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Judges, newspaper reporters, college students and artists all rub elbows here at Warren's Inn on a nightly basis. The dim lighting and over-sized mirrors may inspire an initial chuckle, but everything about the place seems to grow on guests. Grab a table and enjoy the jukebox. You will hear everything played from Tijuana Brass to 10,000 Maniacs. The cocktails are masterful, especially the award-winning martinis, and the draft beer comes flecked with ice.
Many debate whether Leon's Lounge is the oldest bar in Houston or if those honors go to La Carafe downtown. Does it really matter other than to say is that this bar has that special something that makes it the perfect watering hole for every generation? Is it the crazy chandeliers? Or the excellent jukebox? Maybe they've just managed to hire some of the city's best bartenders. Somehow, since 1947, they have continued to hit that magic combination of warm ambiance, excellent pricing, and generous pours that get people in and keep them coming back.
Whether you want to play pinball, listen to local writers reading their work, people watch, or drink some smooth whiskey, Poison Girl provides. This narrow, one-room bar can get packed with folks from all walks of life: actors, artists, doctors, lawyers, and everything in between. Out on the leafy, welcoming back patio, the picnic tables fill up fast on temperate nights. Happy hours every day are made even happier by the generous pours.
Typical of a dive bar, D&T Drive Inn has a hip ambiance, and is often filled by youngsters staying in the neighborhood. A small bar with stools, a black board with scribbled menu and a juke box in the corner adorn this little place, while giving it a casual and local feel. With 50 beers like American Lager, Hefeweizen and Imperial Stout on tap, this place offers a humble food menu, that is perfect to go with the eclectic range of beers. Deviled Ham and Ritz Crackers, Pickle Plate and Stuffed Cherry Peppers are some of the decent dishes that customers seem to like the most. Drop by to have a large mug of your favorite beer, as you chat away the evening with your buddies.
This popular Irish Pub is authentic right down to the friendly Irish staff. The old-world atmosphere is nicely complemented by an excellent selection of Irish and Scotch Whiskeys and a wide array of imported and domestic beers. A big-screen television and dart boards make the pub complete.
Under the Volcano is a pleasant eatery that offers delicious fare on its menu even though the card features only a limited number of dishes. Indulge by taking up a table on the patio or even by ordering one of their fine drinks. They also rent the place out for private celebrations, which is one reason for their popularity. However, the restaurant is open only for evening meals and dinner, so in-case you plan to go here, ensure that you do not make lunch plans.
Cozy and convenient with great bartenders and better drink specials describes what you will find at the Velvet Melvin Pub. The atmosphere is as friendly and welcoming. There is a terrific patio overlooks Richmond and is a great place to relax after a long day. In addition to a fully-stocked bar, there is a menu offering classic American comfort food. The Velvet Melvin Pub is more than a bar; its an bar experience that can't be beat.
Big Star is a small neighborhood haunt with everything to entertain the young working type - beverages, pool table, video games, magazines, jukebox, fire pit, hula hoops, etc. The drinks are cheap and strong, the service is quick, and the crowd is lively. The bar is dimly lit with random lamps and lights. Atop a checkerboard floor sits a range of simple chairs and tables. A more lounge-like corner holds oversized, oddly shaped psychedelic furniture. When the weather's not sweltering or otherwise wet, patrons tend to hang outside at picnic tables under an industrial-looking cover. No frills, just good times here. -Gemma Amato