Under the Volcano

Houston
Bar
$$$$

Under the Volcano in Rice Village is named for a macabre 1947 Malcolm Lowry novel. The cozy bar is much less menacing than its namesake, though (apart from the arguably ominous masks that line the walls), and it offers some of the best value for bar food and drink in the city. Weekly steak deals include hand-cut certified Angus rib-eye served with authentic Argentinian chimichurri sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and house sesame raspberry vinaigrette-tossed salad, while the daily menu offers snacks like pulled slow-braised beef tacos and Italian charcuterie. All cocktails are made from scratch to have robust flavors, and highlights include the Bloody Mary, strawberry-basil margarita, and the mojito.

Monday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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This bar’s rather explosive roster of drinks lives up to its fierce name. Serving as the first establishment to introduce the craft cocktail movement to the city, Under the Volcano has been incorporating fresh squeezed citrus and house tinctures into their practice since 1989. The menu keeps it classic, headlined by go-tos like frozen margaritas and Screwdrivers, but they also spice things up with more complex inventions like the Horseradish Pomegranate Margarita and zesty Green or Red, with two kinds of rum and real bell peppers—try downing that with a straight face.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.

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Monday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
2:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Friday
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 2:00 AM

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