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 bar and restaurant packed 'hood around the Galleria.
Note: For purposes of this list, the Galleria is defined as anything west of Loop 610, south of Woodway, east of South Voss/Hillcroft and north of Richmond Avenue.
Ciao Bello Monday through Friday 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
All you really need to know is that you can munch on some of the best pizza in town FOR FREE during this classic restaurant's happy hour. Just sit at the bar, sip on discounted wines, craft beer, and cocktails and see what kind of Tony Vallone specialty pies are being served up.
Caracol Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 'til 5 p.m.
This Latin seafood restaurant's ostiones asados (heavenly hwood-grilled, chipotle-butter-smothered Gulf oysters) are what dreams are made of. The best part? Alllllll oysters are half-off during happy hour, meaning you can get these babies for just 7 bucks. You'll also find a selection of $7 small plates -- including housemade chicharrones, crab croquettes, and tuna tostada -- alongside $6 house wines, sangria, margaritas, and mojitos and $4 Mexican beers. Not too shabby.
Truluck's Seafood, Steak & Crab House Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cocktail hour in this seafood restaurant's dark, moody lounge features live music and a selection of half-price cocktails, wines and appetizers. Sipping on Belvedere martinis or double-oaked bourbon Manhattans alongside hot and crunchy shrimp, oysters Rockefeller, and smoked salmon flatbread never tasted so good.
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Osteria Mazzantini Daily 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
After a whole lot of confusion, this upscale Italian eatery did not end up closing this summer. And for that, we're thankful. Check out this stunner's happy hour for a taste of some truly excellent eats and stellar wines by the glass (the restaurant was named one of our 10 Best Destinations for Wine in 2013) on the cheap. The resto offers a rotating 5-5-5 deal, featuring five wines/cocktails and five small plates for $5 at 5 p.m, in the lounge. The menu changes, but look out for standouts like saffron arancini, lamb sausage polpette, and burrata caprese.
Dish Society Monday through Friday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
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This farm-to-table bar and restaurant gets super wallet-friendly during their weekday social hour. That's when you'll find $5 small plates, $3 house elixirs, and $5 wines by the glass. We love the parmesan-and-truffle-dusted fries, spicy kale tostada, and pork-belly-watermelon bites. Wash it all down with a crisp white apple sangria and just relax. It's a happy hour indeed.
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.