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Houston's 10 Best Bars For a Weeknight

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4. THE CORKSCREW
Come for the wine; stay for the people. Voted Best Wine Bar in 2013 by Houston Press readers, Corkscrew is an ideal spot to unwind after a day at the office. The vibe is fun and lively, but laid-back enough to fit a more subdued weekday evening feel, and the beer and wine selection is more than sufficient (though the best drink Corkscrew has to offer is the Old Fashioned Marshall). Plus, Corkscrew features live music most weekday nights, and the bartenders and regulars are great, making it an ideal place to relax as you pray for the weekend to arrive. (1308 W. 20th, houstoncorkscrew.com)

3. HUGHIE'S TAVERN AND VIETNAMESE GRILL
A number of inside-the-loop establishments offer top-notch food and plenty of booze, but Hughie’s does it just a little bit differently. While stereotypical bar food like burgers and chicken tenders are on the menu, Hughie’s shines with its Vietnamese offerings, including various salads, bowls and sandwiches. Coupled with an array of craft beer, along with daily specials, Hughie’s is tailor-made for those looking for a laid-back, sit-down meal on a weekday night. (1802 W. 18th, hughiesgrille.com)

2. LITTLE WOODROW'S MIDTOWN
For many, Thursday night marks the unofficial start to the weekend, a night to act like it’s Friday, knowing full-well that Friday morning wakeup call is still coming the following morning. Many of these people flock to Woodrow’s Midtown, particularly during the famed Turtle Racing season. Every Thursday at 8 p.m., beginning in the spring and lasting into the fall, Woodrow’s packs in the crowds to watch the turtles do their thing. Laid-back, it is not; it is, however, a damn fine way to cut loose and enjoy one of the more non-Midtown bars in Midtown. (2306 Brazos, midtown.littlewoodrows.com)

1. D&T DRIVE INN
A Houston institution for nearly 60 years (though it has undergone ownership changes during that time), D&T is the place to sidle up to a picnic table, down a few cold beers and enjoy bar food as it was meant to be – tasty and unhealthy (weeknight specials include Frito Pie on Monday, steak night on Tuesday, and $10 dog-and-a-beer night on Wednesday). The crowd is eclectic, as are the tunes on the jukebox, making D&T an ideal spot to chill with friends. Or head up to D&T alone; the bartenders are more than hospitable. (1307 Enid, treadsack.com/dtdriveinn/)
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Clint Hale enjoys music and writing, so that kinda works out. He likes small dogs and the Dallas Cowboys, as you can probably tell. Clint has been writing for the Houston Press since April 2016.
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