2019 Astros World Series Specials at Houston Restaurants & Bars — Updated
Article by Phaedra Cook, with the occasional pinch-hit by Josh Armendariz
Led by American League Championship Series MVP José Altuve, the Astros are headed back for their second World Series in two years. Anyone who’s been a fan for a long time knows exactly how amazing and special this is. For the next week, Houstonians are going to eat, drink, sleep and live “Astros” — but they’re going to need some actual food and drinks, too. Restaurants and bar owners are scrambling to put forth their World Series food and drink specials to entice you to pick them as the site for cheering on the home team.
Here’s everything we know about so far (and new additions are on the way, so keep checking back for updates). For our readers’ convenience, this list is organized by neighborhood. Take it back, Astros!
Last updated 10/22/19, 3:33 p.m.
Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar: For only $10, guests at this downtown restaurant can grab a burger, French fries and a beer at Brasserie du Parc during the World Series. The Burger Maison is an eight-ounce patty with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese on a brioche bun. Don’t feel like a burger? No problem! The Crepe Dog is a lamb sausage wrapped in a crepe and topped with tomato confit and spicy harissa sauce, and is also served with French fries and a beer or glass of wine for only $10.
Brennan’s of Houston, 3300 Smith: Executive chef Joe Cervantez and team have put together a special $7 menu in place of the regular 7-7-7 happy hour for the World Series games. The specials are available at the bar or outside in the courtyard, where (weather permitting) a large-screen TV is set up for watching the games. The food specials include Duck Fat Chili Cheese Fries, Pork Cracklins & Queso and Crab Boil-Spiced Fried Chicken Wings, just to name a few. To drink, slide into Line-Drive Lemonade with vodka, gin, blue curacao, house lemonade and lemon-lime soda or pick the two for $7 beers or a glass of wine.
HTX Fan Tavern, 1800 Texas: Head to this bar conveniently located directly across from Minute Maid Park for “cold A/C, cold beer, and Jell-O shot specials”. The location makes it a great pre-game choice for anyone attending the official Minute Maid Park watch party as well. Complimentary entry tickets can be reserved on its Facebook page.
REEF, 2600 Travis: For the World Series, star chef Bryan Caswell has developed two $8 specials in addition to the regular happy hour at adjoining 3rd Bar. The first is a platter of three beef sliders, while the other is three Golden Fried Chicken Legs. The games are being shown on five, flat screen TVs at the bar.
Rosalie Italian Soul, 400 Dallas: Celebrity chef Chris Cosentino’s restaurant may be new, but it’s a fast learner when it comes to integrating with Houston culture. Its Lobby Bar has crafted a cocktail called The Verander with Espolon Tequila, Aperol, fresh cantaloupe juice and lime. Rosalie is inside of the equally new C. Baldwin Hotel, aka the refurbished DoubleTree at Allen Center. Valet parking is available. Validation is, too, but parking will cost you either only gratuity or $8, depending on which valet is on duty. Either way is much better than the 30 smackaroons you’ll fork out if you forget to get your ticket validated.
Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline: Belly up to the bar at this midtown restaurant for $5 cocktails, wines and beer while watching the games. There is also a special World Series Pretzel and Beer Cheese dish that’s been added to the menu for the occasion.
Xochi, 1777 Walker: Happy hour, available in the bar and patio areas only, is extended from 3 p.m. to close during the 2019 World Series. Choose a familiar libation, such as the Hugo’s Margarita for $6 or a Paloma for $7, or delve into beverage director Sean Beck’s original creations such as the $6 Green Is Good Martini made with Dripping Springs Texas Vodka or Gin, lime zest and house pickled tomatillo. For bites, the Ostiones Asados, or wood roasted Gulf oysters with mole amarillo, cotija cheese and breadcrumbs are more than half-off during happy hour and a crowd favorite. View the full happy hour menu online.
8th Wonder Brewery, 2202 Dallas: The local craft brewing company is hosting watch parties and is well-equipped with big screens and a 16-foot projector. There are several game day specials, too. Until the eighth “out” of the game, patrons can spend $15 for three beers and get a signature Rastal glass as a souvenir. Bring at least one friend, because Procrastinator IPAs are buy-one-get-one free. When hunger strikes, the $10 Wonder Burger deal, which includes fries and a beer token, is going to start looking real good. If the Astros get a home run during the eighth inning, all patrons get an $8 gift certificate redeemable at the brewery. Finally, should the Astros win, (let’s all cross our fingers on that), 8th Wonder is selling its to-go beer for buy-one-get-one half off. Added 10/25/19, 4 p.m.
