Houston's Top 10 Hipster Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses

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7. BOONDOCKS
Decidedly the third corner of the Montrose trifecta, rounding out Catbird's and Poison Girl, this dimly lit, stuffy watering hole has boasts a solid jukebox, cheap drinks and a young, young clientele. Since it's so humid inside, head on out to the massive smoking patio while you sip your PBR and wax philosophical with friends and strangers alike. Wells are only a buck on Wednesdays, and '90s dance parties are a staple. Are the '90s really that far gone?

1417 Westheimer, 713-522-8500, Facebook page


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6. BIG TOP LOUNGE (Fistful of Soul Night)
Since Fistful of Soul moved over from the Mink about three years ago, the Continental Club's little brother has been transporting Houstonians back to the '50s and '60s through old R&B records. Unofficially, there's something of a retro dress code, but all else is fair game. Oh, and healthy sex drives are encouraged. Watch out for the older couples, though. They can cut a rug, and they may just drink you under the table too.

3714 Main, no phone, bigtoplounge.com


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5. THE PETROL STATION
Featuring craft beers only in a no-frills setting, Petrol Station, cozy as ever, is a favorite of beer enthusiasts. The selection of brews on tap is eccentric and constantly in a state of flux, minus a few staples, and, coupled with a solid kitchen, this former fill-up station a local favorite for those in the know.

985 Wakefield, 713-957-2875, Facebook page

Location Info

Map

Poison Girl

1641 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Fitzgerald's

2706 White Oak, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Boondocks

1417 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Top Lounge

3714 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Petrol Station

985 Wakefield, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Moon Tower Inn

3004 Canal, Houston, TX

Category: Music

MKT BAR

1001 Austin St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Double Trouble Caffeine & Cocktails

3622 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music


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72 comments
jberlat1
jberlat1

Petrol is not hipster, it is for craft beer enthusiasts and they aren't all hipsters. 

Steve Kleege
Steve Kleege

This is why I no longer go to The Petrol Station.

Nick Danger
Nick Danger

All right a list of places to stay away from... I think HP needs to look up the word hipster...some of the places are not hipster establishments...Petrol Station? Bingo in the Heights? Boondocks? C'mon HP...

Sergio Jaramillo
Sergio Jaramillo

mostly good places but i'd add a few more and take out a few of these.

Sampson Simpson
Sampson Simpson

i like some of these places but i hate hipsters ... what is a man to do

Schittphaiç Magü
Schittphaiç Magü

"Fine establishments?" Sounds like a cheesy attempt at hipster irony by some trust-fund douche.

Ryan Metts
Ryan Metts

Boondocks,Fitzgeralds,Poison girl weekly!

Judith Cruz Villarreal
Judith Cruz Villarreal

Fitz, Moontower & Petrol very often. Fitz is one of the only venues that brings in the music I like.

Hugh Melrose
Hugh Melrose

Fitzgeralds occasionally, yet thats only if a band I'd be interested in is playing.

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

Regularly? None. Occasionally? 5. I'm pretty sure I'm too old and otherwise buttoned down to be a hipster, but I'm also pretty sure that you missed some.

Katie Wall
Katie Wall

Only time I go to Fitz is when my husbands band plays there (Super Robot Party). Other wise I don't leave my little Clear Lake stay at home mom bubble & I'm totally okay with that.

Christine Her-Era
Christine Her-Era

I've been to Poison Girl a few times, not in the last 4 mths tho. Might have something to do with living outside the loop. ;)

TomBroster
TomBroster

Where is Sam's Boat on Richmond Ave.? The Boat is nice but the owners keep raising the prices of the drinks. A draft of Budweiser beer used to cost $1.50 and now it is $2.75. We need shop at places where we can save money. http://t.co/Z6F20HTefF

Stu Cooper
Stu Cooper

So is this suppose to be a list of places to avoid?

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

Come on, at least get the facts straight. Poison Girl has one reading a month, the Poison Pen series. And it is not necessarily poetry only. The entire thing might take up an hour and a half a month. Some guys from Conroe own it, how hipster can it be? Hipster has become a lazy, hazy descriptor, and continual description of Poison Girl as a "hipster haven" is just lazy journalism.

Jeremy Garcia
Jeremy Garcia

Some of those bars have made it into the best of the best for the Houston press already. "Hipsters" will still be going.

Melia Hughes
Melia Hughes

I'm pretty sure that this is a crafty way to drive the hipsters off to other bars, because it's part of the hipster credo to like somewhere only before it's cool, not after it has already received some sort of notice, like making in onto a list of hipster bars in Houston Press. Well played, Houston Press...well played indeed.

Samuel Pachuco Herrera
Samuel Pachuco Herrera

If your talking about that SPJST place on Beal St. Then no.. It sits just right out side of the Heights . I think it might be part of Timber Grove but I could be wrong.

Kandace Lytle
Kandace Lytle

How did Boheme and Avant Garden not make this list?!?!

Benjamin George Ward
Benjamin George Ward

It's a natural function of your body.. soo.. you probably shouldn't hold it in either.

Jessica Durow
Jessica Durow

and who were they interviewing to get these results! First problem, everything is anchored within a 5 mile radius of Montrose when there are way better bars outside the downtown area. 2nd, this just makes Houston appear lame.

Danny Noman
Danny Noman

Generally speaking, you probably shouldn't fart in public places.

Stephen Conley
Stephen Conley

Your website sucks on my phone. It crashes when I go to page 2 of any article.

Autumn Smith
Autumn Smith

Disliking someone does not make you like that person. Big gap in logic there.

Danny Noman
Danny Noman

Way to remind me that I'm a hipster, HP.

Sarah Wiggins-Goff
Sarah Wiggins-Goff

i liked grand prize until i got mugged walking a block there from my car... no well-lit close parking = too sketchy for me

Ray Farahani
Ray Farahani

You missed the obvious, Bingo in the Heights, is NOT actually in the Heights. It has been anointed upon as being the Heights, from all of the new innerloopers, who have no clue where the historical boundaries of neighborhoods exist. Wonder what Samuel Pachuco Herrera & Willie Rodriguez think of my statement?

Bruce_Are
Bruce_Are topcommenter

@Katie Wall  

hex and gilbert, I think she meant she's a stay at home mom and enjoys staying home with her family.  I'm not getting sadness or mooching from that.

gilbertr3
gilbertr3

@Katie Wall Go get a job. stop mooching.


h_e_x
h_e_x

@Katie Wall I can't help but to feel a tinge of sadness in this post.

gilbertr3
gilbertr3

@Melia Hughes Doubt it will have the slightest impact.


gilbertr3
gilbertr3

@Sarah Wiggins-Goff Need a man like myself, walking with you to prevent those type of situations!


gilbertr3
gilbertr3

@Benjamin George Ward I'll fart regardless.. fuck it!


WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

@Benjamin George Ward BGW: No one will miss you.

h_e_x
h_e_x

@Benjamin George Ward Gotta obfuscate that fart. 

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