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The Sleepy Floyd at Better Luck Tomorrow, made with reposado tequila, sherry, benedictine, and chamomile, crafted by Terry Williams. Photo by Jenn Duncan

10 Fall Cocktails To Drink Right Now

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The Sleepy Floyd at Better Luck Tomorrow, made with reposado tequila, sherry, benedictine, and chamomile, crafted by Terry Williams. Photo by Jenn Duncan

Even if the weather doesn’t always cooperate, it’s definitely still fall in Houston. The blistering summer has passed, sometimes it’s cool enough to wear a sweater, and comforting flavors are popping up on cocktail menus across the city.

Transition from the summery daiquiris and fizzes and fully embrace the flavors of fall with these 10 excellent new fall cocktails.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ready Room

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2626 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77009
(832) 582-5323
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Heights newcomer Ready Room’s cocktail menu is sectioned off into wards as an homage to Houston’s original neighborhood spread. The First Ward inspired One-Eyed Caroline combines byrrh (an aromatic red wine) with autumn apple, herbaceous cardamom shrub, sparkling wine, and chocolate bitters for a deep, bittersweet flavor profile.

2. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

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3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 637-4095
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This Heights Italian spot added a decidedly comforting cocktail called the Friendsgiving to the menu this fall. Coltivare. It starts with rye whiskey—bourbon’s spicy, sharper cousin—and adds crisp pear shrub, amaro, and toasted rosemary for a hint of smoke.

Coltivare interior dining room (resized for map)

3. Better Luck Tomorrow

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544 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 802-0845
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Find two fall-friendly options on the menu at this Heights favorite — the Against All Odds, a rich, creamy blend of scotch, sherry, amaro, and bitter cacao nibs that undercuts the sweetness. For a warming sip, try the simple Irish Coffee featuring Irish whiskey stirred with coffee and seasonal cream.

better luck tomorrow bar Jenn Duncan Photography

4. Poitín Bar & Kitchen

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2313 Edwards St #100
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 470-6686
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The smoked old fashioned with woody maple and bourbon is Poitin’s fall take on a beloved classic. Another option, the Swayback, spotlights Thanksgiving flavors. Vodka subtly infused with sweet potato and licorice-y fennel liqueur marry dry vermouth and black pepper in this cold weather concoction.

5. High & Dry

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306 S Main St #200
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 728-6851
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A rum-based tiki bar is more likely to evoke tropical tastes and summertime vibes, but High and Dry has a few fall cocktails on offer. The hot Nauti Toddy with bourbon aged rum and a mystery spice blend and the Ginger Flame with rum, reposado, ginger, and a blazing habanero thai chili tincture are guaranteed to bring the heat in cooler months.

6. Goodnight Charlie's

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2531 Kuester St
Houston, TX 77006
(832) 986-5151
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The Big Tom Toddy’s namesake is a nod to late Irish country singer, Tom McBride. Tullamore Dew--a malty triple distilled Irish whiskey--calming chamomile tea, smooth honey syrup, and a squeeze of lemon make up this toddy variation at Montrose’s premier honky tonk.

Photo by Jennifer Caldwell

7. Anvil Bar & Refuge

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1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 523-1622
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Anvil tasks their bartenders with creating original seasonal cocktails every year, so don’t expect the typical takes. This year, 7 new libations grace the bar’s autumn menu including With the Fly which uses a floral-noted Pierre Ferrand cognac as its base and builds with caffe amaro, sweet vermouth, and a dash of Xocolatl bitters—a small batch flavoring inspired by Mexico’s spiced chocolate mole sauces.

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8. UB Preserv

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1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(346) 406-5923
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UB Preserv’s Braggart spotlights mezcal, a smoky agave-based liquor with more bite than tequila. The wintertime cocktail melds zesty orange juice, angostura bitters, a tinge of tamarind, and Meletti amaro: a full-bodied liqueur fortified with earthy anise and saffron. A splash of champagne results in a light, fizzy finish.

Photo by Westin Galleymore

9. Night Heron

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1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 527-8010
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Night Heron’s Christmas in Trinidad is a twist on the Trinidad Sour. Robust overproof rye is washed with coconut fat which adds thickness and nuttiness. Whipped egg whites give the drink a frothy texture, a spritz of lime adds acid, and angostura bitters imbues the drink with its striking burgundy coloring.

Photo by Danny Kirgan

10. Kata Robata

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3600 Kirby Dr #H
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-8858
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The Playdate at Kata Robata is a holiday tasting menu in a drink. Date-infused bourbon adds notes of fruitiness. Velvety spiced sherry elicits the taste of winter berries and dark chocolate. And, dry vermouth fuses all the flavors together.

