Category : Bars

The Best Whiskey Bars in Houston

  It must be in the DNA of Houston, where laid-back, Southern bayou culture meets strapping Texas pride, that makes the men and women of our fair city appreciate a fine glass of Whiskey. Houstonians are drinking more whiskey than ever. And whether it was drawn from an old oak barrel in some Tennessee whiskey mecca or distilled right here in the Lone Star State, if it’s good, we’ll drink it.

These are the best whiskey bars in Houston.  

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RESERVE 101

Reserve 101 is recommended by CultureMap Houston as one of the top Whiskey Bars in Town. Reserve’s dedication to the bracing brown spirit is evident. They have over 340 varieties in stock! Why that’s coming close to a different sip for every day of the year!  (Not that we’d recommend anyone mounting such a challenge.) CultureMap endorses one of Reserve’s recent top self-acquisitions—Annasach 25, a custom blend of four spirits that are all at least 25-years old. It can be purchased by the bottle, as a matter of fact, for a mere $250.  

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ANVIL BAR & REFUGE

Anvil Bar & Refuge opened in 2009 as Houston’s first bar devoted to classic cocktails. They’ve developed a list of 100 drinks. Their list of spirits is nothing to sneeze at with over 20 pages devoted to whiskey from Europe, North America, and Asia. Culture Map highlights the “Break-Even Bottle” which allows patrons to sample rare spirits at a more affordable price.
Margaret Z. from Manhattan, New York, says in her 5-star Yelp review, “Highly recommend and this would be one of my first stops if I’m ever back in the Houston area!”    
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PUBLIC SERVICES WINE & WHISKEY

Public Services Wine & Whiskey is located in downtown Houston next to the historic Houston Cotton Exchange Building. Built in 1884, the bar is listed on the National Register of Historic Places! If you get a hint of sweetness with your spirits it’s because their extensive selection of whiskey has been finished in Sherry casks. Yum!
Jordan T. of Lexington, Kentucky, was very impressed. In his 5-star Yelp review, he says, “Randomly found this gem while walking around Houston. Great bar. Fantastic whiskey selection that’s reasonably priced. Service was excellent and the staff was knowledgeable.”
Distinctive, strong, yet laid back—this describes both a fine glass of whiskey and the city of Houston. Order yourself a nip at some of the best whiskey bars in H-Town!

Best Springtime Date Ideas Around Houston

When it’s springtime it feels like all of nature is inviting you to celebrate! American poet E.E. Cummins seems to agree when he writes, “all the merry little birds are/flying in the floating in the / very spirits singing in / are winging in the blossoming.”

Don’t miss out, Houston! Enjoy these springtime date ideas in H-Town.

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CLOUD 10 CREAMERY

  Give “going out for ice cream” a gourmet touch. Cloud 10 Creamery blends their handcrafted ice cream a half a gallon at a time. These treats are the creation of award winning Pastry Chef Chris Leung who refreshes their line of flavors each season. Try the spring flavors at Cloud 10!
Yelper Morgan R. is impressed by the creative variety of ice cream “ Cloud 10 is a unique ice cream parlor with many unique, changing flavors.”  
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CAFEZA

Cafeza is not only the cutest little Latin American cafe this side of the Rio Grande, they host live music several nights a week. The cafe draws its inspiration from the cafés of Barcelona and Buenos Aires, as well as the neighborhood cervecerias and refresquerias around downtown Houston.
Yelper Yvette H. agrees that the romantic vibe of Cafeza is intoxicating: “I recently attended one of the jazz nights at Cafeza and it was truly magical! Fun lights, cool drinks and still serving churros past 9 pm!”  
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  GEORGE OBSERVATORY

  An outing beneath the stars is classic romance. And, with our well-known connection to the aerospace industry, Houston is about as close as you can get to the heavens here on Earth. The George Observatory’s “Starry Night: A VIP Experience” is hosted by the Director of Astronomy. View the sky through their  36″ Gueymard Research telescope. And who knows? Maybe somewhere out there on the other end of the telescope, on some other world, there’s a pair of lovers staring back at you.

  It’s cuffing season, H-Town! Winter will be back before you know it. Live in the moment this spring with the best date ideas around Houston. Viva sweet love!

