The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Beer Bars
One of the most enjoyable and well-rounded small tap lists in Houston is set in one of our favorite dining rooms. The long marble bar at BRC Gastropub is always home to a strong lineup of Texas breweries and selections of American craft beer from around the country. Every Tuesday, pints are just $3 and you can fill up on half-price appetizers.
6. Liberty Station
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This is a drinker's neighborhood bar, staffed with knowledgeable service alumni from places like 13 Celsius and Petrol Station. Exceptional cocktails are topped only by the small but well represented tap list and impressive can and bottle selection. This old gas station has seating in well sectioned areas both indoor and out. Also worth noting: the curated pop art from local artists which rotates monthly, letting Liberty Station function as one of the most well-visited galleries in the city.
Another old-school beer haunt, Rudyard's is many things to many people. Not satisfied to be a singular style of watering hole, Rudyard's manages to function as equal parts neighborhood bar, music venue, pub and beer bar -- and it scores top marks in each category. No other bar in Houston offers a pint of craft beer, an exceptional cheeseburger and top-notch touring and local music in one fell swoop. You also cannot call yourself a craft beer fan in Houston without having attended one of chef Joe Apa's monthly beer dinners.
A Houston original, it's hard to imagine that the posh, sprawling, oak-lined bar of The Ginger Man in Manhattan spun off from the small house in Rice Village. Its American craft selection cannot stand up to the next three big guys on this list but the selection of European beers is among the best in the city. It's also is very hard beat a pint on The Ginger Man's back patio in springtime.