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 east of downtown to the area known as the East End.
Honorable mention: Voodoo Queen.
Note: For the purposes of this list, the East End is based off of this official map, which roughly places its boundaries at Clinton Drive to the north, I-45 to the south, 610 to the east and parts of 59 to the west.
Moon Tower Inn Daily specials
With 66 taps and some seriously good eats, this laidback wild game shack draws an eclectic crowd to its patio regularly. That's large in part due to its specials, which change daily. Ease into the work week with Monday Mug night, where you can get your $10 mug refilled with those 66 taps for $5 every time you bring it back on a Monday. Come hungry on Wednesdays (or bring a friend), as their good-as-hell burgers are buy one get one free. The guys even seem to offer specials on a whim. Rainy day? Cheap ass mug time! 12,666 followers on Facebook!? $1 off mugs all night! There's a sweet show tonight? Get $5 dogs! Follow them to get the down low on every kickass special.
Don Carlos Monday through Friday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily specials
You can get $2.50 beers, but we'd go for the sturdy selection of on-the-rocks or frozen margaritas -- the stiff drinks are just $2.95 during happy hour. The best day to take them down is Wednesday, when the restaurant offers complimentary bites -- think pork and chicken flautas, guacamole, and chips & salsa -- at the bar.
Connie's Seafood Monday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
You'll need a few $2.50 cervezas to wash down all of the calamari, stuffed jalapeños and shrimp you are about to down at this popular seafood spot. Get a half-pound of calamari or fried tilapia chips for $3.99 ($7.99 for a full) alongside things like $2.99 ceviche tostada and $3.99 shrimp cocktail ($7.99 for a large).
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El Tiempo Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This Tex-Mex haven's strong-as-hell margaritas are no joke. Get the tasty cocktails -- frozen or on-the-rocks (we're pretty sure the frozen ones are 3x the strength) -- for $1 off during happy hour at the bar. You can munch on hot and fresh chips with two kinds of fresh salsa FOR FREE, but you should probably add an appetizer or two if you're gonna stay a while. Some smoked brisket queso or fresh ceviche would pair wonderfully with those chips. Just sayin'.
Ruchi's Taqueria Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This Tex-Mex cantina's killer drink specials include 2-for-1 margs and a bottle on the house when you buy a bucket every weekday. Before you have too many, you'll need to feast on delicious eats like tacos al pastor, mini beef quesadillas, and plump shrimp gorditas -- all can be had for just a few bucks.
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 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.