Housed in the oldest building in Houston, La Carafe caters to an eclectic mix of artistic and professional types. Musicians claim the jukebox has the best selection in all of Houston, and you will often see people dancing on the narrow floor beside it. This romantic spot is often the end to the perfect date. It is strictly a wine and beer bar, so you'll have to go elsewhere if you want other types of alcohol.
The Etro Lounge is one of Houston's best places to get your 80's dance fix. Spread out over two floors, the place has a chic and modern decor. Not only will you find your favorite 80's hits playing here, but there's usually video accompaniment to transport you to that era of neon teased hair. Etro attracts a crowd that knows how to have fun on the dance floor.
Like the Austin original, Houston's Continental Club sports the green and pink neon sign out front, the steel sign with the 1950s script lettering behind the stage and the "Mercury Man" hanging over the door frame. The club features home grown talent with roots, jazz and rock artists booked regularly. The main room has a capacity of 200 and is decorated with murals by Jacque de Lamar which depict scenes of Venice, Rome and Paris. Affixed behind the bar are pictures from the club's early years, when the Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller orchestras played there. The back room holds a 22-foot shuffleboard, along with pool tables and a second bar.
This eclectic drink stop is a throwback to very old times, from the antique furniture and delicate drinking vessels to the meticulous mixing of their old-fashioned spirits. This intimate bar is always crowded at night. Standing bar-side is best to view the true mix masters in motion. For those not keen on bitters, vermouth, gin and the possible egg white, Anvil offers a dizzying assortment of bottled and tap beers. They also feature high quality bar fare to stave off any hunger. Patrons can enjoy meat and cheese plates, soft pretzels and small pita sandwiches.
McGonigel's Mucky Duck is a great little pub located in the Upper Kirby District. Its diners are treated to a menu of genuine pub food and drinks, as well as an ecclectic mix of live music. Sporting a packed calendar, entertainment in the dimly lit cosy pub is always terrific, only matched by their consistently great food and beer.
Looking for somewhere different to hang with your buds? Try The Maple Leaf Pub in Midtown. This place is overflowing with north-of-the-border character. Switch up your steady diet of domestic and Mexican beers to a frosty Canadian Molson and catch a hockey game with some friendly folks. If one of your friends gets too rowdy, you can put them in the penalty box. There is no better watering hole in the city during the Stanley Cup. The crowd, much like what can be found in Canada, is diverse and super pleasant.
Located in downtown, Dean's Downtown is housed in a historical building that was originally built as a department store in 1893. While remodelling this venue into a bar, it was ensured the history of the building was retained including its label name and vintage charm. With its oakwood furniture and comfy couches, Dean's Downtown creates an atmosphere of comfort and warmth. Sip on their excellently prepared cocktail concoctions or choose from their curated list of craft beer while munching on delicious pub fare. Live music events are also held here occasionally.
Located across Main Street, the Notsuoh is more than just a watering hole. Here, every evening there is a special event, from poetry reading session to a live music concert, the variety is amazing. And, while watching your favorite artist/band perform, you can indulge in tasty treats and drinks. Most of the events are restricted only for guests of 21 years and above, hence before booking tickets for a gig, do check in advance. For more details, check website.
Pete's Dueling Piano Bar is fun nightspot of the city. A vibrant place, perfect for bringing in birthdays or celebrating the weekend with your friends, this place weaves a party mood with their potent drinks and live music. Try the massive Fishbowl cocktail, it is one the bar's specialties that's sure to quench the entire group's thirst. Open till 2a, Pete's does not have a dull moment throughout their working hours.
Woodrow's, and it's brothers: Little Woodrow's, are a collective social nightlife institution in Houston. Perhaps the best one of all has recently opened downtown near Minute Maid Park and Dynamo Stadium and near the Warehouse Live music venue. Stop in an hour before your concert starts and relax at the beautiful Texas bar; or grab a table in the beer garden. Watch several games on flat screens while lounging in the insanely comfortable sofas. Unlike other locations, this one makes cocktails to go along with their Woodrow's-standard dozens of beers on tap. This place has everything you need, so stop by after work. -Adam Rosen
Spire Night Club is one of the premier nightclubs located in Houston, TX. The venue has played host to some big names and is available for concerts and other types of performances. They organize DJ nights, Carnivals and Festivals on a regular basis.