Houston’s thriving restaurant and nightlife scene is packed with high-quality standbys. The Bayou City’s service sector also regularly welcomes new bars, pubs, and clubs to it’s ranks. If you’re looking for a new happy hour to frequent or a trendy bar where you can unwind as it (hopefully) cools down this fall, here are several new places to grab a drink in Houston.
Midtown’s newest beer garden opened its doors to great fanfare last winter. Its expansive patio provides plenty of space for catching up with friends over good beer and nice weather. Axelrad has 31 brews on tap, and plenty of bottled beer and wine options. The hammock garden here is a hit, as is the live music on Wednesday evenings. Axlerad is a ten-minute drive from the apartments in midtown Houston at AMLI River Oaks.
The brains behind Coltivare Pizza and Revival Market are responsible for Eight Row Flint, a hopping ice house that took up residence in an old Citgo gas station building in January. Just a five-minute drive from the AMLI Memorial Heights apartments, Eight Row Flint specializes in frozen cocktails and bourbon drinks. An on-site taco truck serves satisfying Tex-Mex.
Hunky Dory Tavern
Hunky Dory Tavern isn’t just a British-themed pub. It’s a full-blown British pub located between Houston’s Lazybrook and Rice Military neighborhoods. Highlights include Pimm’s cocktails, pints of ale and cider, and fish ‘n’ chips. Hunky Dory’s ambiance is as sophisticated and proper as you’d expect from a British pub. The biggest difference between this and corner joint in London is probably the amount of natural sunlight that comes pouring in through the windows.
La Grange’s festive atmosphere makes it an excellent place to socialize and drink in Houston. The decor is part tropical, part Mexican desert, and it really works. There’s a deck, a huge patio, and an indoor area. All are generally packed from 5pm on, with revelers eating chips and salsa while sipping on Mexican-inspired cocktails and taking in the sounds pumped through the speakers.
Summer is officially over, but warm temperatures are likely to be the norm in Houston for several months yet. Revolver Bourbon’s fresh fruit sangria is a great way to keep cool during happy hour. Plenty of other drink options and hearty pub grub (0 chicken fried steak dinners on Wednesdays) makes Revolver Bourbon a place everyone can go to be satisfied. This new Washington Avenue establishment is a short drive from AMLI’s Montrose apartments.
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