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Where to Happy Hour in the River Oaks District

Grub on Vietnamese fare with craft cocktails at Le Colonial in River Oaks District | Courtesy of Le Colonial

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

High-end mixed-use development River Oaks District spans 650,000 square feet complete with tree-lined streets and walkways, boutiques, sidewalk cafes and more.

The district has become one of Houston’s most beloved destinations, offering luxury shopping, entertainment, dining, and nightlife all in one.

Shop, play, and then unwind with a drink at these happy hours:

Where to Happy Hour in the River Oaks District

An empty patio with wicker seating and surrounded by leafy plants
Take to the lush patio of Le Colonial for a happy hour in River Oaks | Courtesy of Le Colonial

Le Colonial

Hit Saigon Social Hour at this sophisticated Vietnamese eatery to enjoy $10 Bar Bites and Cocktails, including delights like crispy spring rolls filled with Gulf shrimp and Berkshire pork, five-spice Vietnamese frites with spicy aioli, and Lychee Martinis.

Be sure to also check out Wine Mondays, when every bottle $100 and under is 50% off.

Saigon Social Hour is 5pm to 7pm at the bar.

Check out the chic Bisou for social dining, happy hour and more | Courtesy of Bisou


From the fun collective behind Clé Day & Night and Spire nightclubs, the utterly chic Bisou is where Houston’s social set goes to play.

Enjoy special events like Ladies Night on Wednesdays, Champagne Thursdays, Latin Night Thursdays with a live Latin DJ and half off all sushi and raw oysters.

Loch Bar pairs oysters and whiskey for happy hour festivities in River Oaks | Courtesy of Loch Bar

Loch Bar

This classic seafood tavern rocks one of the area’s largest raw bars, plus a nice roster of whiskey and live music seven nights a week.

During happy hour in its bar area, suck down $1.50 local oysters or dig into plates of happy hour–priced moules frites, buttermilk hush puppies, and bacon truffle deviled eggs alongside discounted drinks.

Sunday to Friday 3pm to 7pm; reverse happy hour Sunday through Monday 10pm to 1am.

MAD offers a Spanish-infused happy hour in River Oaks District | Courtesy of MAD

MAD Houston

Madrid-inspired tapas spot MAD Houston is exactly where you want to be for happy hour.

Enjoy its Midnight in Madrid social hour (which is not actually at midnight) for killer $8 Gin & Tonics and Spanish Reds alongside tapas by the piece and plate—from $3 hamachi tostada and jamon iberico and chicken croquetes to $8 plates of Spanish churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

Toulouse brings French classic and cocktails to a sprawling patio | Courtesy of Toulouse Café & Bar

Toulouse Café & Bar

Get a taste of Paris at sidewalk bistro Toulouse Café & Bar, which offers fun weekly events including live music every Thursday and Friday from 7pm to 10pm and 1/2 Priced Bottled French Wines on Mondays and Tuesdays.

More Great Happy Hours Near the River Oaks District

Unwind with scotch and apps at Steak 48; go for live music and spirited drinking at iPic’s The Tuck Room; and check out the happy hours at nearby bars and restaurants including whiskey-drenched gastropub Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, Southern charmer Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, fresh grill and wine bar Seasons 52, oyster bar and kitchen Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette, neighborhood bar The Railyard, and Hotel Derek’s Revolve Kitchen & Bar and Tap & Pour.

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