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Where to Drink Micheladas (Spicy Beer) in Houston

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As legend has it: the first Michelada was created during the 1910 Mexican Revolution by the infamous Don Augusto Michel. The general would bring his soldiers into his favorite cantina for glasses of cold beer mixed with lime and hot sauce. He believed the drink had invigorating powers — not to mention excellent anti-hangover properties.

Legend or not, the Michelada has become a staple around here. Check out these six Houston spots (listed in alphabetical order) putting out a fine example and be sure to chime in with your favorite in the comments section.

—Emily Bond

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hugo's

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1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-7744
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Hugo's remains an institution for vigorous, adventurous, authentic Mexican cuisine. Here, the Micheladas come thick, spicy, and serious.

2. Cuchara Restaurant

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214 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 942-0000
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Cuchara, located in the former Hyde Park Supermarket in Midtown, offers a variety of Micheladas, along with eclectic and hip decor. Our favorite is the Michelada with chamoy. For round two, get the drink with Rompope, an emulsified kind of eggy, almond- and vanilla-laced mixture.

3. Caracol

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2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 622-9996
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The new Coastal Cuisine restaurant from Chef Hugo Ortega (also of Hugo's fame) is a fantastic spot to suck down raw or oven-baked oysters with your Micheladas. We suggest the Michelada de Chicharron made with 8th Wonder Intellectual ale, sangria, chiptole-tomatillo sauce, and a splash of mezcal in a crispy garlic-salted rimmed glass.

4. La Fisheria Houston

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4705 Inker St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 802-1712
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There are several locations for this Houston favorite, La Fisheria is gaining ground as having one of the best in the city. A mix of Petroleum and Lime Juice in a salted Rim Glass, this version is classic but with the right proportions of tang and spice.

5. Añejo

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1180 Uptown Park Blvd Ste 1
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 963-9032
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Former executive chef of Max's Wine Dive, Michael Pellegrino heads up a new, ambitious re-imagining of Tex-Mex food. Try their chili bacon Michedlada with Victoria beer, it's the best liquid BLT we've tried — sans lettuce, of course.

6. Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

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1511 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(713) 426-4420
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Teotichuacan does it old-school. What sets their Micheladas apart is the use of their special Teotichuacan hot sauce in the mix, making for an unparalleled drinking experience in the hotter summer months.

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1. Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Hugo's remains an institution for vigorous, adventurous, authentic Mexican cuisine. Here, the Micheladas come thick, spicy, and serious.
1600 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

2. Cuchara Restaurant

214 Fairview St, Houston, TX 77006
Cuchara, located in the former Hyde Park Supermarket in Midtown, offers a variety of Micheladas, along with eclectic and hip decor. Our favorite is the Michelada with chamoy. For round two, get the drink with Rompope, an emulsified kind of eggy, almond- and vanilla-laced mixture.
214 Fairview St
Houston, TX 77006

3. Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056
The new Coastal Cuisine restaurant from Chef Hugo Ortega (also of Hugo's fame) is a fantastic spot to suck down raw or oven-baked oysters with your Micheladas. We suggest the Michelada de Chicharron made with 8th Wonder Intellectual ale, sangria, chiptole-tomatillo sauce, and a splash of mezcal in a crispy garlic-salted rimmed glass.
2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160
Houston, TX 77056

4. La Fisheria Houston

4705 Inker St, Houston, TX 77007
There are several locations for this Houston favorite, La Fisheria is gaining ground as having one of the best in the city. A mix of Petroleum and Lime Juice in a salted Rim Glass, this version is classic but with the right proportions of tang and spice.
4705 Inker St
Houston, TX 77007

5. Añejo

1180 Uptown Park Blvd Ste 1, Houston, TX 77056
Former executive chef of Max's Wine Dive, Michael Pellegrino heads up a new, ambitious re-imagining of Tex-Mex food. Try their chili bacon Michedlada with Victoria beer, it's the best liquid BLT we've tried — sans lettuce, of course.
1180 Uptown Park Blvd Ste 1
Houston, TX 77056

6. Teotihuacan Mexican Cafe

1511 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009
Teotichuacan does it old-school. What sets their Micheladas apart is the use of their special Teotichuacan hot sauce in the mix, making for an unparalleled drinking experience in the hotter summer months.
1511 Airline Dr
Houston, TX 77009

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