The 5 Best Happy Hours in Shady Acres

Discounted cocktails and brews at Lillo & Ella are sure to make you feel zen.
Discounted cocktails and brews at Lillo & Ella are sure to make you feel zen.
Photo by Paula Murphy

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.

It's a good day when you can get these crisp-as-hell wings for $3 off.
It's a good day when you can get these crisp-as-hell wings for $3 off.
Photo by Paula Murphy

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.

Get the Hill Country vibe right here in Houston.
Get the Hill Country vibe right here in Houston.
Photo courtesy of Cedar Creek

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.

Sometimes you just need a little pizza and wine on a Tuesday. Life is hard.
Sometimes you just need a little pizza and wine on a Tuesday. Life is hard.
Photo by Troy Fields

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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