There are tons of restaurants and bars in the sprawling metropolis of Houston (it is the fourth most populated city in the nation, after all). If you wanted to, you could likely try out a different Happy Hour spot every weekday for an entire year (but we don’t recommend this for your wallet or your waistline). Instead, stick to the best Happy Hours spots in Houston a few times a week to limit the damage. — Amber Hilton

The Maple Leaf Pub

514 Elgin
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 520-6464

If you’re looking for a good time on a small budget, The Maple Leaf Pub in Houston is the place for you. Not only does this bar offer great Happy Hour specials, but they offer every day specials and daily specials on food and drinks as well. Current Happy Hour specials include $3 well drinks, house wine and pints of Shiner Bock, as well as pints of Miller Lite or Bud Light for $2.50. Another plus? The Maple Leaf’s Happy Hour is rather long, offered every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Depending when you can sneak out of the office, that’s four potential hours of cheap drinks and fun with your friends. If you need something to soak up the booze, The Maple Leaf offers $1 hot dogs every day of the week as well.

The Mezzanine Lounge

2200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 150
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 528-6399

Happy House specials are always changing, which makes it hard to pin down the best Happy Hour spots in Houston, but The Mezzanine Lounge is widely considered to offer some of the best food and stiffest drinks at affordable prices. This casual bar and lounge offers more than 30 TVs and a covered patio, making it an ideal setting for a casual after-work drink with friends. Happy Hour food and drink specials change daily – check out the website’s Calendar page for more info. No big meetings tomorrow morning? Stick around after Happy Hour for regular events like trivia night, beer pong and karaoke. The best news? The Mezzanine is open 365 days a year, so you never have to miss a Happy Hour again, even on your day off! Hours: Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

BRIX Wine Cellars

110 Vintage Park Boulevard, Suite T
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 374-6100

If you’re looking for an upscale bar to kick back and relax with your work colleagues, BRIX Wine Cellars might be just what you ordered. This Houston hotspot offers a Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and extended Happy Hour on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Current specials include $2 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine and your choice of the Happy Hour “small bites” menu. Stick around after Happy Hour for live music performances Wednesday through Friday. Be forewarned, the atmosphere here is semi-casual, yet professional. This is not your beer and pizza crowd.