Deciding between a bro-tastic party zone and a slightly classier, still kinda bro-tastic party zone is like choosing your favorite Rick Grimes dad joke, impossible but worth figuring out. The pedigree of talent mixed with variety of good-looking bars within walking distance in Houston’s epicenter pushes Downtown over the edge. You can charitably imbibe at OKRA Charity Saloon, sip mezcal at Bobby Heugel and Alba Huerta's Pastry War, get seriously stiff libations at Bad News Bar, Moving Sidewalk, and the NOLA-inspired Honeymoon Cafe & Wine Bar, and have cheap drinks and a bonkers time at the eclectic Notsuoh, all by just rounding the corner. Within spittin’ distance, there’s the always classy Public Services Wine & Whisky from Justin Yu and Justin Vann, oddly cool island-style dive Sunny’s, brand new underground beer garden Conservatory, and whiskey-soaked, bump-and-grind dance floor at Boots 'n Shoots. Not to mention some of the oldest bars in Houston right in Market Square Park. Because of all this (and plenty more but our hands were starting to cramp from typing all of them), people are finally starting to give Downtown the respect it deserves. We say it’s about damn time.
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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston writer who loves all of Houston’s hoods equally, even though she totally just ranked them. Learn more about her oxy-moronic ways @BrookeViggiano.