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The Hottest Cocktail Bars In Houston Right Now

Space City’s buzziest booze spots

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Definitely make plans to drink at Chapman & Kirby
| Ellie Sharp/EHOU

Welcome to the newly-revamped Eater Houston Cocktail Heatmap. While established drinking institutions like Anvil Bar & Refuge and Moving Sidewalk 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.

In recent months, a slew of great new cocktail bars have opened their doors in Houston. In EaDo, curious drinkers will find the newly-opened (and massive) Steampunk-inspired spot Chapman & Kirby, which has quickly become one of the city’s buzziest new spots. Also new to the Heatmap is Roka Akor, which brings a solid program of shochu made in house to the scene.

As such, you really have no excuse to stick with your safe neighborhood bar. Venture out to one of these 13 piping-hot drinking establishments this weekend, and be sure to imbibe responsibly — or at least call an Uber.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. King's BierHaus

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2044 E T C Jester Blvd
Houston, TX
(832) 569-4141
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Obviously, this expansion from Pearland’s biggest beer nerds is brew-obsessed, but King’s BierHaus also serves up a menu of sophisticated, sunny cocktails. The 99 Luftballoons, mixed with vodka, cranberry, and lime and garnished with a helium-filled balloon, is an obvious early favorite.

2. Helen In The Heights

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1111 Studewood St
Houston, TX
(832) 582-7146
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The menu at this offshoot of beloved eatery Helen Greek Food & Wine is a handy guide for folks that struggle to find the right drinks to pair with their dinner. The “food-friendly” cocktails at this spot are matched with a dish on the menu that is a good fit, like the Ouzito (a Greek riff on the mojito mixed with ouzo and mint) and beautifully spiced moussaka.

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3. Better Luck Tomorrow

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744 Yale St
Houston, TX

Now open in the Heights, this “neighborhood bar with food” was born from the award-winning minds of Chef Justin Yu and Anvil Bar & Refuge’s Bobby Heugel. The cocktails here, like the Sleepy Floyd (mixed with reposado tequila, sherry, Benedictine, and chamomile) are drinkable yet nuanced. Soak up some of the booze with a selection of snacks, like crispy fried potatoes and chile vinegar marinated oysters.

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4. Pi Pizza

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181 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX

Both bottled and frozen cocktails are on offer at this Heights hotspot, and you’re probably going to need to try both. The bottled zombie, served in an appropriately tiki skull mug, is well-spiced and plenty strong, while the Screwston Daiquiri (a.k.a. “purple drank”) is a perfect homage to H-Town’s hip-hop legacy, minus the codeine.

5. B & B Butchers

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1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX
(832) 962-4745
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For fancy booze enthusiasts with a little cash to blow, B&B Butchers is the obvious choice. The bar recently acquired two of the city’s most expensive bottles of scotch, including Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Single Malt. A pour from that bottle will run you $3,000, but if that’s just not affordable, try the tiki-inspired Always On The Rum, mixed with Flor de Cana rum, maraschino liqueur, and pineapple juice.

B&B upstairs
B&B upstairs

6. Tongue-Cut Sparrow

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310 Main St Fl 2
Houston, TX

A tiny, 25-seat cocktail den nestled above The Pastry War, Tongue Cut Sparrow is an intimate spot to sip a simple menu of cocktails inspired by a Japanese fable. Glassware is the obsession here, chilled to icy perfection before being filled with drinks like the delicately stirred Rusty Nail.

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7. Xochi

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1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX
(713) 521-2239
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James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s newest endeavor at the Marriott Marquis is already a brunch destination, but the cocktails are equally outstanding. Browse through the “Oaxacan Lending Library” (read: extensive list of agave-based spirits, including plenty of mezcal) during happy hour for just $6 a pour, or stick with the always classic Hugorita.

Cocktail that is orange Courtesy of Xochi

8. Reserve 101

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1201 Caroline St
Houston, TX
(713) 655-7101
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Whiskey is the obvious focus of this bar, and the newly-introduced summer menu at Reserve 101 offers a playful take on an often stodgy spirit. Try the Part Of A Balanced Breakfast, a mix of Monkey Shoulder scotch and milk infused with Cap’n Crunch berries and Gifford banana liqueur. Basics will especially enjoy the Instagram-perfect Shut Up Becky, mixed with tequila, mexcal, Chareau, and coconut-cucumber water.

