Food and drink are an important part of Houston’s culture. The city’s restaurants rank among the best in the nation and the city scores highly as a food destination city. Beverages are also important to the local lifestyle and the most prevalent are cocktail bars, located in most every corner of the greater Houston area. Happy hours present an opportunity to enjoy the cocktails you love for a reduced price and the special hours often attract a loyal following. Here are the top cocktail happy hours in Houston.
1919 Washington Ave.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 869-4383

Houston’s Sixth Ward is home to a newer cocktail bar called Julep and it’s an establishment that belongs on everyone’s must- visit list. The bar is well- stocked with a full menu of specialty liquors including top-shelf and hard-to-find brands. Many of the drinks are offered for half price during happy hour so it’s not surprising that such a large number of guests rate this cocktail bar highly. A great selection of drinks and a cozy atmosphere make Julep one of the area’s top places for a happy hour excursion.

Ra Sushi Restaurant & Bar
3908 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77027
(713) 621-5800

Visit Houston’s Highland Village area and one place you will want to experience is Ra Sushi Restaurant & Bar. At Ra Sushi, guests can enjoy some of the best seafood in the Houston area while taking advantage of happy hour pricing for three hours per day, along with a reverse happy hour late at night. Specials on certain food items and appetizers make the happy hour that much better and keep loyal guests coming back on a regular basis. Ra Sushi Restaurant & Bar is a little pricier than most other restaurants and cocktail bars, but the reduced prices offered during happy hour make a visit easy on the pocketbook.

Eleven:Eleven Restaurant & Bar
607 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
(713) 529-5881

Happy hour at Eleven Eleven Restaurant & Bar is an experience to behold. The happy hour is limited to those sitting in the bar and patio, but the deals make it worth your time to find seating in one of these areas. Small plate items are reduced in price during happy hour along with the drinks and one feature guests like is that all of the alcoholic beverages are reduced in price by the same amount. Whether your preference is a cocktail, beer or wine, the price will be cut down to size on all adult beverages during the happy hour, which runs from Tuesday through Saturday. Low prices on drinks and some of the best restaurant food in Houston make Eleven Eleven one of Houston’s top happy hours.

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

Located near Rice University, Benjy’s is known for both its food and cocktails. Serving lunch, brunch, dinner and desserts, Benjy’s makes sure to keep its customers satisfied, with great service to go along with some of Houston’s best food and beverages. Happy hour runs for three hours each day and guests receive happy hour pricing on select foods and beverages. The inside of Benjy’s isn’t very large and often fills up quickly, but the delicious drinks and good happy hour pricing make it worth the wait.

GAGE Lounge
2600 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 649-2354

With happy hour held between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day, Gage Lounge is the perfect place for after-work stress relief. Happy hour price items are clearly marked on the food and beverage menus so that guests can quickly see which food and drinks qualify for the special prices. Try a French Onion Quesadilla and an Ultimate Martini or glass of Chardonnay for a total happy hour price about one-third lower than usual. Whether you like happy hours only for drinks or for appetizers and drinks, Gage Lounge has you covered.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at