HOUSTON, TX– There are those people who make a conscious decision “not” to drink. And God bless ’em! But for the rest of us, it seems like we’re on a never-ending quest to find that perfect place to grab a cold brew, quaint cocktail or some other potent adult beverage. With a bar on every corner and new ones popping up all the time, how do you know where to go? Well, the folks at Houstonia magazine have the answer. After epic bar crawls and way too many hangovers, they’ve picked the best bars in Houston.
Looking for a romantic night out with your boo? They recommned Boheme in Montrose. “It’s very deceiving on the outside, as you just see the front bar, the front patio,” says events manager Tina Phelipot, “and then as you walk through, you’re kind of transported to another place and time. With the beautiful patio, little nooks and crannies everywhere… It’s perfect for date night.”
If you want to take romance to the next level– literally, head down to Galveston to the historic Tremont House’s Rooftop Bar. Hidden away behind an inconspicuous door on the fourth floor, it provides a one-of-kind open-air view of Galveston from 5p.m. to midnight Tuesdays thru Saturdays. “It’s just an amazing place,” says Kerry Mystrom, Tremont House food & beverage manager. “You get to see everything from both sides- the bay to the beach to the Strand area.” And the sunset view from up there is not to be missed!
A place not quite so romantic but still worth a trip is the D&W Lounge on Milby street, probably the coolest beer joint in town. “Somebody equated it to Mexico and New Orleans coming together,” says owner Keith Weyel. It’s also been called “Alice in Wonderland on acid” for its eclectic decor, which includes everything from commodes repurposed into planters to a pop art poster of Johnny Cash’s mugshot. Weyel calls it “a very laid back bar (that) morphs through the day.” They open at 7 o’clock in the morning for third shift people that get off of work. Afternoons bring in more of a business clientele, and then nighttime ushers in the younger crowd who have moved to the now-hip Second Ward area in recent years. “But everybody seems to be getting along and having a good time at it,” says Weyel, “so that’s what matters.”
If you like your bar a little sportier, Revelry on Richmond may be more your speed. Even though it opened just four months ago, Houstonia calls Revelry the best sports bar in town. And with TV screens clearly viewable from every seat in the bar and a wide variety of beers and mixed drinks, it’s clear to see why. Owner Ted Baker was told you can’t have a sports bar and craft beer bar, but thank St. Arnold, he didn’t listen. “I think that we’ve proved everybody wrong because sports fans don’t have to be just your Bud Light, Miller Light drinkers,” says Baker, adding quickly, “Don’t get me wrong. We have that, too!”
To see the full list of the best bars around Houston, pick up a copy of this month’s Houstonia.