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1. La Carafe813 Congress St, Houston
2. West Alabama Ice House1919 W Alabama St, Houston
3. Warren's Inn307 Travis St, Houston
4. Griff's3416 Roseland St, Houston
5. Charbar305 Travis St, Houston
6. Sheffield's Ice House5118 Telephone Rd, Houston
7. Kay's Lounge2324 Bissonnet St, Houston
8. The Marquis II2631 Bissonnet St, Houston
9. Jimmie's Ice House2803 White Oak Dr, Houston
Settled inside Houston's oldest building, La Carafe looks as if it's about to fall to pieces on the outside, but is rife wth history on the inside. Miraculously still level and smattered with antiqued photos and mementos, La Carafe's been close to shut down on the basis of broken fire codes many times since the '80s, but its jazz-bumping jukebox, impossible to imitate ambiance, and massive wine selection have kept it alive.
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.
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.
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.
Say cheers in a tux at Downtown Houston’s Char Bar, a hybrid drinkery and tailor shop. The bar inside 70-year-old Duke of Hollywood Tailors was initially conceived to redeem owner Michael Shapiro’s failing garment alteration business, and it now draws both locals and visitors to indulge in a strong martini while their shoes are shined or their dresses are hemmed. On display in the narrow hall are fabrics sourced from decades and decades of people in once-ill-fitting outfits.
Serving since 1942, Sheffield's keeps things legit, so come by for a non-judgmentally good time complete with a jukebox, neighborhood potlucks, and now -- TVs!
This homey space is decked out with vintage ads, sports memorabilia, old photos, and its much-beloved giant table in the shape of Texas. It's definitely the kind of place you can stay a while.
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.