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The 17 Hottest Houston Cocktail Bars, September 2021

Sip expertly mixed martinis, frozen tiki drinks, and so much more at these exciting new drinking destinations

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Night Shift caters to the after-midnight crowd with expertly-shaken drinks and late night bites.
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Welcome to the newly-revamped Eater Houston Cocktail Heatmap. While established drinking institutions like Anvil Bar & Refuge and Lei Low are well-known for their top-notch cocktails, this map is intended to showcase newer spots, restaurants with great drinks, and watering holes with exciting (and boozy) new offerings.

On this map, curious drinkers will find cheeky bubblegum martinis, late night bites, and a restaurant serving up an extensive menu of rye, whiskey and scotch, plus so much more.

Is your favorite new cocktail bar missing from this map? Shout it out in the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Space Cowboy

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100 W Cavalcade St
Houston, TX 77009

The hip and newly-renovated Heights House Hotel off Cavalcade plays host to this poolside bar, which serves up staycation-worthy drinks like the Pajaro, a take on the classic jungle bird cocktail. Food comes from Chef Lyle Bento and heavily references his Hawaiian upbringing, with dishes like army rice, huli huli chicken, and coconut shrimp bao.

2. Diversion Cocktails

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7202 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

This sister bar to chef Brandon Silva’s tasting restaurant Degust includes cocktails made with ingredients from local urban farms, and a drink menu that changes monthly. One impressive example is a tiki-inspired drink made with meyer lemon foam, edible “sand”, and served in an edible dark chocolate mug.

a cocktail served in a chocolate mug and garnished with seashells
Day at the Beach from Diversion
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3. Kanpai Club

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518 W 11th St Suite 500
Houston, TX 77008
(713) 393-7425

Heights handroll sushi restaurant Hando is notoriously small, but the restaurant has converted an unused hallway — you read that right — into a new bar perfect for late night eats or a few cocktails while you wait for your seat next door. The cozy little spot, inspired by alley bars in Japan, serves drinks with ingredients like yuzu, umeboshi and Japanese whiskey, plus small bites from Hando’s kitchen.

4. Cowboy Surfer

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827 Frostwood Dr
Houston, TX 77024
(832) 538-0851
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F.E.E.D. TX Restaurant Group partner Jim Jard has teamed up with Jack Messing, one half of the subversion creative duo The Art Guys, for this laid back Memorial City music venue and watering hole. Inspired by the little-known surfing culture of 1960s Gulf Coast Texas, the menu is divided into “cowboy” — think margaritas and Fritos pie, and “surfer” — tropical drinks and kale-Brussels sporuts salad.

5. Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

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308 Main St
Houston, TX 77002
(718) 387-6962
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This classy, no frills bar, hidden away above a law office off of Main Street Downtown, has finally reopened for the first time since the pandemic. Sip on well-shaken daiquiris or gin martinis, or try one of the draft cocktails, like the Bad News negroni.

6. Fitzcarraldo

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3517 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

This eclectic bar in the Greater East End brings jungle vibes with a massive palm tree-lined patio, mezcal cocktails and spritzes, and food inspired by Southeast Asia, like Filipino egg rolls, papaya salad, and glazed fish sauce wings.

7. EightyTwo

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1201 St Emanuel St #110
Houston, TX 77003

The new barcade brings classic gaming to EaDo with a rotating selection of vintage pinball and arcade games. The owners are passionate about preserving arcade culture — in addition to a selection of drinks named after classic arcade references, they also regularly host pinball tournaments and other competitions, which are live-streamed on Twitch.

8. White Rhino

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319 Milby St
Houston, TX 77003
(832) 962-8816
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This sustainability-focused East End bar has Tulum-like vibes and a menu of cocktails influenced by tropical flavors, as well as a large yard for social distancing and a rotation of food trucks. The bar plans to donate a portion of its sales to conservation efforts, specifically organizations working with endangered species like white rhinoceroses.

9. East End Backyard

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1105 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 505-1820
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This sprawling, open-air East End joint has quickly become a gathering place for residents of the neighborhood thanks to an enclosed dog run, events like crawfish boils, and a well-stocked bar.

10. Tongue-Cut Sparrow

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1424 Westheimer Rd Ste B
Houston, TX 77006
(281) 888-6121
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It’s been a year of changes for cocktail impresario Bobby Heugel. In November, Heugel announced that Tongue Cut Sparrow would be relocating to the Penny Quarter space, since businesses Downtown continued to struggle as people work from home, and it fits in nicely in its new home. The bar’s elevated service is still a feature, and a portion of the Anvil parking lot has been converted into a patio. In addition to classic craft cocktails, the bar is also serving tamales from The Pastry War.

