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 into Upper Kirby, where you'll find everything from top-notch sushi and sake to authentic British pub fare.
Note: For the purposes of this post, Upper Kirby is defined as west of Shepherd, east of Buffalo Speedway, north of Bissonnet and south of Westheimer.
The Queen Vic Pub & Kitchen Monday through Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
This cozy pub is like a little piece of Britain right here in Houston. Come for $4 to $7 bar snacks -- including a heaping plate of masala-drenched lamb keema poutine and pork sausage rolls dolloped with English mustard. Wash it all down with a $5 pint ($3 for a half), $5 single spirit cocktail, or $5 glass of wine ($20 for a bottle).
Kata Robata Monday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Sundays noon to 5 p.m.
Hit this stellar sushi joint's happy hour for a taste of their inventive bites, rolls, and cocktails on a dime. Sushi and appetizers -- like kobe beef tacos, spicy salmon rolls, pork belly buns, and duck gyoza --- run just $4 to $9; while drink specials include a selection of half-priced Asahi drafts, wines and sake flights alongside discounted cocktails, depending on the day of the week.
Pondicheri Daily 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Soul food takes on a new meaning at this modern Indian eatery, where you can enjoy daily specials -- like Tuesday's yogurt-masala fried chicken for two ($25) and Wednesday's burger and a pint night ($14) -- alongside happy hour priced drinks, including $5 wine, $5 house cocktails, and $1 off craft brews. Street snacks like Texas shrimp chaat, saag paneer samosas, and house-made lentil dumplings may not be on the happy hour menu, but at around $7 or $8 a pop, they make the perfect mates for your discounted drinks.
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Nara Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Check out this modern Korean eatery's social hour for a selection of $7 appetizers -- including pork belly bao, softshell crab rolls, and roasted purple cauliflower -- alongside $5 glasses of beer and wine and half-price saketinis, cherry blossoms, Seoul mules and more. On Tasty Tuesdays, get the appetizers, bao, and sushi rolls for just $6.
The Stag's Head Daily 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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With a killer selection of seasonal pints and deliciously comforting pub fare, this dark and inviting British drinking hole is exactly where you want to sink into a corner and unwind. Happy hour offers $1 off drafts, wells, an wines alongside daily specials -- like Monday's $7.50 pitcher and $5 wing special; and Wednesday's Steak Night, featuring ribeyes, potatoes, and Saint A's pints.
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
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.