Julep is an absolutely beautiful Houston must. Inspired by the sights and flavors of the South, owner and experienced bartender Alba Huerta has created a haven for drinkers who appreciate the craftsmanship of a good drink. Try the rebel rose, an intoxicating mix of raspberry cordial, orange bitters and wine. The food menu is mostly seafood, oysters and cheese selections, and many patrons choose the seafood tower for groups. Both drink and food menus change frequently, making Julep a bar that never bores. Happy hour is every day from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Address and telephone: 1919 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007 +1 713 869 4383
Moving Sidewalk is a sultry, familiar hideaway on Main Street. The bar is dark and elegant, with an exposed brick wall and brass chandeliers that are kept at a dim level. The bartenders are passionate about their craft, and they have a kitchen workshop where all syrups, juices, ice and sodas are made. Their cocktails are classics with a modern, sexy twist, like the Night at the Floridita: two different Daiquiris stacked on top of each other, separated by a layer of liquid nitrogen ice. The experience is as educational as it is delicious.
Address: 306 Main, Houston, TX 77002
This quintessentially Houstonian spot is a classy retreat in the middle of the city, with an outdoor patio bar, cabanas and delicious signature drinks. Locals enjoy the strawberry basil smash and the Rosemont Mule, both infused with ginger beer. The space has the aura of an exclusive social club, but the waiters and bartenders are amicable and always open to discuss cocktails or chat. Valet service is free, too, which is an immense benefit in the Montrose area. Happy hour starts at 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday.
Address and telephone: 910 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006 +1 832 530 4698
Don’t let the 7:00 am opening time fool you; Double Trouble is definitely a great bar. This place is the perfect blend between a coffee shop and a bar, with a relaxed, cozy vibe and friendly service, whether you drop in for a casual meeting or a date, you’ll be sure to leave happy. The menu is flexible, with milky iced coffees, decadent caramel lattes and refreshing iced cocktails. All cocktail juices and syrups are freshly made or procured from local companies. Caffeine-free and non-alcoholic drinks are available as well, such as the Caribbean Cream Soda, a sweet and delicious mix of coconut water, cream and grenadine.
Address and telephone: 3622 Main St, Ste D, Houston, TX 77006 +1 713 874 0096
Dean’s Downtown is all about classics done right. Standby cocktails fill the drink menu; think old fashioneds, gimlets and negronis. There’s also craft Texas beer and beer-based cocktails. The space is interesting as well, as the bar is housed in a 1893 building that used to be a department store. It was recently renovated using reclaimed wood and furniture: the 30 foot bar is made of wood claimed from the Saint Arnold Brewery building. A variety of sofas and armchairs offer comfortable, intimate seating, while the oldest electric elevator in the state serves as a private meeting room.
Address and telephone: 316 Main St, Houston, TX 77002 +1 832 564 0918