Category : Where to drink

Kick Up Your Heels at the Best Places to Dance in West Houston


If you love dancing, then there’s no doubt that Houston is the place to be. The city’s got an amazing nightlife and there’s something for every style, with honky-tonks, discos, and salsa clubs in the mix. When you’re looking for a place to kick up your heels, we’ve found the best places to dance in West Houston.

Wild West
Billed as a “high-class honky-tonk,” Wild West is a Houston standby. For twenty years, the Texan-owned spot has been inviting Houstonites to two-step on in. Their solid oak dance floor is built for boots, and their drink specials will have you loose enough to let it all hang out. Not so sure about your moves? They’ve got dance lessons on Fridays and Sundays. Just be sure to dress appropriately; the bar may be called the Wild West, but your clothes better be up to snuff.


Firehouse Saloon
With cowboy boots in the rafters and an exterior straight out of an old movie, Firehouse Saloon is all about that Country Western life. Owned by firefighters, this honky-tonk brings the music to you live, with bands playing nearly every weekend. The dance floor is huge, and there’s plenty of seating when it’s time to give those dogs a rest.


Club Tropicana
Next time you really want to heat things up, look inside the strip-mall exterior of Club Tropicana. This spicy Latin club is the place to go if you’re looking to dance salsa, merengue, or bachata. Some serious pros take over the dance floor, but if you’re just learning your Cuban motion, there’s no need to sit on the sidelines. They’ve got lessons on Friday nights, and any other time a lot of those experts are happy to show you how it’s done.


Barbarella Houston
If you want to dance downtown, Barbarella Houston is your spot. “Barbs,” as the regulars call it, is laid back and casual, and everyone’s welcome. The DJ plays videos along with the music, and they’re known for their theme nights. Thursdays are soul and Motown, Fridays are all about new music that you won’t hear anywhere else, and Saturdays are “Footloose” and fancy free, paying homage to the eighties.

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Check out these four bars next time you’re looking for the best places to dance in West Houston, and be sure to let us know on Twitter and Facebook which is your favorite.

3 Hot Happy Hours in West Houston


Houston has lots of great restaurants and bars, but going out can be expensive. Fortunately, there are several food and drink specials and happy hours, making it much more affordable to meet up with friends or have that after-work drink. You can still go out and have a great time without breaking your budget. Here are three of our favorite West Houston happy hour specials.

Nobu
Save on sushi when you visit Nobu between 5 pm and 6 pm. This “Tanoshi Hour” features spicy tuna maki for $8, two pieces of prime beef kushiyaki for $10, and three oysters with Nobu sauces, also for $10. Accompany those with $5 Sapporo beer or a $7 glass of house white wine. To give you an idea of how much you can save during their happy hour, those oysters would normally run you $27.


The Deck on Fountainview
The Deck on Fountainview is a neighborhood bar that offers some of the best crawfish around. Their happy hour is a long one; from 11 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday you can get domestic bottled beer for $2.50. You can also get domestic drafts for $2.75 and $7 domestic pitchers, which means you’ll have more to spend on Texas Pepas, jalapenos stuffed with Wisconsin cheddar and battered with homemade potato breading, and some Coin Toss Nachos.


The West End
There’s nothing like happy hour at an American pub, so you’ll definitely want to add The West End to your drinking plans. Known for a large selection of whiskeys and craft beer, their Monday through Friday happy hour gets you a dollar off all draft beers between 3 pm and 7 pm. They’ve also got $5 mixed drinks, featuring liquors like Jim Beam, Beefeater, and Bacardi, and house wines will also run you $5. Back it up with their $6 Nosh menu, which includes a giant pretzel, southwest chicken eggrolls, and street tacos.


Check out these spots next time you’re looking for a night out that won’t cost a fortune. When you go, be sure to let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

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Visit the Greatest Wine Bars Houston Has to Offer


In Houston, we work hard. And at the end of a long day of working hard, we like to reward ourselves. What better way to treat yourself right than with a luscious, rich glass of wine.

Seasons 52 Houston
Seasons 52 has locations all over the country, yet manages not to feel like just another giant chain restaurant. This fresh grill’s menu is loaded with savory options from both the sea and land. And with their extensive wine list, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing. They have over 100 bottles available, with over 50 of those available by the glass. Plus, you can bring a friend and take advantage of their special 2 glasses and a flatbread deal. Or forget the friend and have yourself an even better time with two glasses all to yourself!


Cru Wine Bar
Cru is all about bringing enjoyment of wine to the masses. They shun the notion that wine is only for snobs and the hoity-toity. As their site says, “We demystify the world of wine, we keep it cool, and make hundreds of wines accessible to you in an elegant, casually hip environment.” So if you have always wanted to experiment with wine, but were afraid of looking like a newbie, Cru is the place for you. With over 300 bottles available, you will find something you enjoy. And on Mondays, if you buy a bottle of wine, they’ll throw in a pizza!


Sonoma Wine Bar
At Sonoma Wine Bar, they’re bringing the wine loving culture of Northern California to Texas. With an ever-rotating selection of wines by the glass, you could go all the time and just keep on discovering new wines to love. And if you want to enjoy your wine with your pup, you’re in luck! Sonoma Wine has a covered pet-friendly patio so you can combine your two great loves: wine and dogs!


Beckrew Wine House
For a wine bar that really knows what they are doing, check out Beckrew Wine House. They have been featured on so many “best of” lists it’s hard to keep track. Everyone from Food & Wine Magazine to Thrillist to Wine Enthusiast to the Houston Chronicle all sing the praises of Beckrew. Stop in for dinner or happy hour, or book a private tasting with their Sommelier.


Whether you are new to the wine world or an old pro, Houston has amazing opportunities to enjoy some excellent wines. Try one of these wine bars and enjoy. Cheers!

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Treat Your Pup to the Top Pet Friendly Bars in Houston

Your dog is panting. Super thirsty. They’ve had a long day. They just need somewhere they can go to relax, knock back a couple of shots, maybe sip on a nice glass of pinot grigio, lap up a light lager. Okay, so we’re assuming pet-friendly bars don’t actually serve your pet. And by pet, we assume dog, because everyone still freaks out and takes pictures when they see a cat on a leash. They’re that rare. And no one likes a ferret in public. We also assume they won’t card your dog, where you have to remember how many human years are dog years. Because something else no one likes is math, especially when you’re trying to drink.

But here are our favorite pet friendly neighborhood joints to bring your four-legged friend.

Mike’s Ice House
It’s an ice house. It’s going to probably be hot. But your dog doesn’t want to get dressed up, and just wants to unwind to some live music. This dive bar is the place. Plus the burgers are nice and big, chances are a piece of meat might just fall to the ground, and your living vacuum will eagerly fulfill their housekeeping duties. And don’t miss out on the karaoke for your dog to howl along to.


Sonoma Wine Bar
The opposite of the ice house. A little fancier, for sure. But they have what they call a “pup friendly patio.” Not only do these guys love dogs, they also love giving back to the community. On average, they share five percent of their net profits to various local charities and fundraisers.


Revelry on Richmond
Dogs love sports because dogs love balls. Which means dogs, of course, would love a sports bar. And this is the best sports bar in Houston for your dog. Plus, while your furry friend can eat the same thing every day and not complain, you like variety. With their 40 rotating local and craft beers on tap, this is the best sports bar in Houston for you. Lots of happy hours, and can’t miss daily specials throughout the week.



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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!

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.   

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MARFRELESS

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!”  
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MONGOOSE VERSUS COBRA

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.

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CAPT. FOXHEART’S BAD NEWS BAR & SPIRIT LODGE

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!