Looking for the perfect place to meet your friends for a drink? No matter your poison, these local spots promise great ambiance and neighborhood vibes. From a brewery with a killer view of downtown to a trendy hidden cocktail bar, this roundup will leave you with the perfect suggestion the next time you’re asked to pick the happy hour spot!

The Cottonmouth Club

108 Main Street, Houston 77002, Downtown

Dubbed “the least cocktail-y bar in the city", The Cottonmouth Club feels like a hidden gem in the heart of Downtown where it’s all about curating the best experiences for their guests. Make your own mule with any spirit you like! Our recommendations are ET's Mule made with Jack Daniels or Marko's Mule with Charbay Green Tea Vodka. Don't miss out on the ever changing food menu. It’s made by the staff everyday and is always free. Yes, you read that right. 

Yia Yia Mary’s

4737 San Felipe, Galleria

Yia Yia Mary’s, named for the Pappas family grandmother, is a culinary story of the family's history, reflected through the recipes which were passed down by for generations. Their team of chefs source the family recipe books to create the perfect menu of authentic Greek cuisine. Make sure to order a carafe of Greek house wine to share with your friends! The creamy feta dip with roasted red pepper and kalamata olives also cannot be missed.


Craft F&B

1600 West Loop South, Houston 77027, Uptown


Concrete floors and an industrial interior make a great backdrop for a night out with friends. With a great selection of food and beers, you can’t go wrong on Thirsty Thursday. If you're feeling lucky, try the Dealer’s Choice beer flight and the bartender will curate an exciting current selection of craft brews. If you're feeling peckish, you shouldn't pass up the Chicken and waffle sliders, a fun twist on a Southern favorite.


1927 Fairview, Houston 77019, Montrose

While Riel is certainly a fine dining destination, it pulls it off without pretense. Polished concrete floors, exposed rafters, and an open kitchen are offset by rich wooden bar tops, mercury glass pendants and navy blue pops of color on the walls. Start your night off with a So Fresh, So Clean cocktail. Also, don't miss the gourmet Pierogies, an old family recipe passed down to Chef Ryan Lachaine.


Saint Arnold’s Brewing Co.

2000 Lyons, Houston 77020, Near Downtown

Known as Texas’ oldest craft brewery, Saint Arnold’s 25,000 sq. foot facility is the perfect spot to gather with friends, family and furry companions while enjoying an ice-cold Santo, a black Kolsch with a light body and distinct, slightly floral, dark malt flavor. Kick back with any of their made from scratch pies, like the Mucho Meatcho, and watch the sunset over the Bayou City.