Houston Bars & Nightlife
Public Services Wine & Whiskey
202 Travis St., Downtown
Don't come to Public Services expecting the frills and invention of modern experimentation—this is a classic whiskey and wine bar.
The Pastry War
310 Main St., Downtown
The neon sign upon entry warns you straight-up: no pastries. But tamales—and tequila and mezcal—are fair game.
The Original OKRA Charity Saloon
924 Congress St., Downtown
Here's how this works: Every drink purchased at OKRA's Charity Saloon qualifies as a vote toward one of four charities at the polling station against the wall.
The Hay Merchant
1100 Westheimer Rd., Montrose
Midwest native Chris Shepherd embraces his adopted home, Houston, with deep love, so expect some Southern comfort with your order: deep-fried pickle slices, peanut-butter-and-jelly wings (we weren't sure either, until we tried them, then we were damn sure), and a really solid burger.
1517 Alabama St., Midtown
Grab a beer and sip it swinging in the comfort of one of the outdoor hammocks strung across Axelrad's backyard.
Anvil Bar & Refuge
1424 Westheimer Rd., Montrose
Anvil's cocktail menu can be intimidating to the uninitiated. Or for that matter, to the initiated.