Best 15 Cocktail Bars in Houston

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If you’re on the lookout for a cocktail bar in Houston then the city has top-notch cocktail bars where you’ll be assured of having an amazing experience. Cocktail bars in Houston exhibit an awesome cocktail list that captures the lighthearted essence of the summer. While you can pop in just about anywhere and find a frozen margarita with an upside-down Cerveza inside, Houston’s cocktail scene goes far beyond that fun. They’ve put together a lineup of the best of the best, the game-changing craft cocktail bars where you should most definitely be drinking right now as you make great life choices. No matter what mood you’re in, heading to your favorite cocktail bar will lift your spirits with classic and creative cocktails that are not only delicious but worthy of an Instagram post. Cocktail bars in Houston feature friendly and professional bartenders with servers who are attentive and fast with service, a unique vibe, delicious mouthwatering cocktails, a variety of drinks that are reasonably priced, and a relaxed hip atmosphere.

15. Wild

Wild is a Bali-inspired coffee lounge serving lattes, tacos, and unique pastries. Wild also has a full bar with an extensive cocktail menu specializing in tropical drinks and coffee libations. The wild bar is located in a convenient location in Houston that’s easily accessible. Their coffee & cocktail lounge is attached to our Wild Dispensary where they have CBD and hemp-related products for health benefits and recreational use. Wild was established with the desire to demystify hemp-based products by creating a welcoming and relaxed environment in which customers can learn about and enjoy the benefits of CBD.

14. Ivy Bar & Bistro

Welcome to IVY Bar where you’ll find an amazing Food / Speciality Cocktails / Wine List. IVY Bar operation hours are Monday – Saturday 11:00 am – Late, and Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Book your next private event with IVY! Let their expert staff assist in making your get-together a great one. On Thursday and Saturday nights, the bistro turns into a fun lounge where you can enjoy craft cocktails and dance the night away to music by live DJs. Make sure to check Ivy’s Facebook page to find out about other events such as ladies’ night and salsa dancing. On Sundays, the restaurant hosts a jazz brunch between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with live music starting at 11 a.m.

13. Houston Watch Co

The Houston Watch Co. was born in 1910 and is located in the Southern Pacific Railroad Building. It is in this historic space, with many of the original 1912 details intact, where we serve drinks today.

12. Miss Carousel

A downtown neighborhood bar next to the entrance of the Bayou Lofts between Market Square and Allen’s Landing. Miss Carousel it’s one of the hottest bars in Houston. This place is always filled with lots of people and it’s one of the best places to visit when you’re in the city. The convenience of being able to order food from Indianola or Vinny’s menus while enjoying the atmosphere and deliciously crafted Miss Carousel cocktails is a game-changer. If you’re looking for a CLASSY sleek spot to drink and impress this is a great place! Has a pool table, an outdoor patio in front and back, a private room, and lots of very comfortable and nice leather couches. Miss Carousel operation hours are Wednesday – Thursday 4:00 pm- 12:00 am, Friday 4:00 pm – 2:00 am, Saturday 12:00 pm – 2:00 am, and Sunday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am. Happy hour is 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm daily.

11. Ready Room

Best Cocktail Bar and Jazz Club in Houston! Beautiful cocktail bar located in the heights, if you don’t know it’s there you’ll never find it. Ready Room having been born in 2018 was originally known as ‘Reddi Room’ in 1941. The place is renowned for its roots in the National Blues movement. Its mission is to preserve this history through local jazz music, cocktails, and the fellowship of all people. They will definitely make a memory with you. The Ready Room clientele is as diverse as Houston as a city.

10. White Rhino

White Rhino Patio And Cocktail Bar is the newest cocktail bar on the Houston scene! They are an environmentally conscious and sustainable bar with two missions: to support the conservation of white rhinos and to give you a place to enjoy refreshing drinks. They accomplish both by providing a menu full of tasty cocktails, then donating the proceeds from your drinks to wildlife charities. So kick back, relax, and sip a handcrafted cocktail on our outdoor patio. White Rhino operation hours are Sunday- 1pm-12am, Monday- 4pm-12am, Tuesday – 4pm-12am, Wednesday- 4pm-12am, Thursday- 4pm -12am, Friday- 4pm-2am, and Saturday 1pm-2am.

9. Yellow Rose Distilling

The idea of Yellow Rose Distilling came about on a night among friends. Have you ever sat around with your friends, enjoying your favorite beverage, and had a dream to create something new? They did. And it wasn’t just talking. They decided to act on it, and that’s how Yellow Rose was born in 2010. Since then their spirits have challenged traditions, won awards, and put the city of Houston, Texas on the global whiskey map. Yellow Rose Distilling, LLC. is a distillery located in Houston, Texas. As Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery, Yellow Rose specializes in handmade, blended, and bottled premium whiskey.

