Food & Drink

51 Houston Bars That Are Open on Christmas Day

Published On 12/18/2015 Published On 12/18/2015

Whether you're stuck in Houston away from your family, or stuck in Houston with your family, these bars are open and ready for you... if you need a little extra Christmas cheer (in this case, cheer = booze).

Little Woodrow's Bellaire

Little Woodrow’s Bellaire

Bellaire
Ditch the family for some buckets o’ beer starting at 7pm.

Reserve 101

Reserve 101

Downtown
Catch the Rockets with some whiskey, and uhhh, celebrate the holidays, too. Opens at 5pm.
 

Warren’s Inn

Downtown
Put "Santa Baby" on the jukebox and all will be merry, starting at 2pm.
 

The Dirt Bar

Downtown
This grungy bar is 100% rock 'n' roll. And rock 'n' roll doesn’t quit for anyone, not even baby Jesus. They open at 6pm.
 

Char Bar

Downtown
Part bar, part tailor shop, you can get a stiff Martini and your pants hemmed starting at 7pm. It’s a Christmas miracle!
 

The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar

Downtown
This moonshine > your weird uncle’s moonshine. Opens at 6pm.
 

notsuoH

Downtown
Christmas gets a whole lot weirder starting at 6pm.

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Moving Sidewalk

Downtown
Christmas will get a whole lot sexier once you down a few fancified cocktails starting at 8pm.
 

Little Woodrow’s EaDo

EaDo
This dark and cozy bar is the perfect place to hide from your crazy Aunt Edna. Opens at 6pm.
 

Neil’s Bahr

EaDo
Relive the days when your mom didn’t get you Mario Kart with some Mario Kart at your friend Neil’s starting at 6pm.

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Richmond Arms

Galleria Area
Opening at 2pm, this dark and cozy pub will make you warm and fuzzy inside. And if it doesn’t, the multitude of pints you’ll be downing will.
 

RA Sushi

Galleria Area
Because nothing says Christmastime like sake bombs and spicy tuna rolls. Opens at 4pm.
 

Ron’s Pub 

Galleria Area
Cheap beer and heated darts competition beats cheap wine and heated arguments with your dad any day of the year, and especially on Christmas (opens at 5pm).

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Sassafras

Garden Oaks/Oak Forest
Your late-night escape is here for you from 7pm onward.
 

Johnny’s Gold Brick

Heights
The only thing old fashioned about this holiday will be your drink. Opens at 4pm.
 

Onion Creek

Heights
This cozy bar and restaurant feels like home… if home were fun. Opens at 6pm.
 

Big Star Bar

Heights
It already sounds festive, right? Enjoy the fire pit and a frosty Lone Star starting at 7pm.

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Jimmie’s Ice House

Heights
There’s no chiller spot for ditching your family. Case in point, they open noonish or "basically whenever we want."

Public House Heights

Heights
Starting at 6pm, get local brews, stiff drinks, and grape-flavored shots that will make this Christmas one to remember. Or not.

Little Woodrow’s in the Heights

Heights
The twinkling patio lights kinda look like a Christmas tree, right? See for yourself starting at 7pm.

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Coaches Pub Midtown

Midtown
Sports and pints are the name of the game at this Midtown retreat, opening at 5pm.
 

Maple Leaf Pub

Midtown
See above, but substitute "hockey" for "sports". Opens around 6pm.
 

Celtic Gardens

Midtown
These twinkling patio lights will remind you of the days of Christmas past, except it will be way cooler because you’ll have booze. Opens at 6pm.
 

Little Woodrow’s Midtown

Midtown
May all of your Christmases be white and filled with cheap buckets of booze and a few rowdy games of corn hole. Opens at 6pm.
 

Christian’s Tailgate Midtown

Midtown
Expect to get pitchers of beer sometime in the late afternoon/early evening.

Pub Fiction

Pub Fiction

Midtown
Holiday merriment comes in the form of cheep beers and shots at 6pm.
 

Shot Bar

Midtown
If all you want for Christmas is a shot wheel, head here starting at 6pm.
 

