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The Full Menu: Houston’s Best Happy Hours

Food writers discuss their favorite places to go for happy hour in Greater Houston.

Happy Hour

On this edition of The Full Menu, our local food writers chat about their favorite places for happy hour around the city.

Our panelists are Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder.

The Full Menu Panelists 2019
(L-R) Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston, Felice Sloan of the Swanky Maven lifestyle blog, and David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder, discuss the local restaurant scene on The Full Menu.

HIGHLIGHTS

From Eric Sandler of CultureMap Houston:

Riel: The happy hour here provides an accessible way to sample the offerings at one of my favorite restaurants. Served Monday through Friday from 5-6:30 p.m., chef Ryan Lachaine’s menu includes mini hot dogs ($10), boudin egg rolls ($9) and gator kaarage (Japanese-style fried nuggets, $9). On Tuesdays, he also offers his decadent, Wisconsin-style butter burger sliders (two for $8). Pair them with $4 beers, $7 wines by the glass and $9 signature cocktails.

Uchi: Of all the happy hours in Houston, none is more acclaimed than Uchi’s sake social hour. People line up for it every day starting around 4:30 p.m. Served daily (yes, even on weekends) from 5-6:30 p.m., the offerings include $6 sushi rolls, the signature machi cure ($6) and a “foie gras candy bar” for $12. Drinks include $3 beers, $6 sake cocktails and $7 glasses of wine. 

From Felice Sloan of Swanky Maven:

Eunice Restaurant: This is definitely a happy hour utopia from 3-6 p.m., Monday through Friday, with $0.75 raw oysters and half-off snacks like Dan Dan Shrimp and duck poppers. They also offer a nice selection of wines, beers and house cocktails for half off.

B.B. Lemon: This is another happy hour that gets it right, in what they refer to as “Lemon Hour,” available Monday through Friday from 3-6 p.m. Guests can enjoy dishes like Frito pie and fried shrimp for a reduced price. Their drink specials include $8 cocktails, $2 off wine and $4 beer.

From David Leftwich of Houston Food Finder:

Hugo’s Restaurant: Hugo’s has one of my favorite restaurant bars. It’s perfect for an impromptu date night. Their happy hour (Monday through Friday, 3-6 p.m.) not only features one of the city’s best margaritas for only $6, but it also has some of the tastiest tacos.

Weights + Measures: The bar here, which is underrated, features well-executed cocktails and an astute selection of wine and beer. If you haven’t tried it yet, happy hour (Monday through Friday, 2-6:30 p.m.) is the perfect time to sidle up to their sleek, modern bar. Try a $5 cocktail and indulge in their famous roasted carrot pizza, which is only $10 during happy hour (normally it’s $18).

Restaurants Mentioned in this Edition:

Eunice
1751 Sea & Bar
Pappa’s Seafood House
Julep
Uchi
Tony’s
Eight Row Flint
Hugo’s
Goodnight Charlie’s
Riel
La Lucha
Grand Prize Bar
Doris Metropolitan
Weights + Measures
BB Lemon
Better Luck Tomorrow
The Pastry War
The Classic
Brenner’s on the Bayou
Public Services Wine & Whisky

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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