Houston's Best for Mojitos

Where to find that summer staple: the mojito
September 20, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Taste the island - try a refreshingly minty mojito from one of these Houston eateries.  

Mexican · Montrose · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Definitely “not your typical Mexican restaurant” , this longtime, upscale Montrose hot spot showcases chef Hugo Ortega’s “imaginative” south-of-the-border cuisine that “consistently surprises you with interesting combinations and new flavors” ; the “excellent tequila, mezcal and wine lists” fuel the “fun, festive” atmosphere (hence the dining room can get “noisy” ); P.S. Sunday brunch is “fantastic” , so call ahead for reservations.
New American · Rice Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

“Innovative, modern” New American fare plus a “really fun” cocktail list and a “comfortable” yet “chic” setting combine at these popular standbys; the “young and hip” arrive for “first-date drinks, brunch with the family and dinner with friends” , and it’s a “favorite happy-hour spot” too.
Bar · Montrose · $$
Food - · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

"Bohemian" digs with mismatched seating and an "ample patio" mark this "adorable" , "date" -ready wine bar in a "trendy part" of Montrose; with "good pricing" on an "extensive" vino list and popular drinks ( "love the frozen mojitos" ), it's a "cool place" to "sit back and chill."
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.
Oporto Cafe
Bar · Greenway Plaza Area · $$

The inspiration for this Greenway Plaza wine bar is drawn from chef-owner Richard Di Virgilio's Portuguese descent, which informs the approachable wines, beers, cocktails and small plates served in an intimate bistro setting with a sleek bar. The food and beverages come without pretense, and so do the patrons.
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.