Wooster’s Garden

Midtown
Crazy-good cocktails, house Fireball shots, and craft brews will make you forget all about the zero gifts you got this year. Opens at 6pm.
 

The Dogwood

Midtown
Escape family mayhem to enter Midtown mayhem starting at 7pm.
 

Front Porch Pub

Midtown
Take a Christmastime shot-ski starting at around 7pm.
 

Midtown Drinkery

Midtown
It’s not too late to take your Christmas pictures in the photo booth starting at 8pm.

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West Alabama Ice House

Montrose
And if you’ve been really, really good this year, maybe Tacos Tierra Caliente will be open. The bar opens at 2pm.

JR’s Bar & Grill

Montrose
Why go caroling when you could go karaoke-ing from 4pm onward?

Poison Girl

Montrose
Come here for pinball, whiskey, and good vibes. Expect them to be open around 7pm.

Rudyard’s

Montrose
And they’ve got bomb-ass cheeseburgers, too! Opens at 5pm.

Griff’s

Montrose
It works for Saint Paddy’s Day, so why not Christmas? Look for it to open in the evening.

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Stone’s Throw

Montrose
How does a Christmas pub crawl sound? Start here and make your way down Westheimer to the next two bars. All holiday cocktails are $5. Opens at 7pm.
 

Boondocks

Montrose
Next stop? Right next door at Boondocks. Opens at 7pm.
 

Royal Oak Bar & Grill

Montrose
Don’t forget this one. There are $5 Fireballs awaiting your arrival. Opens at 7pm.
 

The Harp

Montrose
Irish or not, you can celebrate Christmas the way only the Irish can starting at 7pm.    

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The Ginger Man Pub

Rice Village/West U
Lots of beers and German things from 6pm on. Frohe Weihnachten!
 

Kelvin Arms

Rice Village/West U
Start your Boxing Day celebrations a day early, at 7pm or later.
 

Marquis II

Rice Village/West U
Fact: Texas tea > egg nog. Opens at 7pm.
 

Under the Volcano

Rice Village/West U
A few sturdy cocktails and you may just end up on Santa’s naughty list after all. Opens at 7pm.
 

Kenneally’s

River Oaks
If you're Irish, it'll be just like you're at home. Opening around 5pm.

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Red Lion Pub

Upper Kirby
Pretend it’s actually cold outside and curl up with a Guinness at this British pub. Bonus: they're open at 11:30am!

Velvet Melvin

Upper Kirby
Fishbowls full of booze are truly the greatest gift of all. Opens 7pm.

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Luke’s Ice House

Washington 
Escape the inevitable family dysfunction at this friendly neighborhood bar. Expect it to open around 4pm.
 

Little Woodrow’s on Shepherd

Washington 
Nachos count as dinner in our book. It's open at 6pm.
 

Beer Market Company

Washington
Craft suds do a Merry Christmas make. Opens at 6pm.
 

Liberty Station

Washington
Stiff drinks and craft beers are ready to keep you merry, starting at 7pm

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Brooke Viggiano is a Houston writer who wholeheartedly believes booze is the greatest Christmas gift of all. Tweet her @BrookeViggiano if you agree. 

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1. Little Woodrow's 4235 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77025

The OG branch of the popular Texas chain. Enough said.

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2. Reserve 101 1201 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Home to the city’s most expensive pour (a cool $750 for a couple glorious ounces of 1978 Glenmorangie Pride), the owners of Downtown’s Reserve 101 have assembled a modest list featuring over 300 varieties. Their list represents 14 countries, including rare selections and local Texas whiskeys. Their draft beers are listed with a suggested whiskey pairing, their wine list rotates monthly, and their cocktail program covers the classics. Take a minute, or several, to get acquainted with the whiskey list, taste a few new bottles, and maybe even splurge on one of those highly sought after varieties that runs for hundreds of dollars an ounce -- it’s an experience.

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3. Warren's Inn 307 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002

Google Warren's Inn and the reviews are unanimous: divey with stiff drinks. Prepare for chipper locals and friendly bartenders in a brick-walled bar with good tunes.

