The first round of the inaugural SCHH Tournament Bar-cket is now over and 32 competitors have emerged victorious. There were some close calls The Crew had to make but we’re confident that our totally real and unbiased methodology determined these 32 bars and restaurants to be the better happy hours. As the list is still quite long, we’ll just talk briefly about a couple of the close match-ups:
- Goodnight Charlie’s vs. Xochi: One of Houston’s best restaurants fell short against a Montrose honkytonk mostly in part due to $3 beers and 50% off wine and frozen drink specials. But what sealed the deal was Goodnight Charlie’s $10 for three tacos & a beer. We’re simple people with simple (read: cheap) taco desires.
- Better Luck Tomorrow vs. Underdogs Pub: Is it any surprise that a bar named Underdogs ended up upsetting a popular Heights cocktail bar? It shouldn’t be when you consider Underdogs’ all-day specials usually featuring $5 brews and wells, with daily discounts on other liquors, like their Wednesday special which takes $3 off all Irish, American & Scotch whiskies.
- OKRA Charity Saloon vs. Bobcat Teddy’s Ice House: Maybe we’re bad people for deciding against a charity bar in the first round or maybe we’re just so without bias that we can look past the feel-good qualities of these competitors and pick the fairest winner. Seriously though, this was absolutely the hardest call to make. OKRA’s happy hour is amazing and it’s for amazing causes and you should spend all your money there. But… Bobcat Teddy’s is already so cheap and the $1 off beer, wine, and liquor makes drinking there basically free. Throw in the fact they offer $2.75 tallboys on Thursdays and they just barely eked out one of our favorite Downtown bars for the W.
- The Maple Leaf Pub vs. High & Dry Rum Bar: A classic blue blood versus new blood match-up if there was one. “The Leaf” just made a stronger offering than H&D. It’s difficult to beat an all-day Monday happy hour and weekday happy hours until 7pm that offer $4 Texas draft and $4 wells, not to mention $4 Texas vodkas and whiskies. H&D does feature a Saturday happy hour, which is fantastic, but their ever so slightly (literally $1 in most cases) higher prices made The Leaf our choice.
With that, here’s how the bar-cket currently stands. (Click this link for a live version of the bar-cket.)