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The Best Bars in Houston Right Now

Updated On 09/11/2018 at 05:44PM EST
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The Pastry War

Downtown

A tongue-in-cheek mezcaleria with the best Mexican spirits list in Texas
You’ll find exactly zero pastries at this best-in-show mezcalería, which began as a passion project to champion only mezcaleros and distillers using traditional methods to make agave spirits. That passion is still there, but the past couple of years have brought a more fun, lighthearted focus to the bar, with a recharged menu that zeros in on delicious, juice-forward cocktails influenced by the culinary aspects of Mexican culture. Drinks like the Golden Girls -- a vodka, guava, and grapefruit number that Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose would totally get down with -- sit alongside the house favorite Margaritas de la Casa, spiked with either habanero and serrano, strawberry balsamic, or mango and Chamoy.

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The Hay Merchant

Montrose

A beer nerd’s dream world, complete with crispy pig ear snacks
Kevin Floyd, co-owner and CEO of all things hops and barley, takes care to hand-select The Hay Merchant’s rotating list of 80 taps and five casks, and as a surprise to absolutely no one, it’s one of the finest in the city. Beer geeks are downright turned on by the bar’s dynamic selection of brews, both local and out-of-staters broken down into categories like Sociable & Refreshing, Hop-a-licious, and Not for the Faint of Heart. Over the past couple of years, the bar introduced its five-years-in-the-making bottle program, featuring an 80-deep list of bottles, and a refreshingly cool cocktail program, with drinks on tap, stirred and frozen.

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OKRA Charity Saloon

Downtown

Where you can wet your whistle for charity
Spending your hard-earned cash on drinks becomes easier when you know you’re drinking for a cause. Enter OKRA Charity Saloon, a non-profit bar that gives its proceeds to a different charity every month. Here’s how it works: Every drink you purchase earns you a vote, so the more passionate you are about a cause, the more “fun” you’ll likely experience that evening. Narrow, exposed brick walls, a gorgeous original circle arch and barrel vault ceiling, gas light fixtures, and a fine-looking central bar give the space a beautiful aesthetic to match its heart. Combined, the entire atmosphere makes you feel good about that last shot of Fernet.

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Anvil Bar & Refuge

Montrose

The OG of Houston’s craft cocktail scene with a groundbreaking break-even bottle program 
Bobby Heugel’s first bar put Houston’s cocktail scene on the map, with a focus on form and a robust collection of house-made bitters, sodas, and infusions. The team at Anvil deserves to be taken seriously too, as the staff goes through an intense training process ending with a 50 count blind taste test, and several of the highly skilled alums have gone on to open some of the most exciting bars in town. Cocktail fiends can and should journey through the 100 list, a bucket list of the bar’s take on iconic classics, and those looking for a taste of the unknown can get it through the menu’s seasonal revamps. There’s also a cool as hell break-even bottle program to make luxurious sips more affordable, and the bar’s most recent renovations added a fresh new look and booths with charging stations.

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13 Celsius

Midtown

Your go-to date spot for wine, charcuterie, and hip charm
Winos should head straight for this masterclass, European-style enoteca, which prides itself on storing wines at a temperature that you would never, ever guess by its name. Housed in a swanky '20s-era building that makes for the perfect date night, its extensive 450+ library of global selections is one of the best in show. Get offerings by the bottle, glass, half-glass, and taste, and do it alongside damn fine charcuterie and bar snacks, wine-centric dinners, pop-up tastings and art installations, and a special list of Sunday bottles help to raise your enjoyment levels that much higher.

Capt. Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirits Lodge

Downtown

Masterful old-style cocktails in the heart of Downtown
Justin Burrow stacks his narrow Downtown stunner with what may be the widest selection of interesting spirits outside of Anvil (he was one of the original partners there, not surprisingly). Though the interior is dark and moody, the vibe is casual and friendly, with boozed-up, old-style cocktails laced with elderflower and spiced wine syrup. On nice nights, they are best enjoyed on the balcony with a view down Main, though on quiet nights, chatting with the ever-talented staff behind the bar is equally as refreshing.