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4. Dirt Bar 1209 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77002

Known for its love of hard rock and roll, it comes as no surprise that Dirt Bar is often visited by famous rockers and not for the faint of heart.

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5. Charbar 305 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

Houston locals know this bar inside a custom men's tailor shop is the real deal.

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7. notsuoH 314 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

This dive bar enforces a slight time-warp aesthetic from the moment you step inside. Separated from the bar next door with a thin wall and red curtain, the decor stays quirky and oddball while the stage hosts everything from poetry slams to live music.

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8. Moving Sidewalk 306 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 (Downtown)

The late Goro & Gun was transformed into this sexy cocktailery that flaunts liquid-nitrogen-chilled glassware and an "emotional beverage guide" for the indecisive. Are you happy and perhaps overly optimistic about your new lady friend? A French 75 should do the trick. Something on your mind? Looks like you’re taking a beer and a shot to get you out of your funk!

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9. Little Woodrow's 2019 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003 (Downtown)

Beer, beer, beer -- from light to dark and floral to bitter, you'll find 'em at the EaDo branch of this beloved Texas chain of bars. Rotating 35 taps of craft beers from Texas breweries and a lucky sampling of other states (and dozens of cans and bottles if you still can't find something up your alley), Little Woodrow's is the ultimate spot for a pint -- or two, or three, who's counting -- on game night with big flatscreen TVs, games like cornhole and (no joke) turtle races and a menu of quick bar bites.

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10. Neil's Bahr 2006 Walker St, Houston, TX 77003 (Downtown)

This tweet from owner Neil Fernandez (@neilsbahr) describes it best: "this ain't ya grandpa's bar. that's because it's called Neil's Bahr. if your grandpa's name is Neil, we will have to destroy him". The Darth Vader on the liquor shelf and abundance of comic books/sci-fi novels only further prove that this is THE spot for all things fantastically nerdy. And that's before even mentioning that the bar’s name is a pun on Nobel Prize-winning physicist Niels Bohr.

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11. The Richmond Arms Pub 5920 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77057 (Uptown)

Big screen TVs to watch the game, a sweet patio, and an international beer selection that definitely won't disappoint, all serve to make The Richmond Arms Pub a great place to hang out. A menu full of reasonably priced, classic pub fare doesn't hurt, either.

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13. Ron's Pub and White Horse Inn 1828 Fountain View Dr., Houston, TX 77057

A British pub with a Texas Tuesday special, because the Lone Star State can't stray too far from its homegrown roots.

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14. Sassafras 5022 Pinemont Dr, Houston, TX 77092

Housed in the old Crazy J’s spot, this neighborhood haunt is as cool and laid-back as it gets. The sprawling patio is the best place to take down "fancy and cheap beer, above-average wine, and tasty liquor" (their words, but their words are correct).

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15. Johnny's Gold Brick 2518 Yale St, Houston, TX 77008

The guys behind Grand Prize Bar and Moving Sidewalk teamed up with powerhouse restaurant group Treadsack (of stars like Down House, D&T Drive Inn, Kipper Club) to open this vintage joint in the Heights. Perfectly poised concoctions crafted by mastermind Leslie Ross include a stellar frozen marg and Tom Collins among eight other classics (all 10 are $8 a pop). And just an FYI: there are also house picklebacks.

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16. Onion Creek 3106 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Offering up standard American cafe breakfast and brunch options, Onion Creek also has a great dirnk menu, AND you can bring your dog!

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17. Big Star Bar 1005 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008 (The Greater Heights)

Off-the-beaten-path, Big Star Bar draws the kind of crowd that... well let's just say you're likely to see many scooters out front. A people-friendly (and pet-friendly!) dive, Big Star has an outdoor patio with picnic tables and warm fire pits, so bring the mutt and enjoy a frosty Lone Star by the fire. Getting tired? Fix it with shots of Fireball and concentrated coffee.

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18. Jimmie's Ice House 2803 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

This ramshackle ice house opened its doors 1950, and it hasn't changed much since. Just unapologetic bartenders, beat-up picnic tables, and cheap, ice-cold brews.

