Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Montrose

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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, coffeehouse or live-music venue is fair game.

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10. Griff's Houston
Got a dollar? Have a Lone Star. Got $6? Take the case, packaging and all. Tucked just out of sight of the Montrose/Westheimer intersection, Griff's offers friendly pours, cold beer and low prices. Steak and pork-chop nights are a weekly thing, and the St. Patty's Day celebration is always a lot of fun.

Once you've had a few drinks and run out of smokes, make your way to the dance floor (if you can even call it that), where all your favorite '90s hip-hop songs are on near-constant rotation. And when the atmosphere and regulars are this down-to-earth, why not bust a move?

3416 Roseland, 713-528-9912, griffshouston.net

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Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses in Greater Heights


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9. Poison Girl
If you've never been, Poison Girl is easy to miss. But once you've parked ten blocks away and made it inside, your eyes will be inundated with high ceilings, walls covered in random paraphernalia and pinball machines illuminating the back corners of the bar.

Make your way outside and acquaint yourself with the giant Kool-Aid man and the grimy Cabbage Patch Kid. The drinks are cheap, the people are interesting and diverse, and service is friendly. It's a shotgun-style setup that can (and frequently does) get packed quickly, so service can take a while. Pay cash to avoid the long wait closing out at 2 a.m.

1641 Westheimer, 713-527-9929, Facebook page


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8. Catbirds
OK, you're probably already rolling your eyes at this list. But be honest: You've been to Catbirds. And while you may have vowed never to visit again, you will, and you know it.

With an intrigue all its own, this Montrose staple is cheap, poorly lit, heavy on the pour and filled with some of the most interesting characters you'll ever meet, most of whom will candidly tell you their entire life's stories. Stop in, grab some popcorn and have a few laughs at all the uncomfortable situations in which you'll inevitably find yourself.

1336 Westheimer, 713-523-8000, catbirds.com

Location Info

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West Alabama Ice House

1919 W. Alabama, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Lola's Depot

2327 Grant, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Rudyard's

2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Harp

1625 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Phoenix on Westheimer

1915 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Boheme Cafe & Wine Bar

307 Fairview, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cecil's

600 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Catbirds

1336 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Poison Girl

1641 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Griff's Houston

3416 Roseland St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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38 comments
Nx
Nx

From Australia. Been in Houston five months. Have been to a couple of these places and would have to say that they are worthy of inclusion...based solely on the fact that I can recall very little of the experiences. 

John Matthew Tramel
John Matthew Tramel

Who knew that there is not one gay bar in all of Montrose that can hold a candle to a single predominately straight establishment there? And in a neighborhood that's been known as the gay district of the city since the 1960s no less! Wow! Thanks for keeping the list milquetoast enough for my grandma; maybe in another decade or two you can drive the gays out entirely and put in a walmart.

jmtramel
jmtramel

Yes, let's suspend reality and pretend that Montrose isn't a historically gay neighborhood for a moment... This list pisses me off.

blackrain35
blackrain35

Haven't been to Catbirds in a couple of years, but It's one of the coolest bars in town.

Rajesh H. Patel
Rajesh H. Patel

Texas Hookah Lounge is a pretty new and hip addition to the Montrose Nightlife scene also!

Chris Eulert
Chris Eulert

I need to get back to Houston after reading this

TeeLodge
TeeLodge

These top ten list always cause so much controversy. Relax.

HTownChowDown
HTownChowDown

No #'s? No Anvil? Hay Merchant? Seriously? And you'd think that one of the gay bars might have made this list.

This reminds me of the Woodlands restaurant list, and should remind you (again) of why you shoudn't let a random staffer compile these lists.

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

Wow. 23 (including "honorable mention") bars in Montrose are better than any one of the gay bars? No George, Crocker, JR's (going with the "tavern" theme)? Way to ignore history and a large part of Montrose culture...maybe you should expand your horizons a little. FWIW, I'm not gay, but I'd go to George for a beer and great conversation way before most of the bars on this list...and where did the The Fairview disappear to? Or the Hay Merchant? One of the best beer bars in the country apparently can't crack the top 23 in Montrose. Is there an editor in the house?

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Just what we need you to call more attention to our good bars, so we can be invaded on the weekends by suburbanite db's..

TeeLodge
TeeLodge

Catbirds used to be my go to spot until one of the regulars decided to pour their heart out about how they were abused as a child. Talk about a buzz kill.

Jeff Berlat
Jeff Berlat

Why only put up Montrose bars? Oh, cuz the suburbs don't have cool bars. :)

Kyle King
Kyle King

Griff's...meh. Poison Girl, Cecil's, Firkin, Rudyard's, The Harp, Catbirds...all excellent in their quirky ways. Never been to Lola's, Boheme, or W. Alabama Ice House. :)

Hayley Anna Jones
Hayley Anna Jones

Very proud of this list! You captured all my regular bars... With my favorite place being number 1!

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

GRAND PRIZE.

Smedley
Smedley

Oh... So that must have been you taking pictures in the restroom at Catbirds when I was taking a piss the other night.

johnnybench
johnnybench topcommenter

@johnatrisk Michael's Outpost made the honorable mention, but your point still stands.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@johnnybench This writer put Beaver's and Petrol on a Heights list, so I don't think that would stop him.

Kylejack
Kylejack topcommenter

@Smedley As a former Ernie's fan who was very skeptical of it being replaced, I disagree.

Smedley
Smedley

@craig.hlavaty @Smedley Oh... So that was you back in 2009 at Catbirds when I was trying to take a piss. I was gonna say... The guy the other day assured me he wasn't trying to take a photo of my dick.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@gossamersixteen @H_e_x I know boondocks went through that transition a few years ago. Anvil well, it's nice but it does tend to attract a certain crowd. Anse is right about Lolas, that place is like kryptonite to them. The yuppies have already taken over, bulldozing well built homes and throwing up shoddily made condos (seriously, they are built like absolute shit).

Anse
Anse

@gossamersixteen @H_e_x I cannot imagine Lola's ever being a popular spot with the fake-tanned and fake-chested set. That joint utterly repels the trendy. When it and the last gay bar closes, Montrose will officially be over.

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