by Nikki Metzgar - 206 Reviews - 77 List
We don't get much credit for having a lively nightlife scene in Downtown Houston thanks to the mass exodus that occurs each day when the clock strikes 5pm. But each year, more bars and restaurants colonize the area to the point where practically any kind of drinking experience (barring the illegal) can be found there. From the sports digs to the aging martini bars, here's our guide to bars in downtown Houston.
Updated: July 12, 2010
Housed in the shiny, new Houston Pavilions development, this sleek wine bar is a classy option following concerts at the House of Blues. A solid selection of craft beer is available as well for the vinophobes in the group (there always is one).
This two-in-one tailor and bar on Market Square is both eclectic and nostalgic, if a bit tight on space. With both flat screen TVs and a shoe shine booth, the mood is a bit hard to define, although the gents in attendance seem to like it that way.
Housed in one of the oldest buildings downtown (though not as old as La Carafe), this stately Houston bar maintains much of its historic decor from original wood floors to painted ceilings. Slide up to the bar and order gin.
The patrons at this boisterous Downtown Houston piano bar are the people who love to sing at the top of their lungs in the car where no one is looking--only here it's public and fueled by cheap drinks. The talented musicians can play pretty much any song, from Elton John to Sublime, in exchange for the $7 cover.