Photo by Carla Gomez

1. Ready Room

2626 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77009

Heights newcomer Ready Room’s cocktail menu is sectioned off into wards as an homage to Houston’s original neighborhood spread. The First Ward inspired One-Eyed Caroline combines byrrh (an aromatic red wine) with autumn apple, herbaceous cardamom shrub, sparkling wine, and chocolate bitters for a deep, bittersweet flavor profile.

2626 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77009

2. Coltivare Pizza & Garden

3320 White Oak Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Coltivare interior dining room (resized for map)

This Heights Italian spot added a decidedly comforting cocktail called the Friendsgiving to the menu this fall. Coltivare. It starts with rye whiskey—bourbon’s spicy, sharper cousin—and adds crisp pear shrub, amaro, and toasted rosemary for a hint of smoke.

3320 White Oak Dr
Houston, TX 77007

3. Better Luck Tomorrow

544 Yale St, Houston, TX 77007
better luck tomorrow bar Jenn Duncan Photography

Find two fall-friendly options on the menu at this Heights favorite — the Against All Odds, a rich, creamy blend of scotch, sherry, amaro, and bitter cacao nibs that undercuts the sweetness. For a warming sip, try the simple Irish Coffee featuring Irish whiskey stirred with coffee and seasonal cream.

544 Yale St
Houston, TX 77007

4. Poitín Bar & Kitchen

2313 Edwards St #100, Houston, TX 77007

The smoked old fashioned with woody maple and bourbon is Poitin’s fall take on a beloved classic. Another option, the Swayback, spotlights Thanksgiving flavors. Vodka subtly infused with sweet potato and licorice-y fennel liqueur marry dry vermouth and black pepper in this cold weather concoction.

2313 Edwards St #100
Houston, TX 77007

5. High & Dry

306 S Main St #200, Houston, TX 77002

A rum-based tiki bar is more likely to evoke tropical tastes and summertime vibes, but High and Dry has a few fall cocktails on offer. The hot Nauti Toddy with bourbon aged rum and a mystery spice blend and the Ginger Flame with rum, reposado, ginger, and a blazing habanero thai chili tincture are guaranteed to bring the heat in cooler months.

306 S Main St #200
Houston, TX 77002

6. Goodnight Charlie's

2531 Kuester St, Houston, TX 77006
Photo by Jennifer Caldwell

The Big Tom Toddy’s namesake is a nod to late Irish country singer, Tom McBride. Tullamore Dew--a malty triple distilled Irish whiskey--calming chamomile tea, smooth honey syrup, and a squeeze of lemon make up this toddy variation at Montrose’s premier honky tonk.

2531 Kuester St
Houston, TX 77006

7. Anvil Bar & Refuge

1424 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Anvil Bar and Refuge
Anvil Bar and Refuge/Food and Wine

Anvil tasks their bartenders with creating original seasonal cocktails every year, so don’t expect the typical takes. This year, 7 new libations grace the bar’s autumn menu including With the Fly which uses a floral-noted Pierre Ferrand cognac as its base and builds with caffe amaro, sweet vermouth, and a dash of Xocolatl bitters—a small batch flavoring inspired by Mexico’s spiced chocolate mole sauces.

1424 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

8. UB Preserv

1609 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
Photo by Westin Galleymore

UB Preserv’s Braggart spotlights mezcal, a smoky agave-based liquor with more bite than tequila. The wintertime cocktail melds zesty orange juice, angostura bitters, a tinge of tamarind, and Meletti amaro: a full-bodied liqueur fortified with earthy anise and saffron. A splash of champagne results in a light, fizzy finish.

1609 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

9. Night Heron

1601 W Main St, Houston, TX 77006
Photo by Danny Kirgan

Night Heron’s Christmas in Trinidad is a twist on the Trinidad Sour. Robust overproof rye is washed with coconut fat which adds thickness and nuttiness. Whipped egg whites give the drink a frothy texture, a spritz of lime adds acid, and angostura bitters imbues the drink with its striking burgundy coloring.

1601 W Main St
Houston, TX 77006

10. Kata Robata

3600 Kirby Dr #H, Houston, TX 77098
Photo by Carla Gomez

The Playdate at Kata Robata is a holiday tasting menu in a drink. Date-infused bourbon adds notes of fruitiness. Velvety spiced sherry elicits the taste of winter berries and dark chocolate. And, dry vermouth fuses all the flavors together.

3600 Kirby Dr #H
Houston, TX 77098

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