The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Beer Bars
Just 24 months ago, making a list of Houston's ten best beer bars would have been far easier. Since that time, not only have a ton of new beer bars opened up, many places have elevated their game. In fact, our rough draft for this list boasted over 20 bars.
It's true that a solid handful of bars could make a case to be on this list, so much so that we're sure we left out at least one of your favorites. A few, like Cottonwood and Nobi, are too new to be considered. Some places from our initial list were just too far away to be considered, like Brews Brothers in Galveston. Still more barely missed the cut, which made picking the eighth, ninth and tenth place spots far more difficult than determining our top three. Each and every one is a contender and we expect this list to look vastly different next year as a result.
With that said, here is our list of the ten very best beer bars in Houston.
10. Down House
This Heights wunderkind is finally on stable ground after a few shaky opening months. The tap list is small but usually packed with Texas beers that regularly hold best-in-state status. At one point this year, Down House's tiny tap lineup contained four of the top 15 Texas beers according to Ratebeer.com. That's an outstanding batting average. This is also one of the few surefire places to find Live Oak on tap in Houston. It doesn't hurt that the leather couches are one of the most comfortable places to throw back a pint in all of Houston.
The youngest bar on our list, Underdogs is one of the early signs that Washington might be able to survive its ongoing collapse and become a viable -- and far more egalitarian -- entertainment district. Owned by two passionate former bartenders, Underdogs boasts some of the cheapest craft pints in the city. A solid bottle list is home to some surprising rarities typically reserved for the shelves at Spec's downtown. We just wish it were closer to the already strong east end of the Washington Corridor.
8. Mongoose Versus Cobra
Photo courtesy of Mongoose Versus Cobra
Newcomer Mongoose versus Cobra started off as a beer bar but has found itself working to become more well rounded. One of the best-looking bars in Houston, Mongoose also has strong cocktail service, so this is a smart place to bring those pesky non-beer drinkers you inexplicably still hang out with. You will always be able to find a solid beer here from its lengthy tap list and large-format bottle selection.
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