If the name doesn’t draw you in, Pub Fiction offers a great atmosphere that incorporates the feel of a favorite neighborhood hangout with a chic urban twist. Get ready because this is the place to be once college football starts. Happy hour is from 2 PM to 8 PM, along with other specials coordinating to each day of the week. On Mondays, select craft draft beer is only three dollars.
Pub Fiction, 2303 Smith Street #100, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 400 8400
Little Woodrow’s Midtown
There is something to be said about an establishment that that is frequented by celebrities such as James Franco. Every Thursday night, Little Woodrow’s Midtown puts on turtle-racing competitions. Whether you’re placing your bet on Thursday, or taking a gamble with one of the 50 beers on draft any other night of the week, Little Woodrow’s Midtown is the place to be.
Little Woodrow’s Midtown, 2306 Brazos Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 522 1041
Stepping into The Gaslamp is like being transported back in time to a swanky vintage pub with plush leather couches and people smoking hookah. This 10,000-square-foot bar is what you would call an ultra lounge, complete with three levels incorporating a mix between contemporary and classic. Take in the view of downtown from the rooftop terrace and dance the night away.
The Gaslamp, 2400 Brazos Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 832 970 3454
Inspired by their grandmother’s fondness of the dogwood tree, the owners of The Dogwood created a ‘homegrown’ concept incorporating Southern-style charm and hospitality. Walk upstairs to enjoy drinks at the rooftop bar, or sit inside for a funky fresh menu with options like risotto lollipops or chicken and waffles.
The Dogwood, 2403 Bagby Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 281 501 9075
Celtic Gardens has the feel of a neighborhood Irish pub, with more space and more activities. Typically, you’ll find guests sporting animal masks from liquor representatives or playing corn hole on the back patio. The laid-back vibe makes Celtic Gardens the perfect place to hang with friends and throw back a few pints of Guinness.
Celtic Gardens, 2300 Louisiana Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 900 2500
If you’re looking for a place to kick it on the dance floor, Midtown Drinkery is it. This two-story building has different features with a patio bar downstairs and dance floor upstairs. The bartenders are quick to serve you, and the bar’s central location makes it the perfect spot for a pub crawl.
Midtown Drinkery, 2400 Bagby Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 522 0118
Howl at the Moon
Howl at the Moon is a lively party with dueling pianos, fantastic drinks and bucket specials. If you’re looking for a change, pull up a seat and be entertained with this high-energy show centered around your favorite party anthems and dance hits. If the music inside gets to be too much, take a break on the front patio overlooking the street. You’re bound to make some new friends.
Howl at the Moon, 612 Hadley Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 658 9700
There’s something about having to take an elevator to get to where you’re going, and you’re definitely going places at 3rd Floor. While many Midtown bars have a view of the Houston skyline, 3rd Floor kicks up the exclusivity factor by allowing guests a personal viewing terrace not to be overcrowded like the other bars. With an airy, up-scale feel, 3rd Floor offers an extensive drinks menu, complete with crafted cocktails on draft — an exclusive, new concept.
3rd Floor, 2303 Smith Street #300, Houston, TX, USA, +1 832 384 1960
13 Celsius is a different scene from the typical Midtown hustle. The pace here is a little slower but much more cozy, with the inside offering a warm environment full of velvet couches and private-sitting areas. Not just a place for wine snobs and aficionados, the staff at 13 Celsius are great at suggesting the right wine for you. You’ll be a wine connoisseur before you know it.
13 Celsius, 3000 Caroline Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 713 529 8466
Proof Rooftop Lounge
The illuminating ‘I love you’ neon sign at this rooftop bar is the first thing you’ll see when you arrive at this locale. Navigate your way to the dance floor if you’re in the mood to party, or climb the stairs to try your hand at pool. Whether you’re there for the music, the view, or the party, Proof is definitely the place to be.
Proof Rooftop Lounge, 2600 Travis Street, Houston, TX, USA, +1 832 767 0513