Our Favorite Cocktails in West Houston

Ah, the almighty cocktail: the class, the flavor, the style, and the fun time out that it marks. We love a good cocktail on a night out, and West Houston is the perfect spot to find a cocktail (or three) that hits the spot just right! So, we here at Alta City West thought, why not write about a few of our favorites? For this week’s blog, we’re counting up five of our favorite cocktails around this part of Houston! Of course, our neighborhood is chock-full of drink options, so whatever your style or flavor of cocktail preferred, there’s something for everyone. That means, if you think we’re missing a great one on our list, you’ll just have to let us know!
  • Pumpkin Pie from Brixology Crafted Cocktails. Craving a festive taste of the holiday season? Then everyone’s favorite pie mixed into the yummiest cocktail will have you wanting seconds, thirds, and maybe even fourths!
  • The Professional from 51Fifteen. Stoli Vodka and blue cheese olives? You had us at hello. Have it dry, strong, straight up, shaken, stirred… whatever you fancy! James Bond will be proud.
  • Tiny Bubbles from Caracol Mexican Coastal Kitchen. This sparkling wine cocktail has ginger liqueur with guava and pomegranate. Your taste buds will be having the ultimate party, and you’ll be joining that party in no time with just a few refreshing sips.  
  • A Margarita from Vibe Sports Bar Lounge. A tried-and-true favorite, but the key here is to get it in bulk: $20 for a pitcher every Tuesday. Perfect to wash down those 50-cent hot wings!
  • Arnold Palmer Texas Tea from Marquis II. A Texas classic, a Southern favorite, just like Grandma used to make… However you slice it (or pour it, as it were), this favorite is the perfect reminder you’re not on Long Island anymore. You’ve never had tea this hard, twisted, and delicious!
What do you think? Are these the best cocktails in Houston? However you like your drink, you’re sure to find something to enjoy that’s right for you. Let us at Alta City West just remind you, though – it’s important to drink responsibly and have a driver! After all, coming home to us is the best part. Cheers! 🙂

Photo Blog: Brunch in Southwest Houston

We here in Houston sure do love our breakfasts and our lunches… but most of all, we love brunch! From pancakes to fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict to mimosas (of the bottomless variety, of course), there’s just no end to the amount of goodies a good old-fashioned brunch menu can hold. Southwest Houston has so many options when it comes to brunch. Whether you want it homemade-style with love, or you just want the largest quantity possible with plates of food coming off the griddle like hotcakes, there’s something for everyone. For our photo blog this week, we’re looking at a few of our favorite brunches around Houston. Got any to share? Let us know! Not that we love the thought of sharing these plates, since we want them all to ourselves! 😉

Do Sunday Funday right and “Brunch With A Purpose” at Maggiano’s Little Italy®! From June 1 to August 2, Maggiano’s Little Italy® guests can choose any item from the brunch menu and $1 will be donated to Make-A-Wish®. 🎈 For the past fourteen years, Make-A-Wish® has raised more than $7 million and granted more than 900 wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. This year is special because with the help of their Teammates and Guests, Make-A-Wish® will raise another $1 million and grant their 1,000th wish! 🎈 To learn more, visit http://www.maggianos.com/make-a-wish-campaign-2017. #eatadish4maw #maggianoslittleitaly #maggbrunch #makeawish #sundayfunday #brunchwithapurpose #brunchinhouston #lemonricottapancakes #brunch

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A Night Out in Southwest Houston

Craving a night out? Summer’s been long, the days have been hot, and work has probably been rough, too…. you deserve a night out on the town! Houston is a huge city, and there are so many things to do all around the different parts of town. Here at Alta City West, though, one of our favorite things to do is stay local to the west side of our city – you know, get out and explore!   We’ve got just a few suggestions for an ideal night out before summer ends. Here’s your ready-made agenda, no planning needed on your part. Go ahead, what are you waiting for?   Part 1: dinner time! In the mood for a western-themed dinner? Come on down to the ranch for some barbecue (and delicious sides, of course). BBQ has never been this fun and fancy – from the vibe of the place to the flavors of the menu, we can’t get enough of stepping into a cowboy’s world. We love the menu at Rio Ranch Restaurant, and you will, too! Part 2: catch a movie! In the mood for a flick? There are so many options at AMC Studio 30 – you won’t be disappointed! Perhaps a western to go with the cowboy theme from dinner? Be sure to check the showtimes ahead of time! Part 3: late-night dessert… Craving some “Fashionably Sweet Treats” afterwards? Then this place has it right in their name – and the good news is they’re open til 11:30pm! See you there for a sweet treat or two… or ten, let’s be honest. #WhatDiet? Part 3-and-a-half: or drinks instead! Why not take a short drive over to Jack’s For Cocktails, one of our favorite spots for eclectic drinks? Whether beer, wine, or mixed drinks are your flavor, you’ll find what you’re looking for to get your buzz on – just be sure to have a driver to get back home! It’s summer time – so get out there and start enjoying the evening. You deserve it!

