5 Best Bars With A Bite In Houston, Texas

Photo of Samantha Beckett
5 December 2016

Houston, Texas is a hot spot for nightlife activities. Entertainment ranges from bars and restaurants to art, music, theater, and live events. Many locations combine these activities with a unique theme or subject to draw Houston patrons in. These top five bars combine alcohol and food in exciting ways that will have your taste buds thanking you. People come out for the booze, and stay for the food!

Downtown Houston skyline | © Creative Commons/Pixabay/skeeze

The Hay Merchant

Located in Houston’s Midtown, The Hay Merchant is a bar as well as a food haven. The Hay Merchant takes beer very seriously and has 80 different kinds of craft brews for bar patrons to try. Of course, to go with this amazing beer, the Hay Merchant offers a selection of elevated bar food from Pozole Fries, with a pork pozole sauce and a multitude of veggies pickled or otherwise, to Sweet and Spicy Pigs’ Ears.

Moontower Inn | © Kristina Cortez/Flickr

Moon Tower Inn: Cookshack and Sudworks

From the outside, Moon Tower Inn looks like a hot dog stand, but don’t be fooled. This outdoor bar offers a wide selection of craft beer on tap, from pale ales to lager and IPAs. While people may come to have a cold beer, what they stay for is the food. Moon Tower is most famous for their wild game hot dogs ranging from wild boar to deer on a pretzel bun with a plethora of wonderful toppings to choose from.


Looking for a quaint, quiet neighborhood bar that makes you feel like you’re out of downtown Houston? Try Lowbrow Bar & Grill. Lowbrow makes patrons feel as though they walked out of their front door and stepped across the street into the bar. Sit inside or outside on the patio while sipping on a variety of beers, wine, and specialty cocktails.

Anvil Bar & Refuge | © Bart Everson/Flickr

Anvil Bar & Refuge

Anvil Bar & Refuge is a small, casual bar that offers patrons a high class and high quality bar experience. What makes Anvil Bar & Refuge so great is their focus on specialty cocktails, made with high quality spirits and ingredients, as well as on bartending. Bartenders at Anvil go through a four-month training program, which includes 100 well-known cocktails that every bartender should know, and patrons can choose from.

La Grange

Located in the Montrose area, La Grange is a popular hot spot for Mexican food and drink. This patio-style bar promotes a casual bar experience with craft beers and specialty cocktails based on house-made ingredients and fresh-squeezed juices. La Grange also offers a wide variety of Mexican food with a menu boasting items such as tamales, fajitas, enchiladas, whole fish, and burgers.

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