For the past couple years, Forbes has listed Houston as one of the coolest cities in the U.S. to live. Soooo, what exactly is it that makes this city so amazing? Is it the growing food scene or the world-class museums? Maybe, it’s the great cost of living? Oh, what about all the job opportunities?
These are all true staples of the culture here in Houston, but one of the things that makes this city “cool” in my book is the cult-like happy hour (and brunch) scene. Happy hour is as integrated into the work week day as brushing your teeth is apart of your morning routine. What can I say? Houstonians love a good happy hour! We (Yes, you read that correctly…I’m calling honorary dibs) work hard, but play even harder. I learned very quickly that the best way to reward oneself after a long day is at a great happy hour spot.
Recently, I wrote about some really good wine bottle deals around town, but now I think it’s time you back that glass up and check out these five “by-the-glass” deals the next time you need to unwine after work.
2200 Post Oak Blvd #160
HH: 3-7pm Monday – Friday & Sat till 5pm
DEAL: Half dozen raw gulf oysters + glass of weekly oyster wine for $13.50 & $6 HH wines
Love doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about Caracol. They have one of the best happy hours in town. Half dozen raw gulf oysters paired with a glass of wine for $13.50?? Are you kidding me!? While, I’m not a big fan of their raw oysters (I prefer their wood roasted oysters…so delicious!), it’ still an awesome deal. Their weekly oyster wine is actually one of their white or red HH wines. You get to choose. I tried both and they are AH-MAZ-ING!! If these wines are supposed to be “house wines” they definitely have me fooled.
Royal Oak Houston
1318 Westheimer Rd
HH: 4-8pm Monday – Friday
DEAL: $3 House Wine
A good HH menu obviously must have a diverse drink and food offering, but even more so the price must be right. No one wants to pay $10 for a HH drink. So, when I saw Royal Oak Houston’s HH menu my eyes immediately lit up. Yes, you had me at $3 wines!! Again, are you kidding me?! Royal Oak Houston offers the normal house wines… cab sauvignon and chardonnay. But, hey I’m not picky! They were pretty solid in taste. I definitely recommend stopping by for a quick drink after work.
Sonoma Retail Wine Bar & Restaurant
2720 Richmond Avenue
HH: 3-7pm Monday – Saturday
DEAL: $10 Flights on Fridays
Friday night flights at Sonoma!! Three glasses of wine for $10 is a pretty good deal, considering most flights at Sonoma can run as high as $25. I got to try their white wine trio, which included an Italian pinot grigio, New Zealand sauvignon blanc, and California chardonnay. The only downside is that there is no food on the HH menu. You have to pay full price.
TABLE on Post Oak
1800 Post Oak Blvd Ste 6110
HH: 4-7pm Monday – Friday
DEAL: Sommelier Selected Wines $6
Located in the Galleria area, Table on Post Oak is one of Houston’s more jazzier HH spots. It’s very upscale, plus you don’t have to worry about being in a crowded bar trying to fight for the server’s attention. The sommelier’s picks include, a chardonnay, pinot grigio, an Italian red wine, along with a couple other wines. I believe there were six in total. All for $6. That’s pretty good considering this is a pretty swanky ($$$) restaurant. Oh, I cannot end without mentioning the tuna flatbeard ($9). I can’t even put into words how good it was. Run…don’t walk to Table on Post Oak.
The Tasting Room
HH: Open – 6pm, Monday-Friday
DEAL: $5 Wines By-The-Glass & 50% Off Select Wines By-The-Glass
Great news…The Tasting Room has HH from open to 6pm during the summer. Longer days, mean longer HH hours…I love it! The Tasting Room offers house wines and some select premium wines at a discounted price. It’s like a smorgasbord of wine. There’s something for everyone. I tried the tempranillo, which was very smooth. Let’s face it, you can’t go wrong at The Tasting Room.
These five wine deals are just the beginning. Every month, I plan to share the best places around town to have a glass of wine after work. Let me know where I should go next. Until next time…