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