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9. One Fifth Steak

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1658 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX
(713) 955-1024
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Whether or not you’re craving steak, the bar at One Fifth is always worth a visit. Try the Provencal Collins, mixed with herbes de Provence bitters and dry gin, or perhaps splurge on the $75 Velvet Spock, a mix of Johnnie Walker Blue, 20-year tawny port, Sauternes, and plum.

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10. Bosscat Kitchen + Libations

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4310 Westheimer Rd #150
Houston, TX
(281) 501-1187
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Whiskey enthusiasts, rejoice. This new-to-Texas bar offers up more than 300 bottles of good brown liquor, along with a selection of libations that showcases the world’s best whiskeys. Try the Bosscat, mixed with Basil Hayden and rosemary, or for something more unique, order the 38 Special, mixed with Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, and Averna Amaro.

Bosscat Kitchen
Bosscat Kitchen

11. Yauatcha

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5045 Westheimer Rd Ste X01
Houston, TX
(713) 357-7588
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The delicate dim sum at this Michelin-starred Houston newcomer isn’t the only beautiful thing on the menu. Libations like the Elemental Stone, mixed with Roca Patron, burnt caramel, cocoa nibs and a puff of sandalwood smoke, are as eye-catching as they are intricate and delicious.

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12. Chapman & Kirby

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2118 Lamar St
Houston, TX

This chic EaDo newcomer is part restaurant, part lounge, and part event space, which means that the booze is definitely flowing. Two bars await, where curious drinkers can enjoy craft cocktails and beer in one of the city’s buzziest new spots.

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13. Roka Akor

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2929 Weslayan St
Houston, TX
(713) 622-1777
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The shochu at this Japanese steak and sushi spot is made on premises, available in flavors like blood orange and mango. Looking for something a little stronger? Try the Wakoucha, mixed with gin, Averna, yuzu, Russian tea syrup, and a fruity burst of guava.

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1. King's BierHaus

2044 E T C Jester Blvd, Houston, TX

Obviously, this expansion from Pearland’s biggest beer nerds is brew-obsessed, but King’s BierHaus also serves up a menu of sophisticated, sunny cocktails. The 99 Luftballoons, mixed with vodka, cranberry, and lime and garnished with a helium-filled balloon, is an obvious early favorite.

2044 E T C Jester Blvd
Houston, TX

2. Helen In The Heights

1111 Studewood St, Houston, TX
Courtesy Helen in the Heights

The menu at this offshoot of beloved eatery Helen Greek Food & Wine is a handy guide for folks that struggle to find the right drinks to pair with their dinner. The “food-friendly” cocktails at this spot are matched with a dish on the menu that is a good fit, like the Ouzito (a Greek riff on the mojito mixed with ouzo and mint) and beautifully spiced moussaka.

1111 Studewood St
Houston, TX

3. Better Luck Tomorrow

744 Yale St, Houston, TX
Better Luck Tomorrow/Facebook

Now open in the Heights, this “neighborhood bar with food” was born from the award-winning minds of Chef Justin Yu and Anvil Bar & Refuge’s Bobby Heugel. The cocktails here, like the Sleepy Floyd (mixed with reposado tequila, sherry, Benedictine, and chamomile) are drinkable yet nuanced. Soak up some of the booze with a selection of snacks, like crispy fried potatoes and chile vinegar marinated oysters.

744 Yale St
Houston, TX

4. Pi Pizza

181 Heights Boulevard, Houston, TX

Both bottled and frozen cocktails are on offer at this Heights hotspot, and you’re probably going to need to try both. The bottled zombie, served in an appropriately tiki skull mug, is well-spiced and plenty strong, while the Screwston Daiquiri (a.k.a. “purple drank”) is a perfect homage to H-Town’s hip-hop legacy, minus the codeine.

