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.
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.
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.
This oasis from the hustle and bustle of downtown is perfect after work or a day in court. Downstairs sports a typical Irish pub atmosphere-complete with actual Irish kitsch and friendly bartenders willing to lend an ear after pulling a pint. Dartboards, pool tables, and balcony with fantastic Main St. views are just up the stairs. Start the evening here before hitting Minute Maid Park or the Toyota Center for major league sporting events; or before catching a show in the Theatre District. Need a little something to hold off the hunger pangs? Try any of the many delicious sandwiches-like the excellent pulled pork sandwich that practically melts on contact. Be sure to check the site for the latest happy hour specials. - JoAnn Takasaki
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.
Submit to the charms of Appalachian moonshine and smooth whiskey cocktails, served in quirky mason jars. The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar plays tribute to Southern American heritage through their selection of classic eats such as Shrimp and Grits, Smoked Trout Crostinis and Deviled Eggs. Booth seating as well as wooden tables and chairs dominate the main dining area, whereas a bar-top with wood finishing manages to catch the eye. The atmosphere inclines toward lumberjack-chic, with wood stumps decorating the walls. An outdoor patio with picnic-style tables are perfect for when the summer breeze blows.
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.