After reopening under new ownership just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, the Harp continues to roll out improvements to its previous dive bar atmosphere - notably, more food.
Patrons can look forward to a new barbecue option on Friday evenings from Chapman House Smoked Meats, and the Montrose pub will continue to have steak from Elements Houston on Mondays and Thursdays. And, because it’s next door to Revelry on Richmond, Harp patrons can have food from the adjacent eatery delivered to them in the bar while playing foosball, weekly darts tournaments, ping pong, and enjoying trivia and bingo nights.
Harp patrons have new owner Ted Baker to thank for the upgrades. Baker also owns neighboring Revelry, and rescued the Montrose dive just a week before it was set to permanently close on Feb 28. Previous owner Declan Plunkett decided to retire after operating the bar for the last 19 years.
“As a Harp regular and a bartender at an Irish Pub for 13 years, I felt like it was a perfect fit,” Baker said in a statement. “We kept it almost exactly the same and one regular even mentioned that it’s 96% the same and that that’s more than good enough.”
Eater previously reported that the bar got some other notable upgrades including new bathrooms, a new outdoor deck, an Irish whisky program, and a new cocktail menu too. To keep up with the extra behind-the-bar demands, Baker added three additional bartenders from his other restaurants while keeping three of the Harp’s veteran bartenders.
Drinkers can now enjoy extended weekend hours too with the bar opening at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Other days it’s 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.