8th Wonder Distillery, 2202 Dallas: Not to be outdone by its brewery next door, the newer distillery is also offering specials. Cocktails are $8 during the games and, until the first eight outs, patrons get a free glass to take home. When and if the Astros hit a home run, there’s a $3 specialty shot for the house. Added 10/25/19, 4:23 p.m.
Lucky’s Pub, 801 Saint Emmanuel: Calling Lucky’s watch parties “watch parties” is the definition of underselling. Five projection screens, over 60 HD TV’s and the largest jumbotron in the country all showing the Astros makes for an epic watch party. Add food from its normal menu — in addition to five food trucks — plus Jim Beam, Jagermeister, Tullamore D.E.W. and Crawford Bock drink specials for each game and Lucky’s has your group covered. I recommend using a rideshare service such as Uber, because parking will be extremely limited.
Miss Carousel, 1201 St Emmanuel: Agricole Hospitality’s bar next to Indianola is offering the “Cheap Thrill” deal that’s normally only at sister bar Eight Row Flint in the Heights. It’s essentially a boilermaker special that, in honor of the World Series, is named the Astros Thrill. For beer, choose Crawford Bock, Dome Faux’m or Crush City, and pair it with a shot of Maker’s Mark, Arette Tequila or Jim Beam for just $6.
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, 2704 Navigation: If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the home games: first off, we hate you. Second, The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation is a particularly convenient spot to choose for pre-game noshes and drinks. Game-goers can have not only a free parking spot but continuous shuttle service to and from Minute Maid Park. Shuttle service begins one hour before the start of each game, and the restaurant recommends arriving early to allow time to eat.
Caracol, 2200 Post Oak: Even under normal circumstances, Caracol has some of the best happy hour dishes and drinks. For the World Series game days, the deals will go on until closing in the bar area. Nibble on Molletes de Ostoiones, a set of two small fried oyster sandwiches, or on tasty carnitas taquitos, for $7.50 and $8, respectively. The spectacular Wood-Roasted Gulf Oysters are $22 for a dozen during happy hour. Signature cocktails include Tiny Bubbles, a sparkling wine cocktail with pomegrante, guava, ginger liqueur and lime and the Spicy Pineapple Paloma. Each are $7.
The Original Ninfa’s Uptown, 1700 Post Oak: Located in the former Peska space, Ninfa’s Uptown represents the first expansion in decades of the original on Navigation. In an ideal scenario, the Astros will lock up the World Series by winning the first four games in a row. It may be unlikely — but that’s the hope. So, Ninfa’s Uptown is offering a special happy hour menu during the games all centered around the number four. Guests can choose from four different tacos for $4 each: pescado, tinga de pollo, fajita or carnitas. Other bites and cocktails range from $4 to $8.
Revolve Kitchen + Bar at Hotel Derek, 2525 West Loop South: How about a cocktail deal for just $4? Revolve created a drink called the Designated Hitter and it’s made with rum, Aperol Italian liqueur, ginger-flavored liqueur Domaine de Canton, Fleurs de Prairie Côtes de Provence rosé and blood orange puree. Served over crushed ice, the resulting color is Astros orange. To pretty it up even more, there’s a pear and lemon peel garnish.
Eunice, 3737 Buffalo Speedway: The elegant restaurant is offering remarkable $2 dish and drink specials, including gumbo, half-dozen oysters, Karbach’s Crawford Bock beer and the “High Cutter” cocktail named for Astros pitcher Will Harris. It’s Eunice’s riff on an Old Fashioned.
Feges BBQ, 3 Greenway Plaza: Those who prefer to watch the game at home with a small group may want to pre-order the Astros Package from acclaimed Feges BBQ. It includes all the fixings for chopped brisket sandwiches, including 12 Martin’s Potato Rolls, a quart of sweet barbecue sauce and a pint of pickles for $60. Place your order online.
