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Best Specialty Bars in Houston

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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.

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Built on a reputation of an excellent selection of wines, 13 Celsius is a must visit for all the wine connoisseurs out there. The driving force behind their unique name comes from the fact that all their precious bottles of wine are stored in a cellar which is adjusted to 13 degree Celsius in order to present it to the customers at just the right temperature. Set in a rustic and cozy space with an open courtyard, this intimate bar is perfect to treat your taste buds to exquisite wines without any unnecessary intrusion. The menu here mainly comprises cheese platters and meat dishes that pair nicely with their fine wines. You can also stock bottles from the tempting selection in the wine department.

If you have craved for those delicious mezcals for a long time, head to The Pastry War on Main Street. Nestled in the city's bustling downtown area, the cocktail spot draws drinkers with happy hours and specials. The spirits are arranged as per the agave category. You can find the year of production, distiller's name and the still type mentioned on all agave types. The owners have also collaborated to streamline imports of premium mezcal and tequila brands from Mexico. Hop in to relish authentic Mexican-style cocktails and spirits, in a charmingly decorated venue.

Tucked away amongst the many historic buildings of Westminster Street and surrounded by the intriguing stories of those who shaped the city, The Hay Merchant proudly proclaims itself a purveyor of some of the finest beers around. Catering to beer connoisseurs and adventurous explorers alike, the bar serves up an impressive variety of carefully-curated beers. Each beer is treated with respect and is served exactly as it is meant to be, allowing its unique characteristics and flavors to shine through. Paired with delicious eats like Mango Habanero BBQ Pork Buns, Miso Glazed Salmon, Chicken Pot Pie and House Made Wagyu Beef Jerky, a meal at the Hay Merchant is sure to be one that will satiate your appetite and entice your tongue. In case you find yourself unable to decide, don't hesitate to ask the friendly staff for suggestions and advice.

Worth the wait on weekends, the ultra-mod Soma is perfect for a date night, dinner with friends, or a sushi snack with sake before hitting the town. Soma's inspired menu offers tricked-out sushi classics alongside fully cooked fish, meats, and poultry. Miso Soup is hand-poured tableside into a broad bowl, revealing a perfectly poached quail egg floating amongst delicate enoki mushrooms. Fun-seekers can feast on the flash fried Drunken Irishman roll with its layered textures and flavors. Sashimi fans will be floored by the Sashimi of the Gods' selection of fishes drizzled with complementary sauces and oils. Ravenous big spenders will delight in the 7-course seasonal tasting menu that even features dessert. -Gemma Amato

Whiskey and Tacos may sound like a strange combination but one visit to Eight Row Flint and you will be rid of all your apprehensions. Eight Row Flint is a whiskey lover's paradise with more than 100 types of rare and finest bourbons available on tap that includes prestigious names like Knob Creek 25th Anniversary, Woodford and 1972 full proof bourbon. Let the exquisite and smooth whiskey tantalize your senses and although this bar does not have an in-house kitchen, the taco truck at the back of the premises serves delicious and crispy tacos to go with your drink. Set in a stylish industrial space with a lovely outdoor patio that can accommodate a large group of people, this is a perfect place to catch up with a group of friends. If whiskey is not your thing, their well-curated beer list, and potent frozen cocktails are also equally rejoicing.

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