Visit Your Own Hometown: Houston's Top 10 Hotel Bars

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1. The Four Seasons

Hours: 5 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday through Saturday
Happy hour: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
Valet: $4 with validation (or you can park for free downtown after 6 p.m. and all day on Sundays)

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Welcome to adulthood. Step right this way. No paper BevNaps here, just impeccably ironed cloth napkins and cloth coasters. No cocktail waitresses in low-cut blouses, just highly trained and professional servers tending to your every need. No cheesy cocktails with Red Bull or whipped cream-flavored vodka, just a massive whiskey selection and a definitively good wine list. This is the Four Seasons, after all.

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$5 crabcakes are served with sweet pickled green tomatoes.
But if you're expecting the plush lobby bar at the Four Seasons to be prohibitively expensive, think again. Bar bites like crabcakes, crispy Southwestern eggrolls and pulled pork sliders are only $5. Excellent draft beer like the hard-to-come-by Lazy Magnolia Deep South Pale Ale is only $6. And a flight of whiskey -- you read that right: a flight of whiskey -- starts at $13 and features very generous pours of three different bourbons, Scotches, Irish whiskys and more, depending on the flight you've ordered. And on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, look for terrific live music from local artists such as Ira Perez and Adam & Sanjay.

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A whiskey flight is the trip to take at the Four Seasons.
Sure, the valet parking costs you $4 -- but it's a small price for sitting in the lap of luxury for an evening and paying what you would at any other bar in town. Plus, they'll deliver your car right back to you at the end of the night, no walking necessary.



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Location Info

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Hilton Americas Houston

1600 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Valentino Houston & Vin Bar (Hotel Derek)

2525 W. Loop S., Houston, TX

Category: Music

024 Grille

945 N. Gessner Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Sam Bar

1117 Prairie, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Monnalisa Bar

800 Sorella Ct, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Remington

1919 Briar Oaks Lane, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Magnolia Hotel

1100 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General

Monarch Restaurant & Lounge

5701 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Line & Lariat

220 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Four Seasons Hotel

1300 Lamar St., Houston, TX

Category: General


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12 comments
kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

p.s. We switched to a new commenting system today, guys, so my apologies for the comments on this post that were knocked out. Burn all the boats!

Houstess
Houstess

024 Bar has been 024 Bar since the hotel opened last year.  The restaurant has recently been renamed 024.  Four Seasons is a long time favorite for classy cocktailing.  I also like the Black Swan at the Omni on Riverway.

Chelsea Bourne
Chelsea Bourne

The skinny margarita at the four seasons is so great!!!  I understand that the whole cocktail menu was recently re-done... new bar manager or something.  Well, he did a good job!!

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I will say, however, that at one bar -- which shall go unnamed -- we watched the mating ritual of two divorced 50-year-olds: a gentleman who looked like the guy who thinks he's funnier than the comedian on stage at a stand-up show, wearing his best gold chains and Tommy Bahama shirt. And a woman whose crunchy, bleached blonde hair and solar nails were easily the least overprocessed things about her. They quickly ran out of things to talk about, so we watched her rub her taloned hand across his rayon slacks while they discussed their individual teeth whitening procedures with relish.

AtaboyLuther
AtaboyLuther

A parking curb in front of the old Big Chief Motel was a favorite drinking spot.  Among your picks, the Alden, ZaZa, and the Hilton Americas are top notch.

hookem
hookem

The Whiskey flights at the Four Seasons are awesome, great way to try something new.  The server was surprisingly knowledgeable about their offerings, and steered me towards a Glenlivet flight showcasing different ages of scotch.  Would love to go back and try out the $80 flight to see what's the big deal with really expensive scotch.  

WhiskeyR
WhiskeyR

Thanks, that's why I asked.

Jeff
Jeff

I saw a couple at the Hilton Americas once. It was sort of like being in a blind on a nature preserve watching mating wildebeests or something.

Seriously?
Seriously?

After one of the most exhaustive rundowns of hotel bars -- or anything for that matter -- on the blog, that's what you've got? Yes, because clearly the person who put together this massive list with photos and descriptions didn't bother to look into anything else beforehand because that would be too much work. I think my eyes just rolled out of my head.

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

I was told by several folks that the Lancaster wasn't worth visiting, but now I'm intrigued all over again. Will make it a point to check it out very soon.

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