Brooklyn Athletic Club
601 Richmond Avenue
The big draw of this bar is its excellent selection of games. Sip on a cocktail while playing with an oversized set of Jenga or down a beer as you putt on a mini golf green.
3422 N Shepherd Drive
This bar has a great outdoor seating area and a popular selection of performers to keep you entertained. And like a true Texas establishment, they have a superb selection of whiskeys.
Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar
607 W Gray Street
Make sure to hit the bar for happy hour to snack on oysters and champagne before retiring to the private dining area perfect for intimate dinners. Try the specialty cocktails or delve into the extensive wine list.
1919 Washington Avenue
It goes without saying that the Julep cocktails at this bar are worth trying. And (fun fact!) you can actually buy the cup your drink comes in to take home as a keepsake. Come here enough and you’ll soon be able to stock your home bar with a complete set of glasses.
1008 Prairie Street
This supper club and bar offers a cozy dining experience and one-off events, like a family-style dinner where the proceeds benefit Recipe for Success. Sign up with its mailing list to stay in the loop about upcoming experiences.
Proof Bar + Patio
2600 Travis Street
This bar seems to prove the old adage that everything’s bigger in Texas. With cocktails like the intensely powerful Devil’s Sin and incredibly spicy Pepino Diablo, it’s best to pace yourself. To cool off, head to the roof deck!
RDG Bar Annie
1800 Post Oak Boulevard
The Southwestern-skewed Cocktail Bites and list of Texas-based beers make this establishment incredibly authentic to the area. Even the dim lighting and wood-paneled walls add to the quintessentially Houston atmosphere.
The Nightingale Room
308 Main Street
Jazz and blues musicians perform regularly at this recently opened nightlife hotspot, with buzz around the entertainment-based bar already through the roof.
The Pastry War
310 Main Street
The tequila at this Houston favorite is a must-try. Experience a variety through its tequila tasting menu–or sip on one of the famous margaritas.