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.
Just 30 miles north of Downtown, The Woodlands was originally planned as a suburban development for commuters working in the big city. But with the introduction of major corporations, parks and town centers, and plenty of dining and retail shopping, it has quickly become a star in its own right…one that shines quite brightly during happy hour.
Where to Happy Hour in The Woodlands
- Broken Barrel – This inviting newcomer offers globally-inspired shared plates alongside wine, beer, and a gin-focused cocktail menu. At happy hour, sip $2 off wines by the glass, $5 house wines, $2 off draft beers, and a selection of $6 cocktails. Happy hour eats include $3 daily popcorn and $8 plates, from grilled chicken and cheese stuffed zucchini and Japanese fried chicken karaage to butcher’s choice taquitos. Monday through Friday 3pm to 6:30pm. Click here for directions.
- Churrascos – Everyday is a happy one at this lively Latin American eatery (that’s because happy hour runs daily). Small plates will run you $4.95 to $5.95, with options including the addicting, flaky and golden-brown empanadas, packed with either roast chicken, basil, and pecans or beef, caramelized onions, malbec-soaked raisins, and olives. Can’t choose? Get them both. There’s also fish tacos, ceviche and guac, and mac’ and cheese and queso fondue, both made with Idiazabal cheese, a smoky sheep’s milk cheese from the Basque and Navarra regions of northern Spain. Of course, you’ll also need some drinks. Wines are $4.95 by the glass and $29.95 by the bottle, and beers can be had for $2.95. Daily 4pm to 7pm. All day Thursday. Click here directions.
- Cru Food & Wine Bar – Hit this vino-fueled bar to relax and un-wined. Glasses and flights of wine are all $3 off and small plates are just $4 to $6. Nosh on goat cheese beignets, margherita pizza, steamed mussels, and fried calamari. On Mondays, select any bottle of wine and your pizza will be on the house (offer available all night long). Monday through Friday 4pm to 6:30pm. Click here for directions.
- Fukuda Japanese Restaurant – Spicy garlic edamame, panko-fried oysters, pan-fried gyoza, sweet basil chicken wings, and beef and asparagus maki are all on the happy hour menu at this local Japanese favorite. Get all of the above and plenty more for $3.50 to $7.50 a plate. Then wash it all down with $4 Sapporos and Asahis, $5 hot sake carafes, and $5.75 sake cocktails. Monday through Friday 3pm to 9pm. Click here for directions.
- Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar – Hit the Watering Hole Bar for $4 select wines, $2 off Texas craft taps and half-off all specialty cocktails, including the Tex-Mex Cherry Cola, made with Black Mission figs and vanilla bean infused Casamigos Blanco Tequila, Luxardo cherries, Woodford Reserve spiced cherry bitters, lime juice and pure cane Coca-Cola; or the Bijou Frosè, a sure-to-be summer favorite made with Chateau St Jean Bijou Rosé, Chambord liqueur and fresh raspberry puree, served frozen. Pair it all with snacks and starters, from chickpea fries and charred shishito peppers to chicken croquettes and house salumi and cheese plates. Click here for directions.
- Fielding’s Wood Grill – Sibling eatery Fielding’s Wood Grill offers a similar happy hour deal, with $2 off Texas craft taps, half-off all specialty cocktails, and $4 select wines, plus special prices on the sliders and starters, including $4 deviled Texas eggs, $5.75 Wood Grill sliders, and $7 Texas Blues sliders. It also hosts a special early morning happy hour on Fridays, where you can get half-off all coffee drinks, half-off all brunch cocktails and flights and the evening happy hour pricing on wine, beer, and cocktails from 7:30am to 11am. Monday through Friday 3pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- SideBar – This sultry lounge bar at the Westin at The Woodlands hotel features an expansive patio perfect for people-watching and gazing at the fountains at Waterway Square. Happy hour offers $4 select domestics, $5 craft drafts and bottles (with over 25 craft choices and a monthly rotational draft), and a selection of masterfully-crafted libations for $8. Snacks include citrus bbq wings dusted with crispy rice, cheese and charcuterie flights and housemade chips, spiced and served with herb buttermilk, from-scratch ketchup, and French onion dipping sauce. Look out for the reverse happy hour and hospitality industry “Sunday Fun Day” rolling out soon. Daily 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- Other great options – Check out the happy hour at Hubbell & Hudson Bistro, which plans to add $1 oysters into the mix; hit Giggle Hour, featuring $5 bites, wines and cocktails and $3 beers at Crush Wine Lounge; linger over $6 cocktails, slow-smoked carnitas tacos and backyard queso and pretzels at the bar and patio bar at Jasper’s; get beer, wine, and cocktail specials at swanky sports pub Local Pour; enjoy cocktail hour in the Stone Crab Lounge at Truluck’s; and get small plates and $10 personal pizzas at Crisp.