In our Where to Happy Hour series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best libations.
The strip along Washington Avenue, stretching from Downtown through Memorial Park, has seen a revival in recent years. It’s now a jungle of mixed use developments, art studios, theaters, homes and apartment complexes, and plenty of excellent places to quench your thirst on the cheap.
Note: For purposes of this list, the Washington Corridor is defined by this map.
Where to Happy Hour in the Washington Corridor
- B&B Butchers & Restaurant – Hit B&B’s rooftop patio for views of Downtown and a booze and bites social hour with a trendy crowd. Nosh on charcuterie and cheese boards, mini beef Wellingtons and crab cakes, fried oyster and beef sliders, steakhouse bruschetta and thin-crust pizzas topped with things like buffalo chicken or calabrese salami. Select wines by the glass and Collins, on-the-rocks and martini cocktails will run you $8 to $10, while craft drafts are $5. Monday through Friday 3pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- Beaver’s – Have a damn good time during Beaver’s happy hour, which offers booze and food specials at the patio and bar on Tuesdays through Saturdays and at the whole restaurant on Sundays (booze only). Get $2 off menu cocktails, $1 off draft beers, a special selection of house cocktails for $6 a pop, $5 wines, and buckets of Lone Star ($12) and 16-ounce PBR ($15). Bar bites—think smoky queso, panko-fried deviled eggs and buffalo cauliflower—run from $5 to $6. Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm; Saturday 11am to 7pm; Sunday 4pm to 10pm. Click here for directions.
- Benjy’s – Hit the lounge and bar areas to unwind with a select $3 craft, $5 wines by the glass ($30 by the bottle), and a collection of $6 cocktails, including elderflower-kissed Citrus Blossoms and Lychee Fizzes with lemon and New Amsterdam gin. Worked up an appetite? Good thing there are $6 to $8 bites, from pistachio-crusted goat cheese cakes and the addicting crispy Brussels sprouts to tuna poke, prosciutto pizza, and bistro burgers. Monday through Saturday 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- Julep – From bourbon baron Alba Huerta, this Southern-kissed charmer is one of the best cocktail bars in Houston, hands down. At happy hour, a selection of cocktails—including the namesake Mint Julep—is offered at $8, along with half-off bottles of Champagne, $20 bottles of rosé or cava and $1 Gulf oysters (on Mondays, all oysters are $1 all day long). Nosh on cheese boards, hot-honey chicken bites, and glorious seafood towers while you imbibe. Monday through Friday 4pm to 6pm. Click here for directions.
- Kitchen 713 – Soulful global takes on Southern classics are good all day long, but they may be best served cheap during weekday happy hour. Share plates of pork boudin croquettes, vindaloo chicken wings, smoked jerk ribs, and smoked lamb sliders for $9 a pop. And be sure to wash it all down with $5 taps, $6 wells and wines by the glass, and some impressive cocktails, a selection of which—think charred grapefruit palomas and sorghum old fashioneds—can be had for $3 off. The eatery also offers weekday specials like Wine Down Wednesday with 30 percent off bottles and $7 Forbidden Fridays. Monday through Friday 3pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- Max’s Wine Dive – This fan-favorite haunt offers $3 beers and happy hour-priced wine (starting at $5 for the house selection) as soon as it opens during weekdays. Sip some, then take down $5 to $8 plates that are damn near addicting, including Max’s famous wings, braised pulled pork sliders, fried-chicken-and-collards-stuffed egg rolls and a “tres amigos” plate, complete with fried pickled jalapeños, fried pickles, and fried green tomatoes. Monday through Friday open to 6pm (food 4pm to 6pm). Click here for directions.
- Other great options – Fuel up with frozen margs at El Tiempo Cantina; hit pop-up happy hours at The Dunlavy on the Buffalo Bayou; check out Liberty Station’s seriously good craft tap selection; get daily happy hour specials at Porch Swing; and get picturesque views and take in the fresh air at the Blue Bar at Brenner’s on the Bayou.