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Top 10 Bars in Houston Overall as of March 2023

Houston is a city that is known for its thriving nightlife, and it is home to a plethora of amazing bars that cater to all kinds of tastes and preferences. Whether you're in the mood for a casual night out with friends or an upscale evening of cocktails and conversation, Houston has a bar that will meet your needs.

In this list, we will be exploring the top 10 best bars in Houston that are perfect for a night out on the town. From swanky rooftop lounges to laid-back dive bars, Houston has it all.

To make this list, these bars need to have everything, Great Drinks, Customer Service and Atmosphere obviously count the most but also Events, Activities, Comfort, Specials and even Parking factor into this decision. So here are the best bars in Houston in reverse order.


Todos Santos (

This is the latest party / club venue on Washington Ave. For all of your bottle service needs, instagrammable pictures and to find the in-crowd go here if you are into that. (#1 for party vibe and Bottle service)


Axelrad Beer Garden (

Axelrad is a laid-back and casual bar that is perfect for relaxing the night away in a hammock. This bar has a large outdoor space that is perfect for enjoying a cold beer on a hot Houston day. Axelrad also has a fantastic selection of beers on tap, making it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike (#1 for Atmosphere on this list)


Social Beer Garden HTX (

SBG It is an expansive indoor outdoor bar located in midtown. This popular spot features hammocks, food trucks, a huge outdoor TV and with games galore. With a lively atmosphere, burlesque shows on Friday nights and ample seating, it's the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy a cocktail or a great selection of local and national craft beers (#1 for Beer on this list).


Notsuoh (

(Houston spelt backwards) has a unique and eclectic atmosphere. The interior of the bar is filled with various oddities such as art installations, vintage furniture, and antique items. This downtown bar is known for hosting a variety of events including live music, art shows, poetry readings, and comedy performances. Overall, Notsuoh is a popular spot in Houston for those looking for a one-of-a-kind bar experience (#1 for Wtf on this list)


Julep (

Is another Houston bar that is famous for its cocktails. This bar is particularly known for its mint juleps, which are the perfect drink for a hot Houston day. Julep also has a fantastic menu of Southern-inspired food, making it the perfect spot for a casual night out but be warned can be long wait to get in because its tiny. (Joint #1 for cocktails with Anvil. Used to be better than it is today)


Clarkwood (

Is a bar located in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, Texas. It has a cozy and intimate atmosphere, with dim lighting and a small patio area outside. The bar is known for its selection of craft cocktails, which are made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and its rotating selection of local and regional beers, as well as a curated selection of wines. Clarkwood often hosts live music, poetry readings, and other events, making it a popular spot for Houston locals and has a big Industry following. (#1 for where locals go)


Permission Whiskey (

is a trendy cocktail bar located in the Heights. This Whiskey bar has a sleek and modern interior, with dim lighting and a sophisticated atmosphere. The menu features a range of craft cocktails, many of which are creatively named after famous songs or musicians. The bartenders are skilled and knowledgeable. Overall, Permission is a great spot for a night out with friends or a date night, with delicious drinks and a stylish ambiance (#1 for Whiskey selection)


McIntyre's (

This Heights bar has a cozy and laid-back atmosphere with a large outdoor patio. It is known for its selection of rotating local and regional beers and offers a variety of cocktails and wines, as well as pub food such as burgers and sandwiches. The bar often hosts live music and other events, and has become a popular spot for locals to gather and relax with friends (#1 Bar on 20th Street in the Heights)


Heights Bier Garten (

HBG Is a popular German-inspired beer garden located in the Heights. The bar boasts a spacious outdoor area with communal seating, perfect for catching up with friends or enjoying the warm weather. The bar serves a wide variety of beer options, both local and imported, and also has a full bar with cocktails and wine. The menu features traditional German cuisine like pretzels, sausages, and schnitzel, as well as other pub favorites. (A Well rounded bar)


Anvil Bar & Refuge (

Is one of Houston's most iconic bars, and it's a must-visit spot for anyone who is serious about cocktails. This bar is known for its expertly crafted cocktails and its extensive menu of unique and creative drinks. Anvil also has a laid-back atmosphere that makes it the perfect place to unwind with friends. Arrive well before 9pm to get an Egg White cocktail. (#1 for Cocktails on this list)

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