The Texas Medical Center — also known as the Houston Med Center — employs more than 100,000 people and sees millions of patient visits each year. For those caught in the whirlwind pace of one of the busiest and largest medical complexes in the world, it's important to find a way to unwind. Here are some of the best happy hours near the Med Center.
01 of 07
Sure, drink specials are crucial to a good happy hour spot, but you can't overlook the food. And when it comes to Punk's, no one does southern comfort food better. During their happy hour, you can get fried pimento cheese balls, sweet corn hush puppies or a Frito pie — a delightful dish made of chili, cheese and corn chips — for only $5 each. Then grab yourself a $5 margarita or $6 wine, and head out to their patio to enjoy the evening.
Note: Happy hour is at the bar only
02 of 07
With a reputation as one of the best sports bars in Houston, of course Revelry on Richmond would have a great happy hour. Unwind from a long week at the Med Center by washing down $6 appetizers with $5 drinks, all while playing lawn Jenga or giant Connect Four on the patio.
Tip: Try the red and green jalepeños. The fried peppers are just the right amount of greasy, especially when paired with one of the bar's creamy sauces.
03 of 07
Located in Rice Village, just a 10-minute drive from the heart of the Texas Medical Center, Benjy's is a down-to-earth restaurant with a classy spin on old favorites. And the happy hour, located in the restaurant's lounge area, doesn't disappoint.
Sample their mouth-watering appetizers — like their popular crispy brussels sprouts prepared with a soy vinaigrette — for just $6, including some gluten-free and vegetarian options. Craft beers are just $3 and cocktails are only $6.
Tip: The restaurant's cute rooftop bar area makes it also a great pick for date night. Brussel sprouts
Note: Happy hour is in the lounge only
04 of 07
Grand Prize Bar is one of the best bars in the Museum District — in no small part due to its chill atmosphere and quirky cocktails. Every day from 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. you can get happy hour specials like Pabst Blue Ribbon for $2 and wells for $3.
The building itself is reminiscent of an old, renovated home, but don't worry. There is typically plenty of seating during the work week between the two floors, making it a great place for groups.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
If margaritas are a non-negotiable must for your happy hour experience, Pistolero's doesn't disappoint. Their house margaritas are only $4, and appetizers like nachos, taquitos or stuffed jalepeños are just $6.
Tip: Drop by earlier in the week for even better daily specials, like $3 margaritas on Margarita Mondays or $1 tacos on Tuesdays.
06 of 07
Just across US 59 in Montrose, Doc's Motorworks Bar & Grill offers a work week happy hour that's perfect for those looking to unwind. The space is inviting and unpretentious, with neon signs and license plates serving as the primary decor, and bar stools made from old barrels surrounding wooden tables. Large picnic tables are set up outside, making it perfect for groups when the weather is nice.
There are different specials every day, but you can bank on some consistent happy hour specials like $3 Shiner drafts and $12 pitchers throughout the work week.
07 of 07
This Montrose restaurant has a reputation for being one of the most romantic spots in the city because of its beautiful decor and mind-blowing sushi — and as a result, it can be a bit pricey. That is, except of course for its happy hour.
Uchi's happy hour — AKA "Sake Social" — is a great option for those who want to sample the restaurant's famous Japanese food, but don't want to splurge on a full meal. The social's menu offers deals on some the site's most popular dishes, such as the spicy crunchy tuna roll, as well as specials on drinks and desserts.
Tip: the specials are limited to only a 90-minute window each day —from 5-6:30 p.m. — so if coming from the Med Center, you might want to leave a little early to avoid Houston's infamous traffic and take full advantage.