Houston Local Bars


If anything in specific makes Houston particularly cool, itís the selection of local bars. As random as can be and alive with unique, spunky personalities, these hangouts cover almost every aspect of the entertainment spectrum. Houstonís local bars reflect the cityís multifaceted personality, blending the awkward with the graceful and the gritty with the glamorous. To truly experience the bizarre, eclectic fashion of Houston, stop into Brasil and see what happens when coffee shop grooves meet martini-sipping hipsters, or check out the Cadillac Bar, which looks like a basement but is staffed by waiters wearing tuxedos. LZ Pub and Jax Grill are staples in the lives of locals, and the south-of-the-border vibes conjured by over 50 kinds of tequila at La Cuerva is just plain toxically hypnotic. No matter who you are or how you like to spend your nights out, Houston is supplied with a seemingly limitless list of places to get your own special groove on.
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6th Street Bar and Grill

2701 White Oak, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.880.5999
This modest Houston local bar and grill sports one of the best people watching decks around and bending your elbow at the 6th Street Bar and Grill ain't bad either. This local Houston bar about a dozen beers on tap paired with a wide selection of liquor and wine to whet your libation appetite with their best selections often making it on to the daily specials board and the 6th Street Bar and Grill, as the name so implies, also serves up some better than average bar fare in case that other appetite starts making some noise.

Al's Sports Bar & Grill

3838 S. Dairy Ashford St., Houston Texas; Tel. 281.493.3838
16203 Westheimer #102, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.493.9797
With two locations to serve their respective neighborhoods, Al's Sports Bar and Grill is a Houston local bar institution; a great place to down a beer, catch a game and get your booze fueled party on. The mix of regulars at Al's Sport Bar spans the age spectrum from young to old and if you've pounded a cold one there or snacked on their bar fare, you're probably considered by the staff to be one of them.

Brasil

2604 Dunlavy, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.1993
Brasil is the perfect melding of artsy coffeehouse and hipster bar in Houston which features some ethnically driven local live music and DJs dropping beats right alongside self styled poets using the small stage for a bully pulpit. Unfortunately at Brasil, the bar aspect isn't as well rounded as the coffeehouse/ healthy eatery one because they only serve beer and wine, but this local Houston bar is a perfect place to kick off an evening with something out of the ordinary to bolster your hipster quotient.

Bronx Bar

5555 Morningside Dr. #105, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.520.9690
The Bronx Bar in Houston gets rocking on the weekends with college kids looking to get their heavy drink on or to try their luck at hooking up. DJs spin a mix of rock, house and hip-hop at this local Houston bar to add some musical backdrop to the sounds of clinking beer bottles and shot glasses being slammed down on the bar. And if you show up late to the Bronx Bar, you might be able to score a hottie coed on the cheap.

Bull & Bear Tavern & Eatery

11980 Westheimer, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.496.6655
The Bull and Bear Tavern has one of the best tap beer selections of any local Houston bar and they have a food selection that spans the best of the British Isles mixed with some down home American favorites. The homey interior plays host to a slew of regulars that hang out daily in the friendly atmosphere of the Bull and Bear. Also, in keeping with the menu fare and tap beer selection, this local bar is one of a handful of places where you can catch European soccer matches.

C & F Drive Inn

6714 N. Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.861.0704
This open-air local Houston bar specializes in friendliness and pool, oh yeah at the C & F Drive Inn they also specialize in that one Texas Icehouse feature that makes them all great: ice-cold beer. The C & F Drive Inn also has plenty of pool table Ďcause nothing goes better with ice-cold beer than shooting some stick.

Cadillac Bar

1802 Shepherd Dr., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.862.2020
Serving good food and drinks with a split personality is what the Cadillac Bar in Houston is all about. If the weirder than your agoraphobic fan-boy neighbor's basement décor doesn't clue you in that this is a unique place to down a drink, then the tuxedo clad waiters whizzing through the cramped bar to the not as cramped main dining room will. All in all Houston's Cadillac Bar is a local bar fave to get sauced, hang with some friends and try to figure out where the designer got their inspiration. We're thinking a combination of tequila and LSD.

