The 5 Best Washington Corridor Happy Hours

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Cozy up to Coppa's bar for happy hour treats like no other.
If you love happy hour as much as we do, you'll love this new series. We're taking a look at the best happy hours in town, 'hood by 'hood. To narrow it down, we're focusing on the spots with the best deals on not only drinks, but eats, too. From upscale eateries serving bar bites and half-priced wine to dives with cheap beer and burgers, we've got it all. See the complete list at the end of this post

This week, we're taking a look at the bars and restos in Washington Corridor.

Note: For purposes of this post, the Washington Corridor is defined as the strip of Washington running from Westcott to Houston, with a few blocks north or south on either side.

Honorable Mention: $2 off wines and beers by the glass and mid-day bites at BRC Gastropub; drink specials and burger and steak nights at Winston on Washington's dog-friendly patio; and half-priced apps at J. Black's.

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You'll be diving into this plate of luscious meatballs al forno at Coppa.
Coppa Ristorante Italiano Weekdays 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. (bar and patio only)

The weekday happy hour is one of the best ways to experience this classic but funky Italian eatery on a dime. Step into the chic, playful space and order yourself a glass of wine ($5) or a specialty cocktail ($5 to $8). A selection of chef Brandi Key's smart, vibrant fare -- from killer burrata-studded arancini and crispy spiced chickpeas to prosciutto plates and margarita pizza -- is a steal at just $4 to $10.

Max's Wine Dive Monday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. + last 2 hours of business (food only)

This cool and eclectic dive is not a four-time Best Of Houston winner without reason. Get chipotle-honey-drizzled buttermilk chicken wings, salad and cheese plates, and sandwiches -- like Max's infamous truffle-oil-drizzled fried egg sandwich, a monster bacon PB&J, or an insanely good pulled pork and housemade pickle number -- for $6 during HH and late night hours. Beers and wines from the draft can be had for 5 bucks, while a special selection of wines by the glass are discounted at $7 to $11.

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Find bright and balanced sushi rolls and more at Soma's happy hour.
Soma Sushi Monday 4 p.m. to close; Tuesday through Friday 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday noon to 7 p.m. and all day Sunday

This sexy lounge is serves up everything from pancake-battered Japanese corn dogs and spicy salmon rolls to Korean spiced chicken wings and housemade pork and kimchi buns. And you can find all of it for $8 and under during their daily happy hours. Of course, you may need some drinks to wash it all down. That's where $6 specialty cocktails -- like lychee martinis and mint-and-thai-basil-infused "Somajitos" -- swoop in FTW! Oh, and the $4 sakes, $5 wines, and $3 beers, too.

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Location Info

BRC Gastropub

519 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Winston's On Washington

5111 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Music

J. Black's Feel Good Lounge

110 S. Heights Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Max's Wine Dive

4720 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Soma Sushi

4820 Washington Ave., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Benjy's on Washington

5922 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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gossamersixteen topcommenter

What makes me happy is avoiding Washington/Douchington avenue completely..


@gossamersixteen As long as you are gone by seven or so, these places offer great happy hours convenient to downtown, even for forty-somethings like myself, who are definitely not part of whatever Washington Avenue scene is left, and are too old to have been part of it in the first place.  These are not the flash-in-the-pan places that will have a new name in six months.  They are tried and true places with great food and drink.  More for me, I guess.  


@gossamersixteen Glad I won't see you there!  Just after work on a weekday, the area caters to a douche-free clientele.  

Besides, isn't its Hot Spot Status sort of Last Year/

gossamersixteen topcommenter

@kmaher23 @gossamersixteen  Heh, you haven't been to J Blacks I presume.. As a former resident of the area 2003-2010 (Rice Military) trust me I've seen enough of the delta bravo set for a lifetime.


@gossamersixteen @kmaher23 yea please stay away. The cool neighborhood people are finally coming back. The less of the cynical "back in my days" crowd the better.

I can't decide which I dislike more. The smarmy DBags who ruined Washington in the first place, or the hipper-than-thou-been-there-done-that ol' fogies who love to tell their friends how much they hate it.

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