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10 Bars With Food for Drinking Alone on Valentine's

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Having dealt with couples who want to avoid the worst of Valentine's Day madness, we turn to those who aren't in relationships with some suggestions for where to drink alone on Black Thursday. Since we wouldn't want Eater readers drinking on an empty stomach, the bars on the map below serve good food, too. While there's good food at restaurant bars, this guide is designed to provide a little more solitude and prevent the possibility of being surrounded by happy couples.

Of course, if that's still too social, just order a pizza, hit the Red Box and watch something appropriately mindless. The Valentine's madness will be over soon.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Original OKRA Charity Saloon

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924 Congress
Houston, TX 77002
Drown your sorrows with a simple, classic cocktail or a couple glasses of wine from a list prepared by Oxheart sommelier Justin Vann. The food menu features paninis, fried okra (naturally) and baked to order cookies.

2. Rudyard's British Pub

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2010 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 521-0521
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This is a casual, comfortable spot where the regulars will respect your desire to be left alone. The burgers here are solid, and the monthly pasta specials are a good choice for anyone who wants to eat his or her feelings without too high a calorie count.

3. Cottonwood

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3422 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 802-0410
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This Oak Forest newcomer is typically filled with families, but that won't be the case on Thursday. Belly up to the bar for a craft beer and some roasted oysters.

4. Moon Tower Inn

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3004 Canal St.
Houston, TX 77003
(832) 266-0105
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There might not be a less romantic restaurant in Houston, which should make it perfect for a solo diner on Thursday night. Treat yourself to a pitcher of craft beer, munch on a couple wild-game sausages and take a cab home.

5. Petrol Station

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985 Wakefield Drive
Houston, TX 77018
(713) 957-2875
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Beer nerd couples may try Petrol Station for a relaxed Valentine's atmosphere, but hopefully they'll be rare. The Rancor, a bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg, is the perfect object for a bout of emotional eating.

6. The Hay Merchant

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1100 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-9805
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Grab a seat at the long bar and let the always helpful staff recommend a beer. Maybe something that pairs with the fried chicken, which is served with pretty spectacular mac and cheese. If you're going to be alone, you might as well be full.

7. Grand Prize Bar

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1010 Banks St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 526-4566
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The food truck chef experiment has mostly come to an end at Grand Prize, but Austin King's Yaki Snack Attack has the food covered. Enjoy a couple of pork-filled bun buns and a well made cocktail. Sit upstairs for extra privacy.

8. Boheme

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307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 529-1099
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This dimly lit spot might actually be too romantic to fit this map, but the food options are solid. Enjoy the burgers and curries while you have a chance; pizza comes back in a couple weeks.

9. Absinthe

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609 Richmond St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 528-7575
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One of those Houston bars that doesn't have a sign, Absinthe is a good place to go when you don't want to be found. It's the perfect bar to sit in a corner, order a pizza and contemplate one's future.

10. The Richmond Arms Pub

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5920 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 784-7722
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This British pub may be the best place in Houston to watch soccer at 7:00 a.m., but on Valentine's it will probably be pretty quiet. Get your fill of shepherd's pie and English beer in relative solitude.

1. The Original OKRA Charity Saloon

924 Congress, Houston, TX 77002
Drown your sorrows with a simple, classic cocktail or a couple glasses of wine from a list prepared by Oxheart sommelier Justin Vann. The food menu features paninis, fried okra (naturally) and baked to order cookies.
924 Congress
Houston, TX 77002

2. Rudyard's British Pub

2010 Waugh Dr, Houston, TX 77006
This is a casual, comfortable spot where the regulars will respect your desire to be left alone. The burgers here are solid, and the monthly pasta specials are a good choice for anyone who wants to eat his or her feelings without too high a calorie count.
2010 Waugh Dr
Houston, TX 77006

3. Cottonwood

3422 N Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77018
This Oak Forest newcomer is typically filled with families, but that won't be the case on Thursday. Belly up to the bar for a craft beer and some roasted oysters.
3422 N Shepherd Dr
Houston, TX 77018

4. Moon Tower Inn

3004 Canal St., Houston, TX 77003
There might not be a less romantic restaurant in Houston, which should make it perfect for a solo diner on Thursday night. Treat yourself to a pitcher of craft beer, munch on a couple wild-game sausages and take a cab home.
3004 Canal St.
Houston, TX 77003

5. Petrol Station

985 Wakefield Drive, Houston, TX 77018
Beer nerd couples may try Petrol Station for a relaxed Valentine's atmosphere, but hopefully they'll be rare. The Rancor, a bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg, is the perfect object for a bout of emotional eating.
985 Wakefield Drive
Houston, TX 77018

6. The Hay Merchant

1100 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX 77006
Grab a seat at the long bar and let the always helpful staff recommend a beer. Maybe something that pairs with the fried chicken, which is served with pretty spectacular mac and cheese. If you're going to be alone, you might as well be full.
1100 Westheimer Rd.
Houston, TX 77006

7. Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks St, Houston, TX 77006
The food truck chef experiment has mostly come to an end at Grand Prize, but Austin King's Yaki Snack Attack has the food covered. Enjoy a couple of pork-filled bun buns and a well made cocktail. Sit upstairs for extra privacy.
1010 Banks St
Houston, TX 77006

8. Boheme

307 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
This dimly lit spot might actually be too romantic to fit this map, but the food options are solid. Enjoy the burgers and curries while you have a chance; pizza comes back in a couple weeks.
307 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

9. Absinthe

609 Richmond St., Houston, TX 77006
One of those Houston bars that doesn't have a sign, Absinthe is a good place to go when you don't want to be found. It's the perfect bar to sit in a corner, order a pizza and contemplate one's future.
609 Richmond St.
Houston, TX 77006

10. The Richmond Arms Pub

5920 Richmond Ave., Houston, TX 77057
This British pub may be the best place in Houston to watch soccer at 7:00 a.m., but on Valentine's it will probably be pretty quiet. Get your fill of shepherd's pie and English beer in relative solitude.
5920 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057

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