CREDIT TO: In Houston, Local Bars Rival the City’s Best Restaurants BY: BRETT MARTIN
It is no secret that Houston has become a top culinary destination, but it’s also got a burgeoning drinks scene of almost as much diversity, sophistication and excitement. You could argue, in fact, that the first salvo of Houston’s modern culinary identity was fired at a bar: Anvil Bar and Refuge (see below). For obvious reasons, it’s hard for a car city to become a great drinking city, but the combination of ride-sharing and increasingly concentrated neighborhoods has created a vibrant alcoholic ecosystem—high, low, new, old, formal, casual—that matches H-Town’s dining chops. Here are a few suggestions for where to start knocking them back.
Anvil Bar and Refuge
Bobby Huegel’s OG Montrose spot is still going strong, both as a drinking spot and a talent factory, even if it occasionally walks the line of suspendered, mustachioed mixologist parody. (When I once asked for a Manhattan variation served on a large ice cube, the bartender answered, “Sure. If you want to rape the drink.” [Ed note: we do not suggest using this phrasing in your personal life. Just our two cents!])