Happy Hour Scene: Loggia

The Place: Loggia
2248 Texas Dr., Sugar Land

The Hours: Monday through Friday 3-8 p.m.

The Deals: Domestic drafts are $2, well drinks are $3, and calls are one dollar more. House wines are $5. Loggia also has nightly drink specials like $1 domestic drafts on Mondays, and $1 wells on Wednesdays.

The Scene: Every now and then, we find ourselves looking for a drink outside of the city, and on Thursday evening, we ended up in the suburban retail mecca of Sugar Land Town Square. 

We ended up at Loggia.

The name Loggia is drawn from a term in Italian architecture -- according to Wikipedia, at least -- that refers to a feature "on the facade of a building and open to the air on one side." That's fairly accurate, because Loggia's front wall basically doesn't exist, with only a few columns separating the inside from the bar's patio.

Loggia reminds us a bit of Sawyer Park. It's a sleek, sprawling place operating under the guise of a "sports bar." In fact, the bar promotes itself as having the largest high-definition screen in Houston, which it uses to show sports.

But here's another telling detail about Loggia: Monday night is industry night, and the largest industry group that shows up gets upgraded to VIP with bottle service.

When we heard that, we honestly expected a certain type of crowd. It wasn't there on Thursday, and Loggia wasn't that packed at all. The people who were there mostly sat at tables and tried to talk over music from the live band on the patio.

The crowd was a toned0down version of what you might find at any patio bar in Midtown or the Heights.

The drink specials at Loggia are incredible. Anytime there's a wide option of $2 drinks,it's a good spot. On Mondays and Wednesdays, there are $1 options.

But the actual drinks at Loggia are not so great. We ordered a bourbon and water, which was extremely heavy on the latter. At $2 a pop, it's not too expensive to burn through a few, but when you have to drink eight to catch a buzz, that value disappears.

Drink Here? Probably not. Cool scene, but next time we're in the Town Square, we'll try someplace else. Unless, of course, we hear the bartenders start to pour a little heavier.

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