Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In the Galleria Area
As does our sister blog Eating...Our Words, 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.
10. Cap's Piano Bar
Tuesday through Saturday, Caps Piano Bar boasts one of the best house bands in Houston. Jazz and blues hits from days long gone by are interspersed with present-day hits, though you'll need to keep the tips coming to ensure you hear the latter. But don't worry about racking up a huge bill: There's no cover charge, and the drinks are affordable.
While you wait on your beverages, enjoy some complimentary popcorn as you enjoy the tunes and watch couples cut a rug on the dance floor. Caps is hidden just behind House of Pies off Westheimer, but it's definitely a find.
2610 Briar Ridge 713-784-0024, facebook.com/capspiano.bar
9. Richmond Arms Pub
Soccer fans unite! A friendly waitstaff keeps you and your friends' pint glasses full of one of the many draft beers available on tap, and you won't even have to look down from the game as you devour your fish and chips.
If you find yourself visiting for an early game on a Sunday, you'll have to order food with your beverages. Don't fuss, though; it's tasty and affordable. There's plenty of parking available on-site, and when the lot gets full, Richmond Arms opens a second one.
5920 Richmond, 713-784-7722, richmondarmsonline.com
8. The Deck on Fountainview
Formerly Trey's, The Deck on Fountainview is now more aptly named for its key feature, but its merits don't end there. Nightly drink specials, industry prices and good food compliment the relaxed atmosphere and keep patrons smiling.
Many of the regulars are bartenders themselves and are as good at reading customers as the waitresses are, so whether you're looking to make new friends or have a few drinks in solitude, The Deck will be happy to accommodate you.
6002 Fairdale, 713-914-9990, thedeckonfountainview.com
2610 Briar Ridge, Houston, TX