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11 Houston Cocktail Bars Serving Top-Notch Mixed Drinks To-Go

Sip a perfectly mixed margarita, tiki drinks, and so much more

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Last year, with stay at home orders and social distancing measures in place, bars and restaurants throughout Houston had to get creative with liquor sales. First, in March 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a measure temporarily allowing the sale of cocktail kits to go. Then, in June, with bars still closed, Abbott passed another measure, allowing them to sell pre-mixed drinks as well.

Those measures were an immediate hit in conservative Texas, where blue laws tightly control the sale of alcohol. Many Texans — customers and food and drink industry members alike — hoped the alcohol to-go measures would be made permanent. Last week, Abbott officially made it so, signing House Bill 1024, which allows restaurants and bars with mixed-beverage permits and on-site kitchens to sell beer, wine, and mixed drinks for pickup and delivery orders, permanently.

Many eateries in Houston have had a full year to perfect their to-go game, serving up everything from ranch waters, boozy slushes and classic cocktails along with expertly-garnished tiki drinks and “adult juice pouches.” Here’s where to find the city’s best mixed drinks to go — just don’t forget to order food on the side, and as always, tip well.

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After a full year of selling drinks for to-go only, Julep finally reopened to the pubic on Kentucky Derby day, naturally. But the success of the bar’s to-go program has also led to the opening of a pop-up shop called Ready to Drink Market, which sells pre-mixed drinks like negronis, martinis and of course, mint juleps, as well as specialty cocktail ice, bar tools, and drinking snacks. The shop is open just off the patio of the Washington Avenue Bar. Order online here.

Lei Low

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This North Heights bar damn near perfected the takeout game with their Lei Low At Home program, serving up expertly-mixed tiki drinks like mai tais, blue Hawaiians and navy grogs, complete with elaborate garnishes like orchids, branded swizzle sticks and cocktail umbrellas.

Rainbow Lodge

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Rainbow Lodge’s full menu of cocktails, from signature drinks like the hibiscus margarita to classics including the Rusty Nail and Boulevardier, are all available for takeout. You can also get cocktail kits, like the martini kit, which comes with garnishes and serves four. Order here.

This Montrose’s bar’s signature frozen mojitos are one of the best ways to cool off in the heat of summer. You can now get them to-go, along with piña coladas, frozen rosé, boozy Dreamsicles and more, by the gallon or carafe. Their mobile bar will even deliver straight to your house. Call (346) 843-4119 for delivery or (713) 529-1099 to pick up at the bar. 

Two Headed Dog

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This punky little bar hidden away on Elgin Street serves up several to-go cocktails, like a key lime pie daiquiri, a quava and tequila concoction, hurricane kits and even Jello shots. Order online or through the take-out window on-site.

The Toasted Coconut

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Toasted Coconut’s extensive cocktail menu is almost all available for curbside, including the 3rd Coast Old Fashioned, made with pecan orgeat, and the Jungle Bird, with rum, Campari, pineapple, and lime. Order online or through the Toast app.

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Ninfa’s wide menu of margaritas, from classic to cucumber, mango to jalepeno, are all available to order to-go. Need to add food? A pile of chips and quart of salsa or queso would be perfect.

FM Kitchen & Bar

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FM Kitchen serves up a handfull of standard cocktails, including a whiskey highball, Moscow mule, sangria and ranch water, all available for takeout. For something more unique, try the watermelon mule, with vodka, ginger beer and fresh watermelon juice.

Eighteen36

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In addition to cocktail kits, this Upper Kirby Greek pub serves up premixed versions of its signature cocktails like the Lizzie McGuire, make with vodka, cucumber-strawberry syrup, and ginger beer; and the Central Air, with run, orgeat, blue Curaçao and Banana du Bresil, in to-go containers that serve two each.

Rosie Cannonball

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A small collection of Rosie Cannonball’s Italian-inspired cocktails, including negronis and spritzes, are available for takeout. Order online here.

Traveler's Table

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Traveler’s Table offers a truly impressive menu of globally-inspired drinks, as well as cocktail kits, including the Caribbean Queen, made with passionfruit and sparkling wine; the Shogun, with Japanese whiskey and plum wine; and The Year of Living Dangerously, with mezcal, prickly pear juice, and grapefruit soda. Order one of each to-go at this link.

Julep

After a full year of selling drinks for to-go only, Julep finally reopened to the pubic on Kentucky Derby day, naturally. But the success of the bar’s to-go program has also led to the opening of a pop-up shop called Ready to Drink Market, which sells pre-mixed drinks like negronis, martinis and of course, mint juleps, as well as specialty cocktail ice, bar tools, and drinking snacks. The shop is open just off the patio of the Washington Avenue Bar. Order online here.

Lei Low

This North Heights bar damn near perfected the takeout game with their Lei Low At Home program, serving up expertly-mixed tiki drinks like mai tais, blue Hawaiians and navy grogs, complete with elaborate garnishes like orchids, branded swizzle sticks and cocktail umbrellas.

Rainbow Lodge

Rainbow Lodge’s full menu of cocktails, from signature drinks like the hibiscus margarita to classics including the Rusty Nail and Boulevardier, are all available for takeout. You can also get cocktail kits, like the martini kit, which comes with garnishes and serves four. Order here.

Boheme

This Montrose’s bar’s signature frozen mojitos are one of the best ways to cool off in the heat of summer. You can now get them to-go, along with piña coladas, frozen rosé, boozy Dreamsicles and more, by the gallon or carafe. Their mobile bar will even deliver straight to your house. Call (346) 843-4119 for delivery or (713) 529-1099 to pick up at the bar. 

Two Headed Dog

This punky little bar hidden away on Elgin Street serves up several to-go cocktails, like a key lime pie daiquiri, a quava and tequila concoction, hurricane kits and even Jello shots. Order online or through the take-out window on-site.

The Toasted Coconut

Toasted Coconut’s extensive cocktail menu is almost all available for curbside, including the 3rd Coast Old Fashioned, made with pecan orgeat, and the Jungle Bird, with rum, Campari, pineapple, and lime. Order online or through the Toast app.

The Original Ninfa's on Navigation

Ninfa’s wide menu of margaritas, from classic to cucumber, mango to jalepeno, are all available to order to-go. Need to add food? A pile of chips and quart of salsa or queso would be perfect.

FM Kitchen & Bar

FM Kitchen serves up a handfull of standard cocktails, including a whiskey highball, Moscow mule, sangria and ranch water, all available for takeout. For something more unique, try the watermelon mule, with vodka, ginger beer and fresh watermelon juice.

Eighteen36

In addition to cocktail kits, this Upper Kirby Greek pub serves up premixed versions of its signature cocktails like the Lizzie McGuire, make with vodka, cucumber-strawberry syrup, and ginger beer; and the Central Air, with run, orgeat, blue Curaçao and Banana du Bresil, in to-go containers that serve two each.

Rosie Cannonball

A small collection of Rosie Cannonball’s Italian-inspired cocktails, including negronis and spritzes, are available for takeout. Order online here.

Traveler's Table

Traveler’s Table offers a truly impressive menu of globally-inspired drinks, as well as cocktail kits, including the Caribbean Queen, made with passionfruit and sparkling wine; the Shogun, with Japanese whiskey and plum wine; and The Year of Living Dangerously, with mezcal, prickly pear juice, and grapefruit soda. Order one of each to-go at this link.

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