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!



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

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

Pub Fiction


With its loft-like appearance, graphic furniture, and expansive patio, this upscale sports bar gets lots of support from local business people. They make it a weekday hangout when the work whistle blows, and a well-attended happy hour shows them...  Read More



This sexy hotel bar overlooks the ICON's lobby. A study in red, gold, and black, it provides an appropriately low-key setting for conversation and mingling. The impressive drinks are pricey but tasty, and the VIP room is a gorgeous space defined...  Read More



Don't come here looking for shiny nightlife trappings or a menu of delicate cocktails – the Icehouse is nothing but downhome and casual. Picnic tables, domestic brews, and a few wine options make up the regular offerings, and from time to...  Read More



Although largely lesbian-frequented, this complex welcomes all who would like to attend. Four venues include a saloon and martini bar, and you'll find room for everything from live music to karaoke and open-mic events. Outdoor seating lets you...  Read More

Warren's Inn


A mainstay that's getting new life thanks to local revitalization, Warren's still carries on as it always has – simply, and without fanfare. Its regular clientele are the same. They're just looking for a place to have a drink and decompress...  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

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

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