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Gary Wise

Houston's Eight Hottest Places to Drink Cocktails Right Now

From Memorial to Downtown, there's a bar for every cocktail fan.

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| Gary Wise

No matter what your poison, Houston's cocktail scene has got it covered. From craft creations to specialty drinks, choices abound throughout the city. Check out some of the best here.

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Moving Sidewalk

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Alex Gregg said goodbye to Goro and Gun, and up from the ashes came this chic cocktail spot that’s fast becoming a Main Street favorite. Check out what we do is secret, a stunning drink of Genever, sour ale, clementine, lemon, mint, and orange bitters. If you want a show, order the white lady → corpse reviver 2, a magic trick of mixology that starts out as a the first drink before fading into the second.
Since its opening over the summer in Gateway Memorial, this upscale Asian restaurant has been winning raves for its tasty dishes and chic ambiance. The bar is also a standout, though, serving up gorgeous cocktails that are both funky and refreshing, and nod to the restaurant’s Far East flair. Don’t miss the beet you up: fresh beet juice, patron silver, shiso leaf, and lime. [Photo: Kim Park]

Lillo & Ella

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Take Asian comfort food, kick it up a notch, add a casual-coo ambiance and a killer cocktail list, and you wind up with this Shady Acres newcomer. The tin foil hat is a blend of dry gin, Suze, rosemary, grapefruit, and seltzer. And the Crescent City cocktail showcases Italian vermouth, over-proof rum, lime, and Angostura.

The Pastry War

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The Pastry War made a name for itself by spotlighting owner Bobby Heugel’s love of tequila and his desire to showcase versions of the spirit crafted by small growers and eschewing big conglomerates. From this sprang a list of tequila cocktails. Try the pulp fiction, a refreshing take on the classic paloma with blanco tequila, Pamplemousse, mezcal, and grapefruit bitters. [Photo: Julie Soefer Photography]
The much-anticipated opening from Alba Huerta is proving to be every bit the classy, Southern cocktail bar she envisioned. On the menu, find her takes on traditional cocktails from milk punch to the signature mint julep. [Photo: Marc Brubaker]

Reserve 101

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This downtown bar a great drinking spot, and the whiskey list is a winner. Check out cocktails incorporating the spirit, like the all the wiser with Wiser Rye, lemon simple syrup, peach bitters, muddled orange, and splahes of Sprite and club soda. Bonus: It’s $5 at happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Saturday. [Photo: Ron W./Yelp]

Bar Boheme

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With a recently revamped bar program, this Montrose spot is a must-visit. The vespa, a blend of vodka, lemon, yerba mate honey, and fennel bitters, offers light but savory flavors perfect for Houston’s patio weather. Want something with a little more heft? Grab a lift ticket, a concoction of bourbon, cynar, cinnamon, and Abbott’s bitters. [Photo]

Pax Americana

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You’ve heard the buzz. Believe it. Make sure you ask if any of the daily punch is still available; quantities are limited and when it’s gone, it’s gone. The Molly Ringwald is also intriguing. It’s a fun, fresh combination of rye, bitters, egg white, lemon, and absinthe.

Moving Sidewalk

Alex Gregg said goodbye to Goro and Gun, and up from the ashes came this chic cocktail spot that’s fast becoming a Main Street favorite. Check out what we do is secret, a stunning drink of Genever, sour ale, clementine, lemon, mint, and orange bitters. If you want a show, order the white lady → corpse reviver 2, a magic trick of mixology that starts out as a the first drink before fading into the second.

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Since its opening over the summer in Gateway Memorial, this upscale Asian restaurant has been winning raves for its tasty dishes and chic ambiance. The bar is also a standout, though, serving up gorgeous cocktails that are both funky and refreshing, and nod to the restaurant’s Far East flair. Don’t miss the beet you up: fresh beet juice, patron silver, shiso leaf, and lime. [Photo: Kim Park]

Lillo & Ella

Take Asian comfort food, kick it up a notch, add a casual-coo ambiance and a killer cocktail list, and you wind up with this Shady Acres newcomer. The tin foil hat is a blend of dry gin, Suze, rosemary, grapefruit, and seltzer. And the Crescent City cocktail showcases Italian vermouth, over-proof rum, lime, and Angostura.

The Pastry War

The Pastry War made a name for itself by spotlighting owner Bobby Heugel’s love of tequila and his desire to showcase versions of the spirit crafted by small growers and eschewing big conglomerates. From this sprang a list of tequila cocktails. Try the pulp fiction, a refreshing take on the classic paloma with blanco tequila, Pamplemousse, mezcal, and grapefruit bitters. [Photo: Julie Soefer Photography]

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The much-anticipated opening from Alba Huerta is proving to be every bit the classy, Southern cocktail bar she envisioned. On the menu, find her takes on traditional cocktails from milk punch to the signature mint julep. [Photo: Marc Brubaker]

Reserve 101

This downtown bar a great drinking spot, and the whiskey list is a winner. Check out cocktails incorporating the spirit, like the all the wiser with Wiser Rye, lemon simple syrup, peach bitters, muddled orange, and splahes of Sprite and club soda. Bonus: It’s $5 at happy hour from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Monday through Saturday. [Photo: Ron W./Yelp]

Bar Boheme

With a recently revamped bar program, this Montrose spot is a must-visit. The vespa, a blend of vodka, lemon, yerba mate honey, and fennel bitters, offers light but savory flavors perfect for Houston’s patio weather. Want something with a little more heft? Grab a lift ticket, a concoction of bourbon, cynar, cinnamon, and Abbott’s bitters. [Photo]

Pax Americana

You’ve heard the buzz. Believe it. Make sure you ask if any of the daily punch is still available; quantities are limited and when it’s gone, it’s gone. The Molly Ringwald is also intriguing. It’s a fun, fresh combination of rye, bitters, egg white, lemon, and absinthe.

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