Where to Happy Hour in Shady Acres

A band performs as a patio of onlookers watch from across a creek
Take to the sprawling creekside patio for a relaxing Happy Hour at Cedar Creek Cafe | Courtesy of Cedar Creek Cafe

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

In the Northwest corridor just inside the 610 loop lies the fast-growing neighborhood of Shady Acres.

The area was originally settled by German farmers in the late 1800s, and today you’ll find original bungalows and modest cottages alongside new development, parks and retailers, and a booming list of awesome happy hour spots.

Note: For the purposes of this list, Shady Acres is defined by this map.

Where to Happy Hour in Shady Acres

A covered patio with people at tables and a view of bright green trees
Take to the homey patio of Bungalow Heights for an al fresco Happy Hour | Courtesy of Bungalow Heights

Bungalow Heights

Bright and chic, indoor-outdoor hangout Bungalow Heights is poppin’ during happy hour, when the wines and drafts are $5 and specialty Bungalow cocktails can be had for $8.

Sip signatures like the gin, rose and basil–kissed “Ok, Bloomer” or spiced and tequila-soaked “Take Your Cloves Off;” or get festive with a duo of Chambongs.

Tasty bar bites run the gamut from pulled pork tostadas to fried mac and cheese.

Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm.

A spacious patio behind a restaurant with scattered groups sitting at tables
Find your spot in the spacious back patio or cozy interior of Cedar Creek Cafe | Courtesy of Cedar Creek Cafe

Cedar Creek Bar & Grill

Get a taste of the Hill Country at Cedar Creek Bar & Grill, the sprawling patio and bar where, in addition to weekday happy hour, there are also daily specials.

On Mondays, enjoy all day happy hour and $1 wings; Texas Tuesdays offer $3 tacos and great deals on Texas-made booze; Greasy Lips Wednesdays are for whiskey and fried chicken; and Thursdays bring an excellent Steak Night.

Weekdays at 3pm.

A bar interior filled with people at tables eating and drinking
Take in German charm for Happy Hour at King’s BierHaus in Shady Acres | Courtesy of King’s BierHaus

King’s BierHaus

The sprawling King’s BierHaus is your go-to for German and Austrian eats (from brats to schnitzel) and excellent happy hour prices in a fun-loving biergarten and hall.

Sip $5 biers and $7 house cocktails while you share a few $5 bites from giant, hot and fresh beer pretzels and gourmet deviled eggs to Bavarian fried pickles and mac & cheese balls.

And be sure to check out the weekly specials, including Pork Shank Monday and Wiener Wednesday with deals on schnitzel.

Monday through Friday 3pm to 6pm.

Four people sitting on suspended swings on an outdoor patio of a bar
Swing through McIntyre’s in Shady Acres for a Happy Hour sesh | Courtesy of McIntyre’s Heights


A swing seat awaits at popular sports and patio bar McIntyre’s, where the drinks are flowing and the crowd is primed for fun.

Happy hour brings $5 22-ounce drafts, $5 Deep Eddy and well drinks, and $2 off all whiskey.

Look out for fun specials from Steak Night Tuesday to Trivia & Fajita Nights on Wednesdays.

Weekdays until 8pm (plus all day Monday).

An outdoor patio in the backyard of a lodge-style restaurant
Pull up a seat at the sprawling patio of Rainbow Lodge | Courtesy of Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge

Set in a historic log cabin on an acre of absolute beauty, Rainbow Lodge offers a more upscale atmosphere for happy hour.

Head to its handsome Tied Fly Bar for $5 house martinis, $5 and up wines, $3 beers, and next level bar snacks like smoked duck gumbo and fried Texas quail bites.

Tuesday through Friday 4pm to 7pm.

More Great Happy Hours in Shady Acres

Join the party crowd at Austin’s Backyard, Drift, and Heights Social; let the good times roll at Cajun patio bar The Boot; score daily specials at neighborhood watering hole and patio The Barking Pig; treat yourself to pizza and wine at Crisp; explore craft beers at Eureka Heights Brew Co and New Magnolia Brewing; grab a patio drink at the awesome new NettBar Shady Acres; let the kids hit the playground while you watch with a brew at Preslee’s; grab a pint with your pup at Providence Bar; and join the local crowd at Shady Acres Saloon.

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Brooke Viggiano
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 .