In our Where to Happy Hour series, we search Houston’s vast array of neighborhoods for the very best libations.
With the second-largest Indochinese population in the country (outside of LA), it’s no surprise that Houston’s Chinatown is pretty, well, large. Though the neighborhood was first established on the eastside of Downtown, the cultural epicenter made its way to Southwest Houston in the 1980s and ‘90s. This expansive ‘hood, also referred to as Asiatown, is home to a thriving community, filled with a density of shops, local businesses, and places to spend happy hour.
Note: For the purposes of this list, Chinatown is bounded by Hillcroft to the east, Dairy Ashford to the west, the Westpark Tollway to the north and Beechnut to the south. It includes the neighboring areas covering Greater Sharpstown as well as Alief.
Where to Happy Hour in Chinatown
- Cafe 101 – Start with happy hour-priced hot sake, beers, and house wines, then dig into cheap appetizers like gyoza, bacon french fries, fried squid, and salt-and-pepper pork. Be sure to check out daily specials, from Hot Sake Tuesday to Wine Dine Wednesday with 50 percent off bottles. Monday through Thursday 4pm to 7pm; Reverse happy hour Monday through Thursday 10pm to 2am. Click here for directions.
- Café Kubo’s Sushi – Hit happy hour for discounts on beer, wines, and hot sake, alongside specialty bites like shrimp tempura, fried calamari, and crunchy eel and spicy tuna rolls. Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- Giau Bar N Bites – Specials change daily, but you can expect happy hour deals like $8 sangria, rosé spritzers, and grapefruit sparklers along with cheap eats like shaken fried tofu, bulgogi and pork belly tacos, grilled oysters, and hot pots. Weekends bring $5 shots on Fridays, $5 bombs on Saturdays, and $15 mimosa pitchers on Sundays. Daily 5pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- London Sizzler – This Indian British-style pub offers $2 wells and domestics, $3 imports and premiums, $4 house wines and draft beers, and $5 premium cocktails, alongside $3 to $10 bites. Feast on veggie and chicken samosa, chicken tikka nachos, and paneer spring rolls. Tuesday through Friday 5pm to 7pm. Click here for directions.
- Vibe KTV Lounge – This sultry bar and lounge offers $7 to $12 happy hour bites, from canh ga chien and canh ga nuoc nam (deep fried chicken wings in butter and fish sauces) to banh bot chien (fried pancake) and tom rang muoi (salt toasted shrimp). Monday through Sunday 4pm to 8pm; Tuesday all day. Click here for directions.
- Other great options – Belt it out at karaoke and check out the happy hour specials at Yes KTV.