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Julep

Washington

Channeling old Southern grandeur with oysters and juleps
This Southern charm has been making Houstonians swoon since 2014, earning its stripes as one of the best cocktail bars in America just one year later. In addition to masterful odes to the bar’s namesake drink, bourbon boss Alba Huerta ups the game with a flourish of back porch inspirations that read like a history book of the South. Housed in an industrial 1880s uniform factory, the space is just as stunning as the lineup of refreshing juleps, bold Sazeracs, and hot and sour Creole rums, with a gorgeous copper bar and sophisticated details that give you all kinds of feels. To the old Southern grandeur, slurp your drinks alongside a platter of oysters.

Axelrad

Axelrad Beer Garden

Midtown

Where you can drink beer and eat pizza in a hammock
Hammocks and beer. Could a lazy afternoon get any better than that? It can here, because there are also bar games, picnic tables, food trucks, the occasional live music, and a next-door pizza joint that will bring garlic knots straight to you. Hanging out in this super-chill beer garden is the day drinking equivalent of going to a spa (especially during prime patio season). The eclectic collection of craft beers -- poured from cool-looking tap handles by Venezuelan-based artist, Maria Rangel -- only brings your relaxation to the next level; and those that prefer cocktails or wine can get down with choices by the glass and bottle. Bonus: You can get a 5% discount by coming on foot, via bike, or by ride-sharing (basically any way of transport besides driving yourself).

Public Services Wine & Whisky

Public Services Wine & Whisky

Downtown

Go classy with wine and whiskey off Downtown’s Market Square
When a James Beard Award-winning chef teams up with a master sommelier to open a whisky-fueled side project, you pay it a visit. But not just once. In fact, you should find yourself constantly frequenting this wine and cocktail bar, housed on the first floor of the 1884 Cotton Exchange building. Sink into the plush sofas to embark on a classy buzz off Justin Vann’s boutique selection of hard-to-find Old World wines and New World classics, plus ciders, beers, and simple tinctures that you can sneak in as you please. When you’re hungry, Justin Yu’s house-made baloney, served warm with smoked cheese spread and Ritz crackers, fits the bill perfectly.

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West Alabama Ice House

Montrose

A low-key watering hole that channels Houston’s essence 
This throwback ice house was around before refrigerators became an “it” thing to do. Open in 1928, locals frequented the spot to get ice blocks and a couple of cold ones before heading home for the day. Today, they’re doing the same damn thing, minus the ice and adding in tacos al pastor from the nearby Tacos Tierra Caliente truck. West Alabama Ice House’s sprawling patio and tiny indoor space is so unapologetically no frills, it earns your instant respect. As such, you’ll find all walks of Houstonian life sharing tables and laughs, from bikers and CrossFitters to some guy rocking the hell out of a Fu Manchu.

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Eight Row Flint

The Greater Heights

A relaxing modern ice house with whiskey and tacos
Whiskey, beer, and tacos. You really only need one of the holy trinity to survive in Houston, but this Agricole Hospitality bar number has all three. Named after the heirloom corn that was the first corn ever distilled into whiskey in the US, the modern icehouse and lounge carries over a hundred selections of whiskey, including proprietary barrels of bourbon that beverage director Morgan Weber hand-selects and showcases in a cool looking rickhouse-like structure behind the bar. Food comes from the food truck, with the menu created by Agricole’s other half, Chef Ryan Pera. Take down short pulls like the Hell’s Bells -- a shot of Buffalo Trace with a shot of Revival b&b pickle brine and a Lone Star -- alongside superior-quality, scratch-made tacos filled with things like braised beef cheek and Berkshire pork collar carnitas. Look out for the the bar’s seasonal events, from crawfish boils to a weekly outdoor cooking series.

