Cocktails/Wine Bars in Houston, TX
Located in Houston's Museum District, this cool, chill bar offers a good selection of both cheap and expensive beer, a rotation of pricey frozen cocktails, and other affordable drink options. Unlike many other places in the city, their bartenders actually know what they are doing and do it with smiles on their faces. Though this place gets busy, especially on weekends, you'll have plenty of space to mingle with friends -- upstairs, downstairs and outside on the patio. Grand Prize Bar has a jukebox, photo booth, pool table and more. Though this is a hangout for hipsters, it also attracts an eclectic, unpretentious crowd.
If you are looking for old school, classic cocktails that Don Draper would sip, instead of frou-frou cocktails and specialty drinks, head to Hearsay Gastro Lounge in Houston. This downtown bar serves up classic libations in a hip atmosphere. The place features 20-story high ceilings, retro wall scones, an exposed brick wall and a long, wooden bar. It's a sexy, sultry step back in time with the relaxed lighting, sequin-clad hostesses and some of the best cocktails in the city. Hang out with friends in the lounge, watch Monday Night Football on the flat screen or mingle with the cool, cosmopolitan crowd to meet someone new. They offer more than 20 fine whiskeys and just about anything else you'd want in the form of liquor, and the food -- from beer-battered asparagus to juicy burgers -- is worth trying too.
Located in the trendy Westheimer area of Houston, Anvil is one of the coolest places to hang out in the city. They have a good selection of beer, and an even better selection of scotch, bourbon and whiskey. One of the only true mixology bars in the city, the place can get crowded, and with reason. It's got a terrific atmosphere, top-notch service, and they offer a list of over 150 cocktails -- making each one to perfection. Don't expect margarita machines spewing out electric green froth, but rather traditional cocktails in all their glory. Try the Pimm's Cup, made with muddled cucumber, homemade lemon juice, homemade simple syrup, gin and soda. The Anvil bartenders really take pride in what they do, and it shows.
Khon's offers a little bit of everything -- it's part wine bar, part coffee shop and part art gallery all rolled into one. It's a fabulous place to hang out with friends after work, whether you want to sip wine, beer or java. The service is excellent with friendly, knowledgeable bartenders and staff. You can also listen to live music, including some amazing local jazz players, play darts or listen to the DJ. If you are looking for a low-key, laidback atmosphere and plenty of affordable drinks, Khon's is the place to be in Houston.
La Carafe serves beer and wine only but they do it right. The oldest wine bar in Texas features a unique nostalgic character with its exposed brick, dim lighting and laidback atmosphere. Whether you are looking for a destination for a date, or want to just hang out with friends, La Carafe is a cool place to do it. Their juke box offers a fabulous selection from days gone by, and their beer is cheap. On the weekend, head upstairs for an escape to their cool little outdoor balcony. One thing to keep in mind, this cash-only establishment doesn't accept credit cards.