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Brunches, Bars & Snappy Hours: Winter Edition

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


Photo Courtesy of Bisou

The newest restaurant and bar to hit River Oaks District is Bisou, French for ‘Kiss’! Started by the restaurant group, Clé Group, who started the ever-popular nightclub Clé, in downtown Houston. Partner Andrew Estes believes “…Bisou will be an excellent addition to the mix and only add to ROD’s (River Oaks District) allure as the most sought-after mixed-use destination in the city.” The menu is internationally and French inspired by Master Chef of France, Frédéric Perrier. Brunch features Soft Scrambled Eggs and Caviar, Foie Gras and more, all with a side of bottles of champagne delivered to you with sparklers!  You will enjoy both brunch and dinner in the incredibly lush, glamorous and contemporary setting. With modern art covering the walls, plush velvet grey chairs and gold flatware, the space itself will make you want to continue your evening there all night long. The cocktail list is just as inspired with the Marilyn Monroe, Grey Goose Vodka, St. Germain, Lemon and Peychaud’s Bitters, Everyone Loves A Ginger with Belvedere Ginger, lime juice and Chandon Brut. Looking to share? Bisou has two cocktails that serve 4+, Just A Kiss with vodka and grapefruit and the Mint To Be Melon, which includes vodka, mint and watermelon. Thinking you could enjoy these drinks all night long? Thankfully you can because Bisou is open on Friday and Saturday until 12am!  


Photo Courtesy of Kristen Gilliam

Drake Leonards opened Eunice this past fall, bringing good ole Louisiana cooking to Houston’s backyard. Named after Leonards’ hometown of Eunice, Louisiana, BRG Hospitality brings all the beloved bayou flavors in one place. The menu includes fresh seafood pickings such as an oyster bar, ceviches, gumbo, and roasted gulf grouper. The Upper Kirby district restaurant mixes contemporary charm with classic comfort to create a welcoming environment for both day dining and dinner. Eunice encompasses Louisiana’s charm with unique items centered around comfort and community. Visitors will dine in an environment that mimics a classic southern home: shades of bayou water blue, wooden floors, big linen lanterns, whitewashed walls, and timbered wooden beams. Happy hour will be available seven days a week from 3 until 6 pm and will offer 75 cent oysters, 1/2 off snacks, draft beer, specialty cocktails and house wines by the glass.   


Photo Courtesy of Nobu

Houston, we have a Nobu! Founded by partners Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro and Meir Teper the trio opened the first Nobu in New York in 1994. Now, Nobu is world renowned with 30 restaurants in 6 continents and welcomed Houston to the list this past summer. Located in the Galleria the city is buzzing with excitement for the Japanese empire. With two-stories by which the second story being accessed via private elevator or staircase, guests are greeted by an expansive open-concept dining room, bar lounge, and sushi bar. Sitting at the Sushi Bar is always special but at Nobu it is the most luxe and sought-after seat. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off a serene outdoor dining terrace, perfect for these cooler months. Tanoshi Hour at Nobu occurs daily from 5-6 pm in the lounge and includes unbeatable deals on some of their top sushi rolls, shareable snacks, hot dishes, cocktails and of course sake!   

Fig & Olive

Photo Courtesy of Fig & Olive

Fig & Olive, the restaurant which has been delivering authentic French and Mediterranean flavors to New York, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Chicago, and Washington D.C., made its Texas debut last year. The 7,000-square-foot, Galleria area, space will offer guests a few different unique atmospheres to dine in, from the expansive 160-seat dining room, 24-seat bar and lounge, two private dining rooms, and the 40-seat terrace for an al fresco experience. Their happy hour, which occurs daily from 4-7pm features $9 cocktails including their signature ‘The Fig & Olive’ with muddled grapes, basil, lemon juice, New Amsterdam Gin and Lillet Blanc, 3 for $10 Crostini’s which are absolutely delicious and much more! Brunch at Fig & Olive is an all day affair where traditional recipes are transformed into contemporary dishes. One of their most popular items is the Le Grande Escape which includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot, Trio of Signature Crostini, marinated olives and a taste of the sea with our Plateau de Fruits de Mer. To top all of this lavishness off you will be entertained by a live jazz band! Brunch at Fig & Olive is served Saturday 10am-12am and Sunday 10am-10pm.  

Goodnight Charlie’s

Photo Courtesy of Cameron Blaylock

Goodnight Charlie’s is Houston’s version of a honky tonk bar, aka it is the perfect mix of highbrow and casual. The building and its interiors share the same vibe with walls that could be mistaken for a barn, high ceilings, wood rafters, stage and a dance floor with plenty of room to two-step. The food and drink menu are unfussy, yet unique and delicious bringing Montrose residents back time and time again. Launching this past Fall, ‘brunch at high noon’ consists of Veracruz-style tamales wrapped in banana leaf and served with eggplant mole poblano, hot chicken & waffles, made with their popular hot chicken tossed in Steen’s cane syrup and habanero for just the right amount of heat and the classic Tex-Mex items, chilaquiles and an array of tacos. Goodnight Charlie’s always knows how to stay on theme without being “themey” and the brunch cocktail menu follows suit with a Cowboy Punch, made with rotating juices and liquors. Enjoy brunch Saturdays and Sundays Noon-4pm.

Feature Photo Courtesy of Cameron Blaylock.

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