Conservatory

Conservatory

Downtown

An underground drink garden and food hall with a daily happy hour
In 2016, Houston added its first underground food and beer hall, Conservatory. Travel down the rabbit hole (read: the cool art deco staircase) and you’ll find a modern, bustling food hall back-splashed by a 60-count craft tap wall. If there were ever a place to escape the Houston sun for some cold ones, this is it. The lineup of food vendors switches every now and then, but expect things like BBQ, tacos, pizza, and poke, plus the occasional pop-up. In 2017, the excellence continued with the flowing wine taps of Noble Rot Wine Bar, set behind the stairs and serving a smart collection of wines by the glass and bottles.

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Reserve 101

Downtown

Ground zero for whiskey and cocktail enthusiasts
The now 10-year-old favorite is known for a roster of whiskey that goes unrivaled in the city. Sip on selections from far and wide, including East, West, and Mid-Coast varieties and an entire library dedicated to the ruckus juice of Kentucky. All that plus international blends from Scotland to Japan. The expert staff also gives its cocktail list seasonal facelifts, mixing up bold, seriously boozy creations alongside special tastings to keep your experience perfectly on point. Pay it a visit to see why we named it the best whiskey bar in Texas.

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Johnny's Gold Brick

Heights

A Heights hangout with 10 classics and a well-versed library of spirits
The guys behind Grand Prize Bar and Moving Sidewalk teamed up with Treadsack to open this vintage neighborhood joint in the Heights just a few years back. Today, all 10 of its expertly balanced classics remain just $8 a pop, and the seasonal menu and well-versed selection of spirits keep regulars on their toes. Go from a Michelada-inspired cocktail named The Upward Swing -- made with pale ale and house sweet pepper jam -- to a Boiler Maker, which takes a Lone Star and Mellow Corn whiskey pairing and turns it on its side with Luxardo cherries and an Angostura-dipped orange peel.

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Wooster's Garden

Midtown

Giving Midtown’s party scene a much-needed kick of class
With only a few years under its belt, this very relaxed craft cocktail and beer garden feels like it’s always been a part of the Midtown scene. We don’t know what’s better: the fact that it has 49 on-tap brews running from the dark and savory to the sour, funky, and alluring, or the fact that the barkeeps pull out all the stops with showy concoctions featuring thoughtful touches -- think infusions of fruit that get smoked with wood chips from repurposed whiskey barrels. Plus, there’s house-made Fireball -- made with a kiss of cinnamon, molasses, and straight-up bourbon -- that will put any shot you’ve taken in the past to complete shame.

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Tongue-Cut Sparrow

Downtown

High-class, formal cocktail bar with a secret(ish) entrance
Thought Houston was missing a formal cocktail bar experience? So did mixology mastermind Bobby Heugel, who quietly opened this gem in early 2017. Housed in a nearly 120-year-old building and accessed through a staircase in the back of The Pastry War, the 25-seat space offers 15 cocktails (Japanese highballs, swizzles, and Sazeracs), plus a handful of beer and wine selections; and it does so with the highest level of service -- think top-tier, chilled glassware, complimentary house snacks and hot towels, and bowls of hard candies with your check. Behind the bar, you’ll find the city’s top, fresh-faced talent. Reservations are accepted, with around half the seats kept available for walk-ins.

Lei Low Bar

Lei Low Bar

The Greater Heights

Fan-favorite tiki bar that will have you screaming “Okole Maluna!"
Rum is the spirit of choice at this unassuming Heights haunt, where the Tiki spirit is just as strong as the tastefully quirky drinks. Fancified island-style cocktails come with top-shelf spirits, with the appropriate splashes of bitters, Herbsaint, ginger beer, and lemongrass, plus some showy drinking vessels complete with hula girls, naked mermaids, and FIRE. You’re not a local until you’ve said “Okole Maluna!” to least one of Lei Low’s library of Mai Tais (including a classic version that is on tap). In case you were wondering, “okole maluna!” means “bottoms up!”

