Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses in Greater Heights

Categories: Only In Houston

As our sister blog Eating...Our Words does, from time to time Rocks Off will be giving your our picks for the top taverns in various Houston-area neighborhoods. Of course, the lines can be porous, but here anything with a TABC license that cannot reasonably be considered either a restaurant or a live-music venue is fair game.

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10. Jimmy's Ice House
No frills, bells or whistles and no reason to visit besides cheap, cold beer and a relaxed atmosphere, this ice house just down the street from Fitzgerald's has become one of my favorites since moving into the area.

If you don't feel like showering after being in the Houston heat all day but you still want a cold one (or a glass of wine, if that's your thing), head on over to Jimmy's. The staff will get you one out of their Igloo. Grab a seat on one of the picnic tables and feel free to light up just about anywhere besides the bathroom, thanks to this dive's open-air setup.

2803 White Oak, 713-861-9707

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9. Onion Creek
Coffee, cold beer and comfort food have made this White Oak eatery and ice house a staple in the community, and the hot dogs and Frito pies have only furthered its reputation. Suit-and-tie types rub shoulders with bearded bikers as flannel shirts make their way back and forth between the bar and their seats.

There's plenty of patio seating and, inside, a few cushy seats and an old Pac-Man machine that doubles as a table. Whether you're looking to drink and nibble on a lazy Sunday or knock back a few too many on a Friday night, Onion Creek has an unassuming atmosphere that you're sure to enjoy.

3106 White Oak, 713-880-0706, onioncreekcafe.com


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8. Down House
This refurbished bank turned restaurant and mildly upscale bar is a bit hard to peg. In the mornings, it offers some of the best breakfast you can find in the Heights. In the afternoon, its patio is the perfect setting for a drink or two to go alongside your burger.

And, in the evenings, it becomes a late-night hangout, better known for its cocktails than its beers. Switching back and forth will get you where you need to be without your wallet suffering too much, but you've really got to try some of the drinks on Down House's menu. On tap, you'll find plenty of Texas beers, too.

1801 Yale, 713-864-3696, downhousehouston.wordpress.com


Location Info

Map

Jimmy's Ice House - CLOSED

2803 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Onion Creek

3106 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Down House

1801 Yale, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Big Star Bar

1005 W. 19th, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Beaver's

2310 Decatur St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Plonk Beer & Wine Bistro

1214 W. 43rd St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Shiloh Club

1321 Studewood, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Shady Tavern Ice House

1206 W. 20th, Houston, TX

Category: Music


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26 comments
nicoledionw1
nicoledionw1

Not impressed with this list.... Star Bar?!? No thanks. That place is gross and a total hipster bar. Plonk! and Petrol are great, but what about Crisp? It's certainly the nicest and most popular wine & beer bar of late. You can do wine tastings from a self-serve bar, and they have great food. This seems more like a dive-bar list. The heights has much more to offer.

blackrain35
blackrain35

I love the Petrol. Onion  Creek is ok. I prefer Cedar over Onion any day.

thespotclub2010
thespotclub2010

I enjoyed reading all the comments and wanna be the first to congratulate all the winners of the Top Ten Bars, Clubs and Ice House's who placed ...Thanks from The Spot Club...

Anse
Anse

What is the point in putting together a list that includes places like Down House and Plonk and Petrol Station, when those joints already get plenty of coverage in this and other sites? Are they really a secret that you suddenly discovered and wish to make known to the world? How about giving us a Best Places to Piss in Public for Pedestrians That Can't Hold It On Their Way Home from the Pub. Or, Best Overpasses for Spending the Night When Your Spouse Locks Your Drunk Ass Out. Or maybe, Best Alleys for Sharing a Bottle of Boone's Farm in Downtown. You know, really useful information.

CR250
CR250

Hmm...Shady Tavern and Big Star are in Shady Grove, The Spot is in Timbergrove Manor, Plonk and Petrol Station are in Oak Forest.  The Heights is mostly dry,  Down House, Jimmy's and Shiloh are in the " Heights".  But, the Heights proper is not Woodland Heights, Sunset Height's or Norhill Heights. As a native Houstonian, newcomers coming to this area and calling long established neighborhood the " Heights" is annoying.  See the attached link, this is the " greater Heights" http://www.houstonheights.org/map.htm

barfly
barfly

If you have never heard of the Tall Texas you should probably not write list of the best bars..IT IS AN INSTITUTION. Also, Dan Electro's. And since you seem new to the area... Beavers is not in the Heights, at all. If you are going to include Petral and Plonk you would also have to include Cottonwood, but, again, not the Heights. The Shady Tavern?? Really, the best bar?? Based on what??

jvciv3
jvciv3

no west alabama ice house? this list is crap. 

Craigley
Craigley

4 Million People in the hungry city, and 3 Million articles on The Heights!  

Small minded fools!

Noah Ramon
Noah Ramon

I am bummed for the lack of Dan Electro's.

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

How is the Tall Texan not listed here? I understand it's not in the HHA officially listed Houston Heights boundaries, but neither is Petrol Station. Inexcusable.

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

I think you mostly just missed the borders of the Heights, but you didn't go too far outside there.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

Your list is surbversive in that not all the places on this Greater Heights list are in the Greater Heights, but I agree, if you find yourself in the Heights, leave as soon as possible and go to Petrol.

Jack
Jack

@Anse Perhaps for people who are new to the area?

mbkeever
mbkeever

@Anse Those all actually sound like really fun ideas, both to research and write about.

Let me talk with the bosses and see what I can do.

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

Sorry brah, Woodland Heights is a part of the Heights... I don't care what that map says, you're referring to "Houston Heights"

Anse
Anse

@barfly I agree with your many fine points. But let's not get too worked up. These "best of" lists are way past their usefulness and are likely just filler for a slow news day. Hell it's not like these joints are some kind of super secret. Down House gets written up all the danged time on this very website. 

nicoledionw1
nicoledionw1

West Alabama is in the Montrose area ..... Not the Heights. Check your neighborhood bro. And Beavers should be considered part of the Washington corridor.

mal12685
mal12685

sorry dude i like that bar too but that's in montrose.

mbkeever
mbkeever

@Craigley Well, we're trying to make this kind of post at least a few times a month, so... What area(s) do you suggest I acquaint myself with?

mbkeever
mbkeever

@johnatrisk I've actually never been there or even heard of it, unfortunately. Where is it? I'll check it out.

mbkeever
mbkeever

@johnatrisk @mbkeever It's officially on my to-do list for this weekend. They open Sundays? I'll be out of town all day Saturday.

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