Bars are a common staple in any town, a place people go to relax, drink, and spend time with friends and family. In this respect, The Woodlands is certainly no different from any other American town, even if some of its best bars lie in the outskirts. Here is our pick of the bars The Woodlands, Texas and the surrounding areas have to offer.
A bit of a drive from The Woodlands, in Magnolia, is The Golden Retriever Pub. It is one of two pubs owned by brothers Grant and Paul Ho. They devised the name of the bar by going back to their British roots and combining that with a well-loved American breed of dog. The bar offers patrons drinks, food, TVs for watching sports (including a lounging area for viewing), and two pool tables. Food options include appetizers and a variety of sandwich options, while the drink menu features an extensive list of beers (both domestic and import) and wines as well as spirits for cocktails. The most exciting aspects of The Golden Retriever Pub are the nightly specials and exciting events. The nightly drink specials offer discounts on drinks, which change each night of the week, while nightly events include open-mic night on Tuesday, karaoke on Thursday and Friday, and acoustic music on Sunday nights. There is always fun to be had at The Golden Retriever Pub whether it is a weekday or a weekend.
If you’re in the mood for a more upscale bar experience, try Local Pour — The Woodlands. This bar offers luxury food, drinks, and service to bar patrons. Local Pour has both indoor and outdoor seating, making it a great location to try in rainy or sunny conditions. Drinks offered include draft and bottled beers (with many local and regional options), wines (both white and red that are broken down by flavor profile on the menu), and handcrafted cocktails. Come in during meal times and try out the food menu, with items like Korean pork lollipops, sandwiches such as the pulled chicken and kale variety, charcuteries, soups and salads, entrées like the almond-crusted salmon, and delicious desserts. Come out and indulge in a drink and a meal at the upscale Local Pour. If you live in Houston, try out Local Pour’s Houston location on Gray Street.
Hop Scholar Ale House is a beer fanatic’s dream. This little bar in The Woodlands (technically Spring) offers 47 beers on tap that change throughout the year. They are constantly updating the beer menu and brining patrons new brews to sample. For those undecided drinkers, Hop Scholar offers flights, which are four-ounce pours of four different beers of your choosing. For those who want to take their drinks home, Hop Scholar also sells bottles to go along with their 64-ounce growlers, filled with the beer of your choice. There are a few basic snack options at Hop Scholar, but they encourage patrons to order out or bring in their own food. Stop by every other Sunday and enjoy a performance by Way North Comedy.
Another sports bar with a lot of character is The Flying Pug. The bar was opened in 2013 and emulates a neighborhood sports bar with a friendly staff, fast service, and a comfortable drinking environment. Any sports fan would feel at home in this bar with 23 TVs for viewing and Texas game viewing nights for hardcore Houston football fans. In terms of drinks, The Flying Pug has a wide variety of beers on tap and in bottles. The bar also serves food, providing patrons with ‘casual cuisine.’ Food items include snacks like Irish nachos or street tacos, flatbreads with all kinds of yummy toppings, sandwiches, burgers, and entrées like the Cajun-seared pork chop. Drop by The Flying Pug for dinner, drinks, and some sports.
Opened in 2009, the Crescent Moon Wine Bar & Restaurant is a paradise for any wine enthusiast. It offers an upscale bar experience in a casual setting and is located in Spring, just a few minutes from the outskirts of The Woodlands. The bar has Tuscan influences in their décor, with arches and stone walkways. Crescent Moon gives patrons an extensive wine list with over 300 different wines from which to choose, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable and will help anyone with choosing a wine to please their palate. Food is also available and caters to both sweet and savory tastes. On the savory side, there are charcuterie and cheeses as well as other starters, a selection of entrées from braised short ribs to shrimp and grits, and a few burgers and pizza options for the die-hard bar food fans. The dessert menu has a few options such as molten chocolate cake and bread pudding, as well as dessert wines and specialty drinks to pair with them. So if you like wine and want to expand you knowledge, take a trip to Crescent Moon Wine Bar & Restaurant.
Try Baker Street Pub & Grill. While it looks unassuming from the outside, Baker Street is distinctly British on the inside. The floors and extravagant bar are made from beautiful solid wood with bookcases and British-themed wall hangings. Baker Street even has a big, red glass-paneled telephone booth common to Britain. There is also a quaint curbside patio area for patrons to enjoy. With a fully stocked bar, Baker Street serves beer on tap and in the bottle, a selection of wines, and. of course, spirits for cocktails. An extensive food menu is also available to hungry patrons and includes everything from British favorites like fish and chips to Baja tacos and burgers. Come out to Baker Street Pub & Grill for food and drinks, and stay for the live entertainment, musicians frequently perform.
For a classy wine bar experience, try out Crush Wine Lounge. The bar has both indoor and outdoor seating with a rooftop patio for guests to look out and enjoy Waterway Square. Inside, the décor is an upscale night lounge with a bar that snakes through the room, the bar top is even backlit to look like smoky amber. The owners have a philosophy for only serving top quality wine as well as a premium well and top shelf spirits for patrons who want something other than wine. With wine, of course, being Crush’s specialty, this bar offers hundreds of varieties. The food at Crush also caters to more sophisticated tastes, with highlights being shrimp and scallop ceviche and artisan cheese plates for appetizers and blackened salmon or pizzas as entrées. Crush Wine Lounge is the perfect place to get dressed up and take a date or to start a night out with friends.
While being a great place to eat around the mall in The Woodlands, The Goose’s Acre is also a great bar. This Irish-style pub is the perfect place to enjoy a drink on a nice day as their outdoor patio is right on The Woodlands Waterway. The décor inside is authentic Irish with cherry wood on the floors as well as the bar. The bar is spacious and comfortable, a perfect place for group gatherings, and is fully stocked, with beers on tap, a selection of wines, and cocktails. Come in on Wednesday during business hours and bring your own mug up to 32 ounces. You can get the mug filled as many times as you like with $5 domestics and $6 imports. The Goose’s Acre also has a delicious menu for hungry patrons and features traditional Irish dishes as well as bar food and wood-fired pizza. The Goose’s Acre is a piece of Ireland right here in The Woodlands.
For a more laid-back bar experience, take a trip to the outskirts of The Woodlands and try Exit 73 Bar & Grill. The bar is under new management and has improved with the change in leadership. Exit 73 is pretty simple, with a roadhouse-style feel, and offers live entertainment from professional comedy acts on Wednesdays to DJs, live bands, open-mic nights, and karaoke. The bar also offers pool, darts, and foosball as well as TVs for patrons to watch. Exit 73 provides bar-goers with a full food menu, which includes a variety of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and other bar food favorites. The drink menu is pretty straightforward with a list of draft and bottled beer as well as wine and spirits for cocktails. Try Exit 73 Bar & Grill for a classic dive bar experience.
A sports bar experience is offered at Twin Peaks Shenandoah. This bar franchise started in Dallas, Texas and has expanded across the United States. Twin Peaks is known for their servers, usually waitresses in skimpy outfits. Beer is a commonly ordered drink, and Twin Peaks has about 30 draft beers. The bar also offers bottled beer and cocktails. For hungry patrons, Twin Peaks provides a menu filled with bar food, shareable appetizers, and classic American dishes. Come in on Mondays and enjoy happy hour. For any sports-watching experience, Twin Peaks is the perfect place to bring the buddies, hang out, drink, and watch the game.