Where to Happy Hour in the East End

Photo courtesy of El Tiempo Cantina

In our Where to Happy Hour series, we search Greater Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods and communities for the very best libations.

The East End has long been rich in history and culture, as it plays home to two of Houston’s oldest Hispanic neighborhoods, Magnolia Park and Second Ward. With a mix of the old and the new, this vibrant neighborhood offers plenty to do, including some thirst-quenching happy hours.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the East End is roughly defined by this map.

Where to Happy Hour in the East End

  • Andes Cafe – This South American kitchen is a true neighborhood gem. Better yet, it offers happy hour discounts on booze and bites, including $5 house wines, $2 off specialty cocktails, $5 off mimosa pitchers, and $3 imported beers. Ceviche can be had for $6, while small plates are $2 off—from to Ecuadorian empanadas and Venezuelan arepas to Colombian sausage and a Bolivian pique macho (a heaping plate of meat, fries, eggs, and salsa meant to be shared). Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • El Tiempo Cantina – This hoppin’ Tex Mex haunt offers weekday happy hour with $1.75 off its signature frozen or on-the-rocks house margaritas. Enjoy $1 off all other drinks, including flavored margaritas like mango, raspberry, and coconut & blue; and nosh on free chips and salsa while you’re at it. Monday through Friday 3pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Satellite Bar – Part totally chill indie bar, part rockin’ music venue, this indoor and outdoor dive is where the cool kid’s hang out. The spot recently renovated, adding more seating, tables, a new bar, arcade games, and TVs inside; and the patio offers local food trucks and bar goodies. Hit it to sip on a lineup of craft cocktails and 60+ craft beers (from the dark and hoppy to light and funky), with koozies available for purchase to keep them cool. Follow along on Facebook to look out for happy hour specials, plus weekly and monthly events liked themed dance nights, karaoke, open mic nights, and video game nights. Click here for directions.
  • Moon Tower Inn – Gourmet wild game weenies and craft suds are the name of the game at this totally chill watering hole. In addition to a fantastic, 66-tap lineup of brews and outrageous creations like duck dogs with apple brandy and a fiery cheeseburger packed with 13 chiles, the ice house and cook shack also hosts movie nights, crawfish boils, and all other kinds of fun shenanigans in their sprawling yard. Hit it for Monday Mug Night, when mugs are $10 and refills are $5; Tuesday’s Movies at Dark, featuring $5 hot dog specials; Wednesday’s BOGO Burger Night; and Thursday’s Steak Night. Daily specials. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Sip suds at Sigma Brewing Company; get tiki-fied at Voodoo Queen, which is reopening its doors soon (follow along on Facebook for the date announcement); hit the bar at Don Carlos for cheap enchilada plates and stiff margs.
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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .