Where to Happy Hour in Greater Katy

Photo courtesy of Dish Society

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

This historic neighborhood was known as Cane Island in the mid-1800s, named for an area creek which was thought to have been filled with cane by early settlers for fur trapping. In 1893, the Missouri–Kansas-Texas (or MKT Railroad) began laying rails throughout the prairie land, and after railroad officials started calling it “the Katy,” a new name was born. You’ll still find the MKT Depot along with the Katy Heritage Society Railroad Museum in Katy today, and while the old suburb may not have been known as a great place to unwind with happy hour drinks in the past, times are changing.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Greater Katy includes the suburbs that surround the Katy city limits west to Pederson road, east to Fry road, north to FM 529, and south to FM 1093/Westpark Tollway Parkway.

Where to Happy Hour in Greater Katy

  • Dish SocietyFarm-to-table eats are the name of the game at the Katy outpost of this all-day, seasonally-inspired diner. Social hour means you can munch on $6 small plates, including Southern-style pimento cheese with club crackers, pretzel bread and smoked gouda queso, and freshly baked bolillo bruschetta topped with seasonal fruit, goat cheese, and balsamic reduction. Local craft beers are $3 to $6, while cocktails are $6, and wines are $5 per glass and $15 per bottle. Monday through Friday 3:30pm to 6:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Las Delicias de Super Pollo Two dollar domestic beers and margaritas make this happy hour super light on the wallet. Take them down alongside fajita nachos, Venezuelan tequenos, chicharron arepas, colossal quesadillas, and fried plantain with beef and avocado. Monday through Friday 3pm to 8pm. Click here for directions.
  • No Label Brewery Hit this cult favorite brewery for tours and tastings in the taproom. On weekdays and Sundays, the taproom is open for beers by the pint; and on Saturdays, the brewery offers tours and tastings for $10, with food vendors on hand, live music and a kid and dog-friendly patio. Monday through Friday 3pm to 10pm; Saturday noon to 10pm; Sunday noon to 6pm. Click here for directions.
  • Peli Peli Think outside the box with happy hour drinks and eats at this upscale South African eatery. Happy hour plates are just $7 to $10, including eats like fiery peli peli wings, shrimp cocktail points, mac & cheese bites with biltong (think of it like a South African beef jerky), stuffed mushrooms, South African samosas, and bacon-wrapped scallops. Share a few as you sip on half-price bottled beers, specialty cocktails, and wines by the glass. Monday through Friday 2pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Whiskey CakeThis whiskey-fueled Dallas import is a must hit at happy hour, when drafts beers and featured cocktails are $2 off and bar bites and Old Fashioneds can be had for 5 bucks a pop. As a special bonus, the bar offers reverse happy hour and Ladies’ Wine Wednesdays, as well. Monday through Friday 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to 11pm. Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Hit the weekday happy hour at fan-favorite casual spot, Black Walnut Café.
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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 .