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Just around the corner, tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, is a surprising little jumping joint. Driving by, this ordinary one-story brick flat seems fairly unassuming. Inside, it’s a colorful scene decked out with local art and mod furnishings that are perfect for lounging with friends for a happy hour or well into the night. DJs jam lively tunes that inspire movement on the mini dance floor. Outside on the sprawling patio, switch modes and mind the noise and the neighbors - no music is allowed. No worries, quiet your mouth with better than average bar food, including Jamaican empanadas and jerk wings, pizzas and Vietnamese egg rolls. -Gemma Amato
Residing in a nondescript beige building along Richmond Avenue, Sonoma Retail Wine Bar and Restaurant is a hidden treasure that manages to invoke the relaxed atmosphere and unmatched wine selection of Sonoma, California. Featuring over 150 varieties of wine from all over the globe, Sonoma is something of a mecca to wine aficionados in the area who stay to unwind in the sunny patio or meet friends for the delectable charcuterie platters and cheese spreads. With several staff members on site to aid you in your selection and a host of food and beer options in addition, Sonoma Retail Wine Bar and Restaurant is a culinary highlight that ought not to be missed.
Located in the Midtown, Khon's is the perfect after-work hangout. They serve beer, wine, and coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. It's a great spot to go for a quiet night with a few friends. They have plenty of surprising drinks in stock from all over the world. Take a load off and play darts while shooting the breeze with the friendly bartenders, or sit and enjoy an eye-opening coffee while finishing up some work.
The Ginger Man is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a brew or two. There is a rather expansive beer selection to choose from, with somewhere around 50 beers on tap, with an equal amount of bottled beers to choose from. The walls are adorned with old beer bottles long since consumed, and the place itself smells of beer throughout. There are no mixed drinks here, but for those that love beer, welcome to paradise.
Woodrow's, and it's brothers: Little Woodrow's, are a collective social nightlife institution in Houston. Perhaps the best one of all has recently opened downtown near Minute Maid Park and Dynamo Stadium and near the Warehouse Live music venue. Stop in an hour before your concert starts and relax at the beautiful Texas bar; or grab a table in the beer garden. Watch several games on flat screens while lounging in the insanely comfortable sofas. Unlike other locations, this one makes cocktails to go along with their Woodrow's-standard dozens of beers on tap. This place has everything you need, so stop by after work. -Adam Rosen
Onion Creek is the ultimate neighborhood hangout with a little something for everyone, regardless of the time of day. Need some homemade waffles with fresh fruit and coffee to start your day right? Maybe an O.C. Poboy to get you through the afternoon? Or the Frito Pie, a cold beer on tap, and the game on the tube for dinner to make everything right with the world? Don't worry if you think you missed Happy Hour—it goes until 11p on Monday nights.
Look for the red lion signboard on Shepherd Drive where every hour is happy hour. The Red Lion Pub acquires bragging rights to an excellent liquor list, featuring an array of exquisite wine, single malts and beer drafts. The complementing food menu includes classic bar-fare like Fish 'n' Chips and Shepherd’s Pie and timeless American favorites like sandwiches and burgers. The lively banter, friendly service and archetypical British pub decor make for an inviting ambiance.
Whether you want to play pinball, listen to local writers reading their work, people watch, or drink some smooth whiskey, Poison Girl provides. This narrow, one-room bar can get packed with folks from all walks of life: actors, artists, doctors, lawyers, and everything in between. Out on the leafy, welcoming back patio, the picnic tables fill up fast on temperate nights. Happy hours every day are made even happier by the generous pours.
Central Texas is a relaxing place. If you don't have the time to make a road trip, treat yourself to Canyon Creek Cafe. With such a laid back atmosphere and friendly folks, you're liable to go for lunch and stay through happy hour. Enjoy good ole American classics and Texas faves, like insanely good burgers and fat sandwiches. The choices seem endless and the taste is heavenly. Feel like something lighter? The salads rock and roll, like the Gonzo Garbonzo with plump chickpeas, avocado, crisp sprouts, and tangy feta. Choose from over 30 beers to wash it down while watching a ballgame and chatting with friends. They're open early for breakfast on the weekends too. -Adam Rosen
Come dressed to impress at this sleek Uptown Park nightclub and bar. The vibe at Belvedere personifies the cosmopolitan blend of culture and fashion. Designed to exude an elusive feel, old-worldly stucco architectural charm shares space with the modern gleaming beauty of aluminum and chrome. Happening DJs spin an eclectic mix and get the crowd grooving until the wee hours of the morning. Weekly salsa is a popular favorite. The lounge draws in the rich and the famous, and is a great place to experience Houston's buzzing night scene.
Seldom does such an intrinsically cool place don the matching atmosphere to go with it. Among the ever-lively Washington Ave's super trendy bars, pubs, and clubs, Pearl Bar takes the cake. Pearl has 2 different areas working in beautiful nightlife harmony with one another. The inside is a buzzing modern sanctuary of beautiful young people and crowded mingling, while the outside is just a stupendous backyard party. The bartenders are seasoned veterans of mixology and they handle the overflowing weekend crowd well. Stop in for less crowded happy hour with great drink specials. -Adam Rosen
Cozy and convenient with great bartenders and better drink specials describes what you will find at the Velvet Melvin Pub. The atmosphere is as friendly and welcoming. There is a terrific patio overlooks Richmond and is a great place to relax after a long day. In addition to a fully-stocked bar, there is a menu offering classic American comfort food. The Velvet Melvin Pub is more than a bar; its an bar experience that can't be beat.