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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Memorial City

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 to the 'hood of Memorial City.

Honorable Mention: Build your own antipasti at Ciro's and fancy pants social hour at Eddie V's.

Vallone's, 947 North Gessner Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sundays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With a 30-foot wine tower enclosing a glass elevator next to low, comfy leather booths and a crackling fireplace, Tony Vallone's latest restaurant is pretty beautiful. And that sentiment doesn't stop at the aesthetic -- the elegant menu and superb wine and cocktail program are a thing of beauty, too. Get $2 off expertly crafted cocktails and $5 select wines by the glass alongside $5 bites -- think meatballs and polenta, crisp calamari, and corn ravioli -- at both the bar and the bistro during happy hour.

Grub Burger Bar, 799 Town & Country Daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. + 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This fast-casual College Station import offers a badass selection of happy hour eats and drinks for $3, $4, and $5. Get Shiners, Blue Moons and wells alongside bacon and cheddar smothered cheese fries -- all for just $3 each. Or tack on another buck and upgrade to a craft brew or the Luau Fries. The crisp and twiggy frites come piled with pulled pork, grilled pineapple, jalapeño, melted cheese, and a mixture of teriyaki and bbq sauces. $5 highlights include spiked shakes, double-battered Harlem chicken tenders, and crawfish-ettouffee-loaded pistolettes.

Straits, 800 W. Sam Houston Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Thursday until close)

Singaporean cuisine with a blend of Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese influences is the name of the game at this hip CityCentre spot. Sit out on the beautiful patio and munch on $7 bar bites -- think parmesan roti prata, samosas, roasted Brussels sprouts, and satay sticks; then wash it all down with $4 brews, $5 wells, wines and bubbles, and $6 specialty cocktails from the bar.

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KUU , 947 Gessner Monday through Friday 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Get off-menu light bites and seriously good cocktails for $4 to $8 during this Japanese and sushi haven's weekday happy hour. Munch on stunning eats like fried chicken karaage, creamy rock shrimp tempura, and spicy salmon maki; then wash it all down with a few seasonal martinis or hot sake and ice cold Japanese beers.

Churrascos, 947 Gessner, Ste. B290 Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

This sexy Latin eatery offers spiced up small plates -- think crispy beef empanadas, achiote-braised pork Cubans, ahi tuna ceviche, and queso fondue - for just $5.95 during happy hour. Also just $5.95? Killer house cocktails (including margs, mojitos, and more) AND house wines by the glass. A selection of brews will run you just $2.95.

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 Near the Museum District 5 Best Happy Hours in the East End 5 Best Happy Hours in Rice Village 5 Best Happy Hours in River Oaks 5 Best Happy Hours Near Highland Village 5 Best Happy Hours in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest 5 Best Happy Hours in The Woodlands

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.

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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