The city’s second-oldest building (est. 1847) was once a Pony Express station, a bakery, a Native American trading post, a Mexican hair salon, a bordello, a boarding house used by Sam Houston, and the hangout of people like Debbie Reynolds, Johnny Mathis, James Baldwin, and Liberace. The bar has been standing guard since the ‘50s -- an antique-covered, candle-lit, creaky and possibly haunted masterpiece that sells beer and wine only, for cash only, to this day.
Opened in 1928, this ice house is a beacon of days passed. The hotspot has been frequented since way before air conditioning, when Houstonians came to get ice blocks and a couple of cold ones before heading home. All walks of life hit the no-frills patio to throw back ice-cold beers alongside tacos from the nearby Tacos Tierra Caliente truck.