Numbers is one of the oldest and most popular venues for alternative music in Houston. You'll find a diverse crowd dancing to 80's music or goth favorites. Don't be surprised if you see people here wearing Halloween-inspired attire. They sometimes have live performances from groundbreaking artists. On nights that don't feature a live act, you still can dance the night away to music and videos from Houston DJs.
Featured in listicles of popular publications time and again, if you haven't paid a visit to Wooster's Garden's yet, you are definitely missing out on a memorable time. There is a lot of skill required in crafting a perfect cocktail and this place has seemed to master the art. Some of the popular, cheekily named cocktails served here are Don't Nori about it, Jessica Rabbit and Booze Cruise and classics like Mimosa and Bloody Mary are all-time favorites. Apart from cocktails, if you are a lover of quality spirits, their distinctive collection of Bourbon Whiskey, Rye Whiskey, Jamaican Rum, mezcal, and cognac are nothing short of impressive. Delicious bar munchies such as Pretzels, Bone Marrow and Cheeseburger are equally delectable and go well with your drinks.
Located in the Midtown, Khon's is the perfect after-work hangout. They serve beer, wine, and coffee in a laid-back atmosphere. It's a great spot to go for a quiet night with a few friends. They have plenty of surprising drinks in stock from all over the world. Take a load off and play darts while shooting the breeze with the friendly bartenders, or sit and enjoy an eye-opening coffee while finishing up some work.
When you think of a typical, road side ice house and you don't picture the West Alabama Ice House, then stopping by is an imperative so you can see what an real ice house is. Located just East of Shepherd, this open air bar provides simplicity in its offerings, and that is what makes the joint so successful. If you want beer, if you want to visit, if you want to sit on a picnic table and watch commuters struggle by wistfully looking in, maybe some live music and a hot-dog, then this is definitely the place. -Richard Hannah
Karbach Brewing has been brewing and serving Houston since 2011. The brewery turns out craft brews in several categories: the "starting lineup" of regular year-round beers, the "seasonal lineup", limited release beers and their "F.U.N Series." Favorites from Karbach around the city include the Hopadillo IPA, Weekend Warrior Pale Ale and Karbachtoberfest to name just a few. Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons come in to the brewery for a tour. Admission price gets you a souvenir glass and four drink tickets. In addition to the brews, open house days also see food trucks come in to the drinking area so you can soak up a little of that beer.
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
Located on Prairie Street, the Prohibition Supperclub & Bar is a popular neighborhood bar and restaurant that offers scrumptious American food and tantalizing drinks. On offer at the restaurant is a classic American menu serving traditional delicacies like Meatloaf, Chicken Waldorf Sandwich, their signature Prohibition Salad and Fish Beignets. They are known to have the only oysters' raw bar in downtown. Their chefs Ben McPherson and Matt Wommack showcase their culinary expertise through the perfectly cooked meals. The bar menu is quite impressive as well; it offers a wide range of tempting cocktails, whiskeys, craft beers and fine boutique wines. Prohibition Supperclub & Bar is situated inside an early 20th Century building and the decor features many artifacts and original fittings from the olden times. They also arrange for private events and their expert staff ensures the success of each party hosted here.
All that's missing from this tailor-shoeshine-martini bar is a dame with heart of gold and a troubled past, a PI wearing a fedora and a couple of wise guys. A cornerstone of downtown Houston and Market Square since the '30s, this third-generation tailor took a good look around and updated their look and business model to better meet the needs of their customers. That's right, order a stiff drink, get measured for a custom made shirt, then kick-back for a shoeshine while watching the game. Now that's some kind of old school happy hour!
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.
L&L Bar is located at Hotel Icon on the Main Street. The bar offers a distinct experience, both in terms of ambiance and drinks. The high-vaulted ceilings beautified with painted arches form a intimate environment. Taste some contemporary craft cocktails, regional draught beer collection and one of the best wines at the bar. Stop by at the bar on every Sunday for beer and cocktail specials.
Located in the historic Downtown area, Public Services is a local favorite spot to hangout with friends and colleagues. It is housed inside the Old Cotton Exchange Building and serves some extensive selection of wines, scotches, brandies and whiskies. The bar boasts its international collection of wines and whiskies. The bar grub is from Oxheart restaurant.
The name might be misleading, but once you enter Houston Watch Co., you know you are in the right place. Housed within an erstwhile watch showroom in Downtown Houston, this intimate bar serves classic whiskeys and cocktails. In this two-storied establishment, give in to an old-world charm of sorts, where you can sit at the bar and drink straight-up bourbon whilst pouring your troubles to the kindly bartender. Other than that, the music here is spot-on, the crowd is civilized and drinks are affordable.