The Ginger Man: Just turn the house into a pub!
This quaint pub, which is actually a converted house, has been serving beer in it's Rice Village location since 1985. Since then, other locations have been opened in Austin, Dallas, and New York City. But the original is right here! :) The atmosphere is very relaxed and low-key, a good place to sit with friends and just chat. Inside there are booths and tables to sit at, but as stated, it is a converted house, and with the bar itself taking up quite a bit of room, there is not an abundance of wiggle-room in here. To the rear of the pub outside is a patio area with plenty of area to move about. And on weekends there is often a band set up playing live music out here. The pub prides itself on it's extensive list of draught and bottled beers, and when you see the list, you'll know why. Most of the beer on draught is either domestic, English, or German. But they have bottled beer from all corners of the world.
Dress Code: Very casual
Baker St. Pub & Grill: Much more "Pub" than "Grill"!
Baker St. are a chain of popular English style pubs here in town, with the original one in Rice Village having been around for quite a few years now. A typical dark "pub" decor is used in all of the locations, along with the standard assortment of English and Irish beers on tap, as well as many domestic and other foreign beers. They do have a decent menu; appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, etc. But very few people go here for the food, especially Thursday - Saturday nights, when the place can be packed full of people. On the weekends all the locations usually have a live band playing playing a mixture of rock and pop music. The Village location is the smallest in size of the 3, and tends to have a younger, college-age crowd, as opposed to the other locations, where you will find a little more mixed crowd. Generally a great place to hang out, grab some pints and listen to some music, but can be a little over crowded at times.
Dress Code: No dress code here! Well, just make sure you have clothes on, thats about it!!! :)
FITZGERALD'S: Live Music Mainstay!
Fitzgerald's has been around a long time...I recall going here to watch my friend's band play here many times in highschool. There are two parts a downstairs for local, lesser known acts and an upstairs where the tours and better known acts would play.
I saw the Smithereens, Fishbone and the House of Love here. Its a good place for live music easy to see the stage and it is an intimate small venue. There is an deck on the upstairs to get a break from the music and smoke.
Dress Code: None whatsoever!!!Related to:
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SPRING CONCERTS AT JONES PLAZA: Party on the Plaza
Great fun downtown in the Spring. I remember going here back in the day to watch free live music.
Admission is free for the urban party, which begins at 5 p.m. and runs until 10. Persons under age 21 are not permitted unless accompanied by an adult. Jones Plaza, located at 615 Louisiana, is a public venue owned by the City of Houston.Related to:
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The Horn, 26Ten, Tropicana: Best Places to Salsa Dance (Dec 2010 Update)
Thursdays: So SkyBar closed a few months ago, and the new spot on Thursdays is The Horn (6025 Richmond @ Fountainview). $5 cover and live music with the band that used to be at SkyBar, Salmerum. Free Parking if you get there early, pay for valet afterward.
Fridays: Newest spot is Club 26Ten (2610 Sage Rd). $10 cover, covered garage parking/valet available...so no excuse to party, rain or shine this is your spot. Located across form Macy's in the galleria.
Saturdays: Club Tropicana (3222 Fondren @ Richmond)...this place has been around forever and is the premiere latin music club in Houston. $12 cover, valet parking only.
Dress Code: Dressy preferred, can get away with jeans, but no sneakers, jerseys, hats, etc.
Volcano: Visit your local crowded Tiki Bar
This mostly college student - "20 something" hangout has a Tiki Bar theme to it, complete with a thatched roof over the bar and the outside patio, as well as south pacific idols and artwork adorning the walls. But most people who frequent here couldn't care less, as a primary concern here is drinking alcohol, and drinking lots of it! On a typical Saturday night, you will find this place blasting loud music, completely packed with people attempting to make their way to the bar, which can be a challenge in and of itself! The popular drink of choice here is the dangerous frozen screwdriver. But a warning, these drinks are fairly high in alcohol content, and have an almost Schnapp's-like concealment of it. On a hot summer night, these cool, tasty refreshments can go down pretty smooth, and before you know it, you are more than a little inebriated! Strong drinks, tight spaces, and loud music. Enjoy.
Dress Code: You'll find quite a mix here, some people in shorts and flip flops, others in "dress to impress" clothes
The Davenport: "Quality Lounging"
The Davenport is a great little lounge known for their extensive knowledge of cocktails, and a wide variety of spirits to make them with. It is a fairly trendy place, with modern decor and trance or ambiant lounge music playing. For a relatively small establishment, the place has quite a bit of seating area, lots of tables, chairs, even a few sofas and loveseats. And the crowd is generally a mix of 20 & 30 somethings, enjoying the quaint, relaxing atmosphere. Oh yes, and the drinks! Well, as a general rule, if there is a spirit you would like for a mixed drink, they are sure to have it, and mix it well! :) Great place!
Dress Code: Typical "going out" dress, semi-casual is fine
Bronx Bar: Small, Trendy Rice Village Lounge
Bronx Bar is a popular lounge in the Rice Village, generally frequented by a younger, "20 something" crowd. Inside you will find the place to be a little on the small side, especially on a Saturday night when it is overflowing with people. Outside in the front there are a few tables to sit at, and the extra area out here tends to get crowded as well when the inside is packed. There is a small sitting area with a few chairs and a sofa when you first enter, and along the wall facing the bar there are a couple of standing tables. But other than that, you will find most people standing. There ambiance & decor are fairly typical of a modern lounge, with dim lighting and either hip-hop or house music playing. Of course, like many trendy lounges, the crowd is what people come here for. I must say on most Saturday nights it is a great place to do some people watching. So much so that the owners feel the need to have a cover charge to get in, which goes against the unwritten rule of establishments in the Rice Village not to have one. But nonetheless, if this is your type of scene, it can be worth the few bucks to get in.