11. Bar No. 3

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3410 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 517-1001
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This luxe new bar at Montrose’s recently-renovated La Colombe D’Or hotel stretches through the historical mansion’s library into a outdoor patio with a fireplace. Drinks are inspired by the films of Wes Anderson, with creative takes on classics like the French 75 and the old fashioned.

12. Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

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3622 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

This coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night — a longtime staple of the MidMain block — closed last march in the midst of the pandemic, and didn’t reopen until May 2021. Now the charming little watering hole is welcoming drinkers again, eager to sip boozy coffee cocktails and frozen Suffering Bastards, a popular tiki drink made with bourbon and ginger.

13. Good Vibes

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1329 E Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581
(832) 569-4141
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A longtime Galveston chef has brought a bit of the island to Pearland with Good Vibes, a family-friendly burger joint that also serves up classic beach drinks like the hurricane, Bahama mama and several takes on the margarita. The menu also includes a handful of signature cocktails like a rosemary gin gimlet and cucumber martini.

14. Night Shift

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3501 Harrisburg Blvd Suite A
Houston, TX 77003

This no-frills bar in the Greater East End puts the focus squarely on the cocktails, with a deep menu of expertly-made classics. As the name implies, Night Shift also caters to after-midnight crowd, serving bites like yuca fries, churros, gas station burritos and crispy friend enchiladas potosinas until 2 a.m. every day.

15. Trash Panda Drinking Club

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4203 Edison St
Houston, TX 77009

Lindale Park’s newest drinking destination offers creative bar bites, like french onion dip with chicken liver pate, chicharrones, and fried chicken, plus a firmly tongue-in-cheek cocktail menu, including the signature drink, the Bubblegum Martini, made with gin, hibiscus, lime and “bubblegum broth”.

16. Georgia James Tavern

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777 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002
(281) 846-6938
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This more affordable, casual offshoot of chef Chris Shepherd’s luxe steakhouse Georgia James offers an list of rye, whiskey, and scotch, plus a menu of “boundary-pushing” cocktails, including the El Capitan, made with coconut fat-washed mezcal, amaro, and sweet vermouth, and a booze-free CBD cocktail with peach, lemon, and pomegranate flavors.

17. Shoot the Moon

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8155 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(281) 888-4801
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This new pour-your-own bar from Kevin Floyd, founding partner of Underbelly Hospitality and Anvil Bar & Refuge, opened in July in Spring Branch. STM boasts more than 80 taps of beer, wine, and batch cocktails, where diners can serve themselves — anywhere from one ounce to a full pour. This allows diners to sample many different options instead of committing to a full glass. Food-wise, STMs menu includes thin-crust pizzas and sharable plates.

1. Space Cowboy

100 W Cavalcade St, Houston, TX 77009

The hip and newly-renovated Heights House Hotel off Cavalcade plays host to this poolside bar, which serves up staycation-worthy drinks like the Pajaro, a take on the classic jungle bird cocktail. Food comes from Chef Lyle Bento and heavily references his Hawaiian upbringing, with dishes like army rice, huli huli chicken, and coconut shrimp bao.

100 W Cavalcade St
Houston, TX 77009

2. Diversion Cocktails

7202 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055
a cocktail served in a chocolate mug and garnished with seashells
Day at the Beach from Diversion
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This sister bar to chef Brandon Silva’s tasting restaurant Degust includes cocktails made with ingredients from local urban farms, and a drink menu that changes monthly. One impressive example is a tiki-inspired drink made with meyer lemon foam, edible “sand”, and served in an edible dark chocolate mug.

7202 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

3. Kanpai Club

518 W 11th St Suite 500, Houston, TX 77008

Heights handroll sushi restaurant Hando is notoriously small, but the restaurant has converted an unused hallway — you read that right — into a new bar perfect for late night eats or a few cocktails while you wait for your seat next door. The cozy little spot, inspired by alley bars in Japan, serves drinks with ingredients like yuzu, umeboshi and Japanese whiskey, plus small bites from Hando’s kitchen.

518 W 11th St Suite 500
Houston, TX 77008

4. Cowboy Surfer

827 Frostwood Dr, Houston, TX 77024

F.E.E.D. TX Restaurant Group partner Jim Jard has teamed up with Jack Messing, one half of the subversion creative duo The Art Guys, for this laid back Memorial City music venue and watering hole. Inspired by the little-known surfing culture of 1960s Gulf Coast Texas, the menu is divided into “cowboy” — think margaritas and Fritos pie, and “surfer” — tropical drinks and kale-Brussels sporuts salad.

827 Frostwood Dr
Houston, TX 77024

5. Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

308 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

This classy, no frills bar, hidden away above a law office off of Main Street Downtown, has finally reopened for the first time since the pandemic. Sip on well-shaken daiquiris or gin martinis, or try one of the draft cocktails, like the Bad News negroni.

