While Upper Kirby pub the Mucky Duck is a favorite venue for live music, don’t ignore the menu. Musicians and Houston arts types are among the regular crowd. The best seats in the house are the church pews at the two tables in the elevated snug, as such cozy, secluded areas in pubs are known. You’ll find ancient pub standards on the menu like a Ploughman’s Lunch (bread, cheese, and beer) and Welsh Rarebit (melted cheddar and mushrooms over toast), along with five salads and six sandwiches. There’s shepherd’s, steak-and-kidney, and chicken pot pie, and if you can’t make up your mind, the “wee three,” a sampling of all three. We recommend the assortment with a sampler of three Irish beers—Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Harp.