Catbirds

1336 Westheimer, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.523.8000
The totally chill Catbirds is a little local Houston bar with an eclectic independent Americana flavor following the sounds emanating from the jukebox. This dimly lit hip hangout screams out to first daters in search of a cool joint to engage in conversation and share a drink in a local bar that will definitely add a bit of credence to your image.

Cosmos Café

69 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.802.2144
Good food, good booze and live music five nights a week are the hallmarks of Cosmos Café in Houston that serves a hip older set some excellent grub and then steers them toward the stage to relish in some almost famous and always rocking local live music.

Dark Horse Tavern

2207 Washington Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.426.2442
This comfortable local Houston bar, serves better than average bar food at better than average prices with excellent cocktails to wash it down out of an old 1920s five-and-dime. The eclectic drinking crowd at the Dark Horse Tavern along with the friendly service makes everyone feel welcome, so many park their caboose at the Horse for a while and the inviting attitudes keep them coming back. Also, the Dark Horse Tavern sports one of the best jukeboxes out of the many Houston local bars simply for the fact that certain classic rock albums that dominate the others are blessedly absent.

Dean's Credit Clothing

316 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.227.3326
Simply one of the best bar concepts we have ever come across in Houston is embodied in Dean's Credit Clothing—a thrift store and bar rolled into one serving a good looking and hip crowd. Improvised rock bands provide some live music stylings on certain nights at Dean's and when these local bands don't provide music to shop for vintage clothing by, DJs man the decks and fill in the musical spaces with sounds centralized around acid jazz.

Downing Street

2549 Kirby Dr., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.523.2291
The spare interior at Downing Street invites intimate conversations in their secluded booths or on their sumptuous couches while libations are expertly poured from Downing Street's better than well-maintained and stocked bar. A well-heeled, but unpretentious set makes up the regulars at this local Houston bar and lounge, and a walk in humidor keeps a selection of cigars quite comfortable for your smoking pleasure.

Duke of Hollywood Tailors / Char Bar

305 Travis, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.227.5867
One of the coolest places to imbibe in Houston has to be the Duke of Hollywood Tailor shop and Char Bar—a working tailor shop and bar rolled into one. This local bar is also cigar friendly because if you can get a suit tailor made while sipping on some fine liquors it makes total sense that you should be able to puff away on a fine cigar at the same time.

Fat Cat's

4216 Washington Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.869.5263
Little has changed from the old Mary Jane's save the name, a new coat of paint and the improved sound at Fat Cat's, thankfully. The same regulars and college rock aficionados still inhabit the interior on a nightly basis preferring to mix with their own rather than be subjected to newer venues where the crowds and views are more diverse than these hipsters. Homegrown brews and drinks are preferred at Fat Cat's and the crowds down them with zeal.

Flying Saucer Draft Emporium

705 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.228.7468
Sporting eighty-five tap beers and bartenders that can tell you the finer points of each and every one, The Flying Saucer Draft Emporium in Houston is a beer lovers dream come true and judging by the crowds packing into this local bar, beer won't be supplanted as the national drink anytime soon despite what wine snobs would have you believe. Also, The Flying Saucer takes care of itsregulars through the UFO club that honors you, your liver and gut with a wall plaque if you down some serious pints. The food, although quite tasty, seems a bit superfluous to us because beer is like liquid food... right?

Griff's Café & Bar

3416 Roseland St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.9912
Before the Houston bar scene explosion there was Griff's Café and Bar, a definitive Houston neighborhood bar landmark that started kicking over forty years ago and shows no signs of letting up. Local sports are huge at Griff's, the Astros, the Rockets and the Texans all get equal fan time from the TVs, staff and the long list of patrons who are considered regulars at this local bar. Also, in something of a coup de grace to other sports bars, Grifff's Café and Bar has itsown open top party bus to haul their boozers to and from home games. This really should be enough for you to put Griff's on your regular drinking tour of Houston, but we'll give you one more reason: St. Patrick's Day—seriously it's one of the biggest celebrations in the state, and that's saying a lot.

Indigo Lounge

2151 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.524.5551
Hands down one of the best party scenes in Houston happens nearly every night at the Indigo Lounge where a slightly kitschy, hip ambiance envelops eager clubbers and partiers to get their heads spun by the hot Latin and top forty fueled dancing and celebratory drinking. If you're drinking life has hit somewhat of a rut lately, you owe it to yourself to check out this Houston nightclub because the Indigo Lounge can, without fail, place you on a different path; you know, the one that leads to partying down with butt-loads of hotties.

