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.
Buffalo Bayou Brewing is by far one of the most adventurous breweries in Houston. Brewing up beers like Gingerbread Stout, their tribute to BBQ beer Smoke on the Bayou and many more, all the beverages include some sort of tribute to various Houston points of pride, be it anything from the date the city was founded to the city's prestigipus Rice University. Show up Saturday afternoons for tours, commemorative pint glasses and of course, drink tickets! Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and hang out during the open house and soak up the Bayou as much as possible!
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.
The Dirt Bar situated in the heart of Houston is popular for its eerie ambiance, rock and roll playlist and fairly priced drinks. Popular local metal bands play at this bar on a regular basis drawing a decent crowd. After performing for fans in the nearby Toyota Center, members of popular bands and singers stop by at The Dirt Bar occasionally to grab drinks and connect with their fans. Dim red lights, loud metal music being blasted through big speakers and a mainly metal loving crowd at this bar makes visiting it a must for fans of rock and roll while in the city.
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
Tony's Corner Pocket situated in the busy West Dallas Street is a gay nightclub and bar that is popular for the wide range of drag shows and dance performances it hosts. Its laidback vibe and atmospheric ambiance makes one feel very welcome, and the friendly staff will ensure that you have a good time.