Happy Hour Scene

23 New Happy Hours Every Houstonian Should Check Out

Monkberry Moon Delight at Killen's STQ
Monkberry Moon Delight at Killen's STQ Photo courtesy of Killen's STQ
Oh, happy hour. That post-work bliss that entails cheap drinks, cheap bar snacks and some down time, preferably with strangers, exasperated co-workers or even better: good friends. These days it's near impossible to keep up with new restaurant and bar happy hours, so look to this list to guide you. This is a roundup of all the hot new happy hours in town. Have at it.

click to enlarge The Sonic Boom cocktail at Pax Americana - NATHAN COLBERT PHOTOGRAPHY
The Sonic Boom cocktail at Pax Americana
Nathan Colbert Photography
Pax Americana, 4319 Montrose

The Montrose hub's new happy hour menu launches on Wednesday, July 12, and every Tuesday to Sunday thereafter, from 5 to 7 p.m. with $5 classic cocktails, $7 wines by the glass and $5 Drumroll American Pale Ale from Colorado-based Odell Brewing. Chef Martha de Leon also offers locally sourced small plates in the $5 to $10 range, including Korean red pepper pork ribs, market catch crudo, a panzanella salad and much more.

click to enlarge Tuna tacos at STQ? Sure thing. - PHOTO COURTESY OF KILLEN'S STQ
Tuna tacos at STQ? Sure thing.
Photo courtesy of Killen's STQ
Killen's STQ,  2231 South Voss

Featuring a mix of new and signature small plates, including pork rillette toasts, duck confit quesadillas and tandoori beef skewers, the brand-new happy hour at Killen's STQ — one of the best new restaurants in Houston— also features a number of summertime cocktails from 4 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.  All happy hour bites and sips are $7 to $12 at the bar or on the patio.

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Gwendolyn Knapp is the food editor at the Houston Press. A sixth-generation Floridian, she is still torn as to whether she likes smoked fish dip or queso better.