Starbucks Won't Be Bringing Booze to Houston, But Who Cares?

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I mean, what more do you need?
Antidote Coffee
Antidote has all the caffeine you'll need the morning after imbibing too heavily at its sister bar, Poison Girl. Of course, Antidote also has plenty of beer and wine, if hair of the dog is more your jam. If you can get past the total lack of available parking (sorry, neighbor whose house I always park in front of), Antidote is a great place to hang out with friends or a laptop and munch on local food while drinking whatever strikes your fancy.

If you're feeling like a little something Greek, check out Agora, where you can munch on pastries, drink coffee and relax with a little Greek wine that's virtually un-pronounceable (Xatzimichalis, anyone?). Agora is a large, two-story space with ample seating, but it's a popular destination for study groups and meetings, so sofas and tables fill up quickly. If crowds bother you, just start downing some beer from the massive selection, or indulge in some bubbles with your latte. What? That's also a thing.

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Cafe Brasil
Come for the wine, beer and coffee; stay for the excellent food. Cafe Brasil consistently produces some of the best breakfasts in town, and the quaint Dunlavy shop also serves lunch and dinner. The drink menu isn't fancy--there are basic coffee drinks and cappuccino, about a dozen beers and a handful of wines, but the prices are very reasonable and the ambiance is calm and inviting.

Bacchus Mediterranean Winebar & Coffee Shop
With a name like Bacchus, there's got to be wine, and this cafe definitely delivers. There are more than three dozen old-world wines available at Bacchus, as well as a rather continental beer selection. Clearly, the "coffee bar" errs more on the side of wine bar, but the cafe does offer a small menu of Mediterranean-style items and theme evenings like salsa night or mimosa night. The hours are 9:30 a.m. until "close" every day, so there's no telling how long the party might last with nearly unlimited caffeine and wine.

The Honeymoon
OK, so this bar/cafe isn't quite open yet, but we hear it's coming soon. The Honeymoon will be the only business of its kind on the now-bustling strip of Main Street downtown that's home to Goro & Gun, Little Dipper, Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Lounge, Dean's and the Pastry War. These establishments are all bars/restaurants, and there are plenty of other restaurants in the neighborhood, but the nearest coffee shop is Double Trouble, which is a bit of a ride down the lightrail. The Honeymoon will offer both booze and coffee (and food) for the best of all worlds. "And, of course," says co-owner Matt Toomey, "we'll combine the two and have coffee cocktails." Perfect.

Location Info


708 Telephone Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Khon's Wine Darts Coffee Art

2808 Milam, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Southside Espresso

904 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: General

Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Antidote Coffee

729 Studewood, Houston, TX

Category: General


1712 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2604 Dunlavy, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Black Hole, like its sister establishment Antidote, serves beer and wine in addition to coffee.

johnnybench topcommenter

Aren't there two new places going up at Alabama and Stanford and Stanford and Hawthorne in Montrose that fit this bill?


Someone, for the love of God, open one of these things around I-10 and Gessner. Tons of young families that are tired of having to drive in to town for a quality draught list and a decent cup of coffee.

WestSideBob topcommenter

In a city where bars and bistros close in the middle of the night just months after opening, Bohemeo's has got to have earned " legendary " status by now.

KaitlinS topcommenter

@WestSideBob  Noted. In the future it will always be referred to as "the legendary Bohemeo's..." :)

WestSideBob topcommenter

@KaitlinS @WestSideBob  Hmmm ... maybe we can hit them up for a draught or two for promotional considerations :-)

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