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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