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale: This Heights icehouse from the company that brought you Coltivare, Agricole Hospitality, is known for its “Cheap Thrill” shot-and-a-beer special. For the World Series, Eight Row Flint is doing a riff on it called the Astros Thrill. Get your choice of Crawford Bock, Dome Faux’m or Crush City with a shot of Maker’s Mark, Arette Tequila or Jim Beam alongside for just $6.
Superica, 1801 Shepherd: What’s better than free queso (other than winning the World Series twice within two years, of course)? Ford Fry’s Heights-area Tex-Mex favorite is giving it away to guests sitting at the bar top and bar tables during the World Series games.
Third Coast, 6550 Bertner: One of Houston’s most underrated restaurants, in the most unlikely spot — above a parking garage — is extending its recently refreshed happy hour menu on game days until there’s a final score. Bring friends and get down on a BBQ Chicken Pizza for $12 or an order of cheese fries with fresh jalapeños, bacon, queso blanco and shredded cheddar for only $6. To satisfy a need for something crunchy and snack-y (which, really, every happy hour should have) the $5 seasoned, fried chickpeas or the $8 queso blanco will get the job done. There are multiple televisions in the bar and a big screen in the dining room. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. and the full menu can be viewed online. For those who may not know: Third Coast is home of executive chef Jon Buchanan and operated by multiple-time James Beard Award semifinalist Tracy Vaught.
Jonathan’s The Rub, two locations: First off, both restaurants are playing the game. Second, don’t forget that the original Jonathan’s The Rub at 9061 Gaylord is still BYOB. That’s a huge advantage for those who want to drink, but don’t need a bar tab.
There are multiple special dishes for the World Series. Take, for example, the applewood bacon-wrapped hot dogs, which come two to a plate and with a side, topped with short rib chili for $18. The Grand Slam is a flight of three different sliders for $20: brioche with bulgogi, Hawaiian bun with pulled pork and a beignet bun with a ground chuck patty. It also comes with a side and “home plate”: a slice of cheesecake. In addition is a Texas Steak and Cheese Po’boy featuring beef tenderloin, sautéed onions, peppers and mushrooms on a garlic toasted baguette. It costs $18 and, like the other dishes, includes a side.
Over at the Memorial Green Jonathan’s, which is not BYOB, has a full bar and is located at 12505 Memorial, there’s an extended happy hour from 2 to 7 p.m. That’s in addition to offering the same special dishes noted above. These include bar bites, such as ceviche, pork dumplings, or Brussels And Bacon for $6, an assortment of wines by the glass that are also $6 each, beers for $3 or $4 and cocktails for $7, including the Cosmo-naut with Aylesbury Vodka, bubbles, lemon and apricot preserves and the Smoking Hand with Monkey Shoulder scotch, sweet vermouth and Campari.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: As is the case with all of Tracy Vaught and Hugo Ortega’s restaurants, happy hour on game days is extended from 3 p.m. to closing. The deals at Backstreet Cafe include half off bottles of rosé, select red and white wines for $6 a glass or $24 a bottle, cocktails such as a classic Old Fashioned for as little as $5, several value-priced Texas beers and elegant bites such as the Petite Lobster Sandwich and Curried Carrots from $6 to 8. Backstreet Cafe has always been an unusually friendly place for vegans, vegetarians and others on restricted diets, so if you fall into that category, it is well worth arriving early to grab one of the limited bar seats.
The Burger Joint, 2703 Montrose: This casual hangout with top-notch burgers started giving away free milkshakes every time the Astros hit a home run during the playoffs, and that’s continuing through the World Series. To-date, The Burger Joint has already given away 500 shakes. In addition, a new offering is the Crush City Dreamsicle Shake.
Camerata at Paulie’s, 1834 Westheimer: The Montrose wine bar is getting in on Astros fever by offering 20-percent off underappreciated and often misunderstood orange wines. The deal is good on game days for either glasses or bottles, and patrons who wish to learn more about orange wine need only ask one of the excellent sommeliers on duty.
