The 9 Best White Russians in Houston, in Honor of Saturday's Lebowski Fest

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The bar's over there.
Jeff Bridges' character, known as The Dude, drinks nine White Russians -- his signature cocktail -- throughout the course of cult classic film The Big Lebowski. Whether you consider the cocktail to be endemic to only two populations -- alcoholics or hipsters, as the New York Times wrote of the drink in 2008 -- it's still hard to deny the simple, sweet, creamy pleasures of the White Russian (or "Caucasian," as The Dude calls them). Who doesn't love coffee liqueur and cream spiked with a little vodka?

You can, of course, make your own White Russians at home as The Dude does. But in honor of this Saturday's Lebowski Fest, which is returning to Houston after a four-year absence, we decided to spotlight the nine best White Russians in town.

1. Liberty Station

This White Russian -- fittingly termed "The Dude" -- isn't made with your run-of-the-mill dairy products. "We don't use cream," says Liberty Station bartender Lindsay Heffron. "We use a liqueur called Adult Chocolate Milk," for a cocktail she calls "super Lebowski." Even though Heffron says that regular White Russians aren't her cup of Kahlua, she admits: "I'll drink [The Dude] all day long." Heffron has an additional pro-tip for those who order The Dude: "I like mine with vanilla vodka."

Photo by Jeff Balke
Little Bigs makes a milkshake named for The Dude.
2. Little Bigs

You knew Little Bigs was going to make the list. After all, its White Russian-flavored milkshake is called "The Dude." There's no hard booze in The Dude, but there is alcohol in it. So even though it tastes just like a milkshake, beware.

3. Lucky Strike

We all know what The Dude does for recreation: Bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback. You can accomplish at least one of these activities -- sturdy White Russian in hand -- at the Lucky Strike bowling alley in the downtown Pavilions. Bathrobe optional.

Location Info


Liberty Station

2101 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Little Bigs

2703 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge

1201 San Jacinto, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warren's Inn

307 Travis, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Prohibition - CLOSED

5175 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Eighteenth Cocktail Bar - CLOSED

2511 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Chocolate Bar

1835 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Orange Show

2402 Munger, Houston, TX

Category: General

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It's actually the 21st Amendment that repealed Prohibition, which was brought to us by the 18th Amendment. These are best remembered by putting them in context of changing the legal drinking age from 18 to 21.

Keith Hanna
Keith Hanna

FWIW - Lebowski Fest is a travelling nationwide event that has made stops just about everywhere BUT Houston, despite my attempts to lure them here. Glad to see Houston has got it's own thing going!!

Keith Hanna
Keith Hanna

Ahh I found the info on the previous events ( That was Lebowski "BASH" not Fest. Two different events. I might be splitting hairs on this one but as a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever I figure it is my responsibility to bring it up.

Keith Hanna
Keith Hanna

I don't recall that Lebowski Fest has never been to Houston. Maybe a different event?


Does anyone know where I can get a White Russian made with horchata in Houston? I asked at Hugo's, but they couldn't make one. I had one in Steamboat Springs, CO of all places, and have been dreaming about it ever since.

craig.hlavaty moderator

The Dude at Liberty is my favorite thing there. I love ordering it around men.


I saw that movie for the first time last month and had to run right out and get the ingredients for a White Russian.  Hadn't had one since 1987.

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