Drink Specials & Dish Deals In Houston For The 2018 Rockets Playoffs—Updated

Updated May 28, 2018, 11:30 a.m. for the Houston Rockets’ Game Seven playoff!

“Your Houston Rockets” have advanced to the Conference Finals and are just four wins are just one game 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. Bonus: since Game Seven also falls on Memorial Day, some are having multiple deals and discounts.

Wild Turkey and Miller beer at BCK
$5 will get you a Miller High Life and a shot of Wild Turkey bourbon at BCK Kitchen & Cocktail Adventures. Photo courtesy of BCK.

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. Note that the restaurant doesn’t open until 5 p.m. since it’s Memorial Day. However, because it’s Monday it is also steak night! A hunky piece of beef with two sides and a salad is only $20. It even comes with a draft beer. All veterans and active duty personnel in uniform or with a military ID badge get banana pudding for dessert free of charge.

FM Kitchen and Bar’s newly covered patio has plenty of TV’s. Photo by Hannah Olson

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. In addition, there’s a “Picnic on the Patio” for Memorial Day. The specials including Fried Chicken Wings and Waffles, Crawfish, and a Red, White and Blue Burger with double patty, blue cheese and swiss cheese, charred tomato relish, bacon and shhhh sauce. All veterans and active duty personnel get a free FM Burger; must be in uniform or have military ID badge.

The 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 and it can be viewed online.

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.

Ninfa's shuttle
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation offers diners a complimentary shuttle to and from Toyota Center. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam

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.

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