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The Top 10 Bars In Houston's Midtown, Texas

The Top 10 Bars In Houston's Midtown, Texas

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Going to Midtown is like reliving college glory days. The scene is filled with twenty-somethings hopping from one place to the next, taking in the nuance of the neighborhood and exploring the bars all within close proximity to one another. While some bars are more niche than others, Midtown offers something for everyone and is a great place to rekindle the best years of your life. Check out the 10 best bars in this lively area.
Photo Courtesy of Pub Fiction
Photo Courtesy of Pub Fiction

Pub Fiction

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.

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.

The Gaslamp

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.

Photo Courtesy of Dogwood
Photo Courtesy of Dogwood

The Dogwood

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.

Photo Courtesy of Celtic Gardens
Photo Courtesy of Celtic Gardens

Celtic Gardens

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.

Midtown Drinkery

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.

Photo Courtesy of Howl At The Moon
Photo Courtesy of Howl At The Moon

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.

Photo Courtesy of 3rd Floor
Photo Courtesy of 3rd Floor

3rd Floor

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.

13 Celsius

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.

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.