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Brunches, Bars & Snappy Hours: Summer Edition

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Every issue we round up the best brunches, bars and snappy hours from around the city! If you haven’t gotten a chance to scroll through our Summer Issue we highly suggest it and hope you get to check out all of these amazing spots this Summer. 

Night Heron

Courtesy of Julie Soefer

Looking for an upscale yet casual spot nestled on the edge of the Montrose neighborhood? Night Heron is just that. Agricole Hospitality, the team behind a handful of wonderful restaurants around town, has done it again. With a modern, airy and tropical feel created by large plants, light colors, and leather couches, it’s the perfect spot for a summer cocktail. It’s a serene atmosphere you’ll enjoy with an intimate group. The menu is inspired by the seasoned hospitality team’s travels, with intriguing shareables including curry potatoes and flavorful sirloin that has the perfect spicy kick. All pair perfectly with one of the many beers, wines (75 bottles) and cocktails from their extensive drink list. Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m., their happy hour includes their popular Frosé, Salty Dog and many more for $5.

Tiny Boxwoods

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This name may sound familiar, as it’s a Houston staple. With two locations in West University and the greater River Oaks area, Tiny Boxwoods has been a household name in the past 10 years. With white marble countertops; lush patios that open into its sister nursery, Thompson & Hanson; and, of course, plenty of boxwood, it’s the scenery perfect for brunch. The menu features Migas, a decedent morning cheese and meat board and much more. If you are more of pastry person, you’ve come to the right place: Boxwoods offers an array of pastries including warm cinnamon rolls and chocolate croissants. The brunch menu is served Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

State of Grace

Courtesy of Julie Soefer

State of Grace was created to be River Oaks residents’ home away from home. Founder Ford Fry incorporates quintessential Houston, with gulf coast seafood, Tex-Mex, a touch of Vietnamese influence and overall Texas pride. With this melting pot of Houston theme, the brunch menu keeps you on your toes. With dishes like Kimchi and Eggs, Shrimp Remoulade, Smoked Salmon Hash and Oak Roasted Oysters, you’ll leave delighted. State of Grace’s interior is upscale vintage, with intricate tile floors, blue upholstered chairs and a grand U-shaped bar finished with brass and marble accents — a mix of modern and old Houston in one spot. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Bar Victor 

Courtesy of Bar Victor

Get a taste of a luxurious French lounge at Victor. The space is draped with large black curtains, grand chandeliers and velvet blue chairs. In this setting, you’re bound to feel like a VIP. Victor is the first of its kind in Houston, providing customers with an expensive French wine list, one-of-a-kind cocktails and lavish charcuterie boards, all while enjoying the music of an international DJ. Their cocktails include the French classic Spritz Apérol made with Moet Champagne, and the Negroni which is made with Hendrix gin, Antica Carpano Vermouth and Capari. Open Tuesday through Wednesday from 5 to 11 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Moxie’s 

Courtesy of Kathy Tran

The newest hotspot to hit the Galleria area, Moxie’s Grill & Bar is one to remember as you are greeted by a neon sign that reads, “I will, if you will.” The two-storied eatery is full of modern blue-and-white tile, an exposed wooden staircase, two bar areas and an outdoor wrap around patio on the second level. Enjoy a weekend brunch with highlights including the Pancetta & Aged White Cheddar Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, Sushi conesand much more. Alongside the dish offerings, drink menu highlights include the Pomegranate Beet Sodawith pomegranate, beets, fresh cucumbers, cranberry juiceand sparkling water and The Signature Caesarwith vodka, clamato and house-made pickled veggie skewer. Open Monday through Sunday from 11 to 12 a.m. and 2 a.m. on the weekends.

Local Houstonian and Editor + Digital Director of Houston Hotel Magazine. Follow her on Instagram for her latest adventures, @emilylunstroth.

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