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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
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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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King's BierHaus

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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.

Helen In The Heights

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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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Better Luck Tomorrow

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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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Pi Pizza

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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.

B & B Butchers

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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

Tongue-Cut Sparrow

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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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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

Reserve 101

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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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One Fifth Steak

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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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Bosscat Kitchen + Libations

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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

Yauatcha

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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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Chapman & Kirby

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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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Roka Akor

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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.

Ellie Sharp/EHOU

King's BierHaus

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.

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.

Courtesy Helen in the Heights

Better Luck Tomorrow

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.

Better Luck Tomorrow/Facebook

Pi Pizza

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.

B & B Butchers

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

Tongue-Cut Sparrow

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.

Tongue-Cut Sparrow/Facebook

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.

Cocktail that is orange Courtesy of Xochi

Reserve 101

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.

Reserve 101
Reserve 101/Facebook

One Fifth Steak

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.

One Fifth Houston/Facebook

Bosscat Kitchen + Libations

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

Yauatcha

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.

Yautcha Houston/Facebook

Chapman & Kirby

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.

Ellie Sharp/EHOU

Roka Akor

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.

Ellie Sharp/EHOU

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