The 5 Best Happy Hours Near the Museum District
A frozen aviator is just one of the many $5 cocktails you can get at GPB's happy 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 taking a look at the bars and restaurants surrounding the Museum District.
Note: For the purposes of this list, the Museum District is defined as the area bounded by Main Street to the west, 59 to the north, Texas 288 to the east, and Holcombe to the south, with a few blocks expanded in each direction.
Honorable Mention: $1 off margaritas and beer at Bodegas Taco Shop.
Grand Prize Bar Daily 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.+ rotating kitchen menu
Crafty mixologists and a fully functional kitchen make this popular industry hangout way more than a run of the mill dive bar. During happy hour, which is EVERY DAY, get $2 PBRs, $3 wells, $5 frozen cocktails, and $4 shots of Jagers and Bulliet bourbon or rye. Though (sadly) Sandy Witch is no longer in the house, you will find a rotating list of pop-ups and chefs; the weekly schedule, which includes BBQ every Sunday, burgers every Monday, and badass tacos every Wednesday through Saturday, has just been hammered down.
Bosta Daily 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Come to this bright and airy coffee and wine café for a late afternoon bite alongside $5 wines by the glass and $4 select brews. An excellent selection of meats and cheeses starts at $15 a plate, while light snacks, tartine, and panini run between $3 to $10. Be sure to look out for specials on open bottles, as the bar often offers them for half off.
Is it oyster season yet?
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Danton's Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Transport yourself straight to the Big Easy with just a few drinks and creole fair at this soulful seafood kitchen and bar. Come during happy hour to get $5 house wines, $3 to $4 brews, and $4 to $5 stiff drinks alongside some crazy good appetizers. Gulf oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp will run you $10/dozen (or 90 cents each), while snacks like big-as-hell crab-stuffed jalapenos ($2.25 each), housemade boudin balls ($5.95 for four), and a heaping plate of fried calamari ($10.95) are sure to fill you up without breaking the bank.
Enjoy happy hour with a side of bocce.
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Brooklyn Athletic Club Tuesday through Sunday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. + all night food specials
Backyard sports and happy hour? Don't mind if we do. Come to this part game bar, part gourmet resto' to get $5 wells and a $6 rotating cocktail of their all-night long happy hour food menu. For 46 to $10, munch on snacks like pulled pork sliders, fried pickles, and a taco and hot dog of the day while you kick ass on the bocce court.
Trevisio Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Just on the cusp of Museum District and the Med Center, this elegant Italian eatery and bar touts an impressive happy hour. Come for a fine selection of $4 local craft beers, $5 wells and house wines, and $7 handcrafted cocktails made with local spirits. You'll need those to wash down all of the pizzas ($9 to $12) and small plates ($5 to $10) you are about to take down. May we suggest the ceci fritti (fried chick peas), mozzarella-studded arancini, and a prosciutto and arugula pie. Happy social hour!
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
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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