Jax Grill

1613 Shepherd, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.861.5529
Down home barbeque and raucous partying are the staple at Houston's Jax Grill, that has a great come as you are unpolished feel, some dangerous cocktails and simply grubbing food. This Houston local bar staple gets the party rocking every night and on the weekends, music lovers who like it zydeco style congregate for the local live music at Jax Grill.

Jimmie's Place

2803 White Oak, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.861.9707
A real Texas novelty, Jimmie's Place is a true Houston icehouse offering a welcoming, down home change to other local clubs and bars that can kind of tend to get a little full of themselves. Heck, Jimmie's Place is never anything more than an old school local icehouse bar where you can just kick back, down some cold domestic brews and listen to country.

Kentucky Club

2707 Fountain View Dr. #2, Houston, Texas; Tel. 832.252.7267
This upscale Houston nightclub and lounge sets the bar remarkably high for other bars aspiring to claim that moniker. The Kentucky Club puts a heavy emphasis on the martini with a list that reads as a boozy encyclopedia, especially when you add the cocktail list addendum. This hip Houston lounge also has more TVs than the local electronics store and some chic designer furniture to park your well-heeled butt on. At the Kentucky Club deep house or techno provides the backdrop for conversations among the cliquish, but unpretentious crowd.

Kentucky Club

2707 Fountain View Dr. #2, Houston, Texas; Tel. 832.252.7267
This upscale Houston nightclub and lounge sets the bar remarkably high for other bars aspiring to claim that moniker. The Kentucky Club puts a heavy emphasis on the martini with a list that reads as a boozy encyclopedia, especially when you add the cocktail list addendum. This hip Houston lounge also has more TVs than the local electronics store and some chic designer furniture to park your well-heeled butt on. At the Kentucky Club deep house or techno provides the backdrop for conversations among the cliquish, but unpretentious crowd.

La Carafe

813 Congress St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.229.9399
Housed in one of Houston's oldest buildings and exuding more low-key romantic charm than any other bar, La Carafe's dark interior and knowledgeable, sommelier-like bar staff make even a wine neophyte feel right at home. The first floor of this hideaway Houston wine bar has a ton of history displayed on the walls and you know it's been here a while because the glowing candles sit atop 3-foot piles of melted wax. Also, the jukebox at La Carafe is one of the best in Houston playing an eclectic mix that suits this wine bar (they also serve beer if you're so inclined) to a tee. And no trip to La Carafe is complete without a trip up the narrow staircase to the balcony on the second floor.

La Cueva Tequila Lounge

2312 Crocker St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 832.203.8574
Over 50 varieties of tequila should be enough to get you heading on down to La Cueva Tequila Lounge in Houston, but if you're one of those finicky types that needs more; here ya go. This Houston local bar and dance club features themed nights full of dancing and revelry and the spacious dance floor is always crowded with strutters putting on a show. Also, La Cueva Tequila Lounge lives up to the lounge moniker by having a few chill out couches available to park your tequila soaked butt on.

LZ Pub

2239 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.7118
The LZ Pub is a favorite neighborhood bar during the week for Houston retirees and suburbanites, but when the weekend hits this Houston local bar gets packed with a younger, definitely more boisterous crowd looking to start or continue that weekend bender. The jukebox at the LZ Pub can accommodate both its dichotomous patron sets and the cocktails here are good and stiff no matter who's doing the ordering.

Marfreless

2006 Peden St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.0083
Some of the best bars in Houston are little hard to find spots you have to search for, but these local bars and nightclubs are considered the best because your arduous journey is always well rewarded, Marfreless definitely fits the category of buried treasure. The non-descript building and no signage door lead to a dimly lit, slightly shabby interior where Marfreless has placed several sofas and tables for you and your honey to rest upon. Oh yeah, you should bring a date to this Houston nightclub because nearly everyone else will be coupled up and going at it like highschoolers over their bottles of wine, so, yeah, bring a date. DJs spin some eclectic musical choices that always set the mood and the bartenders pour some heavy cocktails incase you or your date need a little social lubricant.

