Houston's Best for Cocktails

September 26, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Best bets for bespoke drinks and other crafty cocktails.

Poison Girl
Bar · Montrose · $$
Food - · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

"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
Bar · Midtown · $$
Food - · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.6

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
Bar · Montrose · $$$
Food - · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

"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 3.8 · Service 4.1

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
American · 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.