Where to Happy Hour in the Energy Corridor

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Photo courtesy of NextDoor Bar & Lounge

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

Houston’s Energy Corridor may play home to the world’s largest energy companies, but there’s way more to this business district than straight business. There’s also a lineup of happening happy hours.

Note: For the purposes of this list, the Energy Corridor is defined by North/South Fry to the west, Beltway 8 to the east, I-10/Park Row to the north, and Westpark Tollway to the south.

Where to Happy Hour in the Energy Corridor

  • BB’s Cafe BB’s voodoo bar half-hour menu features half-off bites, including fan-favorites like loaded pollo bullets, fried pickle chips and queso, roast beef and gravy-smothered Tex-Cajun fries. Smash the eats alongside half-price hurricanes and house wines, $2 select bottles, $3 select wells, and $3 Abitas. Monday through Friday 3pm to 6:30pm. Click here for directions.
  • Christian’s Tailgate This cult favorite empire rocks an Energy Corridor outpost complete with happy hour and daily specials. Hit it for $1 tacos on Tuesday, steak night on Wednesday, 50-cent oysters on Friday, and Sunday Funday with $1 mimosas. Happy hour features $2.50 domestics and wells, $7.50 pitchers, and $1-off wines by the glass. Click here for directions.
  • NextDoor Bar and Lounge This local favorite offers something for everyone, morning, noon, and night. Hit it up for weekly specials (3pm to close), including Monday’s Ketel One Mules & Martinis, Taco Tuesday, Wine Down Wednesdays, Texas Thursdays, and Saturday Steak Night (4pm to 10pm), in addition to happy hour—featuring things like $8 pizzas and sizzling nachos, $4 craft beers, and $6 signature cocktails—six days a week. Monday through Saturday 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Lucky’s Pub West This sports bar and gastropub is the place to get down with game watching and wing eating. At happy hour, get $2 domestic drafts, $3 craft drafts and $5 happy apps; and don’t miss daily specials like Manic Mondaze with 50-cent wings during games, Tuesday Steak and Pint Night, and Wednesday $5 Mule Night. Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
  • Rattan Pan Asian Bistro & Wine Bar  Unwind and indulge in an excellent appetizer and sushi menu—think Thai basil clams, crispy tempura shrimp, and spicy salmon rolls—alongside sommelier-selected white and red wine flights, three domestic and six imported beers, and two fine sakes, all offered at happy hour prices in a jazzy setting. Weekdays 3pm to 7pm; Saturday noon to 4pm (half-price wine 4pm to 11pm). Click here for directions.
  • Other great options – Enjoy classy weekday happy hours featuring $7 wine and bites at The Devine Affair, $3-off glasses and 10 percent-off bottles at Rouge Wine Bar and $5 to $6 eats and boozy deals at Café Benedicte; chill on the patio at Urban American Kitchen; grab cheap suds at hangouts like Big John’s Ice House, The Bull &  BearAshford PubShakespeare Pub, The King’s Head Pub, and Watson’s House of Ales and The Derrick Tavern (which closed for a short time to repair after Harvey but will open back up); and play a few rounds alongside bites and drinks at Top Golf.
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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 .