Brunches, Bars & Snappy Hours: Summer 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 summer issue, we highly suggest it and hope you get to check out all of these amazing spots this season!


Photo Credit: Becca Wright

a’Bouzy, the champagne-fueled concept located in the heart of River Oaks is always a party. Pronounced as it is spelled –“ah boozy,” a playful take on the small French town’s name, Bouzy, located in the Champagne region. The name, plus the fact that the drink menu has over 150 champagne options, makes a’Bouzy the place to go for any celebration. Brunch at a’Bouzy turns into one of the top places to be on a Saturday or Sunday early afternoon. Thanks to bottles of wine and champagne being popped at every table, you are bound to have a great time. The brunch menu includes Chicken Florentine Crepes, Strawberry & Waffles and more unique twists on brunch classics. Happy hour at a’Bouzy occurs every Thursday from 3 – 6:30pm, during that time the entire menu is under $6 and includes food items such as Steamed Black Mussels, Truffle Pomme Frites, Tuna Tartare and much more.

El Tiempo

Photo Credit: Laurenzo’s Restaurant Group

You may have heard of El Tiempo Cantina before since it is one the longest standing (the first location opened in 1998) and beloved Tex-Mex restaurants in the city. Founded by the son of who Houstonians call the queen of Tex-Mex, Mama Ninfa. The restaurant’s dim lighting and lively atmosphere make it the perfect place to enjoy creamy chili con queso, sizzling chicken, beef and seafood fajitas, classic enchiladas and all of the many Tex-Mex classics. Their potent and delicious margaritas are available in sangria, mango, raspberry, strawberry, peach and more fun varieties. With so many options we encourage you to try a new flavor but remember to pace yourself –they are strong! El Tiempo has over six locations in the greater Houston area, so you can enjoy the best Tex-Mex throughout the entire city.

Foundation Room

Photo Credit: House of Blues

Headed to a concert, show or a game downtown? The Foundation Room is the perfect place to enjoy happy hour before your evening kicks off. Discreetly nestled inside House of Blues, this VIP restaurant and lounge offers the ultimate rock star experience, with private dining rooms, lush furniture and exquisite service catering to your every want or need. The decor is inspired by Gujarat India, making you feel as though you have escaped the city. Push Play Happy Hour’ occurs Wednesday through Saturday from 5 -7 pm, when you can enjoy half-off select lounge menu items, such as their Garlic Cajun Fries, Brisket Nachos and Mac & Cheese Skillet. Drink specials include, $4 classic beers, $5 specialty beers and $6 house wines and cocktails including a Moscow Mule and tequila shot.

La Table

Photo Credit: Becca Wright

French restaurant, La Table, continues to bring fresh and luxurious items to both their menu and space. The two-story restaurant has two unique concepts, downstairs is Marché, a French bistro with a wrap-around bar and outdoor patio and upstairs Château, a fine dining space. Every Sunday, Marché hosts ‘Punch Brunch’ which is centered around a $45 seasonal spiked punch. The two punch options include Sparkling White Tropical Punch (rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, champagne and rosemary simple syrup) and a Green Tea Punch (rum, green tea, tint tea, lime juice and simple syrup). Each are served in a stunning glass punch bowl and can be enjoyed between two -five people. Marché’s patio is the perfect location to enjoy the warmer weather and live music on the weekends. Brunch specials rotate weekly alongside the full Marché a la carte menu.


Photo Credit: Julie Soefer

Tropicales, is the newest charming all-day café, located where the Museum District meets Rice Village. The team drew inspiration from the Caribbean and the lush landscaping of the surrounding historic neighborhood as well as Houston’s rich Latin culture. The influence shines through in the décor and menu with tons of natural light, large plants, wicker chairs and a unique menu. Highlights include Ceviche in key lime and coconut milk, Cubano sandwiches with plantain chips and the signature Cuban sandwich. The cocktail program features two incredibly unique drinks, the Avocolada (coconut, tequila and lime) and Powers of Peru (bell pepper juice, pisco, lemon, agave and topped with Cava). Visit Tropicales Monday through Thursday from 7 am -10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 7 am -11 pm Sunday from 7 am -3 pm.

Feature Photos Courtesy of Julie Soefer for Tropicales

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