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The 5 Best Happy Hours in Upper Kirby

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.

Honorable Mention: Sorrel Urban Bistro (which we're losing soon), CRU Wine Bar, and Eddie V's "V-lounge" happy hour.

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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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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