Houston >The Maple Leaf Pub
“Jukebox selections were great and there wasn't a seat in the house without a view of the games on the giant televisions.”
“That is, if you are ready for a fresh drink/refill, you can either order one from the bar with minimal wait or catch the attention of a wandering staff and place your order.”
“How hard is it to call up the cable or the dish people and tell them "hi, we have a "sports bar" and would like to have the HD receiver so our 'canadian' customers can enjoy their Dallas hockey in HD"?”
“You will need to have dinner before coming to the pub or take advantage of their delivery menus (I reccommend ordering from the pizza place next door - they deliver quickly and the pizza is fantastic).”
“What a great place to catch a beer after work or take your friends to see a few games.”
“First and foremost, I have always received the best service from the bartenders at the Maple Leaf, particularly Curtis.”
“I've been to the Maple Leaf Pub several times because I'm a huge college hockey and NHL fan.”
“Canadian about this pub but after 15 minutes we left to spend some time at the Fox and Hound in the Woodlands, and were able to catch the beginning of the game and have a great evening.”
Great Place to Watch Hockey and Play Board Games.
I've been here a couple times with some Canadian friends, and each time has been great. There's a great atmosphere here, and not the people aren't pretentious like other places in Houston.
They have a wide variety of board games, Canadian beer, and HOCKEY! If you're a hockey fan, and you live in Houston, you're doing yourself a disservice by not frequenting this place.
Even if you don't like Hockey, The Maple Leaf Pub is a great place for after hours to hang out with friends or co-workers.
Hockey, Girls and games everywhere.... Best little ol' pub in Texas. Lot's to do and very nice folks too. And the staff and owners are spectacular.. Pub Heaven for me!!
You gotta love the Maple Leaf.
I was glad to see the Maple Leaf toping the list of bars in Houston. I can't agree more! This is the best place to go out with a group of friends and talk to others at the bar. Great staff....hodge podge of people there that usually aren't pretending to be too cool. And for some reason I always walk out sauced and a nice hangover in the morning = good time in my book!
Not for people who want to go to a packed bar hearing house music all night.
Convenient spot, good drafts.
I have some friends that live in the Calais directly across the street from "The Leaf" as they call it. Would rate 4.5...For a Friday night I noticed the following...individual tables with 4-5 people playing board games, chatting it up, generaly having a good time. Others seemed to be regulars at the bar, we opted to throw some darts. Stells Artois was served in corresponding glass (nice touch) and promptly, I might add by their only male server at the time.
Was checked on throughout the night but not bothered...would def. go back during the week or on Friday in a small group. Oh, and despite what I've read previously, tv's were numerous with good picture. May have been San Jose Sharks night with highights from the mid 90's, but good picture nevertheless. Full size windows rock imo. Free take home Stella glass next time??
Thanks for the great review. Just ask the bartender to look away as you walk out the door with the Stella glass. I'm pretty sure they won't see a thing.
Best Midtown Pub.
Great Neighborhood Pub. The bartenders obviously know their stuff. Late night pizza offering is the best.
I have never had problems fitting or getting on the patio myself, but hey - maybe they can go roof-top.
My fav bartender Jenna is the best. We love her !! Just an all around leave your attitude at the door and hang out bar - that's what I'm talking about.
Roof-top would be great. Do you think we could sneak a patio up there without the landlord noticing. Who knows, maybe in the future. Don't go giving Jenna a big head now. Your right though, she is pretty good. Thanks again and see you soon.
Favorite Bar in Houston. This is easily my favorite bar in Houston. It's very non-assuming and completely comfortable. You fit in if you're wearing a suit and tie or if you chilling in shorts. The bartender always remembers my drink order even if it's been a while since my previous visit. The mixed drinks are stout and are moderately priced considering the bar is located in midtown.
Thank you for your kind words. It's true that the patio is a bit narrow. We had to work with the space we had. If the darn city would just allow us to expand over the sidewalk and beyond we would be just fine. Oh well, I guess it's better than no patio. Once again, thanks.
Great Hockey, Great Service, Great Place.
I was really disheartened to read a few of the reviews. I am not related to the owner, but I have visited the Maple Leaf Pub many times during the hockey season. I was so ecstatic last year to find out that there is an actual hockey bar in Houston. I made a couple of new friends there and even ran into some old friends. The staff is always friendly and the service is wonderful! The owner is a really great guy too!
I would venture to guess that this bitter Lance guy probably doesn't get many dates. For the other amoeba who dissed on Canadians, well, he's got issues.
Go there and have fun!
I am so glad you mentioned the friends part. We are so proud of the friendships that have been made at The Leaf.
We appreciate your support.
Good hockey bar eh?.
Well, hockey games only have 3 stars, so that will have to do for now. Besides, just made my first visit prior to the Aeros game 1/23. Alas it was the all star break and the lame Rockets were throwing another one away. The Labatt Blues were nice and cold, and $3.50 is a bargain compared to the $7-8 at the Toyota Center. Selection of other brews was impressive, I'll have some of my other faves from home next time. Being alone, I sat at the bar and can see the point about the limited view if not all screens are on the same channel.
Crowd was sparse, but seemed to be having a good time despite the absence of hockey to watch(is that possible?) I was fortunate and met a charming young Canadian couple and we chatted about home.
I have the NHL Center Ice package, so I seldom venture out during the season, but I may bring a hockey newbie around for the ambiance.
A pleasant first experience.
We hope to see you in for more games. The second half of the season is always more exciting than the first half. Bring in your friend, or chat with a stranger and make a new friend.
As always, feel free to ask the bartender to put on your favorite team. We are always happy to play as many games as our 6 TVs can handle.
this place is worthless! stay away!.
I've actually been here many times because it is the only way for me to follow my favorite hockey team. Nevertheless, this place has not shown any signs of improvement over that time. The jukebox has a bunch of old CDs in it. The music is not loud enough. Most of the other customers are old men. The gender ratio is usually about 9 males for every female (and that one female is usually unattractive anyway). The drinks are overpriced. It is at a noisy intersection. If all that weren't bad enough, there's one bartender named Amanda who has a serious attitude problem.
If it were possible, I would give this place no stars.
Oh yeah, I've begun listening to my favorite hockey team's games on the internet instead of coming here.
Wow Lance, that was quite a review. No signs of improvement you say, huh. That bunch of old CDs are some of the GOOD classics people like to listen to. There are in fact quite a few new CDs in the jukebox, but I guess that if one is not informed or up to date on some of the new music out there, they might miss that tidbit. We like to keep the music at a level where you can hold a conversation with the person next to you; we are not a club. While it is true that the men outnumber the women, I think you will find this at most pubs during game time. To all the lovely ladies that come in the pub, I apologize for Lance. Midtown is a popular destination these days and with that comes traffic. For those who go out inside the loop, I think most would find our prices pretty fair. Lastly, I don't think Amanda is the one with the attitude problem. She is great.
One of the better bars in the area!. I've been here a handful of times, and have had nothing but a good time every time. I only require a friendly staff, plenty of beers to choose from, decent prices and no pretention. So far, so good!
I know what you're saying about the windows. I personally wanted to cover them up some, but so many people told me they absolutely loved the view and the openness they provided that I decided against it. What can I do. Thanks for your kind words. See you soon.
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