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19. Public House Heights 2802 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

If you're looking for something low-key and friendly, Public House Heights will do the trick. Enjoy local craft beers and a weekly steak night.

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20. Little Woodrow's in the Heights 2631 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77009

With over 100 beers, the Heights location of this Texas chain, is the perfect happy hour, or late hour spot.

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21. Coaches Pub 2204 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002

With 21 hi-def TVs, trivia, darts and a jukebox you will have your pick of activities at Coaches Pub, not to mention their extensive beer and wine menu.

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22. The Maple Leaf Pub 514 Elgin St, Houston, TX 77006

So you're from Canada, eh? Then this Canadian-themed pub is definitely right up your alley.

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23. Celtic Gardens 2300 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77006

Stiff drinks, solid happy hour specials, and a huge outdoor lounge mean this Midtown oasis will draw a big crowd pretty much any day its nice out. Enjoy an afternoon of beers, bags, and Irish nachos (you should always get the Irish nachos).

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24. Little Woodrow's Midtown 2306 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Little Woodrow's beer list isn't very little with 100 beers, a full bar, and daily specials. It's the perfect place to watch the big game.

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25. Christian's Tailgate Bar & Grill 2820 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Christian’s Tailgate is a Midtown sports bar that serves great burgers and beer. The flavor-packed patties come in three sizes: small (1/3lb), large (1/2lb), and giant (1lb), and are stacked with your choice of toppings, like green chili, crispy bacon, onion rings, and jalapeños. The menu has a whole section dedicated to shots that range in price from the $3 vodka peach Silk Panties to a $9 Jameson and Guinness combo.

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26. Pub Fiction 2303 Smith St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Whether you're looking to catch some live music or dance to a DJ, enjoy something from a menu full of savory, satisfying choices (fried pickles, tacos and quesadillas, half-pound burgers), or catch the game and drink $6.50 domestic pitchers at happy hour, Pub Fiction will gladly meet your needs.

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27. Shot Bar 2315 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006

Appealing to a somewhat younger crowd, Shot Bar specializes in, you guessed it, shots. Do yourself a favor and set out some water and Advil before you head out here for the night.

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28. Wooster's Garden 3315 Milam St, Houston, TX 77006

This totally chill craft cocktail and beer garden is rocking 49 brews on tap. It also comes fully loaded with an incredible lineup of fancified cocktails featuring touches like fresh-squeezed juices, infusions of fruit smoked with wood chips from repurposed whiskey barrels. The barkeeps pull out all the stops here, with showy concoctions that range from the bittersweet and robust to the tropical and Tiki.

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29. The Dogwood 2403 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77006 (Midtown)

Not only do they have a rooftop bar, but patios wrap around the entirety of this open-air building design at The Dogwood meaning MAXIMUM outdoor time on a warm summer's night. With a southern-influenced menu perfect for bar snacking and Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka on top, what more could you need?

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30. Front Porch Pub 217 Gray St, Houston, TX 77002

Front Porch is a laidback patio bar, offering up steak and trivia nights, crawfish boils, and cornhole tournaments. A perfect place to bring your dog along for a drink.

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31. Midtown Drinkery Bar & Grill 2416 Brazos St, Houston, TX 77006

A multi-level bar complete with a DJ will satisfy all of your drinking needs with their extensive beer and liquor selection.

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32. West Alabama Ice House 1919 W Alabama St, Houston, TX 77098 (Montrose)

To a non-native Houstonian, West Alabama Ice House doesn't look like all that much, given that it's just a covered bar and patio in West Montrose. But this iconic bar has seen Houston through history since 1928, when it operated as a literal ice house, just shilling the cold stuff to neighborhood homes. Now, of course, it's a regular haunt for Houston's most in-the-know, who come, humidity be damned, for a frosty Lone Star Beer, a taco from whatever truck is parked across the street, and some love from the regular influx of dogs that appear with their owners.

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33. JR's Bar & Grill 808 Pacific St, Houston, TX 77006

Houston's famous gay bar boasts a New Orleans style patio complete with cabanas and couches so you can sip on your drink while comfortable watching a drag show.

