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The Best Speakeasies Near Houston

Sometimes, the harder it is the get something, the more you want it! Implicit in the speakeasy experience is a little bit of work and no small amount of luck. How else are you supposed to find Houston’s best-hidden bars? Well, if you weren’t in on the secret before, allow us to enlighten you. Who are you calling a snitch?!

Let’s bullet-point some of H-Town’s best speakeasies.   



Yelper Em K. asks, “What more is there to say about the cool dark little place behind the blue door in the River Oaks Shopping Mall?”
Marfreless is among Houston’s oldest and most iconic speakeasies. It’s had a loyal cult following since their distinctive blue door swung open for business in 1972. It’s certainly kept Em K. coming back for more:
“I came all the way back from the SF Bay Area to visit and make sure the planet was still in balance. It was!”  


A good bar like Mongoose Versus Cobra can be like a beautiful woman—they both inspire love-struck bards to write poetry. Here’s a sampling of the verse:
“Through the windows a century breathes / Sit and feel how history feels / Here inside the Auditorium Grocery / This place is the only bar for me.”
More than a place for a top-shelf cocktail, MVSC hosts the Mongoose Versus Cobra Reading Series showcasing area writers and poets belting it out live on stage every second Monday. Yelpsters recommend the Bloody Mary and the pumpkin seed pretzel.



Capt. Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge scores two points right off the bat for its cheeky name (a name that invariably brings a smile to bloggers paid by the word). And here’s the good news—Capt. Foxheart pours some of the best cocktails in Houston. Its unmarked entrance might be upstaged by the law offices of Tucker Graves, Esq. next door, but this lovable watering hole is already on the map for its’ Old Fashioned, which are discounted at happy hour.

It takes some looking, but if speakeasies were so easy to find, they wouldn’t be so cool. Good thing Houston’s best speakeasies are a guaranteed good time. Cheers!

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