Photo Blog: Houston Golfing and Outdoor Adventures

Fore! That’s what we love to hear out and about as we enjoy the outdoors, especially now that summer’s begun. Of course, golfing is just one of many options for how to enjoy time outside in Houston this summer… but you’ve also got park days, picnics, hikes, and trips to the beach. Here in this week’s photo blog, we at Alta City West are pinpointing a few of our favorite outdoor activities (yes, golf is included) around Houston. Go on out there and soak up some sun!

Missing this unbelievable view today… The par 4 6th at @fourseasons golf Peninsula Papagayo is a world class hole

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This is a start of a great weekend! ⭐️

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Adventures time 🌞 Grab your bestie and join us for a beautiful beach ride. Lifetime memories are guaranteed 🙂 A post shared by Horses on the Beach ☝️ (@horses_on_the_beach_corpus) on

Our day finished with a beautiful sunset… more adventures are coming soon 🏝

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3 of my favorite things Taylor, Houston, and Golf. #ShellHoustonOpen2016 #Golf #Open #HoustonGolf #Houston @taylorsuarez A post shared by Mitchell P. Mateja (@mitmateja1) on

Photo Blog: Favorite Craft Beers

When it comes to craft beers, there’s no place like Houston! In the mood for a hoppy IPA? Want a crisp Hefeweisen? Looking for a thick, creamy Stout? No matter your flavor, Houston’s got you covered. Here at Alta City West, we’re counting down just a few of our favorite craft beers that you can find around here – with this awesome photo blog! Got your own favorite craft brews? Be sure to share them with us, so we can see and share, too. Cheers!

@8thwonderbrew dropping off some killer glassware for the #halfbirthday celebration – come take one home #HoustonBeers

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This weather is too good not to come have a beer! #burgerjointhtx #beerme #houstonbeers #supportlocalbreweries A post shared by The Burger Joint (@burgerjointhtx) on
Just Tapped!! Buffalo Bayou Tropikal Rotundone Saison #buffalobayoubrewery #buffalobayoubrewing #saison #craftbeers #localbeer #houstonbeerscene A post shared by Down The Street Bar, Houston (@downthestreettx) on

Our Bourbon Barrel Aged #AnodyneWheatWine is now available on tap. The holidays just got a little more interesting.

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St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Houston

Although once a Roman-Catholic holiday, St. Patrick’s Day is now celebrated by many in America. Where will you spend your St.Patrick’s day Celebrations in Houston?



St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Houston

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a long standing event in Houston and is one of the historically largest parades in the United States! You’ll find Irish-inspired floats, clydesdales, and parade festivities at the events for both children and adults. Grab some food and get your face painted in shamrocks in the Vendor Area. This year the parade is on March 11th from noon to 2:00 pm in Downtown Houston. You can download the parade route here.  Of special note: If you park in metered parking, be sure to “feed the meter” as parking is enforced down town!



St. Patrick’s Festival: Houston

In the Montrose neighborhood, about five minutes from downtown, is Griff’s Irish Pub. From March 3-17th, you can Shake your Shamrocks with food, beer, and St. Patrick’s Day events. Check the day’s listing for a run-down of the food, competition, and music on each day and night.  March 11th, you can Get Shamrocked at Grif’s live music event. March 11th there will also be an Irish cooking competition at Griff’s where you can enjoy both beer and food from your favorite Irish Chef’s.



St Paddy’s Pub Crawl: Houston

In the Midtown district, you can patronize your favorite bars on a pub-crawl. Mid-town Drinkery Bar and Grill is one favorite destination! Also check out The Gorgeous Gale and St Arnold Brewing Company. (These events are 21 and over!) We hope you get to shake you shamrocks and have a festive and safe St. Patrick’s Day and St. Paddy’s Day weekend.

Where will you be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know (and send us your pictures!).

Best Sports Bar Food in Piney Point Village

All that cheering can make a fan hungry! We’re fortunate to have some of The Best Sports Bars in Piney Point Village, and now feast your eyes and set your stomaches on some of the best bar food in town.

When you catch the games on the bar TVs at The Yard House, look forward to some of these American pastime favorite eats:

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At Nick’s Place you can find American Staples like pizza and wings!



American Staples like Steak and Potatoes and Crawfish can be found at The Hideaway on Danville.

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You’re in for some Crawfish and American Beer at The Deck on Fountainview!

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You’ll find burgers, fries and finger foods at Jake’s Sports Bar.

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Will one bar TV do? Or do you need wall-to-wall action? Check out The Best Sports Bars in Piney Point Village to get the layout of all the sports bars in town!
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