8. Heights Bier Garten

Heights Bier Garten is a culinary brew garden destination. At Heights Bier Garten their fresh ingredients, vast beer selection, and comfortable environment have guests loving their experience. Their bar offers an exceptional selection of 94 beers on tap, a full bar, and a large selection of pub grub which includes appetizers, homemade entrees, tasty burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

7. Tongue-Cut Sparrow

A great speakeasy place to enjoy a cocktail and ambient space with a date or just on your own! Expect classic cocktails and their own creations on a changing drink menu. Tongue Cut Sparrow is tucked above Anvil and provides unrivaled and perfectly crafted classic cocktails. It’s a 25-seat formal cocktail bar that provides an extremely elevated experience from the tidy menu made up of 16 classic cocktails and a few selected beer and wine options, to the bartenders clad in black bowties.

6. Diversión Cocktails

This is the place to go for a fun and unique cocktail experience. This is the place to go for a fun and unique cocktail experience. What makes Diversion a unique cocktail bar is that they execute its vision like a professional world-class kitchen. Their bar chefs source the finest produce, clean, cut, and process them to make their ingredients from scratch. Diversion Cocktails Bar has grown its own produce on its urban farms in the Heights & Spring Branch, totaling 10,000 sq. ft. They use their fresh Texas produce to craft cordials, infusions, tinctures, preserves, ferments, and vinegar. It is all made from scratch.

5. Johnny’s Gold Brick

Jonny’s Gold Brick Bar is your heights home away from home featuring boilermakers, classic cocktails, local beer, and a monthly rotating cocktail menu that takes inspiration from the seasons and fresh ingredients. Johnny’s Gold Brick operation hours are Monday -Friday 4:00 pm -2:00 am, and Saturday – Sunday 2:00 pm -2:00 am. Classic Cocktail List in Jonny’s Gold Brick includes Old Fashioned (Bourbon, Angostura bitters, orange bitters, turbinado), Manhattan (Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters), Martini (Dry gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters), Gimlet (Dry gin, house-made lime cordial), Daiquiri (Hemingway style: white rum, lime, grapefruit, Maraschino Liqueur), Tom Collins (Old Tom gin, lemon, sugar, topped with soda), Cuba Libre (White rum, lime, cola), Moscow Mule (Vodka, lime, ginger beer), Frozen Margarita (Tequila, orange liqueur, lime, sugar served frozen), Boiler Maker. Their house-made Old Fashioned shot is served with a Lone Star), Sidecar (Cognac, Dry Curaçao, Lemon, Turbinado), and Hurricane (Dark Rum, Passionfruit, Lemon, Turbinado). They have a holiday-themed cocktail menu with seasonal twists to the classics. When it’s not raining, the outside patio is great and they have a good truck that provided tacos and tex mex.

4. Permission Whiskey & Service

If you’re looking for a cozy and fun experience with drinks, look no more. As one of the speakeasies in Houston is a Permission Whiskey bar. This is a bar where you’re invited to stay full and stay foolish, to indulge and revel in the now. The bar is located in a central place within White Oak, which is easy to get to in the Heights.  Permission bar in Houston is beautiful with an upper-crust vibe and bartenders are very friendly for you to enjoy sitting at the bar and joking around with them. They have an extensive drink menu and their cocktails are expertly made.

3. Heights & Co

Conveniently located in the Heights, the bar serves amazing cocktails. Heights & Co bar hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 3:00 pm – 12:00 am and Friday – Sunday 12:00 pm – 12:00 am. Happy hour is Monday – Thursday 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and Friday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Heights & Co. interior has about 7 booths, each seating about 5 people. Drinks are top-notch and the menu has a number of great cocktails and the servers are nice and super fast.

2. Two Headed Dog

Chill relaxing spot! A brand new boozy spot is setting the bar high for low-key hangouts in Midtown Houston. The bar is a tucked-away location meaning you’ll have to search for the entrance, but once you find it you’ll feel right at home, especially if you’re looking for a safe harbor amid the area’s rampant trendiness.

1. Space Cowboy

Space Cowboy Bar & Lounge is the most electric place in the whole Heights Hose Hotel! It has colorful images on the walls, grotesque paintings, and futuristic furniture making this space so unique and so fresh that once you enter the bar you will definitely consider yourself a real-life Cowboy. At Space Cowboy, there’s no smoking in the courtyard, pool area, lobby, or bar. Pets are only allowed with a fee and proper forms completed. An eclectic hotel, in the Heights of Houston, Texas. We are close to downtown, the airport, and many concert venues in Northeast Houston. They have an onsite bar, the Space Cowboy, that serves creative cocktails, local beer, and some local favorite food! Go there for a drink, to hang out by the pool, and book a room for a weekend getaway!

In Conclusion

With an extensive cocktail list full of classics and creative original takes, grabbing a cocktail at Houston’s laid-back bar will make you feel right at home.

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