by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
Legally dry in some patches, there aren't as many bars in the Heights as the neighborhood's effortlessly cool rep might make you think. (Washington Avenue is the exception and its dozens of bars belong in their own category.) But simply by being so few and far between, these bars almost automatically earn hidden gem status and are held close to the hearts of the locals. Take a tour of these generally laid-back and welcoming watering holes. (Photo: Cedar Creek)
Updated: June 18, 2010
One of the few authentically Texan bars left in Houston, Alice's has somehow remained largely unnoticed by the masses. Join the friendly old-timers at the bar for a goblet of Lone Star and, if one of them asks, a few steps to the Dolly song coming from the jukebox.
A crouched building with a pink "222" as the only signage, Dirt Bar looks pretty scary on the outside. Well, it's also pretty scary on the inside. The walls are painted black, and the lighting is pretty much nonexistent, but then you talk to a surprisingly nice bartender and it's all okay.