Bar Spotlight: Grand Prize

Howdy Houston! In addition to hooking you up with the cheapest cure for your weekday blues, myself and other members of The Crew are going to be serving up details on some of our personal picks for purveyors of potent potables. This week, I’m taking a look at Grand Prize.

This dark, divey joint is situated between the Museum District and Montrose and features two floors (each with its own bar), a pool table, a jukebox, a cigarette and snack vending machine, and an upstairs patio. When I visited on a Thursday afternoon for happy hour, Con Air and Forrest Gump were playing on the TVs downstairs. It was six in the evening, so the atmosphere was calm. One of the regular patrons, already having sampled a few $2 Lone Stars, sprawled on the upstairs patio floor and refused to take the bench seat offered by his friend. But the place comes alive as the night rolls on, especially on weekends, with an eclectic mix of college students and industry professionals alike.

Speaking of happy hour, I took advantage of the $2 discount on house cocktails upon arrival. I had a John Collins (a cocktail made from Bourbon, lemon juice, sugar and carbonated water) that contained a generous helping of Wild Turkey. Next, I decided to slow down a bit and order a beer. Offering a rotating selection of $3 cans and bottles, I grabbed their only regularly featured beer: a $3 Montucky Cold Snack which is a mild, but solid brew. Having already made good use of their specials, I decided to finish up with an off-happy hour house cocktail titled “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer.” It’s made with dark rum and coconut cream and topped with a splash of lingonberry jam. If you’re a fan of tiki drinks this one is to die for.

Also on offer for happy hour are $4 whiskey pours, $3 wells, and $6 “beer and a shot” specials, though their flashiest deals appear in handwritten, neon chalk on the wall where you’ll find their frozen drink of the day and short term “fire sales” on beer and booze.

If I’ve piqued your interest, I recommend you pay them a visit. Check out their happy hour info on our Grand Prize page right here. As a last tip, only street parking is available so grab the first spot you can. Or even better, don’t drive at all and take an Uber, Lyft, or other ride-share. Happy drinking!