Every weekday across Houston groups of co-workers or friends kick back and have a drink or share an appetizer at the end of the work day. Not surprisingly, there are hundreds of bars and restaurants offering discounted drinks and food to the Happy Hour crowd. Sorting through the specials to find a unique place can be cumbersome. Luckily, we have scoured the town to find friendly, inexpensive, not your run-of-the-mill establishments to visit each day of the week. While these places deserve a visit any time, hit them up on specific days to maximum your entertainment dollar.
Onion Creek
3106 White Oak Drive
Houston, Texas 77007
(713) 880-0706

While most people aren’t happy when Monday rolls around, a trip to Onion Creek can help get the week off to a better start. This Heights bar and restaurant doesn’t make their customers wait for Happy Hour. It’s all day Monday, with the added bonus of rib-eye steaks and baked potatoes served after 6 p.m. When the weather is nice, grab some drinks and head out on the patio. Onion Creek is known for its laid back atmosphere, helpful bartenders and quality pizzas, so it’s a good, mellow Monday spot.

The Boom Boom Room 
2518 Yale St.
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 868-3740

While the dim lighting, cozy setting and provocative sounding name might turn off some people, the Boom Boom Room is an exceptional end of day spot to grab a glass of wine and catch up on the day’s events. While there is live music on the weekends, every Tuesday is a Wine Club Party, which means a 25 percent discount on all wines and champaigns. Kat’s Chow food truck is also parked outside on Tuesdays, so paninis, soups and other specialties are a few steps away. The stylish, electrical bar typically gets high marks for its ambiance and people watching.

2424 Dunstan Road
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 522-7602

A list of best happy hour spots in Houston wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the upstairs lounge Benjy’s. The hotspot – with locations in Rice Village and on Washington Street – was named best Happy Hour spot by Citysearch and best bar by Playboy. Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday brings out a hip crowd ready to take advantage of $5 wine or mixed drinks and $6 cocktails, martinis, appetizers and pizzas. The blood orange margarita and mushroom pizza are particular favorites among the regulars.

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Little Woodrow’s Midtown
2306 Brazos St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-1041

If it’s Thursday after work and you are looking for a little bit of unusual entertainment during Happy Hour, consider a trip to the Midtown location of Little Woodrow’s. The drink selections and large patio are enticing, but the star attraction are the Thursday turtle races. While not the fleetest of animals, the turtles give it their best in slow-moving, loud-cheering drama. Pair this “action” with $3 frozen mimosas, $1 off house wines or more than 100 beers, including 30 on tap.

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Valentino Vin Bar
2525A West Loop S.,
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 850-9200

Tucked just inside the loop adjacent to the Hotel Derek, Valentino Vin Bar serves up some of Houston’s best Italian Food. While there’s an award-winning restaurant on site, a good place to wind down the work week in a more wallet-friendly fashion is the accompanying Vin Bar. Described as elegantly casual, bar patrons can share small dishes and enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail, both of which have received applause by reviewers and patrons. From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, all drinks on the cocktail list are half off. Also Vin Bar usually has specials on house wine and appetizers, such as steak fries tossed with fresh grated parmesan or truffled popcorn.

Jeremy Shapiro is a freelance writer in the Houston area. While his trombone rendition of “Black in Back” isn’t terrible, his 10 years in journalism have left him better equipped to write about music, nightlife and other entertainment outings. His work can be found on Examiner.com.