East Texas drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Houston

Captain Foxheart’s Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

On restaurant-lined Main St, look for the door marked with law offices, then ascend the stairs to this elegant cocktail hideaway. Take a seat at the long polished bar, or in an armchair beneath low-lit chandeliers, …
Top Choice Bar in Houston

La Carafe

Set in Houston's oldest building (1848), La Carafe is the most atmospheric old bar in the city. It's a warmly lit drinking den, with exposed brick, sepia photos on the walls and flickering candles. You'll also find …
Top Choice Bar in Bryan-College Station

Revolution Cafe & Bar

Wander down tiny Carnegie Alley on the backside of Main St and you'll discover this fabulous, offbeat bastion of alternative joy. There are tables and chairs on gravel in the courtyard. Inside, there's excellent boo…
Top Choice Beer Garden in Houston

Moon Tower Inn

Moon Tower Inn is a simple shack with a huge yard strung with lights and picnic tables. It draws a lively crowd of young and old who hunker over frothy housemade microbrews plus burgers, weenies and more. It's got a…
Top Choice Pub in Houston

Porch Swing Pub

One of the biggest and best patios on the Washington nightlife strip. Picnic tables are close together, so you'll get to know your neighbors as you tip back a local brew and sample classic pub grub.
Cocktail Bar in Houston

Anvil Bar & Refuge

Housed in a 1950s-era tire store, and still with the original bare-brick walls and industrial piping, this bar has got one of the best beer selections in the city, plus some of its most eclectic cocktails. If you wa…
Bar in Houston

West Alabama Ice House

Texas' oldest 'ice house' (where people really used to come to get their ice; now an open-air boozer) draws the crowds, from bikers to lawyers. We think it's because of the cheap beer and huge dog-friendly yard with…
Bar in Bryan-College Station

Dixie Chicken

An Aggie tradition since 1974, you can't say you've seen A&M if you didn't drink at the Dixie Chicken. Burgers and pitchers of beer are the usual fare. Expect live country music and loud crowds on weekends, all …
Cafe in Houston

Onion Creek Cafe

Open for early-morning coffee and breakfast tacos through to late-night cocktails and house-smoked brisket sliders, Onion Creek is the quintessential hangout in the Heights. On weekends every table on the sprawling,…
Wine Bar in Houston

13 Celsius

The only bar in Houston to keep a completely temperature-controlled wine cellar has an earthy Italian enoteca (wine bar) feel. Knowledgeable bartenders offer guidance. There are small plates of fine meats and cheese…