Where to Happy Hour in the Museum District

Photo courtesy of Lucille's

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

Just southwest of Downtown, the Houston Museum District is a beautiful section of town that plays home to an organization of 20 museums, galleries, cultural centers, and community organizations. With so much culture and beauty, there’s no shortage of entertainment here, including plenty of thirst-quenching happy hours.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Museum District is defined as the area bordered by Richmond/Wheeler to the north, Montrose/Main to the west, Holcombe to the south and 288 to the east, plus the Menil Campus.

Where to Happy Hour in the Museum District

  • Bistro Menil – Set on the beautiful Menil Campus and next to Menil Park, this European-inspired bistro offers an elegant way to escape and unwind. At happy hour, relaxation comes in the form of $5 beers, $6 cocktails (think mint-infused Bistro Mojito and raspberry-laced Chambery Spritzers); and carafes of rosé, white sangria, and blood orange mimosas by the quarter to a full carafe. Enjoy them alongside $4 to $12 light bites,  from PEI mussels and manchego and jamon pizettes to crab cake bites and double truffle cheese frites. Wednesday through Sunday 2pm to 6:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Danton’s Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen – This soulful seafood spot brings out the Southern hospitality during happy hour when house wines are $5 by the glass, wells are $4, calls are $5, and domestics and specialty beers are $4 and $5, respectively. Sip them alongside Gulf Coast bites, including $1 a pop peel-and-eat shrimp, $2.75 crab stuffed jalapeños, $5.95 housemade boudin balls, and raw oysters for 90 cents each or $10 per dozen. Oyster bar: Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm; Saturday 2pm to 7pm. Main bar: Monday through Thursday 5pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Lucille’s – It’s all about Southern comfort at this charming neighborhood haunt, which offers a choice weekday happy hour and live music on Friday nights from 6pm to 9pm. Enjoy $5 to $10 happy hour bites, including fried green tomatoes, catfish nuggets, chili biscuits, bone marrow & oxtail, and hoppin’ John; then wash it all down with $3 off cocktails, $5 select beer and wines, and $6 mule variations. Tuesday through Friday 3pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Pax Americana – With a pleasant patio and ever-changing menu, this progressive American restaurant makes a choice spot for happy hour libations and bites. Start with roasted bone marrow and bread ($7), lemon pepper wings ($10), and housemade pickles with harissa and garlic aioli ($5); and add on $5 classic cocktails (think Tom Collins, Sazeracs and Dark & Stormys), $7 select wines, and $5 select beers. Daily 5pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Sip specials like $2 off select classic cocktails and $4 Bulleit bourbon at Grand Prize Bar, a cocktail-driven dive bar with a chill vibe, billiards table and jukebox; get crispy Thai shrimp, crispy duck bacon, and beef sliders and $7 martinis at Davis Street at Hermann Park; unwind at the lounge at Hotel ZaZa’s Monarch Bistro; hit Bodegas Taco Shop for specials like Wednesday’s Pizza, Wine & Dine Night; and check out Tuesday’s Steak Night at Bar 5015.
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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 .