Lawless Spirits & Kitchen
Situated in the Rice Hotel in the space that was once the historic State Bar in the Rice Lofts, lives Lawless Spirits & Kitchen: a swanky, Downtown bar that supplies refined cocktails and bar bites to white collar clientele. Libations are both classic -- like the double rye Manhattan -- and creative -- "Punch Me in the Moonshine" (Ole Smoky Hunch Punch Lightnin', agave, splash of soda with fresh strawberries and basil). A rooftop patio supplies gorgeous views of Downtown Houston.
Gone is the storied State Bar in the Rice Lofts, a popular hideaway for influential lawyers and politicians since its days as a members-only Capitol Club (which, by the way, is rumored to be where President Kennedy enjoyed his final drink). The spirit of the place remains, but the industrial outpost has been given a much-needed facelift including an updated (and excellent) craft cocktail and bar menu. Soak up all that residual power while sipping a Bootleg Old Fashioned on the patio and watching the bustle of the city below.
How to book: Stop by for first come, first served seating.