Mugsy's

3200 Kirby, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.5595
Mugsy's, reminiscent of a Jazz Age Chicago speakeasy, is a classy Houston local bar that is absolutely perfect for intimate conversation. And, Mugsy's isn't a place where you're going to find those flippant cocktails that are popular today, nope, this bar is a liquid homage to the classic cocktail featuring a wide selection and the self-proclaimed best bloody mary, not only in Houston, but anywhere. Seriously, if you happen to disagree—and be honest—the owner will pay for it out of his own pocket and you just can't beat that kind of guarantee.

Prive

910 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.2542
A laid back and hip local bar and lounge, Prive takes great care of all their patrons' senses that truly matter. Smooth rhythms bounce around the chic interior from the sound system under the gazes of popesque inspired local artwork and people watching is a definite pastime on their patio thereby taking care of your aural and visual senses. Prive offers cigars—with some legal selections from our little socialist neighbor to the south—for whatever sense cigars are good for and their eclectic menu of cocktails will appeal to your sense of economy imbibing. Prive seriously just gives you that hip lounge atmosphere without all of the pretensions that are plaguing other Houston lounges, so anything else you may derive from this local bar is just icing.

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith St. Ste 100, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.400.8400
With 28 TVs tuned to the sport du jour, daily drink specials that compliment a killer happy hour and a simply huge outdoor patio, Pub Fiction has the makeup of a great Houston local bar. Heck, they've got cheap drinks, good service, an accommodating assortment of regulars, food and Pub Fiction even rocks the house on Thursday nights with their resident cover band cutting a swath through your favorite 80's rock and pop.

Purple Shadow Lounge

5103 Yale St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.694.3922
A rowdy local bar that's seen its fair share of Houston drinkers go in on Friday and not be heard from again until Monday morning, the Purple Shadow Lounge seemingly hypnotizes local bar goers with its cheap drinks and endless party. The crowd at the Purple Shadow Lounge ranges, but the one thing for certain is that they all share a common bond: drinking and drinking in Houston.

Ram Bar

4315 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.4404
Located upstairs at Aries restaurant, the Ram Bar is a standout local Houston bar that makes an evening out dining at Aries wholly complete. The Ram Bar offers a great bar menu for patrons not having dinner downstairs and this hip little nightspot sports one of Houston's best martini menus, poured heavy, cold and quick.

Remington Bar (St. Regis Hotel)

1919 Briar Oaks Ln., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.840.7600
An upscale Houston hotel bar if ever there was one, Remington Bar inside the St. Regis Hotel offers well-heeled, decidedly adult drinkers a playground of their very own. Fine cigars are offered at Remington Bar from the hotel's private humidor further enhancing the already billionaire boys club atmosphere while fine liquor is poured from the bar. Also, on the weekends, live jazz soothes the nerves at this haute Houston lounge.

Ringside at Sullivans

4608 Westheimer Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.961.0333
Adjoined to the upscale Sullivan's Steakhouse in Houston, Ringside is a posh lounge for imbibing some premium liquor before or after dinner and relaxing to some smooth live jazz on the weekends. A decidedly well-heeled set makes up the regulars at Ringside at Sullivan's and, well crowded, this upscale local bar never feels packed.

Sam's Concert Pub

5636 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.785.7267
Sporting two bars and numerous pool tables, Sam's Concert Pub packs partiers into its friendly depths for a night of live music—usually cover bands, but, heck, it's local live music—or DJs showing their chops manning the decks. Also, this Houston local bar can certainly win over anyone with Sam's offering of nightly 30-cent wings.

Sansone's West Oaks Bar

14144 Westheimer Rd. Ste 1, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.558.4545
Sports and thematic party nights are the main draws at Sansone's West Oaks Bar and the service staff ain't hard on the eyes either. With more TVs than you're local hi-fi store this Houston sports bar is packed whenever there's a game on, especially during football season. But, even if we're in a sports dry spell, Sansone's keeps the party going and the packed house certainly appreciates the effort.

