Newcomer's Guide

The 10 Best Bars in the Bayou City

The essential cocktail lounges, vinotecas, beer gardens, dives, and other watering holes for when you need a drink.

08/30/2018 Edited by Gwendolyn Knapp

Bar Rescue

Anvil's Heugel to Take Over Spot Next to Anvil, But Don't Expect More Anvil

While popular '80s bar Etro Lounge relocates, we wait for what's next in Montrose.

07/03/2018 By Timothy Malcolm

Lone Stars

Learn All About the Texas Cocktail Scene in This New Book

Nico Martini's Texas Cocktails serves as a snapshot of the best craft cocktails in the state.

05/24/2018 By Lauro Rojas

Honor To Be Nominated

Most of Houston's 2018 James Beard Award Hopes Dashed

Of the 12 Houston semifinalists, only one advanced to the final awards ballot.

03/14/2018 By Cory Garcia

Houston Rules

Houston Has 12 James Beard Award 2018 Semifinalists

"The Oscars of Food" really likes what Houston is doing.

02/15/2018 By Cory Garcia

'Tis The Season

Where to Go to Get Your Eggnog Fix in Houston

Plenty of Houston bars are serving up their version of the holiday classic.

12/19/2017 By Beth Levine

Absinthe & Citrus

Meet the Mixologist: Westin Galleymore of Hay Merchant and Underbelly

From gimlets to dining at Coltivare, get to know your bartender.

10/12/2017 By Lauro Rojas

White Shirt & Rubber Boots

A Look Inside Underbelly's New Cocktail Program

Spirits director Westin Galleymore brings life to the Montrose standard's bar.

09/21/2017 By Lauro Rojas

Beard Bites

Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel Will Open Their Heights Bar in April

Better Luck Tomorrow replaces Dry Creek on Yale Street.

03/29/2017 By Alice Levitt

Beard Move

Houston Kicks Ass With Nine James Beard Semifinalist Nods

They'll be culled down to finalists on March 15, with awards given on April 25.

02/15/2017 By Alice Levitt

Cheers!

Bobby Heugel Quietly Opens a New Downtown Cocktail Bar

Tongue-Cut Sparrow promises to be "an ambitious formal cocktail bar."

01/27/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Spooks & Spirits

Ninja Ramen Is Dressing Up as Anvil for Halloween

Who said only human beings could rock a Halloween costume?

10/29/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Good-Bayou

A Farewell Tour of Houston: New Friends, Same Old Anvil

Sometimes you have to come full circle before you can leave.

03/25/2016 By Hala Daher

Tuesday Tipples

6 Worthy Whiskey Cocktails to Try

In honor of the upcoming World Whiskey Day, a collection of cocktails for the local connoisseur

05/12/2015 By Kayla Stewart

Tuesday Tipples

Gin Is In: 6 Cool Gin Cocktails to Try

With the temperatures rising, this summery spirit is enjoying another rise in popularity.

04/28/2015 By Kayla Stewart

Awards Season

Houston Nabs 5 James Beard Award Semi-Final Nominations

...or six, depending on how you look at it.

02/18/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

Settle Up

Anvil Bar & Refuge Closed for Renovations

A few fresh coats of paint, a deep-clean, and more are in store for the craft cocktail giant.

01/12/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt

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

Cozy Cocktails

Houston's 5 Best Holiday Handwarmers

Try these five seasonal cocktails this winter before they're gone—or worse, the hot weather returns.

11/25/2014 By Natalie Harms

Houston Bars

Why I Always End Up at Anvil

Still crazy about cocktails after all these years

10/21/2014 By Russell van Kraayenburg