Open Tab: Rocks Off's New Houston Bar Column

Pull up a chair, start a tab and order a round of shots, because this is Rocks Off's weekly roundup of the goings-on in the Houston bar scene. Ups and downs, openings and closings, we will cover it all. Hit us up with any hot tips at craig.hlavaty@houstonpress.com.

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Paul Knight

  • Rocks Off has really been getting into Hefley's off West Gray a few blocks from Cecil's. Hefley's (above) is a two-story country bar with food and drink specials all day, run by the same folks behind Kay's Lounge and a former owner of the Firehouse Saloon.
  • Hefley's makes a "Shiner Burger" with grilled onions soaked overnight in the titular beer. Couple that with deals on Texas beers and liquor and a British Invasion/classic-country jukebox, and it's like Catnip for us. Sometimes on the upstairs patio you can catch KTRH's Michael Berry - and order the "Michael Berry Burger" off the menu.

    • Last Wednesday, we hit up Boondocks for Dollar Well night, Rocks Off's first time in the Montrose establishment in a while. It was like going back to high school with a new friend, pointing out all the places where certain things happened. The jukebox is still running with New Order and the Stone Roses, and all was right with the world.

      • If you have been paying attention to our print edition, you may have noticed the ad for the opening of Barcadia Bar & Grill later this month. It's next door to swank seafood restaurant Reef, where we once spent three bills on a girl.
      • Judging from the pictures on the Web site for its Dallas location, Barcadia is a combination video arcade/bar like Joystix near Minute Maid Park. We have high hopes for this place, and hopefully the Midtown location won't make the Montrose kids run in fear. They just better have that old Terminator 2 game with the gun in their stable of toys.

        • If you love the Concert Pub off Richmond but live up north, never fear. It now has a north Houston location off F.M. 1960 where Texas Rock Tavern was. Expect the same tribute-band-heavy setup as the original Concert Pub. We still need to see Alcohollica, a loving homage to Metallica, if they ever come back around.
          • Finally, if you're looking to open a bar yourself, it looks like The Social off Washington Avenue is still selling some furniture and whatnot. No word on what might be coming in after they clear everything out, but we will keep you posted for sure.
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