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Better Luck Tomorrow

Heights

Neighborhood hangout with an all star cast and great cocktails and food to match
In the spring of 2017, heavy-hitters Bobby Heugel (Anvil, Pastry War, Tongue-Cut Sparrow) and Justin Yu (Oxheart, Theodore Rex, Public Services Wine and Whisky) opened this neon-lit spot in the former Dry Creek space, tapping the talented Terry Williams as Operations Manager and wunderkind Alex Negranza as Bar Manager. Justin Vann (Public Services Wine and Whisky) takes care of the aggressive wine list, which features a weekly break-even wine selection modeled after Anvil’s spirits program. Here, Bobby, Justin, and crew fly beyond the rigid structure of serious cocktail bars and tasting menus, showing off a sense of humor with everyday food, a short and smart list of original cocktails, and a chilled out, neighborhood vibe. Pair a Japanese highball with the euphoric Party Melt, a riff on a patty melt that is equal parts crispy, beefy, and juicy. 
 

Heights Biergarten

Heights Bier Garten & Worcester's Annex

Heights

Where you’re bringing your dog and co-workers for day drinks
This two-faced powerhouse offers a 94-tap beer and wine garden on one side and a craft cocktail and whiskey den on the other. In between, you’ll find a courtyard with plenty of shaded benches, swing seating, fire pits and a packed crowd getting down on saisons and IPAs and smoky mezcal and bourbon numbers (as well as pork shank platters with 'nduja). Serious efforts are taken to keep things cool, in both the theoretical sense -- stylish aesthetic, dog-friendly patio, boozy brunch -- and literal cold sense -- there’s a three-sectioned temperature-controlled cooler at the biergarten and a crystal clear ice maker at the cocktail den. 
 

Courtesy of King’s BierHaus

King's BierHaus

Heights

A German Disneyland where the party is as extra as the mugs
In 2017, the Heights got its first taste of King’s BierHaus, an offshoot of King’s Biergarten in Pearland (and a much cooler one at that). As a surprise to no one, the fun-loving neighborhood welcomed the concept with open arms and loosened lederhosen. The 400-seat, 9,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor watering hole takes a much more modern approach than the original as the bar’s signature liters and wursts are mixed with German-American tastes and the space is ostensibly an adult playground -- think giant communal tables, corn hole, ping pong, live bands, and a bunch of hammocks (because those “das boots” are no joke). Those looking for something besides world-class beers (a blend of German, local, and European) can visit the extensive list of whiskey, sip specialty cocktails and German and Austrian wines, or hit up the largest collection of authentic schnapps in Texas.

Cottonwood Houston

Cottonwood

Garden Oaks/Oak Forest

Pup-friendly favorite where it’s always patio season
Any time is the perfect time to hit Cottonwood’s fantastically large patio. Repping a full bar & kitchen and a roster of entertainment that runs the gamut from live music and crawfish boils to corn hole and late-night fireside chats with your pup, the indoor/outdoor bar exudes easy livin’. Go for the enviable selection of beverages, including Texas and Kentucky brown stuff and 42 beers on tap (two of which are cask-conditioned), stay for more of said enviable selection of beverages because you’re probably going to be here for a while, and it’s almost impossible to have just one. If you get hungry, get a burger stuffed with poblanos and sloppily stacked with bacon, chiles, cheese, and a fried egg.
 

Truck Yard Houston

Truck Yard

EaDo

Kitschy outdoor hangout with live music and a boozy ferris wheel
The monster truck-sized beer garden is a carnival for grown-up kids, rocking live music, flat screens, food trucks, and a legit ferris wheel (pay $10 and you’ll get a spin and a drink). Snag some open truck-bed seating or an umbrella-shaded picnic table and laze the day away with trash can punch, strawberry spritz, and mojitos, mules and margs on draft. When the weather doesn’t mesh with sitting in the yard, there’s covered patio seating and an indoor bar (which also houses a Philly cheesesteak food court). Bonus for those with babies and fur-babies, the bar is kid-friendly till 9pm and pet-friendly all night.

