Valhalla is an unpretentious nonprofit bar operated by Rice alumni right on campus, under the Chemistry Building. As a student-staffed and -frequented establishment, you can safely assume they’ll have the cheapest prices you’ve seen in a long while. It’s also why the walls are covered with ties left behind by students who have just defended their thesis or dissertation. Considering it’s underground, the space is roomy and comfortable, and you might enjoy looking at the murals on the walls while you enjoy your ‘I can’t believe I paid 95 cents for this’ beer. Bar snacks are mostly candy bars, chips and bahn mi sandwiches from Les Givrals.
Address and telephone number: 1616 S. Voss, Houston, TX 77005 +1 713 750 0500
Simone on Sunset self-describes as an ‘urban-cozy gathering place’, and with good reason. They’ve tried to represent the best of Houston: the fun of the diversity, the friendly Rice Village aura, and the bohemian feel of the Museum District. It all boils down to a friendly neighborhood lounge with delectable food and appetizing drinks. Happy Hour is popular among patrons. Their food offerings are unexpected and delightful, like the duck and pear pizza and their signature truffle parmesan popcorn.
Address & telephone number: 2418 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX 77005 +1 346 980 8107