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.
First up: Montrose.
Note: For the purposes of this list, Montrose is defined as the area west of Taft, south of Allen Parkway, east of Shepherd, and north of 59. Since many of the neighborhoods cross over each other, you may see some of your favorites on another list.
Honorable Mention: $3 selects and reverse happy hour at The Hay Merchant; $3 margs and $5 apps at Pistolero's; and the early bird happy hour at Lowbrow (food specials until 2 p.m.; drink specials until 6:30 p.m.).
Eleven Eleven Tuesday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
If you wished for happy hour pricing at this trendy resto', you're in luck. Grab a seat at the bar or out on the patio and get $2 off all spirits, beers, and wines by the glass. Whether it's their "bivalves and bubbles" specials or bar food you're after, Eleven Eleven's upscale take on the classics will do you justice. We love the Akaushi beef burger with heirloom tomato jam on a challah bun ($6) and the Hungarian paprika-spiced and fried chickpeas ($5).
Royal Oak Bar & Grill Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
With the latest happy hour on the list, the revelry goes well into the night at this Westheimer party spot. Here, you can find the biggest, boldest, and creamiest jalapeno poppers on the planet. You can also find fried pickles, calamari, mozzy sticks, margarita pizza, and more for just $6 a plate. Drink specials include $3 domestics and house wines, $4 martinis, $1 off all drafts, and $10 select bottles of wine. It's a happy few hours indeed.
Provisions Monday through Saturday 2:30 to 6 p.m.
The happy hour at this trendy dual concept restaurant may just be Montrose's best kept secret. Head to the bar for a taste of the establishment's seriously good cocktails on the cheap. They serve up a happy hour cocktail of the day -- like the lemon, gin, and agave-punched White Lady, or the gin, apricot, and lime-infused Charlie Chaplin -- alongside select wines for $5 (beers on tap are just $3). Nosh on a ploughman's lunch with foie gras mousse, housemade pickles, and grafton cheddar ($8) or some of the kitchen's freshly made breadsticks.
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While a dinner at Uchi may wind up hurting your wallet a bit, we can say it's well worth it. But that's not to say you can't enjoy one of the city's best dining experiences on the cheap. Just hit up the Sake Social happy hour. That's when you'll find $3 hot and cold sake alongside some of the resto's best bites -- like pork belly and kimchi, walu walu, and a shag tempura roll -- for just $3 to 8.
While the ice house may not technically serve food, the two food trucks parked nearby serve up some of the best cheap eats in the city. Chill out on the patio and grab a few $2.50 domestics; then walk next door to put in an order for a few of the greatest tacos around at Tacos Tierra Caliente (we love the barbacoa, pastor, and lengua). If it's comfort food you're after, hit up the Way Good Serva-teria food truck for awesome burgers, fried mac and cheese balls, and pulled pork nachos. With a setup this good, we're sure you'll stay well past happy hour.