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.
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.
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 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.
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.
For the perfect casual meeting place with friends, Little Woodrow's in Midtown takes the cake. Stocked with over 100 beers, a large open patio, a Golden T, and a jukebox, it's no wonder locals love this unpretentious, relaxed bar. From the quality beverages to the expansive patio, Little Woodrow's is just a darn good bar.
Lawless is a swanky bar located within the Rice Hotel. The interiors are richly furnished with dark woods, leather seating, and chandeliers. The brick-walled room is a pictorial journey of all those who have fought for freedom and liberty such as Teddy Roosevelt and Mahatma Gandhi. The room opens onto a terrace-balcony with views of Downtown Houston. The drinks menu serves wine, beer and classic and contemporary cocktails with delicious American bar bites and finger food.
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.
The Bovine & Barley is a lively, upbeat bar with more than 30 beers and real ales on tap and casks. With neon lights displaying HTX and drinking quotes by famous personalities on the exposed brick walls, the decor is quite funky. Seating includes a mix of comfortable coffee bean bags, high bar stools and booths. Local food favorites you can opt for are the Bovine Burger and B&B’s Rib Eye when you start to feel hungry. If you are looking for a vibrant bar atmosphere without compromising on the quality of the food, Bovine & Barley is the place to go.
If tequila is your poison, El Big Bad is the place to be. The cantina serves over 70 flavored, handmade tequilas that change as per the season, along with craft beers, margaritas and other cocktails, and Mexican bar bites. The interiors have eye-catching murals, while a rooftop patio offers an impressive view of the Historic District. This place is also open for brunch, and offers exciting happy hour specials.
The Commoner is an upbeat, animated bar serving an extensive selection of draft beers, wines by the glass and house cocktails. At this funky bar you can sip on the Southside or the Strawberry Fields while playing a game of darts. Seating includes a mix of bar stools, ottomans and regular chairs. If you are looking at value for money, consider visiting during the happy hours and sip on drinks as cheap as USD 3. While you are here, you can also head upstairs and check out The Boulevardier, which is quite a lively lounge.
The Boulevardier is a swanky lounge located right above The Commoner. While you are here, sink into a comfortable arm chair and relish the Ricotta Washed Bombay Thai Coffee or the Drastic Drip as you meet new people or converse with old friends. However, before you decide to try out this place, make sure to keep a look out for their funky theme nights. From cocktail drinking competitions to Animal Invasion Nights, you are sure to love this lounge if you have a heart for adventure.