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
Last week we covered Upper Kirby, so this week we're moving right next door to the area surrounding Greenway Plaza.
Note: For the purposes of this post, Greenway Plaza is loosely defined as on or south of West Alabama, west of Buffalo Speedway, north of Highway 59 and east of Loop 610.
Pizzeria Solario Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. + daily specials
Sometimes, nothing hits the spot better than pizza and wine...and beer...and mussels, crabcakes, cheese and meat plates, and polpette. Long story short, you better come to this Neapolitan pizzeria hungry and thirsty because alongside daily specials like 1/2 price bottle Mondays and $2 beers and $10 classic pizza Tuesdays, you'll find $3.25 craft drafts and bottles, $2 off wines by the glass, and 10% off some seriously good antipasti.
Oporto Cafe Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Unwind with stellar tapas and a few glasses of wine and/or cocktails at this hip, cozy wine bar (which, coincidentally was named one of our 10 Best Wine Bars for Drinking AND Eating). Enjoy $1 wines by the glass, $3 off wines by the bottle, and $5 to $6 mojitos, sangrias, and more. The petiscos, or small plates, menu features Portuguese and Italian-inspired bites like piri piri chicken wings, prosciutto wrapped dates, and chorizo and manchego flatbread for $3 to $7.
Oiishi Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
It doesn't get much cheaper than this always-popping sushi joint's happy hour. $4 appetizers like squid tempura, kani salad, gyoza, and spicy salmon rolls are buy one get one FREE, making them only 2 bucks a pop. Meanwhile, domestic beers can be had for $1.50 -- but may we suggest you drop the extra 50 cents for a Kirin or Asahi? It'll make a better bomb along with your large $3 hot sake. What? It's happy hour!
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Come to one of these two sibling establishment -- the fast-casual Ragin Cajun or the more elegant LA Bar -- during weekday happy hour to take down wallet-friendly oysters on-the-half-shell. A half dozen will cost you $6, while a full is $10. Of course, you'll need some drinks to wash it all down, especially if you tack on some of the eateries' spicy Cajun and Creole fare. $3 domestics, $4.50 wells, and $6.50 boozy 'ritas and frozen hurricanes should do the trick.
Sushi Wabi Weekdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends 3 p.m. to 6
This funky, modern sushi spot offers happy hour every day of the week. Come for $1.95 Japanese brews, $3 hot and cold sake, $4.50 unfiltered sake, and $4 house wines. Appetizers like agedashe tofu, honey-ginger hot wings, and spicy green mussels are $3 each; while specialty rolls stuffed with fresh salmon, fried soft shell crab, spicy tuna, and kani will run you $6.
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
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.