ONE OF HOUSTON’S GREAT BARS, HAY MERCHANT LETS YOU GRAB A LOCAL HOUSTON BREW (LIKE KARBACH OR ST. ARNOLD) ALONG WITH SOME CRISPY PIG EARS WHILE YOU WAIT FOR YOUR TABLE RESERVATION AT UNDERBELLY NEXT DOOR.
Where to Drink
Anvil Bar & Refuge has a consistently excellent cocktail program and super knowledgeable bartenders
The great thing about the area is that you can start at a pub, cross the street to an upscale cocktail bar, and end the night at one of the iconic dive bars that don’t seem to be going anywhere, despite development around them. Hay Merchant is a great place to enjoy a craft beer from their huge selection (usually while waiting for a table at Underbelly). Anvil Bar & Refuge has a consistently excellent cocktail program and super knowledgeable bartenders (give their bottled cocktails a try). On the opposite end of the spectrum, Poison Girl is filled with pinball machines and random yard decor, and the drinks don’t get much cheaper – until you go to Catbirds, which is much like a divey New Orleans jazz bar transplanted from the Big Easy.
Anvil Bar & Refuge
Other Spots to See
Where to Stay
Just a few minutes walk from Houston’s most celebrated museums, the modern and hip Hotel Zaza is ideal for several reasons. Flutes of bubbly await guests upon check-in, and arrangements can be made with the front desk to rent one of their bicycle cruisers for free (complete with helmet and storage basket). The pet friendly hotel also means you don’t have to leave your furry friend at home as you lounge on the posh pool deck (preferably with cocktail in hand) after daytime exploration. End your evening people-watching at the swanky Monarch lounge before calling it a night.
THIS BOUTIQUE HOTEL IS CENTRALLY LOCATED IN HOUSTON’S MUSEUM DISTRICT — JUST A SHORT WALK AWAY FROM THE MFA AND SCULPTURE GARDEN. EXPECT OPULENT DECOR RANGING FROM THE SEDUCTIVE TO THE LUXURIOUS. AN AUSTIN LOCATION IS IN THE WORKS.
Enjoy the rest of our walkable Houston city guide that lets you easily ditch your car and explore three neighborhoods by foot or bike.
Museum District / Montrose
An essay by Chris Shepherd of Underbelly
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