Best Bars 2016

The 5 Hottest Spots in the Galleria and Uptown

Beginning with the best bar for pretending the Richmond Strip never went away.

By Katharine Shilcutt February 1, 2016 Published in the February 2016 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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Sam's Boat

Image: Lauren Marek

Best Bar for Pretending the Richmond Strip Never Went Away

Sam’s Boat

How is this place still even here? Never mind. It doesn’t matter. We’re just glad we can still experience the glory days of the ’90s Richmond Strip party scene. Compounding the nostalgia: cheap raw oysters, buffalo wings, and pitchers of beer on the weekend, which—not coincidentally—is the best time to spread yourself out on the sprawling patio deck and take a trip down memory lane.

Best Bar for the Classiest Margarita You’ve Ever Seen


Nearby office denizens with ties somewhat loosened and high-rise dwellers with dibs on their favorite cherry-red barstool pack the U-shaped bar here at happy hour. Popular libations include the silky-smooth frozen margarita sweetened with Hill Country honey, the Tequila Sidecar made with aged Don Julio, or The Maverick, which pairs silver tequila with cucumber, lime, jalapeño and Topo Chico.

Best Bar for Pretending It’s Still the 1970s

Fuad’s Restaurant

Right next door to The Melting Pot, a fellow holdover of the Me Decade, lies this local favorite, famous both for its total lack of menu—the chef will make you anything you ask for—and for its swinging scene, which Ron Burgundy himself would revel in. Get a seat around the piano, at the tiny, two-person bar in the back, or at a table.

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Best Bar for Pretending You’re in England

The Richmond Arms Pub

it’s still nippy outside, there’s no better fireplace to cozy up to than the one at this snug pub, ideally with a homemade Cornish pastie or steak and mushroom pie (no frozen stuff here). While this is the home base for Arsenal supporters who’ve found themselves living in the Bayou City, the bar also shows nearly every other footie match on satellite TV—even at 5 a.m.

Best Bar Off the Beaten Path

Ron’s Pub and White Horse Inn

While this friendly British-themed pub, named after dearly departed owner Ronald Town, is the locus for Liverpool FC supporters, it also shows games and matches of every type, from every corner of the world. Serious darts players converge here for Saturday-night tournaments.


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