Food & Drink

The Best Beer Bars in Houston

Published On 02/05/2015 Published On 02/05/2015
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Julie Soefer Photography
Bovine & Barley
Cottonwood Houston
The Petrol Station
D & T Drive Inn
Houston Flying Saucer
Moon Tower Inn
Rudyard's British Pub
Beer Market Co.
Nobi Public House
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1. Cottonwood 3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Cottonwood is a restaurant and bar that draws crowds to its home in Garden Oaks/Oak Forest with quality cocktails, craft beer, comfort food, and a massive outdoor patio. Cocktails include classics and signatures (ask about the frozen drinks), but whiskey is the spirit of choice, with primarily local and Kentucky labels on offer. Beer is at the forefront, though, with over 40 taps (two cask-conditioned), featuring a large number of local brews. The menu is appropriately tailored to the beverage offerings, with quality pub fare like frito pie, tacos, sloppy joes, and the famous Squirrel Master Burger -- stuffed with poblano peppers and topped bacon, pepper jack, jalapenos, and of course, a fried egg.

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2. Petrol Station 985 Wakefield Dr, Houston, TX 77018

Petrol Station used to be exactly that: a gas station. Now, this refurbished counter-service spot is dishing up of the tastiest burgers in Houston. You'll also find a fantastic craft beer list that's divided into beginner, intermediate, and expert levels. Once you've made your burger and beer picks (a favorite is The Rancor, a 10-napkin burger topped with cheddar, smoked bacon, and a fried egg), you can enjoy your meal out on the patio.

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3. The Hay Merchant / Underbelly 1100 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006

A joint venture, The Hay Merchant and Underbelly operate separately but are attached via a butchering room that’s fit to hold a whole hog, a cow, and other large, meat-bearing animals. Hay Merchant, a craft beer bar, boasts 75 draft beers that range in style from cask-conditioned American porters to sour and funky wild ales. Underbelly, the more upscale of the two, is a restaurant and wine bar serving up juicy burgers and meats, like roasted pig’s head and smoked brisket. No matter how adventurous your palate, consider pairing your dish with one of the aged barleywines on tap.

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4. D&T Drive Inn 1307 Enid St, Houston, TX 77009

D&T Drive Inn has a unique menu of shared plates and sandwiches (like stuffed cherry peppers and a beef stew po' boy), plus a fantastic beer selection and a spacious beer garden-esque patio.

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5. Moon Tower Inn 3004 Canal St, Houston, TX 77003

Awesome events like horror movie nights and growler giveaways, tons of craft brews from their wall of taps, and exotic hot dogs like a wild game sausage make Moon Tower Inn a unique and enjoyable hangout. Oh, and they have a backyard, too.

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6. Mongoose Versus Cobra 1011 McGowen St, Houston, TX 77002

40 taps at this wine and craft beer bar make the Midtown spot a definite contender for the after-5pm crowd. While there's no full kitchen in the back, you can fill yourself up on pretzels the size of your head, as well as sauerkraut and bratwurst.

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7. The Ginger Man 5607 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005

This quaint-house-turned-pub has an excellent mix of local and European brews by the draught and bottle, not to mention one of the coziest backyard beer gardens in the city.

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8. Rudyard's 2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006

Any true beer geek has been to at least one of this classic watering hole’s beer tasting dinners -- where pours from a different brewery are thoughtfully paired with chef Joe Apa’s badass food each month. $50 will get you a spot at the table -- but if that’s too steep, stop by almost any night of the week for live local acts, a seriously good pub burger, and a cheap pint from their constantly rotating tap and bottle list.

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9. Beer Market Co. 920 Studemont St, Houston, TX 77007

The cozy drinkery in Washington houses the largest selection of brews in the city – 365 to be exact – which it rotates regularly so that "you won’t get bored." It also has TVs flanking every inch of wall space, plenty of covered outdoor seating, and seriously good pub grub, from burgers to wings. There's even a stage set up for live music when there are no big games on.

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10. Nobi Public House 241 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77598

Located in a strip mall in Clear Lake, Nobi Public House is an unassuming craft beer hall serving Vietnamese-inspired pub fare. The draft selection -- nitro tap system and cask engine in place -- boasts nearly 50 beers, and they’re served in pints, snifters, or tulips for the proper drinking experience. The list of bottles on offer hits nearly 150, and there’s a growler fill station to take your favorite brew on the road. Enjoy beers with Vietnamese dishes like char siu pork nachos, the Nobi Dog -- a beef dog topped with grilled pork, pickled carrots and daikon, onions, and house Sriracha mayo -- or butter garlic wings. And for dessert, the Bittersweet Sundae topped with two ounces of draft beer.

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11. Hans' Bier Haus 2523 Quenby St, Houston, TX 77005

Livin’ easy with bocce and pints in a tree-lined beer garden sounds like a pretty nice way to spend a Saturday. It also sounds like a pretty nice way to spend a Monday, or a Tuesday, or a Wednesday, or... you get it. This indoor/outdoor oasis is home to over 125 brews by the pint and bottle. And did we mention there’s beer pong?

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12. Revelry on Richmond 1613 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

This sports bar may be on the trendier side, but that doesn’t mean it isn't serious about its brews. A rotating selection of 40 craft taps, many of which are local, and a healthy bottle selection -- not to mention, some above-par bar eats like poutine with stout-infused gravy -- keeps brew nerds happy.

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13. Local Pour 1952 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019

With 45+ beers on tap (including rotating seasonals), and about the same number in bottles, Local Pour will keep your brew curiosity piqued for quite some time. Soak up all those suds with charcuterie, beer-steamed mussels, and tacos.