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

Categories: Booze, Top 10

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Double Trouble has you covered for both coffee and cocktails.
4. Double Trouble

It makes sense that a cocktail bar which doubles as a coffee shop would make a wicked White Russian (along with other caffeinated cocktails such as Irish Coffee). Here, you can order it by its regular name or call it a Caucasian -- either way, you're getting a treat.

5. Warren's Inn

Warren's specialized in classic cocktails before there was even a term for the new-school revival pioneered by bars such as Anvil. The same dive bar that also makes a mean, mint-chocolatey Grasshopper is where you can find a truly old-school, right-as-rain White Russian.

6. Prohibition

Although it's marketed as a "speakeasy," Prohibition features more modern cocktails on its menu -- including those, like the White Russian, made with vodka. Prohibition's version of the cocktail is called the White Bison (owing to the Zubrowka vodka it uses), and features a few extra ingredients besides just Kahlua and cream: shaved nutmeg and coconut, which give it additional warmth and smoothness.

7. The 18th

Like Prohibition, this Rice Village-area cocktail bar named for the 18th Amendment (the one that repealed Prohibition, naturally) calls itself a speakeasy. And like its Galleria-based sister, The 18th makes a White Russian. Here, however, you'll find a traditional take on the cocktail, with no surprises.

8. Sundance Cinemas

In addition to a great selection of local beers and snacks that you can enjoy in the theater, the new downtown movie palace also makes a surprisingly great White Russian. Now if only it would screen Lebowski from time to time...

9. Pub Fiction

If the regular White Russian cocktail the bar whips up isn't enough to calm your Kahlua craving, you can have your cake and eat it too: Order Pub Fiction's spin on tres leches for dessert, which features White Russian-flavored vanilla sponge cake soaked in White Russian-infused milk.

Bonus: The Chocolate Bar

As with Pub Fiction, this White Russian isn't a cocktail -- it's a dessert. The White Russian at The Chocolate Bar is a Kahlua-infused white chocolate cheesecake, but if white chocolate isn't your thing (totally understandable), don't fret: There's a Black Russian version made with chocolate mousse that's available too.

The 2013 Houston Lebowski Bash takes place this Saturday, March 2 at the Orange Show starting at 6 p.m. After the traditional rounds of Lebowski trivia and costume contests, The Big Lebowski will be screened at 8 p.m.

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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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