Houston's Best for Mint Juleps

Southern classic
September 12, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Treat yourself to a taste of the South.

Brennan's of Houston
Southern American · Midtown · $$$
Food 4.7 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.8

An “way to visit New Orleans” without leaving town, this “peerless” Creole classic in Midtown combines “impeccable old-school service” , an “elegant setting” in a structure designed to evoke the Vieux Carré and “outstanding” food that includes – but goes well beyond – the “holy trinity of turtle soup, eggs Benedict and bananas Foster” (plus cocktails that'll “knock you off your barstool” ); the prices are “expense-account heaven” , but hey, “it’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience.”
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.
Under the Volcano
Bar · West U · $$
Food - · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.1

"A cocktail list that spans from frozen screwdrivers to pisco sours" is the calling card of this "unique" West U bar that also draws "good crowds" with steak-night specials and a covered outdoor patio; a jukebox with tunes by local artists and "Mexican- and Southwest-influenced" folk art complete the colorful scene, where the "drinks can get expensive, but they're well worth" the price.
Reserve 101
Bar · Downtown · $$$
Food - · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

At this "swank" Downtown bar, the whiskey list reads like a novel and features reserves hailing from the American South to the far reaches of India; specialty cocktails and frequent tastings also appeal, and a location conducive to pre-theater, -game or -concert drinks helps maintain its status as a "favorite spot."
Etoile Cuisine Et Bar
French · Galleria · $$$

Chef Philippe Verpiand (ex San Diego’s Cavaillon) is behind this pricey Uptown Park French serving updated, exactingly composed versions of old-school Gallic favorites. The rustic yet polished setting features contrasting dark hues and whitewashed wood, complemented by lighter touches like plush banquettes and stylish chandeliers.
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.
Radio Milano
Italian · Memorial · $$

Situated inside CityCentre's Hotel Sorella, this bi-level concept with a bar below and restaurant above features a modern Italian menu from Jose Hernandez (La Balance Cuisine) and a lengthy, Italian-leaning cocktail list. The buzzy ambiance and sleek decor keep the vibe in line with its upscale hotel setting.