Best Bars in Houston

everybody_knows_your_nameIn the spirit of beautiful weather & having drinks on patios with friends, I came across an article in a past issue of Houstonia Magazine (www.houstoniamag.com/issues/best-bars-december-2014) entitled “Best Bars: A Spirited Guide to Drinking in Houston.”  Since we did Comfort Food in February, I thought this would be a nice follow up WRG Newsletter to help you find a spot to watch a ball game, the Derby this weekend, play trivia or just enjoy a cocktail on a patio overlooking the Waterway.

The list is broken up into categories including “Happy Hours”, “Sports”, “Spirits” and “Romance”, just to name a few.  Additionally, we again included some “WRG Recommends,” for spots that we like to frequent.  Hopefully, you’ll be able to find your new “spot” and have a relaxing place to gather with friends. Let us know if you find somewhere you really love!

Spirits
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* 1919 Washington Avenue * www.julephouston.com * for The Sparkling Julep
Lei Low
* 6412 N. Main Street * www.leilowhtx.com * for The Scorpion Bowl, big enough for 4 to share!
Poison Girl
* 1641 Westheimer Road * 713.527.9929 * for the people watching!
The Pastry War
* 310 Main Street * www.thepastrywar.com  * for all things tequila
Public Services
* 202 Travis Street * www.publicservicesbar.com * for hard-to-find Japanese whiskeys
Reserve 101
* 1201 Caroline Street * www.reserve101.com * for a Barrel-Aged Manhattan
WRG Recommends * Bar Louie * 24 Waterway Avenue, Suite 175R * www.barlouieamerica.com * for any kind of martini

Wine
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* 1834 Westheimer Road * www.pauliesrestaurant.com/camerata * don’t miss the salumi & cheese plates with any wine
13 Celsius
* 3000 Caroline Street * www.13celsius.com * for ½ off open bottles on Sunday afternoons
The Tasting Room
* Multiple Locations * www.tastingroomwines.com * live acoustic guitars at night and a mean Sunday Brunch
Crush
* 20 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands * www.thecrushbar.com * 50% off bottles on Tuesdays and one of the best patios in The Woodlands, especially on Latin Night Thursdays
WRG Recommends * GenuWine Tasting Room * 6503 FM 1488, #401, Magnolia * www.mygenuwine.com * for amazing sangria and knowledgeable sommeliers

Cocktails
Moving Sidewalk
* 306 Main Street * www.twitter.com/MovingSidewalk * for the What We Do is Secret
Anvil Bar & Refuge
* 1424 Westheimer Road * www.anvilhouston.com * for their definitive list of THE cocktails you must drink before you die
Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirits Lodge
* 308 Main Street * www.twitter.com/badnewsbar * for their draft negroni
Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails
* 3622 Main Street * 713.874.0096 * for Fifteen Hundred Dollars + Two Weeks Off (how fun is that for a cocktail name!)
Grand Prize Bar
* 1010 Banks Street * 713.526.4565 * for frozen drinks
Leon’s Lounge
* 1006 McGowen Street * 713.659.5366 * for a mojito and homemade empanada
WRG Recommends * Local Pour * 1900 Hughes Landing Blvd * www.localpourhouston.com/thewoodlands * the Spicy Cucumber Jalepeno Margarita is a must!

Romance
The Rooftop Bar at Tremont House
* 2300 Ships Mechanics Row * www.thetremonthouse.com * for their pomegranate martini
Bar Boehme
* 307 Fairview Street * www.barboheme.com * for the Wu-Tang
La Carafe
* 813 Congress Avenue * 713.229.9399 * for their second floor patio over Market Square Park
Rosemont Social Club
* 910 Westheimer Road * www.roesmonthouston.com * for the frozen adult lemonade (with hibiscus topper)
Simone on Sunset
* 2418 Sunset Boulevard * www.simoneonsunset.com * for Monday Happy Hour which lasts until midnight
WRG Recommends * Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen in Market Street * 9595 Six Pines Drive #1120 * www.schillecis.com * for great atmosphere and even better Cajun food!