Shady Tavern

1206 W. 20th St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.869.7000
Open air, tiki torches, come as you are with plenty of beer and liquor is the creed that the Shady Tavern lives by. Even though this local Houston bar once hosted a raucous live music scene, and still books bands occasionally, the Shady Tavern has shown no signs of slowing down despite the gentrification of the neighborhood. The Shady tavern is still a local favorite to grab a drink in or watch the game and, sometimes, the haughty neighbors will even join in the revelry.

Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge

3700 Main Street, Houston, Texas
Basically the chill out room to Houston's venerable hard partying Continental Club, Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge, while not being as raucous as its adjacent bar brother, is really no slouch when it comes to the hip and boisterous drinking scene. When you step inside to this local Houston bar the décor will definitely make you do a double take, but don't worry, despite the circus atmosphere the only freaks here are the ones you came in with and the only high wire acts are downing canned PBR's while slamming shots. On some nights, Shoeshine Charlie's Big Top Lounge has some local live music treat their patrons to a riff or two.

Sidecar Pub

11202 Huffmeister Rd., Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.807.4040
This local Houston bar favorite, the Sidecar Pub plays host to a slew of regulars from all walks of life that crowd the bar to sample the more than 140 bottle beers from around the world and listen to multiple alt-rock or metal bands sharing the stage. Bands and patrons alike rave about the acoustics at the Sidecar Pub while they're raving about this live music club and bar's awesome nightly happy hour that features $1.25 domestic bottles and $1 shots.

Tavern on Gray

1340 West Gray St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.5152
Tavern on Gray is a popular Houston local bar that serves as game central for a lot of sports fans during the season and a raucous party bar for after the game. Also, Tavern on Gray serves some excellent pub grub, and even though there's a Union Jack over the door the food is really pure Texas. The beer selection at this Houston sports bar is as varied as Tavern on Gray's clientele, with selections from all over the world.

The Beer Cellar

3140 Richmond, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.528.6435
No, The Beer Cellar isn't where your creepy uncle hides his social lubricants for family reunions, it's a local bar in Houston that only looks like the shabby basement where you uncle, well you get the idea. The Beer Cellar probably has the best selection of imported and domestic beer of any local Houston bar and, heck sport, their liquor selection and expert mixologists are right up there at the top as well. We personally love the décor, which reminds us of the best dive bars and we frequent The Beer Cellar because all the booze filled goodness and ambiance comes to you at dirt-cheap prices.

The Firehouse Saloon & Eatery

5930 SW Freeway, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.977.1962
The Firehouse Saloon and Eatery is usually kicked back until, that is, the live Texas fueled rock and country bands take the stage and The Firehouse gets packed with the whoop and holler crowds downing beers and clapping hands. The local Houston live music acts tend to frequent the cover band pool, but occasionally the stage is graced by an originator—doesn't mean the crowds are any less into it though, so get to The Firehouse Saloon early on show nights or you're gonna be standing partner.

The Flat

1701 Commonwealth, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.521.3528
Like hanging at your buddy's apartment only with much better drinks, sounds and people is the staple at The Flat local bar and lounge in Houston. A newer venue that's kick back, cool and hip, The Flat showcases some deft deep groove and house DJs that keep the eclectic crowd mesmerized by the sounds if not by their dangerously stiff cocktails.

The Light

2315 Bagby, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.3000
A little hard to find, but The Light is well worth the search because this Houston local bar and lounge is simply just a cool place to have a relaxing drink with friends in. The Light has that hip artsy lounge vibe without all of the velvet rope pretentiousness of some other clubs, the staff is cool, the crowd is cool, the drinks are reasonably priced and always flowing in this chic Houston lounge that definitely gets our vote as a bar paradise—and that has nothing to do with the whole never a cover charge thing.

The Mink / The Back Room

3718 Main Street, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.9985
Vintage retro hipness is embodied in The Mink, a cool Houston lounge bar that makes a pledge to you the drinker that you'll always hear the best rock, indie, alternative, whatever music around from local live music acts and some touring nationals upstairs and never rap or hip-hop. This happening spot is a local favorite in Houston for meeting up with friends and chilling out with some wallet friendly cocktails under the distinguished chandeliers on cool vintage couches. The Mink and The Back Room lounge, with their affable staff, will seriously make you feel right at home and when there's not live music at The Mink, they'll treat you to some eclectic DJ stylings from local spinners. Check out The Mink: you won't be disappointed and your hip quotient will definitely rise.