308 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

6. Fitzcarraldo

3517 Navigation Blvd, Houston, TX 77003

This eclectic bar in the Greater East End brings jungle vibes with a massive palm tree-lined patio, mezcal cocktails and spritzes, and food inspired by Southeast Asia, like Filipino egg rolls, papaya salad, and glazed fish sauce wings.

3517 Navigation Blvd
Houston, TX 77003

7. EightyTwo

1201 St Emanuel St #110, Houston, TX 77003

The new barcade brings classic gaming to EaDo with a rotating selection of vintage pinball and arcade games. The owners are passionate about preserving arcade culture — in addition to a selection of drinks named after classic arcade references, they also regularly host pinball tournaments and other competitions, which are live-streamed on Twitch.

1201 St Emanuel St #110
Houston, TX 77003

8. White Rhino

319 Milby St, Houston, TX 77003

This sustainability-focused East End bar has Tulum-like vibes and a menu of cocktails influenced by tropical flavors, as well as a large yard for social distancing and a rotation of food trucks. The bar plans to donate a portion of its sales to conservation efforts, specifically organizations working with endangered species like white rhinoceroses.

319 Milby St
Houston, TX 77003

9. East End Backyard

1105 Sampson St, Houston, TX 77003

This sprawling, open-air East End joint has quickly become a gathering place for residents of the neighborhood thanks to an enclosed dog run, events like crawfish boils, and a well-stocked bar.

1105 Sampson St
Houston, TX 77003

10. Tongue-Cut Sparrow

1424 Westheimer Rd Ste B, Houston, TX 77006

It’s been a year of changes for cocktail impresario Bobby Heugel. In November, Heugel announced that Tongue Cut Sparrow would be relocating to the Penny Quarter space, since businesses Downtown continued to struggle as people work from home, and it fits in nicely in its new home. The bar’s elevated service is still a feature, and a portion of the Anvil parking lot has been converted into a patio. In addition to classic craft cocktails, the bar is also serving tamales from The Pastry War.

1424 Westheimer Rd Ste B
Houston, TX 77006

11. Bar No. 3

3410 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006

This luxe new bar at Montrose’s recently-renovated La Colombe D’Or hotel stretches through the historical mansion’s library into a outdoor patio with a fireplace. Drinks are inspired by the films of Wes Anderson, with creative takes on classics like the French 75 and the old fashioned.

3410 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

12. Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

3622 Main St, Houston, TX 77002

This coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night — a longtime staple of the MidMain block — closed last march in the midst of the pandemic, and didn’t reopen until May 2021. Now the charming little watering hole is welcoming drinkers again, eager to sip boozy coffee cocktails and frozen Suffering Bastards, a popular tiki drink made with bourbon and ginger.

3622 Main St
Houston, TX 77002

13. Good Vibes

1329 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581

A longtime Galveston chef has brought a bit of the island to Pearland with Good Vibes, a family-friendly burger joint that also serves up classic beach drinks like the hurricane, Bahama mama and several takes on the margarita. The menu also includes a handful of signature cocktails like a rosemary gin gimlet and cucumber martini.

1329 E Broadway St
Pearland, TX 77581

14. Night Shift

3501 Harrisburg Blvd Suite A, Houston, TX 77003

This no-frills bar in the Greater East End puts the focus squarely on the cocktails, with a deep menu of expertly-made classics. As the name implies, Night Shift also caters to after-midnight crowd, serving bites like yuca fries, churros, gas station burritos and crispy friend enchiladas potosinas until 2 a.m. every day.

3501 Harrisburg Blvd Suite A
Houston, TX 77003

15. Trash Panda Drinking Club

4203 Edison St, Houston, TX 77009

Lindale Park’s newest drinking destination offers creative bar bites, like french onion dip with chicken liver pate, chicharrones, and fried chicken, plus a firmly tongue-in-cheek cocktail menu, including the signature drink, the Bubblegum Martini, made with gin, hibiscus, lime and “bubblegum broth”.

4203 Edison St
Houston, TX 77009

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16. Georgia James Tavern

777 Preston St, Houston, TX 77002

This more affordable, casual offshoot of chef Chris Shepherd’s luxe steakhouse Georgia James offers an list of rye, whiskey, and scotch, plus a menu of “boundary-pushing” cocktails, including the El Capitan, made with coconut fat-washed mezcal, amaro, and sweet vermouth, and a booze-free CBD cocktail with peach, lemon, and pomegranate flavors.

777 Preston St
Houston, TX 77002

17. Shoot the Moon

8155 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055

This new pour-your-own bar from Kevin Floyd, founding partner of Underbelly Hospitality and Anvil Bar & Refuge, opened in July in Spring Branch. STM boasts more than 80 taps of beer, wine, and batch cocktails, where diners can serve themselves — anywhere from one ounce to a full pour. This allows diners to sample many different options instead of committing to a full glass. Food-wise, STMs menu includes thin-crust pizzas and sharable plates.

8155 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

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