Emmaline, 3210 West Dallas: Multiple restaurants are going the fancy hot dog route, and this restaurant near both Montrose and River Oaks is among them. It’s offering is a $15 Pennant Dog made with a Texas Wagyu frank topped with truffled honey slaw, candied peppers, pickled onions, avocado mousse and chipotle aioli. Bonus: an iced-cold beer is included. The options are Eureka Heights Mini Boss IPA or Mostly Harmless Kolsch, or Southern Star Brewing Company’s Buried Hatchet Stout. The special runs “‘til the Astros win the World Series.” (No, that doesn’t mean that if they don’t win this special is available in perpetuity.)
Goodnight Charlie’s, 2531 Kuestner: The Montrose honky tonk is playing all of the World Series games, and happy hour pricing is in effect until the final score. However, if the Astros win, all the patrons win, as happy hour pricing will instead be offered all night long. The deals include three tacos and a beer for $10, half-price wine and frozen drinks and $2 off all liquors.
The Hay Merchant, 1100 Westheimer: As always, when a Houston team is winning, all beers brewed in its hometown are half off.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer: To facilitate your World Series viewing enjoyment, James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s original restaurant is hosting an extended happy hour from 3 p.m. to closing on game days. Feast on the cheekily named Swimming With Hugo — traditional ceviche paired with 2016 Nicholas Perrin Viognier from the Rhone Valley — or grab one of several tacos, such as carne brava, chicharron or carnitas. Of course, it’s also hard to turn away from a $6 Hugo Rita or classic Dark & Stormy.
Present Company, 1318 Westheimer: Just for the playoffs, this Instagram-worthy Montrose bar created the Take It Back Tini, a cocktail with 8th Wonder Vodka, ginger, orange juice and lemon juice, and garnished on top with a vanilla foam Astros logo.
A’bouzy, 2300 Westheimer: This River Oaks restaurant is not just known for bubbles. It’s also a well-regarded source of oysters on the half shell. During the World Series games, these are a mere 50 cents each, and patrons can keep up with the baseball action on the big screens in the bar and on the patio.
Bisou, 4444 Westheimer: In the mood for a surf-and-turf dinner to accompany your baseball-watching? Every day during the World Series from 5 to 8 p.m., swank River Oaks District restaurant Bisou has a $27 “double play” special that includes a six-ounce USDA Prime Filet Mignon and half lobster tail with buttery mashed potatoes and sautéed local vegetables.
Loch Bar, 4444 Westheimer: The companion bar to restaurant Ouzo Bay is featuring an extended happy hour during game time. The deals include $5 draft beers, $8 cocktails, $7 wines and $2 oyster shooters, as well as other light bites that range in price from $2 to $12. There are also $8 “crushes,” which are pint-glass cocktails typically made with flavored vodka, fruit juice and sparkling soda.
The Branch, 7710 Long Point: If you want to add a new, unofficial Astros-themed T-shirt to your wardrobe, the “Take It Back” one available at The Branch is attractive enough to make a deliberate trip. (Watch the games there and you might get lucky and win one.) The other reasons include hot dogs with “Urban Cowboy candy,” or candied jalapeños, and Astros cookies by local gourmet bakery Sweet Marie’s. To drink alongside, check out the specials on Buffalo Brewing Co.’s Crush City IPA and Karbach’s Crawford Bock.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby: The long-running Mexican restaurant is extending happy hour for the games, which will be on televisions around the bar. The specials include $7 Cazadores Picorita Shakers, $7 Bacardi classic and coconut mojitos, $7 well drinks and $6 mini tacos.
B&B Butchers, 1814 Washington: For lunch or dinner, before or after a game, enjoy some ultimate versions of baseball favorites at this upscale steakhouse. The Ballpark Classic, or two Texas wagyu hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, relish and sauerkraut alongside, is $14. If that’s not fancy enough for ya, go crazy and get Chef Tommy’s Dog, a lux, $26 version with thick cut applewood smoked bacon, blue cheese crust, caramelized onions and housemade, truffle-infused honey or The Carpetbagger Coney for $29. The latter Wagyu dog is Cajun-seasoned fried oysters, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, crumbled blue cheese, housemade blue cheese dressing and hot sauce.
Oh, is that still not good enough? Cool. Then your Wagyu dog match is the $124 Break the Bank Frank served on a truffle butter toasted bun, two ounces of A5 Japanese wagyu filet, sautéed Maine lobster in a truffle mustard beurre blanc and finished with 24k gold edible flakes. Also, we’re seeking more well-heeled friends like you. How about just one bite? Please?