Holman Draft Hall

Holman Draft Hall

Midtown

Impossibly cool draughthouse with 100 temperature-controlled taps
Wooster Garden and Heights Bier Garten’s youngest sibling may be the best-looking of the bunch. Set in the old VrSi space, the cool, indoor/outdoor bar is sittin’ pretty with sky-high ceilings and windows, a mini second-story terrace, gorgeous pavilion, and a wealth of seating wrapped around the place (including plush velvet couches and swings). Join the crowd to indulge in a lineup of 100 craft beer and wine taps -- all controlled in a three-zone cooler to get you a properly crisp pilsner or cellar-temp Cab Franc -- plus frozen cocktails courtesy of Wooster’s. Food and shareable snacks will help you stay longer, from tandoori nachos to bulgogi beef burritos.

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Goodnight Charlie’s

Montrose

A bourbon-fueled honky-tonk with late-night tacos and Houston soul
You’ll need to bring your dancing (and drinking) shoes to this new honky-tonk, the first in a lineup of establishments from Goodnight Hospitality (wine bar and bistro Rosie Cannonball, Montrose Cheese and Wine, and an intimate Mediterranean spot March are slated to open in Montrose in 2019). Alongside its lineup of Texas craft brews and fine bourbons is a list of simple but not-so-basic highballs and stirred drinks -- from an Espolòn Blanco tequila-infused Ranch Water to the Horse’s Neck, a drink made with Goodnight Charlie’s Elijah Craig 11-year Bourbon and housemade ginger beer. Wet your whistle, try your hand at the Texas two-stop, and finish the evening with lamb barbacoa tacos and five-leches funnel cake.

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Little Woodrow’s Midtown

Midtown

Easygoing patio bar at the heart of Houston’s central party zone
This well-known party spot has changed a lot over the years, first adding a full liquor license after operating as beer-only joint, and now getting some much needed botox, transforming its patio space into an absolute outdoor oasis for those 21+. Fun swing seating, life-size Connect Four, and plenty of outdoor misters keep things cool outside year-round, while the fully-stocked indoor bar has all the provisions you’ll need. And don’t miss turtle racing season running every Thursday night, beginning in early March and going through fall.

Present Company

Present Company

Montrose

A funky, scenic patio bar with decor as bright and fun as its drinks
Fun times are in your future at Present Company, a brand-spanking-new haunt in the totally revamped Royal Oak space on Westheimer. The kitschy space will take you straight to Palm Springs, as it’s adorned with chandeliers, neon signage, palms, and flamingos, plus a large backyard vertical garden -- which you will assuredly snap a selfie in front of. Festive drinks -- including two refreshing numbers served in LaCroix cans -- are from the mind of beverage director Rex Nielsen (formerly of Stone’s Throw), alongside rotating frozens, beers, and wines; while shareable foods like bar pies to truffle fries come from The Burger Joint chef Matt Pak.

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The Cottonmouth Club

Downtown

A common man’s cocktail bar with its own barrel program
Reserve 101’s Mike Raymond strikes again with Cottonmouth. Here, Raymond and veteran bartender Michael Neff have created their own whiskey program, blending expressions and aging those blends in bourbon barrels from Houston distillery Yellow Rose. And though it may sound upscale, this bar is decidedly un-fancy. Instead, the team has worked to create “the least cocktail-y cocktail bar we could come up with,” one that appeals to both cocktail nerds who appreciate long-form drinks with a garnish or two and Downtown bar-hoppers looking for some good clean fun in the form of Lone Stars and badass music.

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H ouston was recently ousted from its top spot as the most ethnically diverse city in America by some strange credit monitoring website. But it’s still the most diverse REAL city in the US, making it arguably the best place for watching the World Cup amongst rowdy die-hard futbol fans. With that infallible, completely sound logic behind us, we scouted the streets to find Houston’s choicest futbol watching spots, from dedicated soccer bars packed with real deal fans to boozy watering holes with winning screen setups. For a little more help, we tapped retired US men’s national team member and current FOX World Cup broadcaster, Stu Holden, and asked for his No. 1 pick, which you'll find below.
Remember: the action begins on June 14 and the first matches run through the 28th, with games kicking off around 8am. We’ll also be updating this list with new events, parties, and drink specials as the tournament progresses, so be sure to check back.

