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When five o’clock rolls around after a rough day, a great happy hour is a MUCH needed relief.   I love happy hours not only because of the deals, but the inherent social aspect of it too. The below list are my current favorites or go to happy hours in Houston.  I am not saying these are the best happy hours in town because there are still are tons that I have yet to try, these are just the ones I like for various reasons including price, food quality and atmosphere. Here they are in no particular order, cheers!

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1) McCormick and Schmick Uptown Park– Okay, the rest of them are in no particular order, but this happy hour is hands down my favorite.  It’s conveniently located in the galleria area and tends to draw a large happy hour crowd, which is a plus to some.  They have great inexpensive food options and the drinks are great too. My personal favorite drink is the Lemon Drop. Again it does get crowded, so seating can be an issues since the happy hour deals are limited to the bar and patio areas.

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2) West End – If you are like me, you have passed this place a million times after leaving the Galleria Mall. The huge outdoor patio always caught my eye, so I finally stopped over a few months ago.  I was mad I waited so long! The beef street tacos are only $5 and are amazing. Those alone have brought me back. The drinks do not stick out in my mind, so I will say they are just okay. BUT if you like good cheap appetizers on a nice sunny patio, then West End is a must.

Hmmm maybe I did enjoy that drink!

Hmmm maybe I did enjoy that drink!

Nachos, sliders and TACOS!

Nachos, sliders and TACOS!

3) J Blacks – From the street, I envisioned J Blacks as a run of the mill franchise type bar, but it far exceeded my expectations.  I had a great sangria that came in a mason jar and a $4 trio of dips with chips. Both good with cute presentation. I also nibbled on my friend’s margarita pizza, which was better than expected. It’s on Washington, so it’s an easy stop over after work for the downtown folks.

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Sangria in a mason jar. Super cute.

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My trio of dips after I ate about half of it. I promise it looked better when they brought it to me.

4) Rosemont – Rosemont is a beautiful rooftop bar in the Montrose area.  I generally think of Rosemont as a night time spot, but I dropped by during happy hour one day and was pleasantly surprised at what Rosemont had to offer!   My favorite thing is the large old school punch bowl they sell for HALF off!  That bowl can serve a nice size group easily.   My sister had the tacos and quickly tried to order a second round of them even before finishing the first bunch. So I will say they are tasty.

The sun kind of ruined the picture, but my sister inhaled those tacos!

The sun kind of ruined the picture, but my sister inhaled those tacos!

5) Willy G’s – Willy G’s and McCormick are both Landry’s owned restaurants.  Their happy hour offerings are similar and equally good.  What gives Willy G’s a leg up for me, is that the happy hour tends to have less patrons so there is never an issue finding a table in the designated happy hour area.  So if you go to McCormicks and uptown and it’s too busy stop over at Willy G’s down the street, for a similar menu.

6) The Grove – This place is pretty with good food and drinks. I love the floor to ceiling windows in the bar area that allow views of the downtown happenings. Last time I stopped by for Happy Hour, we stayed for hours and had a really great time! We filled up on wings, mac and cheese and sangrias. All great choices and a place worth visiting!

The Grove appetizers and Sangria

The Grove appetizers and Sangria

7) Eddie V’s – It’s not the cheapest happy hour, but if you are looking for a more high end atmosphere Eddie V’s is a good pick. Last time I visited, there was a band playing easy listening kind of music, so you can imagine the crowd that draws. But the drinks and the seafood appetizers stick out in my mind, which is why it makes my list.

8) Ra Sushi–  Ra Sushi is another place that draws a big crowd if you are into that type of happy hour.  I am not a sushi fan, but the RA’ckin shrimp is why Ra makes my list.  My sushi loving friends love this place for happy hour. The menu offers them an opportunity to try a variety of sushi. Even though I stick to one thing on the menu, it’s good enough for me to keep going back.

My sister's sushi. She swears by this dish.

My sister’s sushi. She swears by this Viva La Vegas roll.

9) Adalucia Tapas – This place is conveniently located in the same development as the House of Blues.  I stopped by before a concert for a light meal. What I remember most is the fresh bread they offer with oil to dip it with.  I do not know what kind of magic they add to that oil, but I inhaled it with the bread! SO good. Yes, the bread is why I am putting it on my list.  You will understand it after you try it. The drinks and the other apps are good as well.

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The menu!

10) The Flat – This spot gets points for having a happy hour that goes well beyond the traditional 7pm! The Flat hosts happy hour from 4pm to 9pm on Tuesday through Saturday and then ALL day on Monday!  Every time I have gone, they’ve featured some fun cocktail special for the night.  I have yet to encounter one that I did not like. The food is great too. They offer better than average pizza for a bar.  On top of all of that, the venue, while small is a unique grungy feel.  It doesn’t seem to fit in with Houston, which is kind of why it works!

Cheers at the Flat with one of their many drink concoctions.

Cheers at the Flat with one of their many drink concoctions.

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11) Cyclone Anayas Midtown– This location is the in close proximity to my job which is convenient because they only have Happy Hour until 6pm instead of the traditional 7pm end time. I think the best way to describe their happy hour food menu is a high end Taco Bell and I mean that in the best way possible. Cyclone’s offers queso with meat, tacos, flautas for $5-$7 each. Then you can enjoy a house margarita for as little as $5. If you pick the patio, be careful with those birds!! I was almost attacked by five birds, saved only by my friend coming, opening the door and scaring them away.

My picture before the birds attacked.

My picture before the birds attacked.

I only like to use my own pictures, so this post doesn’t have too many pictures :(.  But trust me you cannot go wrong with any of the places on this list.  Once I go back to these spots, and I will, I’ll update with more pictures.

Up Next: Prospect on Wednesdays wing night, Mortons and Flemings have all been recommended by foodie friends. I will update my blog once I personally try them. If you have any other suggestions, make sure to list them below in the comments.