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 on to the chic 'hood of River Oaks.
Note: For the purposes of this post, River Oaks is defined as south of Buffalo Bayou, west of Dunlavy, east of Willowick and north of Westheimer. This intertwines with Montrose and Kirby, so be sure to check out those lists at the end of this piece and look out for our upcoming list covering the bars/restaurants near Highland Village.
Américas Monday through Saturday until 7 p.m.
Sit at this South American hotspot's bar, lounge or patio to enjoy a happy hour with Latin flair. The "social hour" menu features a selection of $2.50 brews and $6 classic cocktails and wines by the glass. Also $6? Small plates like crispy brown butter and habanero chicken wings, smoked lamb lollipops and lobster corndogs. Something tells us you're gonna be here a while.
La Griglia Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This swanky River Oaks standby is packed nightly for a reason. Sit in the lounge and sip on $4 beers, $5 wines by the glass, and $6 cocktails -- including lemon drops, cucumber-basil gimlets, and skinny margaritas, among others. A selection of $5 bites -- think saffron arancini, lobster empanadas, and meatball sliders -- will keep you satisfied, as will the $7 classic pizzas.
Red Lion Pub Weekdays 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Weekends 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. + daily specials
This homey British pub is the kinda place you want to hangout at all day long -- so it's a good thing they have a daily happy hour.
Sink into a red-leather booth and unwind with a few $1 off pints or wells alongside daily specials (available after 3 p.m.). There's Monday Burger Night, complete with $5 cheese burgers or sliders and hand-cut fries); Wednesday Curry and a Pint Night, with a beer and a meal for $22; and Fish & Chip Friday with $14 plates all day long, to name a few.
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Mockingbird Bistro Daily 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Though it is mostly considered to be in Montrose, the trendy bistro fits into this list's borders...and the happy hour is so good, we couldn't pass it up again. Head to the bar for a high-end social hour featuring $5 bites like kurobuta pork baby back ribs, crab, mushroom and brie fondue, and shrimp and andouille white bean cassoulet. Eat up and wash it all down with a fine selection of local and imported brews -- most of which are $4 to $6 -- and sturdy $12 cocktails (both classic and with a twist). A full bar menu is also available.
The Bird & The Bear Everyday 2:30 to 6 p.m. + daily specials
Come to this Southern-Cajun resto' to get $3 margs and $5 classic martinis and cocktails alongside a "Little Bites" menu -- featuring a stellar selection of soups, pizzas, tapas and desserts ($3 to $9) -- every day during happy hour. Munch on a pizzette topped with roasted chicken, dates, and Stilton, spicy bacon-wrapped shrimp, and chocolate pot-de-crème while you take down a few French 75s. Daily specials include Monday night steak dinner, featuring a $20 2-course steak dinner, complete with chef's salad and beefy filet mignon or ribeye with sides (6 p.m. to close); and half-off bottles of wine (under $100) on Wednesday through Sunday.
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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 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
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.