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34. Poison Girl 1641 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Whether it’s a mascot or simply random "decoration," this whiskey hotspot has a GIANT rainbow-colored Kool-Aid man on the back patio, and that makes it worth of a visit, or two, or three. Bring quarters, 'cause while shooting back a tasty and wide variety of whiskeys, you can play one of their many vintage pinball machines.

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35. Rudyard's 2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

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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36. Griff's 3416 Roseland St, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Griff's is Houston's oldest sports bar, opened in 1965, but its party scene is hot as ever. There is always something to celebrate or a game to watch at Griff's, so if you are looking for a quiet night out, this is not the place for you. Regardless, this is still one of the best bars in Houston.

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37. Stone's Throw 1417 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This moody speakeasy stirs up vintage libations and brews their own ginger beer, but there’s no need to put on your fancy pants -- it's as laidback as any other bar in Montrose. Hit it up for progressive happy hour, where the price of drinks match the time. That's $4 drinks at 4. $5 drinks at 5. Now keep doing math until you get to 7.

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38. Boondocks 1417 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

This grungy bar that pumps out live music almost every night of the week is a Montrose standby. Come here to slam PBR, smoke way too many cigarettes, and invariably miss your 8am meeting for the third week in a row.

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39. Royal Oak Bar & Grill 1318 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 (Montrose)

Royal Oak Bar & Grill has cheap drinks, a great rotating happy hour including $3 Texas drafts or half off top-shelf whiskeys, and a sweet brunch with $7 boozy pitchers and $4 stiff-as-hell Bloody Marys.

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40. The Harp 1625 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006

With such a huge patio, it's a good thing Houston is warm all year round. With a local, neighborhood feel, this Irish pub is no-nonsense and even offers bi-weekly grill nights. We think that The Harp is one of the best Irish bars in Houston, and we highly recommend that you stop by.

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41. The Ginger Man 5607 Morningside Dr, Houston, TX 77005 (Rice Village)

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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42. Kelvin Arms 2424 Dunstan Rd, Houston, TX 77005

Known for their wide selection of Scotch, this Scottish pub is located, no joke, in an old bank vault. Don't worry though, you probably won't get trapped inside.

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43. The Marquis II 2631 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005

This neighborhood bar draws a steady crowd of Rice University students thanks to a laundry list of cheap beers and stiff-as-hell Texas teas.

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44. Under the Volcano 2349 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005 (Rice Village)

This Rice Village/West U dive bar offers some of the best cocktails in Houston, including Bloodys, mojitos, and frozen drinks. Also, do shots count as cocktails? Because if so...

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45. Kenneally's Irish Pub 2111 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019

A Houston establishment for over 30 years, Irish Pub Kenneally's is actually known for their thin-crust pizza. But don't worry if you come here for a drink; they have plenty of beer, wine and liquor options as well. No bar in Houston celebrate St. Patrick's day quite like Keanneally's.

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46. Red Lion Pub 2316 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019 (River Oaks)

This friendly, British neighborhood pub in River Oaks keeps a steady crowd due to daily specials like $5 Burger Mondays and Fish & Chip Fridays, all of which are complemented by cheap pints, pours, and bottles. There's surprisingly great Indian food on the menu as well, and you can often snag a beer and curry combo deal. Belly up to the bar for a may even find a few real life Brits to faff around with.

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48. Luke's Icehouse 903 Durham Dr, Houston, TX 77007

Trivia nights, happy hour, football Sundays, hangover brunch, what more could you want in a bar? A huge drinks list? Luke's Icehouse has that too.

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49. Little Woodrow's Shepherd 720 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007

This Shepherd Drive location of the popular Texas chain offers a wide selection of beer on tap plus a ton of daily specials.

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50. Beer Market Co. 920 Studemont St, Houston, TX 77007 (The Greater Heights)

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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51. Liberty Station 2101 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007

This gas station turned neighborhood bar features a huge patio area with an even bigger beer menu. They'll even occasionally bring in food trucks, so yeah this one is an all around winner.

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