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 'hood of Shady Acres.
Note: For the purposes of this list, Shady Acres is defined as the area east of TC Jester, south of N. Loop 610, west of N. Shepherd, and north of W. 15th.
Lillo & Ella Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 pm.
This bright and funky, zen-like eatery, housed in the former El Gran Malo spot, serves up some pretty stellar eats and tinctures on the cheap during their happy hour. Get $7 cocktails -- think manly vermouth old-fashioneds and a Cognac, Angostura, and coffee number called "Crawling through Bellaire" -- alongside $5 craft beers, and $6 36-ounce Asahi Canzillas (normally $10). A selection of chef Kevin Naderi's badass Pan-Asian eats -- including miso scallop and sesame beef skewers, Thai muu noodles, and salty viet-fried chicken wings, to name a few -- can be had for $1 to $3 off.
Cedar Creek Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily specials
It's pretty easy to chill at this laidback, creekside patio for hours on end, so let's just say our bank accounts are pretty thankful for their happy hour. Get $1 off the bar's signature frozen cocktails -- like the uber refreshing "Frozen Moon" made with mimosa and Blue Moon White -- along with $1 off wells, $1 off wines by the glass, and 50 cents to $1 off beers. Daily specials include reverse happy hours on Mondays (7 p.m. to midnight), Texas Whiskey Wednesdays, and Fried Chicken Fridays, where they serve up greasy lip fried bird alongside collard greens, mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits, and watermelon.
CRISP Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily specials
Head to this hip pizza and wine bar for $2 off a mighty fine selection of craft brews and wines by the glass alongside specials on crisp stone-deck-fired pies. On Mondays, buy one pizza and get the second half-off and on Tuesdays, get 25 percent off wine when you order a specialty pie. There's even a reverse happy hour on weekends from 10 p.m. to midnight.
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Rainbow Lodge Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (half-price wine)
It may be tucked away on the banks of the White Bayou, but this picturesque restaurant has no problem standing out. For an elegant affair that's lighter on the wallet, head to happy hour, where you can indulge in half-price wines by the glass, $5 martinis, $3 beers, and $3 pork sliders. The bar menu also features some seriously delicious plates -- like chipotle-honey fried quail bites, Carolina pulled pork sliders, and steamed coconut mussels -- for $5 to $13.
The Corkscrew Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily specials
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With live music almost every night of the week, an awesome selection of wine and craft brews, plus a full bar and hot and crisp thin-crust pizzas, this chill wine bar never fails to be a good time. Head here to sip on $2 off wines by the glass, $1 off beers, and $1 off specialty cocktails alongside daily specials like Monday's all-day $10 pizzas and half priced bottles of wine and Wednesday night's 3 for $9 fish tacos.
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
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.