Pitch 25

EaDo

Stu's Pick! An outdoor beer garden and an indoor soccer field (this place is huge!)
Just a block away from BBVA Compass Stadium -- home of the Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash -- this fresh-faced beer park is Houston’s first soccer bar and restaurant, and it has big plans of becoming the city’s ultimate soccer fan destination. A lineup of 20 strategically placed TVs will broadcast matches from around the world, allowing you to fully immerse yourself into the World Cup experience. Fuel your fandom with the bar’s extensive beer list (there are 100 taps at both the indoor and outdoor bars) and classic pub fare, and hit the outdoor beer garden when you need to catch a breather and some live music. Follow its Facebook page for updates.

The Phoenix of Westheimer

Phoenix on Westheimer

Montrose

Solid neighborhood brewpub that’ll be playing every. Single. Game.
This longtime soccer hub will be showing all of the games, regardless of kick-off times. Every screen in the neighborhood watering hole will be dedicated to the World Cup (19 LEDs and five projectors, to be exact), with additional screen setups for the patio and parking lot to accommodate a rowdy crowd. Expect drink promotions throughout the tourney, plus blackboard specials and pub eats from the year-round menu --- think sausage rolls, fully loaded nachos, and a lineup of burgers (including the meatless “impossible” kind).

Richard Arms

Richmond Arms

Galleria

A devoted English soccer bar with a sprawling food menu to boot
This old-school English pub houses soccer devotees for matches season-round, and the brouhaha only gets more explosive throughout the World Cup. Cozy up with a pint (there are over 80 beers on tap) and some best-in-class pub grub, from hot wings and banger sandwiches to fish & chips and cottage pie. While the television setup may be a little more dated than it is at Houston’s bright and shiny sports bars, the fan community is as diverse, authentic, and passionate as it gets. The bar puts out a weekly sports schedule with games and showtimes, so check it out and show up early if you want a prime seat.

Bar Munich

Bar Munich

Midtown

A giant German bar loaded with a ton of German beers and brats
Doors will open early throughout the Cup (the bar is also known to do so for all league matches even before the tournament). You can bet on a “das boot” while cheering on your favorite team at this Old World bier emporium, where the soccer fanship is in full effect. At Bar Munich, emotions will run high, Hofbräu will be guzzled, brats will be ‘krauted, and friendships -- or rivalries -- will be made. Follow Facebook for updates.

Ron's Pub

Galleria

Neighborhood pub that always roots for Liverpool
The beers are cold and the darts are sharp at this dark and gritty strip center sports bar, which has been keeping locals quenched since 1987. The nostalgic pub was the original home to the Liverpool Fan Club, showing all games and championships throughout the year. High-end Scotches and pints of Guinness are the drinks of choice here. And if you were wondering who the crowd favors... it’s England. Keep that in mind.

Beer Market Co. Midtown

Beer Market Co.

Midtown

A sprawling bar with TVs all around and an extensive beer menu
Open at 11am on weekdays and 10:30am on weekends, this beer-forward concept (specifically the Midtown iteration) is the champ when it comes to watching sports. It’s impossible to have a bad view there, thanks to side-by-side flat screens that cover pretty much every square inch of the indoor and covered outdoor space. You’ll want to take your eyes away from the game just long enough to make your way through the 365+ beer vault and solid roster of pub grub -- the buttery pretzel sticks and accompanying queso are the play here. Check out their weekly happy hour from 2-7pm.

Red Lion British Pub

River Oaks

A large English pub that can handle a lot of people, but doesn’t have a lot of TVs
Although they lack a ton of TVs, this friendly public house keeps a steady crowd year-round (belly up to the bar and it’s likely you’ll meet some Brits drinking and chatting). With the excitement surrounding the World Cup, you should anticipate the bar to go from its usual cozy vibe to downright titillating. Settle into a red leather booth and complete the game experience with proper bangers and mash and a perfectly poured pint.

