Where to Happy Hour in the Heights

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Photo courtesy of Lei Low Bar

In our Where to Happy Hour series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best happy hour food and drink deals.

Dating back to the 1890s, this right and vibrant neighborhood is filled with historic architecture, thrifts and mom and pop shops, and of course, a mosaic of excellent spots at which to happy hour (yes, even within its “dry” zone).

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Heights is bound by Katy Freeway to the south, I-610 to the north, I-45 to the east and north Shepherd to the west.

Where to Happy Hour in the Heights

  • Christian’s Tailgate – Cheap beers and pub grub are the name of the game at this cult-favorite sports bar. During happy hour, domestic brews and well drinks are just $2.50, while pitchers can be had for $7.50, and wines by the glass are $1 off. Food specials run from 2pm to close, and include $1 tacos on Tuesdays, Wednesday night steaks, and 50 cent oysters on Fridays. Monday through Friday 2pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Eight Row Flint – Named after the variety of corn that is believed to be the first that used to make American whiskey, this revisionist icehouse is known for its extensive selection of whiskey and killer housemade tacos. And at happy hour, that’s no different. Sip on a selection of $5 cocktails, like the house Old Fashioned or Eight Row Mule, both boasting bourbon; and dig into the lineup of incredible tacos, made on from-scratch tortillas and plump with things like braised 44 Farms beef cheek and Gulf shrimp with sesame salsa. All tacos are just $3 a pop during happy hour. Monday through Friday 2pm to 6pm. Click here for directions.
  • Heights Bier Garten and Worcester’s Annex – From the team that brought Midtown’s Wooster’s Garden, this newer garden is a much-welcomed addition to the Heights. The ample outdoor space—packed with swing seats, hammocks, and umbrella-shaded picnic tables—is flanked by two bars. On one side, Worcester’s Annex offers masterfully-crafted cocktails; and on the other, Heights Bier Garten boasts an excellent selection of wine and beer (94 taps of them, to be exact). Both offer weekday happy hour, with some pretty choice brews for $3 and half-off all glasses of wine and house cocktails. There’s also a kitchen, dishing out housemade sausages, burgers and sandwiches, as well as snacks, meat and cheese plates perfect for sharing. Monday through Friday 3pm to 6pm. Click here for directions.
  • Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace – On nice days, Harold’s rooftop terrace is where it’s at. Sip $5 house wines by the glass, $5 to $6 house-crafted cocktails and $4 craft beers, $3 premium beers and $2.50 domestics. You’ll need them to wash down Southern-style bites with a twist, from Creole-spiced meatballs and pork debris sliders to chicken-fried seasonal veggies with cheddar fondue. Happy hour drinks Tuesday through Friday 11am to 7pm; Happy hour food Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Lei Low – Don’t be fooled by this cocktail bar’s unassuming exterior; inside you’ll find a tropical paradise that rocks some serious tiki spirit. At pa’u hana (that’s what they call happy hour in Hawaii), sip a lineup of six of the bar’s most popular tiki drinks for $6, plus a beer for $3. And on “Mai Tai Tuesday,” three different versions of Mai Tai are offered for $6 each; while Wednesday offers pa’u hana all night long. Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm Click here for directions.
  • Other great options  Hit up weekly specials like Tuesday’s Burger and Pint Night and Thursday’s Craft Pitcher Night at D&T Drive Inn or Trivia and Big Ass Beers on Wednesdays at Little Woodrow’s; get $5 to $10 Chinese small plates, plus $3 to $6 drinks at Ginger & Fork; and head to Ritual for free appetizers and drink specials in the bar and lounge on Wednesdays from 4pm to 7pm.