The 5 Best Happy Hours in River Oaks

These sweet, spicy, and ethereally light chicken wings are just $6 during Américas' social hour.
These sweet, spicy, and ethereally light chicken wings are just $6 during Américas' social hour.
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 on to the chic 'hood of River Oaks.

Note: For the purposes of this post, River Oaks is defined as south of Buffalo Bayou, west of Dunlavy, east of Willowick and north of Westheimer. This intertwines with Montrose and Kirby, so be sure to check out those lists at the end of this piece and look out for our upcoming list covering the bars/restaurants near Highland Village.

Américas Monday through Saturday until 7 p.m.

Sit at this South American hotspot's bar, lounge or patio to enjoy a happy hour with Latin flair. The "social hour" menu features a selection of $2.50 brews and $6 classic cocktails and wines by the glass. Also $6? Small plates like crispy brown butter and habanero chicken wings, smoked lamb lollipops and lobster corndogs. Something tells us you're gonna be here a while.

La Griglia Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This swanky River Oaks standby is packed nightly for a reason. Sit in the lounge and sip on $4 beers, $5 wines by the glass, and $6 cocktails -- including lemon drops, cucumber-basil gimlets, and skinny margaritas, among others. A selection of $5 bites -- think saffron arancini, lobster empanadas, and meatball sliders -- will keep you satisfied, as will the $7 classic pizzas.

Fish & Chip Fridays is just one of the many reasons to stop by this British pub.
Fish & Chip Fridays is just one of the many reasons to stop by this British pub.
Photo by Tam Vo

Red Lion Pub Weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. + daily specials

This homey British pub is the kinda place you want to hangout at all day long -- so it's a good thing they have a daily happy hour.

Sink into a red-leather booth and unwind with a few $1 off pints or wells alongside daily specials (available after 3 p.m.). There's Monday Burger Night, complete with $5 cheese burgers or sliders and hand-cut fries); Wednesday Curry and a Pint Night, with a beer and a meal for $22; and Fish & Chip Friday with $14 plates all day long, to name a few.

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