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.
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.
The Ginger Man is the perfect spot to catch up with friends over a brew or two. There is a rather expansive beer selection to choose from, with somewhere around 50 beers on tap, with an equal amount of bottled beers to choose from. The walls are adorned with old beer bottles long since consumed, and the place itself smells of beer throughout. There are no mixed drinks here, but for those that love beer, welcome to paradise.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you are in downtown Houston, and feel like relaxing over some tapas and beer, then Batanga is the place to go. Located in close proximity to the Market Square Park, this cool and casual restaurant serves up some fantastic cocktails and bites, in a laid-back ambiance. With a huge patio of 3600 square feet (334.45 square meter), Batanga seems to attract many hungry tourists and locals. With happy hours being available on drinks, this place remains choc-a-bloc during evenings. Grilled Panela Cheese, Duck Confit Arepas, Cuban Mojo Chicken Skewers and Grilled Hangar Steak remain to be popular dishes among most of their customers. A good range of cocktails accompany the delicious food, while Thai Me Up, One Beat Samba and Patio Cooler remain to be the crowd-pleasers.