Beer beer
Flying Saucer
* 705 Main Street * www.beerknurd.com/stores/houston * for over 200 beers on tap
Hop Scholar
* 610 Rayford Road, Spring * www.hopscholar.com * for Trinity Pub Theology nights where God & faith are discussed over beer
Mongoose Versus Cobra
* 1011 McGowen Road * www.mongooseversuscobra.com * for nitro versions of specialty brews
Rockwell Tavern & Grill
* 12640 Telge Road, Cypress * www.rockwelltavernandgrill.com * for weekend brunch for craft beer and pancakes
WRG Recommends * heading to the source * Lone Pint Brewery * 507 Commerce Street, Magnolia * www.lonepint.com

Sports
Revelry on Richmond
* 1613 Richmond Avenue * www.revelryonrichmond.com * for dozens of craft beers on tap and their version of poutine
The Mezzanine Lounge
* 2200 Southwest Freeway * www.mezzanielounge.com * for the shot wheel – $3.50 for whatever you land on
Nick’s Place
* 2713 Rockyridge Drive * www.nicksplacehouston.com * for 40 televisions for college football
The Richmond Arms Pub
* 5920 Richmond Avenue * www.richmondarmsonline.com * for an English soccer pub
WRG Recommends * Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grille * Woodwinds Center, 305 Sawdust Rd, Spring * www.rookiessports.com * They will have the Mayweather v. Pacquiao fight this Saturday

Games
Griff’s
* 3416 Roseland Street * wwwgriffshoutson.net * $3 buy in on Thursdays
Darwin’s Theory
* 33 Waugh Drive * www.darwinstheoryhouston.com * for Bad Movie Night on Mondays
Guava Lamp
* 570 Waugh Drive * www.guavalamphouston.com * Monday Night at the Movies & karaoke the rest of the week.
Neil’s Bahr
* 2006 Walker Street * 281.352.7456 * for gaming, comic books, trivia and themed cocktails
WRG Recommends * Baker’s Street Pub & Grill * 25 Waterway Avenue, Suite 100 * https://www.facebook.com/BakerStWoodlands * for Geeks Who Drink Trivia on Wednesday nights at 7pm

Dives & Ice Houses
Warren’s Inn
* 307 Travis Street * www.warrensinn.biz * for a Boilermaker prepared with a Lone Star and a shot of Jim Beam
D&W Lounge
* 911 Milby Street * 713.226.8777 * for when you need a beer at 7am
Alice’s Tall Texan & Drive Inn
* 4904 N. Main Street * 713.862.0141 * for the coldest beer around
Rose Garden
* 2621 Link Road * 713.863.8027 * for beer and homemade polish sausage
Valhalla
* 6100 Main Street (on the Rice University Campus) * www.valhalla.rice.edu * for an escape back to college days!
WRG Recommends
Papa’s Ice House * 314 Pruitt Road, Spring * www.papasicehousetx.com 
Texas Beer Garden * 7214 FM1488, Ste 101, Magnolia * www.texasbeergarden.com

Happy Hours
Americas cheers
* 2040 W. Gray Street * www.cordua.com/americas * Monday-Saturday until 7pm
Benjy’s
* 5922 Washington Avenue and 2424 Dunstan Road * www.benjys.com * Monday-Friday 4-7pm
Kata Robata
* 3600 Kirby Drive * www.katarobata.com * Monday-Saturday 5-6:30pm & Sunday 12-5pm
Royal Oak Bar & Grill
* 1318 Westheimer Road * www.royaloakhouston.com * Weekdays 4-8pm and Sunday-Thursday 10pm-12am
Uchi
* 904 Westheimer Road * www.uchirestaurants.com/houston * Sake Social Hour, daily from 5-6:30pm
WRG Recommends  
Jasper’s * 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 900 * www.marketstreetthewoodlands.com/directory/taste/jaspers * Monday-Saturday 37pm 
Kona Grill * 3 waterway square, suite 100   * www.konagrill.com/restaurants/the-woodlands-tx * Monday-Friday 3-7pm & Monday-Saturday 9-11pm

CHEERS!

Amy McLaughlin Personal Concierge and Blog Contributor

Amy McLaughlin
Personal Concierge and
Blog Contributor