If your idea of nightlife includes hitting a bar for drinks and socializing, then our Houston guide is just what you want. Capitalizing on first-hand experience and extensive research, we've located the best bars in Houston for hanging out and kicking back in. From long-lived mainstays like Slainte Irish Pub to busy places like Marfreless that get lots of 10Best reader approval, we present the top bars in town and offer details about them all. What's the energy like? How do the bartenders pour? Are most bars located in the Downtown area? No fear - we share all the facts!

North Houston
Petrol Station

Boasting arguably the best beer selection as well as the best burgers in Houston, this bar's tantalizing taps and mouthwatering menu draw hops heads from far and wide. Petrol Station is set in a refurbished gas station and offers a cozy,...  Read More

Museum District
Grand Prize Bar

A local favorite in Houston, this charming bar's laid-back atmosphere makes it an inviting place to spend the evening. In fact, Grand Prize has just about everything one could want in a dive bar, plus a few extras, like cheap but perfectly...  Read More

One of the most impressive bars Houston, Texas has to offer, Anvil belongs to an increasingly rare breed where the complex art of bartending and quality drinks are still the main focus. Trendy yet unpretentious, the bar features beautiful...  Read More

When it comes to bars, Houston, Texas boasts quite a variety, but none compare to Nouveau Antique Art Bar, warmly lit by hundreds of breathtaking reproduction Tiffany lamps. Add antique Art Nouveau-style furniture, dark wood walls, plush seating...  Read More

Poison Girl

If you're looking for eclectic dive bars, Houston, Texas has plenty, but locals agree that Poison Girl tops the list. This quirky bar is both hip and inviting, providing a low-key spot for creative souls to gather and knock back cheap Lone Stars...  Read More

Slainte Irish Pub

In the heart of downtown Houston is this cozy touch of Dublin. A beautiful wooden facade and a lofty balcony initially greet visitors; inside, exquisite woodwork, hand-carved furniture, old portraits, armoires, and a handcrafted bar distinguish...  Read More

River Oaks
Photo courtesy of Marfreless

Pay attention as you make your way down Peden Street or you stand a good chance of missing this nondescript little joint, whose unmarked blue door in no way anticipates the lounge inside. Marfreless fosters a surprisingly romantic setting that...  Read More

Champps Americana

Located near the Galleria, this multi-faceted sports bar is a terrific place to meet up with old college chums and catch a game on the big-screen. Champps' interior is noteworthy for its sleek jagged bar, tile floor, and exposed brick walls,...  Read More

SRO Sports Bar & Cafe

One thing this sport bar doesn't lack is televisions – big screens, small screens, and a few in-between screens – all 200-plus of them strategically positioned for prime viewing, no matter where you happen to find yourself. Typical sports...  Read More

Bubba's Sports Bar & Grill

Thanks to a relaxed setting at this family-run bar and grill, folks are put immediately at ease. It doesn't hurt that they're treated to everything from chicken-fried steak to catfish and burgers, courtesy of a well-considered menu. A full bar...  Read More

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