzs, blood orange margs, and peach spritzers), $5 wines by the glass, and $3 beers. Oh, and the $6 appetizers -- including pistachio-crusted goat cheese cakes, smoked salmon sashimi, and shrimp, feta and rosemary foccacia. Those don't hurt either.

55 Restaurant and Bar Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Get $1 off all drafts, $6 to $8 pitchers, $4 wells, $5 house wines or sangria, $6 frozen mojitos or margs, and $7 signature cocktails alongside appetizer specials between $5 to $6.50. We're talking wings, chorizo quesadillas, pork tacos, fried mac 'n cheese balls, and more. And be sure to check out their Tuesday Steak Night, where you'll get a juicy 12 oz ribeye with fully loaded potato for $13.99 (starting at 5 p.m.).

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 in Shady Acres 5 Best Happy Hours Near the Museum District 5 Best Happy Hours in the East End

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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