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 bar and restaurant packed hood of The Heights.
Note: For the purposes of this list, "the Heights" is defined as south of Loop 610, east of North Shepherd, north of Katy Freeway and west of 45. That means standouts like Rainbow Lodge falls outside the borders. But look out; it just make another neighborhood's list.
Witchcraft Tavern & Provision Co. Daily 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Head to this seriously good craft brewhouse -- sister of the popular Shepherd Park Draught House -- during "Witching Hour" to get $2 off an awesome selection of craft brews (draughts and bottles), $2 off wines by the glass, and $1 off wells. Food specials include $1 off small plates like bright and fresh ahi tuna "fish-n-chips" and fat and juicy slow-braised Singapore ribs that are finger-lickin' good.
Heights General Store Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This neighborhood gem is more than just a market. Sit out on their rooftop terrace (or at the upstairs bar -- but we mean, rooftop wins) to enjoy $5 house cocktails and wines by the glass, $4 craft beers ($3 premium; $2.50 domestic) and $5 appetizers. The selection of locally-sourced, Southern-style dishes include jambalaya fritters with housemade boudin, tomato & basil pizza, and crispy local okra with buttermilk dipping sauce.
Shade Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This cozy bistro on 19th is the perfect place to unwind. Start with $4 to $8 appetizers --including fat and juicy lamb sliders, cornmeal-crusted oysters, and chicken-fried asparagus; Then wash it all down with a stellar selection of $5 wines by the glass, $5 well cocktails, and $7 martinis.
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Liberty Kitchen Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This oyster bar offers some happy hour food and drink pairings that will knock your socks off. The menu of $6 appetizers and 3- to 6-oz pours (starting from $3) changes seasonally, but you can expect combos like sambal-butter-smothered grilled oysters paired with fruity, peppercorn-spiced sake or fried oysters on sourdough paired with a smooth, citrusy pinot grigio.
D&T Drive Inn Monday all day and Tuesday through Friday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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This chill-as-hell ice house is the kind of place you want to hang all day. Good thing they offer a sick collection of rotating craft beers at just $4 a pint and $7 a jug during happy hour. Not to mention a ton of other daily and on-the-whim specials, like Monday's "Happy Hour Beer and a Brat" for $10; Tuesday's "Steak Night" -- featuring a big, beefy NY strip and baked tater with all the fixin's for $16; and things like $2 Shiners when you order in a pirate voice on "International Talk Like a Pirate Day." Because that really exists...and they celebrated it last week.
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
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.