King's Court

King's Court Bar and Kitchen

EaDo

A vast space with English and Indian food, a rooftop patio, and TVs all over
Clutch City gained another clutch soccer watching spot with the introduction of this cool British pub, located just steps away from BBVA Compass Stadium. (The bar is a meeting place for El Batallon, a group of Dynamo fanatics.) There are plenty of screens, including a huge 15-footer inside, and the rooftop patio boasts great views of downtown Houston when you need some fresh air. Nibble on British and Indian, from chicken tikka and samosa to masala sliders and traditional English breakfast. Daily specials include Texas Thursdays, Soccer Saturdays, and Sunday Fundays with all-day breakfast.

Lucky's Pub

EaDo

A large Irish pub boasting Houston’s biggest, baddest 21-foot HDTV
Aside from the giant screen, there are over 50 other HDTVs in the main area, plus projection screens in every room. The massive sports bar is also within walking distance to Dynamo Stadium, Minute Maid Park, and the Toyota Center, so it brings in enthusiastic sports fans on the reg. Quench your thirst with a selection of 250+ beers, available by the pint, can, bottle, bucket, and 32-ounce “smitcher.” Classic bar bites range from nachos and wings to burgers and 16-inch pizzas.

Revelry on Richmond

Revelry on Richmond

Museum District

A little more upscale, but still unpretentious and fun (with a huge patio)
This stylish sports bar boasts a smart 40-tap library of rotating craft brews (many of which are local), plus ample dog-friendly patio space, a solid screen setup, boozy adult beverages, and elevated bar food like H-town Fries complete with Saint Arnold beer-braised short rib. You can check out its upcoming sports schedule online. Sidenote: Food and drink specials haven’t been released yet, but the bar is known to offer promotions like $3 tacos and $15-$20 buckets.

Argentina Cafe

Galleria

The go-to spot for the Argentine squad to post up and watch the matches
It’s a safe bet that there will be a soccer match on playing whenever it is you dine at this Argentinian cafe, but the fandom gets extra boisterous around World Cup season. Snag a seat in front of the big screen and enjoy the tournament with a side of choripan, milanesa, or toasted sandwiches de miga.

Christian's Tailgate White Oak

Christian's Tailgate

Heights (& other locations)

A Houston institution (with five locations) and a gigantic menu
This cult favorite sports bar (with a cult favorite one pound burger) has locations scattered around the city, and each will be showcasing the World Cup over their extensive TV spread. Enjoy the games with a side of hot wings, fish tacos, or those aforementioned massive burgers topped with everything from green chili and bacon to ‘shrooms and onion rings. No specials have been announced yet, but the bar confirmed it will be running beer, food, and cocktail specials for every game.

The Gorgeous Gael

rice village

ESPN Houston’s official watch location
All World Cup matches will be shown live at this rowdy Irish sports bar, which is the official watch location for ESPN Houston and The Official LFC Supporters Club, aka the Houston Reds. Expect a big screen with sound, live broadcasts of ESPN’s Soccer Matters, boisterous fans, and plenty of good food and drink -- think beer buckets, Guinness burgers, and Irish nachos.
 

Pub Fiction

Pub Fiction

Midtown

A huge pub with an outdoor area and specials seven days a week
With a fan-covered outdoor patio and smartly configured, 80+ deep flat screen setup, you can expect this game day haven to put on a wild weekend show during the World Cup. Saturdays and Sundays offer brunch eats and a Build-Your-Own Bloody Bar, plus specials like $5 Absolute Mules, $4 Absolut Bloody Mary’s, $5 sangria, and $10 mimosa or poinsettia carafes (10:30am to 3pm on Saturday, all day on Sunday). Also, the HDTVs are numbered, so you can request a specific game on any screen and the staff will do their best to accommodate you. Doors open at 3pm on weekdays and 10:30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Houston Dynamo World Cup Hub

Various locations

Wanna watch for a good cause? Join the Dynamo for one of their watch parties all over town.
Catch all the action from Russia at the Houston Dynamo World Cup watch parties, taking place at bars around Houston. Each party will also act as a opportunity help fill Diesel’s Toy Chest, a toy collection for kids undergoing cancer treatments in area hospitals.