Plan Your Next Happy Hour At These 3 Exceptional Texas Eateries


Pendant lights hang from a handtuft textile landscape artwork spanning the ceiling continuing down the back wallPHOTO: DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN.


For a taste of Tuscany but a bit closer to home, head to Sassetta at The Joule in Dallas. “We wanted guests to feel transported to Italy,” notes designer Jean Liu. That goal is evident in every square inch of the space, yielding the vibe of an elevated neighborhood trattoria where the locals like to gather. A showstopping custom de Gournay mural depicting Tuscan hills and mountain peaks anchors the dining room, while hand-blown glassware, colored tumblers and custom glazed dishes from a collaboration with il Buco Vita provide shimmer to table settings. Gallotti&Radice pendants, terrazzo tiling in the bathrooms and staff uniforms sustainably sewn by hand in Milan underscore that relaxed yet highly refined feel that defines Italian cuisine.

Tall, backed chairs line a curved restaurant bar PHOTO: JULIE SOEFER PHOTOGRAPHY.


Reserve your spot at March restaurant in Houston, designed by Curtis & Windham Architects in collaboration with Studio Robert McKinley and Goodnight Hospitality. Artworks by Alexandra Kehayoglou, Oliver Jeffers, Christoph Ruckäberle and Matt Kleberg form the backdrop for an enchanting evening. Says June Rodil of Goodnight Hospitality, “Our designers showcase how the best cuisines come with a great feeling: lighting in the main dining room feels like a Tuscan sunset, the lounge is reminiscent of an elegant living room to unwind after a long day—and all the lovely little details magnetize the quality of the food and experience.”

Swivel bar stools line a curved restaurant bar with blue tile in diamond-shaped pattern alongside the front PHOTO: JASMIN PORTER.


Comfort is key at Diner Bar Austin, an all-day restaurant boasting a convivial spirit adjacent to the Thompson Austin’s lobby. Grab a seat at one of the faded leather booths lining the front windows or pull up to the horseshoe bar situated front and center. The goal of restaurateurs John O. Morisano and chef Mashama Bailey—who collaborated with James Beard Award-winning creative design firm Parts and Labor Design on the execution of the space—is to always make guests feel at home. With that in mind, they created a familial and relaxed environment that also reflects the dynamic menu. “With some records spinning, it is lively with a focus on craft cocktails, oysters and caviar,” Morisano notes.