Spring is here and that means enjoying the patio breeze and spectacular views that come with dining and drinking al fresco at Downtown’s many restaurants and bars. And because there’s nothing better than boozing on the cheap, we’ve created this handy-dandy list of the best Downtown happy hour deals for you and your work buddies to check out.
Hankering for salt, lime and tequila? Then Pastry War is where you want to be. While you won’t find any pastries at this festive gem, partake in their agave spirits and house cocktails, like their fiery Pelirojo (a perfect blend of jalapeno-infused vodka accented with lime, and pineapple-Mexican saffron soda) for half the price when the clock strikes four. For that extra kick, snack on diced pineapple showered with Tajin for $4 or a tasty order of tamales which is always complimented with Pastry War’s homemade salsa for only $7. We’ll be the first to admit that each item on the menu is as tasteful as its namesake and no choice is the wrong choice unless you don’t make one.
Happy Hour: Daily, 4-6:30 pm
With its inviting atmosphere, the array of moonshine-infused cocktails, and eye-catching “Southern Hospitality” sign, it’s hard not to pull up a seat at this cozy neighborhood restaurant after a stressful day at the office. Order a tropical Coconut-Hibiscus Shine-a-Rita or Peach Shine Tea for just $5 during happy hour. When the weekend rolls around and the weather permits, opting for brunch on the patio is free but a mimosa will cost you $3. Don’t forget to up your order to include the $3.50 deviled eggs – a deal too good to miss! Even if you’re new to the shine or to Moonshiner’s sweet brunch deals, the friendly staff oozing of warm hospitality will keep you coming back for more.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 2-6 pm; Saturday & Sunday Brunch, 10 am- 3 pm
A place to see-and-be-seen during cocktail hour is the roof deck bar at The Grove. During happy hour, you can select domestic beers for $3, well drinks for $4 and a glass of their house wine or prosecco is just a buck more. We recommend a hand-crafted cocktail like their Pineapple Orchid (house-infused vodka with pineapple and vanilla). Its proximity to Discovery Green and the picturesque Downtown skyline are an extra bonus.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm; Sunday 3-9 pm
There’s no shortage of local ingredients at this three-story corner hub, favored by Downtown’s urban dwellers. Local Foods features a killer happy hour with $5 house wines, $6 specialty cocktails such as the 420 Main Mule (hibiscus-infused rum, fresh lime and ginger beer), and a great menu of small plates under $10.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 4-7 pm; All Day Saturday & Sunday
701 Avenida de las Americas
Why sit in traffic when you can add a little Kulture to your weeknight? Sip on a $6 classic Manhattan or a $7 glass of chardonnay at The Breakfast Klub's Marcus Davis’ newest Downtown restaurant and lounge. The new “urban comfort kitchen” brings the exotic flairs of the Caribbean to Avenida Houston and hosts an exciting happy hour that’s available seven days a week. As Barbados native Rhianna would say, “Pour it up, pour it up!”
Happy Hour: Daily, 4-7 pm
It comes as no surprise that the crown jewel restaurant led by James Beard Award Winner Chef Hugo Ortega offers an exciting selection of Mexican spirits for guest to sip on during its happiest hour. The Oaxaca Lending Library highlights more than 30 spirits, ranging from artisan mezcals, sotol, tequilas and rum, and allows guests to discover the exotic distilled beverages in one-ounce tastes for a short fare of $6. With so many great options to choose from, it’s hard not to raise a glass and say, “Salud!”
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 pm
Dubbed “Bayou Hour,” this stunning and intimate bar situated off the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel is not your average hotel bar. Bayou & Bottle is home to 130 plus brands of international bourbons and whiskeys and when happy hour comes around, the bar’s bourbon steward will top you off with an $8 Moscow Mule, $8 select well spirits and house wines, or a $5 draft beer of your choosing. Looking for more than just a good drink? Intrigue your taste buds with the juicy flavors of a carnitas quesadilla, Korean BBQ wings, loaded fries or a delectable Bayou Burger for a reduced price. Then burn off some of those calories at the hotel’s exclusive Top Golf-branded simulator next to the bar.
Happy Hour: Daily, 7-9 pm
Get excited taco lovers because the highly anticipated authentic Mexican cantina is now open at La Calle Tacos’ funky digs! The new sports bar is draped in vintage lucha libre threads and when happy hour comes around, guests can enjoy $2 Tecates, $3 select drafts, $4 frozen margaritas, $6 Caguama beers and $11 beer buckets. This is the perfect hangout to catch your favorite soccer, boxing or UFC match on the large 82” TVs. Major bonus: $1 tacos during happy hour!
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 3-7 pm
When you’re looking to treat your palate to something a bit more elevated, a glass of Bardot’s finest chardonnay, merlot or cabernet sauvignon will do the trick. The bar’s happy hour menu is poised to please with select house wines that start at $7, well drinks running at $6 and small light bites like their ceviche for only $5.
Happy Hour: Weekdays, 3-7 pm; Weekends, 3-6 pm
Known for drinks that stick with you and their innovative menus like the KLOL (a list honoring former rock radio station), this is one place that will definitely get you out of the post-work funk. Happy hour specials start midweek and include $2 off all house cocktails, half off bottles of wine and seven-ounce bottles of Miller High Life Ponies for only a buck. The bar has also incorporated a new DJ booth so expect to hit the dance floor on the weekends.
Happy Hour: Wednesday-Saturday, 5-8 pm
Good drinks, good music and good times are what you’ll find at this casual courtyard bar situated on the ground floor of the Whitehall Hotel. Ongoing this spring is their Original 1963 happy hour, which includes $19.63 pails of craft canned and bottled beers, as well as their house wines. To help you unwind or wind up after work Tuesdays through Thursdays, simply groove along to the beats of the local bands that take over Part & Parcel’s center stage starting at 4:30 pm.
Happy Hour: Tuesday-Saturday, 4-7 pm