Drink Specials & Dish Deals In Houston For The 2018 Rockets Playoffs
“Your Houston Rockets” have advanced to the Conference Finals and are just four wins away from the NBA Finals. Restaurants and bars all around the city are offering game day specials for hungry fans and we’ve picked the slam-dunk choices for you.
BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures, 933 Studewood: Head to the Heights for the $12 Clutch City Burger — a double-patty burger with fried onions, bacon, a pickle spear and “Rocket Sauce,” or Sriracha mayo. Pair that with the shareable $9 H-Town Fries with Texas-style chili con carne, pico de gallo, jalapeños, cheese and sour cream. Celebrate a victory with a Clutch City Cooler made with white and coconut rums, pineapple juice, lemon juice, strawberry shrub and angostura bitters for $8. Alternately, drink to forget that Steph Curry’s knee has finally healed with The High Five: a Miller High Life and a shot of Wild Turkey for $5.
Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, 4310 Westheimer: The older restaurant sibling of BCK, Bosscat Kitchen, is offering Happy Hour during all Rockets games. Specials include $5 well drinks, house wine and Texas draft beers. There are food specials, too, including $6 Dr. Pepper Wings, Pig Pickin’ Tacos and Bosscat Grilled Cheese with short rib.
Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: This downtown French restaurant might seem like a surprise pick for watching the game, but Brasserie du Park has been offering a great deal all season long. Get a burger with fries and a glass of wine or beer for only $10.
FM Kitchen and Bar, 1112 Shepherd: FM Kitchen’s top-quality burgers are only $5.89 — which is already a reasonable price for the single-patty option. To drink alongside, 8th Wonder Brewery’s popular Vietnamese coffee porter Rocket Fuel is on special for only $5 during the game. Watch the action inside on a 100-inch projector screen or sit outside and watch on any of four 70-inch TVs.
Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer: Now that this Montrose gastropub has reopened, it’s the perfect spot to catch a game. As always, when a Houston team is winning, all Houston beers are half off. For the Rockets specifically, if they win a quarter Houston beers are half off the following quarter. Co-owner Kevin Floyd‘s beer list is nothing short of impeccable, though we’d recommend trying the newly released Saint Arnold Brewing Company and Brash Brewing Company collaboration. Ironically named Not a Collaboration, it is a double dry-hopped NEIPA that combines slight hop bitterness with the traditional juicy notes of the NEIPA style.
Night Heron, 1601 West Main: Agricole Hospitality’s recently opened Montrose spot is selling Houston beers for only $3. This special is good for all Houston sports games, which gives patrons a fantastic reason to drop in. Featuring beers from Eureka Heights Brewing Company, Holler Brewing, SpindleTap Brewery and Platypus Brewery on draft, with plenty more options available in bottle, there’s no shortage of palate-pleasing brews.
Niko Niko’s, multiple locations: Greek food lovers rejoice! Niko Niko’s is offering happy hour all day long for Wednesday’s home game. Specials include $3 beer and $6 Elios white or red wine. Plenty of bites are available ranging from $3 to $5 including spanokopita, mini gyros and pita quesadillas.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation: Did you know that The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation offers free shuttle service to and from all Rockets games? Park your car at the restaurant and enjoy classic Tex-Mex food and drinks before the game. After your meal, your server will give you the complimentary Shuttle Pass required to ride to and from Toyota Center. The Original Ninfa’s doesn’t offer a happy hour, but trading traffic and expensive parking for margaritas is a no-brainer.
The Phoenix on Westheimer, 1915 Westheimer: Readers who prefer a classic pub environment will enjoy watching the playoffs at The Phoenix. There are plenty of beers on tap—including the pub’s own brew, Honey Bee’s Knees Amber Ale, which has a distinctive caramel-like character. There are many other selections on draft and in bottles. To satisfy cravings for game-day food hot dogs are only $1 during all Rockets games.
Wherever you choose to watch the playoffs, you’re in for a tasty evening. #RunAsOne and Go Rockets!
Josh Armendariz is Houston Food Finder’s lead freelance beer and cocktail writer. He can often be found on a stool at your favorite bar, sipping a hoppy craft beer and talking about the Astros with anyone who’ll lend an ear. Follow him on Instagram at @drinkwithjosh.