Dress Code: Tends to be a "dress to impress" type of scene
Little Woodrow's: You want to watch sports & drink beer? Go here!
The basic concept of beer drinking & sports watching has been perfected here! Do you ever ask yourself, "where can I go watch any and every sport known to man, drink beer and only beer (well, a little wine too if desired), and have it served to me by pretty girls"? Well stop asking! :) Little Woodrow's is at the top of my list as far as sports bars go. Very simple place, no fancy decor here. But plenty of televisions with a wide variety of sports being shown, a choice of over 100 beers, with 30 on tap, and an extremely nice staff of all-female servers and bartenders! :) No, it's not Coyote Ugly or something like that, with the bartenders dancing atop the bar. But it is a great place to hang out with friends and get your fix of sports-watching. The Rice Village & West Alabama locations also have fairly sizable outdoor patio areas as well. As stated, nothing over-the-top with this place, just a great place for the sports bar enthusiast!
Dress Code: Whatever you can find to cover yourself! Casual is king here. Even the staff wears tanktops and flip flops most of the time!
Olde City Pub: English Pub On The Northwest Side
This bar located Northwest of town is a decent place to get cheap drinks. It is called a "pub", but this is really just in name only, as the decor around the establishment is at best an attempt to recreate an English Pub. But nonetheless, they do have a wide variety of English and Irish beers on tap, as well as many domestic brands as well. They also have a pretty nice selection of wines and spirits for mixed drinks and shots. The crowd can be very mixed at times, but generally there is a younger crowd, around mid-20's or so. Can make for a little obnoxious atmosphere at times, but for the most part it is an enjoyable experience. As a said, the drinks here are really inexpensive as Houston prices go, and frequently they have $1 beers and mixed drinks on the weekends.
Dress Code: Casual, no dress code
Griff's Irish Pub: Oldest, & One Of The Best Sports Bar In Town!
Dating back to 1965 when it first opened it's doors, Griff's is the oldest sports bar in Houston. This Irish Pub has many televisions all over to view whatever sporting event of your choice. All around the place there is sports memoribilia, from autographed pictures to old football and baseball jerseys. The bar has a huge selection of beers on tap, as well as a decent menu of appetizers and sandwiches. If you are planning a special party, and would like to have it on wheels, Griff's has a converted school bus, known as the "Party Bus", available to rent and take you and your party all around town to various spots of your choice. But the best thing about this place is the St. Patrick's Day party in March! It is huge! They open up tents around the bar to accomodate more than the usual capacity of people, and have several live bands playing while the beer flows at a rapid pace! It's a great time!
Dress Code: Very casual, no dress code
Kenneally's Irish pub: Great Irish Pub - Great Pizza Too!
This 2 story Irish Pub located on South Shepherd just north of Westheimer is not only known for it's great, laid back atmosphere and abundance of beers on tap. They also make a pretty good pizza here as well! Kenneally's is very popular with university students around town, as well as people that have long since graduated! In other words, you will find all sorts of people here, and of all different ages. Even with 2 stories of space, it can get quite full in here on the weekends. But there is also additional seating on the outside deck. When the place gets crowded, parking can be a little bit of an issue, as the bar itself has limited parking, and the surrounding businesses are very observant of bar patrons using their spaces, and are quick to phone a towing company to haul your car off. If you happen to be around on St. Patrick's Day in March, this place has one of the best parties in the city for the event! But any day of the week, this is a great place to relax and sip on a pint of Guiness. Oh yeah, and try the pizza, it's great! :)
Dress Code: Very Casual
Brian O'Neill's: Irish Pub in the Village
Being one of the most frequented bars located in the Rice Village, Brian O'Neill's is also one of the most popular Irish pubs in Houston. And as Irish pubs go, they have a huge selection of international and domestic beers on tap, or bottled. Their menu is also not bad, with a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, salads, even some decent plate entrees. There are quite a few tables and couches inside for sitting, but more standing room than anything here. They have an outside patio area which provides more tables and chairs, and also spillover room for standing when it get too crowded inside, which often happens, especially on the weekends. Crowds can vary, usually a twenty to early thirtysomething crowd, but you will find people of all ages here on many nights. On the weekends there is often a live band playing inside, but, as I have experienced on many occasions myself, this is often more of a nuisance than anything else. Generally people do not come here to listen to live music, and with the band taking up quite a bit of room inside, it tends to be a little annoying. Many people just hang out outside though if a band is playing. But despite this, any day of the week is a good time to go here!
Dress Code: No dress code, casual
The Tavern on Gray: Half Sports Bar, Half Trendy Bar, Lotta Fun!
The Tavern is a very popular bar near the River Oaks area of Houston. After initially walking inside, it does have all the makings of a giant sports bar: Tons of T.V.'s, Arcade Games, Pool Tables, Air Hockey and Foosball Tables. But the crowd makes the bar, and you would usually find a trendy 20-30 something crowd like this at an upscale bar downtown rather than at a traditional sports bar. They do serve your standard bar eats; sandwiches, wings and such. There is a wide assortment of beers and liquors, both imported and domestic. Thursday nights are usually the busiest nights, and they have a live DJ spinning tunes. A great place to go with friends to watch a game and play some Golden Tee, or mingle with some young party-goers!
Dress Code: Casual, jeans and whatever else
CENTERFOLDS: DIRTY DANCING
Centerfold's is a sister club to Treasure's. Unlike Treasures, Centerfolds has a more laid back atmosphere, but don't let that fool you, things can get every bit as hot, if not hotter, here than they do in Treasures.
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