Best of Houstonia

The Best Bars in Houston

Behold: the 10 best bars in all of Houstonia, plus 27 more definitive drinkeries in eight categories.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Top Stories

Brush with Fate

Is This Man the Greatest Living Native American Artist?

Ron Anderson moved to Houston for one last shot at fame—but it may be too late.

11/30/2014 By Michael Hardy Photography by Brian Goldman

Best of Houstonia

Top Lawyers 2014

Avvo’s proprietary algorithm rates all attorneys on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, speaking, publishing, and awards.

11/30/2014

Open Road

This Holiday Season, Gift Yourself a Trip to San Antonio

Get out of town—and do some quality last-minute Christmas shopping while you’re at it.

11/30/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Space City

Holiday Entertaining in the Subtropics

Houston’s yuletide doesn’t resemble a Thomas Kinkade painting—and that’s okay.

11/30/2014 Photography by Shannon O'Hara By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Review

Sal y Pimienta Brings Multi-Dimensional South American Cuisine to CityCentre

Half top-end steak house, half old-fashioned Argentinian parrilla, Sal y Pimienta is a meat-lovers’ paradise.

11/30/2014 By Robb Walsh

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

Festivals

Preview: The Theremin Hits Houston

The peculiar electronic instrument enjoys a rare limelight at this year’s Bayou City Music and Film Festival.

11/30/2014 By Joe Leydon

Bah, Humbug

A Christmas Carol Is Taking Over Houston

As Houstonians, we love us some Scrooge—three local productions of A Christmas Carol can attest to that.

11/30/2014 By Michael Hardy

Brush with Fate

Is This Man the Greatest Living Native American Artist?

Ron Anderson moved to Houston for one last shot at fame—but it may be too late.

11/30/2014 By Michael Hardy Photography by Brian Goldman

Eat & Drink

Editors’ Picks

Six Restaurants to Try in Spring

Comfort food abounds in north Houstonia, and there are some surprises as well.

12/10/2014 By Russell van Kraayenburg

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s Best Beer Bars: An Addendum

A few more local favorites to add to August 2014’s best-of list.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

4 Bars For Fun & Games

Trivia is just the beginning.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s 4 Greatest Sports Bars

He shoots, you score—a winning round of food and beers, that is.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

The Best Dives & Ice Houses in Houston

Ours is a city with dive bars in abundance, but we dug a little deeper to put together a list every Houstonian must know.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s 5 Most Romantic Bars

Get a little bit closer at these flirty favorites.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s Top 6 Cocktail Bars

In the midst of a booming cocktail renaissance, and these bars—some newcomers, some old stalwarts—stand out from the pack.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Where to Drink Wine in Houston

You've heard of heavy hitters? How about heavy pourers—four to be exact?

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s 6 Best Sprits Bars

Expand your palate at these establishments, where you’ll find the city’s largest selections of whiskey, rum, tequila and more—plus the knowledgeable staff to guide you on your journey.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Recipe

Recipe: What’s Nuttier Than a Fruitcake?

Spoiler alert: nothing

11/30/2014 Photography by Russell van Kraayenburg

Review

Six Months in, Can Common Bond Live by Croissants Alone?

Common Bond really does bake some of the best breads in the country—if you can stand the wait.

11/30/2014 By Robb Walsh

Review

Sal y Pimienta Brings Multi-Dimensional South American Cuisine to CityCentre

Half top-end steak house, half old-fashioned Argentinian parrilla, Sal y Pimienta is a meat-lovers’ paradise.

11/30/2014 By Robb Walsh

Editors’ Picks

Houston’s Nine Best Restaurants for Late-Night Dining

To make our list, these restaurants must be open past midnight every day of the week.

11/30/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best Bars 2014

Houston’s Five Happiest Hours

Houston holds some fantastic happy-hour deals—if you know where to look.

11/30/2014 By Mai Pham

Best Bars 2014

Behold: Hand-Carved Ice

A primer on the city’s latest, coldest bar trend

11/30/2014 By Mai Pham

Best Bars 2014

Are You Drinking the Right Cocktail for Your Personality?

No matter who you are, there’s a cocktail (and a bar) out there for you.

11/30/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Best Bars 2014

Slideshow: Houston’s Five Best Cocktails

Do yourself a favor and try each one.

11/30/2014 By Mai Pham

Best of Houstonia

The Best Bars in Houston

Behold: the 10 best bars in all of Houstonia, plus 27 more definitive drinkeries in eight categories.

11/30/2014 Edited by Katharine Shilcutt By Dan Derozier, Catherine Matusow, Chris Abshire, and Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Drunk as the Dickens

A holiday parable featuring the ghosts of Christmas bars past, present, and future

11/30/2014 By Scott Vogel

Home & Real Estate

Space City

Holiday Entertaining in the Subtropics

Houston’s yuletide doesn’t resemble a Thomas Kinkade painting—and that’s okay.

11/30/2014 Photography by Shannon O'Hara By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

News & City Life

Best of Houstonia

Top Lawyers 2014

Avvo’s proprietary algorithm rates all attorneys on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, speaking, publishing, and awards.

11/30/2014

H-Town Diary

Society of Friends(wood)

For author Rene Steinke, returning home to Friendswood has a way of plunging her back in time.

11/30/2014 By René Steinke

Bayougraphy

Up From the Depths

After a devastating accident in Galveston Bay, a grieving daughter faces the ocean alone.

11/30/2014 By Natalie Harms

A Brief Tribute

Where Would Houston Be Without the Ship Channel?

We take a trip down to the Ship Channel to pay tribute on its 100th birthday.

11/30/2014 By Catherine Matusow

Regrets Only

“Dear Whataburger...”

The latest in a series of heartbreaking letters home from expats who realized their mistake too late

11/30/2014 By Andrew Husband

Citizen Canine

All Dogs Go to Heaven

Enter Houston’s Celestis Pets, the world’s first pet memorial spaceflight service.

11/30/2014 By Peter Holley

Trends

Social Media Finally Turns on Itself

The creators of the “Avoid Humans” app use social data in a decidedly anti-social way.

11/30/2014 By Chris Abshire

Children’s Lit

Slideshow: Five Houston Socialites and Their Children’s Books

A considered guide to Houston’s many well-heeled wordsmiths

11/30/2014

Ice House

December’s Perfect Party

As the new year approaches, change is on our minds—and we’re not the only ones.

11/30/2014 By Catherine Matusow

Business

Single Bright Females

Three entrepreneurs share their secrets and their struggles in one of America’s best cities for women-owned businesses.

11/30/2014 By Catherine Matusow

Behind the Scenes

Meet the Santa Wrangler

With an army of two dozen santas, Bill Wiatrak is master of Yule logistics.

11/25/2014 By Catherine Matusow

Style & Shopping

Gift Guide

Rep Houston This Holiday With These Home-Grown Gifts

Houston-themed merchandise is in—and makes great gifts for loved ones who like to wear their city on their sleeve.

11/30/2014 Photography by Audra Oden By Katharine Shilcutt

Humor

How to Wrap the Perfect Holiday Gift: a 31-Step Guide

Step 9: Google “Scotch tape delivery.”

11/30/2014 By Sarah Rufca Nielsen

Travel & Outdoors

Travel

December Destinations and To-Dos in San Antonio

When in San Antonio, don’t miss these six winter- and holiday-related activities.

11/30/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt

Open Road

This Holiday Season, Gift Yourself a Trip to San Antonio

Get out of town—and do some quality last-minute Christmas shopping while you’re at it.

11/30/2014 By Katharine Shilcutt