Happy Hour Scene: So Vino

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Photo by Jane Catherine Collins
Wednesday means only one thing -- wine happy hours. By the time midweek rolls around, we need wine, and we need happy. Unfortunately, happy hour is not so happy at So Vino (507 Westheimer). When we walked in, it was empty and stayed that way. Our guess is that the lack of happy hour specials on food must keep the crowds away. This was so disappointing, because So Vino has so much potential.

Mondays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m., So Vino features three red wines and three whites for $6, and they don't skimp on the pours. The staff is knowledgeable and will offer tastings to help you decide your wine of choice. We chose a Montes Malbec and a Parker Station Pinot Noir to start.

The bar food isn't cheap. Your choices range from $7 Indian empanadas to an $11 pizza with goat cheese and arugula. We opted for the Indian empanadas to go with our generous servings of red wine.

The dumpling-size homemade empanadas were filled with a curry-spiced ground beef and served with pickled red cabbage and sweet chutney. They were good, but definitely not a meal. If wine makes you crave snacks like we do, order multiple appetizers or just get a table for dinner.

On Mondays, So Vino offer half-price bottles of wine all night, which is a much better deal than happy hour. Honestly, we would skip happy hour altogether and just go for a nice dinner and wine.



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