Happy Hour Scene

10 New Happy Hours to Try in Houston Now

Guacamame is a guacamole and edamame hybrid dish.
Guacamame is a guacamole and edamame hybrid dish. Photo courtesy of HS Green

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Tuna tartare from Roka Akor
Photo by Mai Pham
5. Roka Akor, 2929 Wesleyan

At this swanky new River Oaks sushi and robata hub, happy hour specials are served daily from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the bar and lounge area, with bar bites in the $6 to $8 range including tuna tartare, hamachi and serrano chile maki, and wagyu and kimchi dumplings. As for beverages, you'll find $4 beer, $5 sake, $7 select wines by the glass and $8 select cocktails.

Happy hour bar bites at South Bank Seafood are worth the trip.
Photo by Lorretta Ruggiero

4. South Bank Seafood, 702 West Dallas

Happy hour is daily at this new seafood spot downtown, from 2 to 6 p.m., with $3 draft beer, $6 cocktails, $5 wines by the glass, and food bites including raw or grilled oysters, fish tacos and chips with salsa and guacamole at $4 each.

Inside Chapman & Kirby
Photo by Erika Kwee
3. Chapman & Kirby, 2118 Lamar

This new steampunk-inspired gastrolounge in EaDo offers happy hour every Wednesday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., with $4 beer, $5 draft beer, $6 wines by the glass and $7 cocktails, a steal since these craft drinks are normally priced at $13 each. A food menu includes flatbreads, chicken tenders and fries, salads and more.

Hot Star fried chicken at BLT.
Photo by Jenn Duncan Photography
2. Better Luck Tomorrow, 544 Yale

In late June, chefs Justin Yu and Matt Boesen launched a chicken surprise happy hour at this Heights bar, which like its sister entities, Anvil and Public Services Wine and Whisky, offers half-priced cocktails and 25-percent-off bottles of wine every Monday to Friday, 3:30 to 5 p.m.  Food-wise, there are surprise chicken dishes to choose from, including everything from chicken wings to fried chicken butts and then some.

A frothy beet cocktail at Riel.
Photo by Gwendolyn Knapp
1. Riel, 1927 Fairview

This Montrose gem from chef Ryan Lachaine offers some pretty great happy hour and dining steals throughout the week, including a new dollar oyster special every Monday, 5 to 10 p.m., when you can gobble up raw bivalves for just $1 each. Riel also offers half-off wine bottles on Wednesdays and does a regular happy hour Monday through Friday, 5 to 7 p.m. with food for $8 and drink specials on beer, wine and cocktails.

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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.