The Next Door

2020 Waugh, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.520.1712
Comfy seating with a retro loungy vibe in The Next Door create one of Houston's best local bar chill out spots. Also, the jukebox at The Next Door seriously keeps the joint rocking with selections from old school rap and hip-hop to blues, funk, rock and everything in between. The cocktails are more than reasonable here and the clientele, digging the cool sounds or trouncing each other at foosball, are naturally hip.

The Social

3730 Washington, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.426.5585
This laid back hipster hangout features a skilled list of rotating DJs that mix varying genres of music, predominately house, to the masses of people that crowd The Social's minimalist interior and huge, welcoming patio. The Social is fast becoming the hotspot in Houston to kick back with friends, meet new ones or just meet your old friend the liquor bottle for another fun filled evening.

The Tipsy Clover

2416 Brazos St., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.524.8782
At The Tipsy Clover, a great neighborhood style bar find in downtown Houston, friendly, efficient service is not just reserved for regulars, it really is the norm. Seriously, from the bartenders on down the staff couldn't be more affable which is sometimes a rarity at busy Houston bars. The Tipsy Clover is comprised of two rooms, one reserved for drinking while playing bar games and the other for just, well, drinking... okay and lounging on the couches next to the fireplace.

Tiki Tiki Bar & Grill / Bamboo Lounge

626 S. Highway 6, Houston, Texas; Tel. 281.497.9200
The Tiki Tiki Bar and Grill in Houston takes kitschy Polynesian retro coolness to a whole new level at their affable bar and restaurant that looks as if Don Ho or Martin Denny could waltz through the doors at any moment to serenade the laid back clientele with some Hawaiian love songs or Mondo Exotica. If the décor at Tiki Tiki, and their little throwback Bamboo Lounge doesn't instantly transport you from your hectic Houston life to a South Seas vacation then the potent island inspired cocktails will certainly do the job. This local Houston bar and restaurant also features a killer happy hour for hep cats and cool chicks that crowd in because their tabs in the Tiki Tiki Bar and Grill will always be far less than plane fare to paradise.

Under the Volcano

2349 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.526.5282
Music rules at Under the Volcano, a thatched roof Tiki bar in Houston, because the owner is a serious eclectic audiophile and has stocked the jukebox with his personal collection that spans the musical spectrum from alt-country to zydeco. Well to do twenty-somethings meet and mingle at Under the Volcano for a little liquid vacation and to occasionally hear live music acts of every stripe in this kitschy retro lounge, island inspired, local Houston bar.

Velvet Melvin Pub

3303 Richmond Ave., Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.522.6798
The Velvet Melvin Pub is a great Houston local bar filled with shabby chic furniture, huge glasses of cheap beer and a laid back, decidedly hip clientele that make this bar feels like a familial house party for upwardly mobile insiders that like to give off the image of slumming. Also, what you won't find at many house parties is the hugely expansive patio that gets jam packed even before the bar proper. Velvet Melvin Pub has a great thing going on in the Houston bar scene, cool patrons, an easy vibe, heavy drinks and that retro underground flavor that many other bars pay big bucks in Houston to achieve, but sometimes totally miss the mark.

Vito's Deckhouse

5810 Beverly Hill, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.334.8486
As Italian as a Houston local bar can get, Vito's Deckhouse definitely has the food for the job serving deliciously greasy pizza and hugely portioned subs, serving until 1am, in an attempt to put something in your stomach other than their wholly dangerous house specialty cocktails. The real draw at Vito's Deckhouse bar in Houston, besides the food that will remind you of your Italian granny even if you don't have one, is the expansive deck, of course, that gets incredibly packed when the weather's cooperative.

Warren's Inn

307 Travis, Houston, Texas; Tel. 713.247.9207
There just aren't enough bars in Houston like Warren's Inn, which is just a classic watering hole for everyone that likes a stiff drink after work while classic American rock plays from the jukebox as a backdrop. Warren's Inn recalls a Houston past before the whole lounge craze engulfed the city and you had to start paying a hefty price tag to imbibe at your local bar.
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