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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Miss Carousel1201 Saint Emanuel, Houston 77003, EaDo
Located in EaDo, Miss Carousel offers an attractive menu with uniquely original specialty drinks, including 20 inventive cocktails. Don't know where to start? Try Ranchwater, made with sotol, clarified ime, lime oleo, salt tincture and grapefruit oil. The slow cooked pork ribs with fermented chili, pickled radish and herbs absolutely melt in your mouth.
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.
Goodnight Charlie's2531 Kuester Street, Houston 77020, Montrose
This airy, contemporary hangout showcases an eclectic variety - tacos, bourbons, and live country music. Their Rye Buck, made with Knob Creek Rye, house-made ginger beer, and lemon is a pleasingly refreshing concoction with just the right amount of complexity. The Tex-Mex faire, including Fried Chicken Taquitos made with charred tomato and tomatillo salsa and crema queso fresco, are the perfect cap to a hot Texas night.