Houston's Best for Cocktails

September 26, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Best bets for bespoke drinks and other crafty cocktails.

Poison Girl
Cocktail Bar · Montrose · $$
Food - · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

Crazy art " adorns the walls of this " quirky " Montrose " hipster hangout ", where " knowledgeable " bartenders mix many a " cheap ", " well-made " drink; it can get " swamped " on weekends with a " mixed crowd ", but many hang by the row of pinball machines or spill out onto the " super" patio, where a massive Kool-Aid Man presides over the night's proceedings.
Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails
Midtown · $$
Food - · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

A "tiki theme" straight out of "the 1950s" and "cool vibes" make this Midtown bar/coffeehouse "worth a visit" , as do the "interesting" cocktails mixed by night; factor in "friendly" service, and few mind if it's "a little pricier" than some nearby rivals.
Anvil Bar & Refuge
Cocktail Bar · Montrose · $$$
Food - · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Arrive early " and " be prepared to wait " at this " swanky " Montrose bar where crowds of " actual grown-ups " flock nightly for " expertly crafted " " Prohibition-era cocktails ", cheese and charcuterie in a " tastefully " decorated space (think exposed brick, dark wood and leather); sure, prices run " a bit high ", but that's to be expected when " talented " bartenders put so much " care into the creation" of each drink.
Cocktail Bar · Washington Corridor · $$

From mixologist Alba Huerta (Anvil Bar & Refuge, The Pastry War) comes this Downtown bar featuring a roster of cocktails from the South and a laid-back vibe to match. Housed in a renovated industrial building, the down-home space comes complete with lace curtains and a large porch for lounging.
Grand Prize Bar
Bar · Museum District · $$$
Food - · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

The "hole-in-the-wall charm" of this bar in a two-story Museum District house attracts "lively" , "interesting people" , including "hipsters" and after-shift restaurant staffers; while "cool bartenders" shake up "great cocktails" and serve cheap beer, the menu is a continual surprise thanks to a rotating roster of guest chefs.
Moving Sidewalk
Cocktail Bar · Downtown · $$

Chandeliers add an intimate glow to this Downtown craft-cocktail bar. Understated decor and a food-free menu allow the inventive array of mixed drinks to take center stage, though beer and wine are also available.
Weights + Measures
Breakfast · Midtown · $$

Set in a 1950s industrial warehouse in Midtown, this restaurant, lounge and bakery all rolled into one offers daily-made bread, donuts and pastries in its cafe and seasonal American cuisine in its bright, contemporary dining room. There's also a cool, midcentury bar area offering craft beers, a wine list leaning on small producers and an abbreviated bar-bites menu.
Heights · $$

From the Treadsack Group (Hunky Dory, Foreign Correspondents) comes this modern Heights lounge touting ambitious craft cocktails in an intimate space fashioned with plush purple banquettes, teal walls, and hand-forged gold bar stools.