All hot dogs are served with B&B’s steak fries and will be offered all day on the game days. If you scored game tickets, so much the better: B&B Butchers is providing complimentary shuttle rides to and the home games. (Honestly, if you’re going to go there and buy $124 hot dogs, it seems like they kind of owe you a favor, anyway.) Dubbed “Rare Force One,” the shuttle does require a reservation and is for dine-in customers only. Call (713) 862-1814 to make one.
R Bar, 1302 Houston: This gem in the Washington area is a favorite of our senior beverage writer, Josh Armendariz. The World Series games will be played on the TVs throughout the bar as well as on the patio. Patrons get a free Jell-O shot for every Astros homer. While there, take advantage of the surprisingly good beer selection and whiskey drinkers will surely notice a few uncommon bottles. R Bar doesn’t serve food, but often has food trucks on-site and always allows outside food.
New Spot Eatery, 12102 Westheimer: Visit and purchase dinner during the game and wine and craft beers are only $1 each. In addition, patrons who purchase $25 or more of food get a free order of spicy chicken wings. Added 10/25/19, 4:35 p.m.
Radunare, 2525 Research Forest: This relatively new Italian restaurant is extending happy hour for all upcoming Astros games. The deals include $2 off pizzas, half off small plates, $5 draft beers and speciality drinks and $3 off wines by the glass.
Bernie’s Burger Bus, multiple locations: It’s buy one, get one for $2 gourmet franks at Bernie’s Burger Bus through the World Series. Choose between the $7 Chili Dog with house chili and green-chili queso, the $7 Rock-the-Guac Dog with guacamole and chipotle aioli or the $8 Brisket Dog with BBQ beef and get a second dog for only $2 — a steal. All Texas craft beer pints are only $4, making two hot dogs and a beer cheaper than catching Dollar Hot Dog Night at Minute Maid Park, all while getting bacon-wrapped 44 Farms dogs.
Liberty Kitchen: Liberty Kitchen at the Treehouse, located at 963 Bunker Hill in Memorial City, and Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar at 1050 Studewood, are showing the World Series games at the bar. There, guests can take advantage of happy hour during the games, which includes $2 J’ N’ B’ Tacos (a riff on a particularly ubiquitous fast food taco) and K-38 Spicy Chili-Garlic Shrimp Tacos; $1 Gulf Coast oysters, $1.75 Island Creek Oysters, $2 domestic canned beer and $6 wine and cocktails.
Peli Peli, all locations: Not to be confused with the more casual Peli Peli Kitchen, the Peli Peli restaurants with locations in Vintage Park, Katy and inside The Galleria mall are celebrating sweet home team wins with sweet treats. Diners who order an entrée the day after the Astros win a game in the 2019 World Series gets a free dessert. The choice include Crème Brûlée and Sticky Toffee Cheesecake.
Star Cinema Grill: Want to watch the games on the silver screen? With the exception of the Baybrook location in Friendswood, all area Star Cinema Grills are playing the World Series games — for free. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting one hour ahead of the game with a limit of four passes per present guest. The food specials include an all beef hot dog with French fries for only $6, and drink deals include $5 domestic and premium draft beers.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, all locations: This Houston-grown Mexican restaurant is embracing an Astros’ orange theme. Cheese enchiladas are half off during games, while nachos and tacos are 20-percent off. For drinks, margaritas and beers are discounted to $4 each. The game will be on in the bar area. Added 10/25/19, 4:29 p.m.
Taco Cabana, all locations: If you’re hit with a craving for fast Mexican fare (or that’s all you have time for before the game), the San Antonio-based chain is giving anyone who shows up in Astros gear 20-percent off their order. Visit the website to find the nearest location. Note that most close at 9 p.m. and the offer is only valid on game days. Added 10/25/19, 3:48 p.m.
Phaedra Cook has written about Houston’s restaurant and bar scene since 2010. She was a regular contributor to My Table magazine (now closed) and was the lead restaurant critic for the Houston Press for two years, eventually being promoted to food editor. Cook founded Houston Food Finder in November 2016 and has been its editor and publisher ever since.