181 Heights Boulevard
Houston, TX

5. B & B Butchers

1814 Washington Ave, Houston, TX
B&B upstairs
B&B upstairs

For fancy booze enthusiasts with a little cash to blow, B&B Butchers is the obvious choice. The bar recently acquired two of the city’s most expensive bottles of scotch, including Glenfiddich 50 Year Old Single Malt. A pour from that bottle will run you $3,000, but if that’s just not affordable, try the tiki-inspired Always On The Rum, mixed with Flor de Cana rum, maraschino liqueur, and pineapple juice.

1814 Washington Ave
Houston, TX

6. Tongue-Cut Sparrow

310 Main St Fl 2, Houston, TX
Tongue-Cut Sparrow/Facebook

A tiny, 25-seat cocktail den nestled above The Pastry War, Tongue Cut Sparrow is an intimate spot to sip a simple menu of cocktails inspired by a Japanese fable. Glassware is the obsession here, chilled to icy perfection before being filled with drinks like the delicately stirred Rusty Nail.

310 Main St Fl 2
Houston, TX

7. Xochi

1777 Walker St Ste A, Houston, TX
Cocktail that is orange Courtesy of Xochi

James Beard Award-winning chef Hugo Ortega’s newest endeavor at the Marriott Marquis is already a brunch destination, but the cocktails are equally outstanding. Browse through the “Oaxacan Lending Library” (read: extensive list of agave-based spirits, including plenty of mezcal) during happy hour for just $6 a pour, or stick with the always classic Hugorita.

1777 Walker St Ste A
Houston, TX

8. Reserve 101

1201 Caroline St, Houston, TX
Reserve 101
Reserve 101/Facebook

Whiskey is the obvious focus of this bar, and the newly-introduced summer menu at Reserve 101 offers a playful take on an often stodgy spirit. Try the Part Of A Balanced Breakfast, a mix of Monkey Shoulder scotch and milk infused with Cap’n Crunch berries and Gifford banana liqueur. Basics will especially enjoy the Instagram-perfect Shut Up Becky, mixed with tequila, mexcal, Chareau, and coconut-cucumber water.

1201 Caroline St
Houston, TX

9. One Fifth Steak

1658 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX
One Fifth Houston/Facebook

Whether or not you’re craving steak, the bar at One Fifth is always worth a visit. Try the Provencal Collins, mixed with herbes de Provence bitters and dry gin, or perhaps splurge on the $75 Velvet Spock, a mix of Johnnie Walker Blue, 20-year tawny port, Sauternes, and plum.

1658 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX

10. Bosscat Kitchen + Libations

4310 Westheimer Rd #150, Houston, TX
Bosscat Kitchen
Bosscat Kitchen

Whiskey enthusiasts, rejoice. This new-to-Texas bar offers up more than 300 bottles of good brown liquor, along with a selection of libations that showcases the world’s best whiskeys. Try the Bosscat, mixed with Basil Hayden and rosemary, or for something more unique, order the 38 Special, mixed with Bulleit bourbon, Aperol, and Averna Amaro.

4310 Westheimer Rd #150
Houston, TX

11. Yauatcha

5045 Westheimer Rd Ste X01, Houston, TX
Yautcha Houston/Facebook

The delicate dim sum at this Michelin-starred Houston newcomer isn’t the only beautiful thing on the menu. Libations like the Elemental Stone, mixed with Roca Patron, burnt caramel, cocoa nibs and a puff of sandalwood smoke, are as eye-catching as they are intricate and delicious.

5045 Westheimer Rd Ste X01
Houston, TX

12. Chapman & Kirby

2118 Lamar St, Houston, TX
Ellie Sharp/EHOU

This chic EaDo newcomer is part restaurant, part lounge, and part event space, which means that the booze is definitely flowing. Two bars await, where curious drinkers can enjoy craft cocktails and beer in one of the city’s buzziest new spots.

2118 Lamar St
Houston, TX

13. Roka Akor

2929 Weslayan St, Houston, TX
Ellie Sharp/EHOU

The shochu at this Japanese steak and sushi spot is made on premises, available in flavors like blood orange and mango. Looking for something a little stronger? Try the Wakoucha, mixed with gin, Averna, yuzu, Russian tea syrup, and a fruity burst of guava.

2929 Weslayan St
Houston, TX

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