The 9 Best White Russians in Houston, in Honor of Saturday's Lebowski Fest
4. Double Trouble
Photo by Chuck Cook Double Trouble has you covered for both coffee and cocktails.
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.
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Like Prohibition, this Rice Village-area cocktail bar named for the 18th Amendment (the one that repealed Prohibition, naturally) calls itself a speakeasy.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.
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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