UPDATED: Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In the East End (or "EaDo")
Really, why have a wine bar when you can have somewhere it's Mardi Gras all the time? That must be what the people behind Cork Soakers were thinking when they converted the wine bar into this Lousiana-themed room. (Thanks to reader @kylejack for the heads-up, too.) Now to go along with some bayou bites, Mojeaux's offers swampy cocktails like Hurricanes, Cajun Coolers, Geaux-Geaux Juice (for all you LSU fans) and the intimidating-sounding "Swamp Pyrat." But if you must have wine, they've got plenty of that too.
2024 Rusk, 713-222-2675, 713-222-6656, mojeauxsld.com
7. CORK SOAKERS WINE BAR
Awesome happy hour specials, half-barrels covering the wall lights and a relaxed, low-key atmosphere are just icing on the cake for this wine dive. The service is attentive, and there are plenty of comfortable leather chairs and couches on which you can lounge while you sip your wine of choice.
Rumor has it that establishment's name is derived from that SNL skit from a few years back. If you haven't seen it, just say it aloud a few times, and you'll get it.
2024 Rusk, 713-222-2675, corksoakershouston.com
6. MEDEL'S ICEHOUSE
Medel's is an in-the-know dive, down to the bone. It's is the kind of place where, if you aren't already a regular (which you probably aren't), you'll get noticed as soon as you walk inside. Akin to a Bud Light commercia,l though, you'll be rubbing shoulders and laughing it up with your new pals by the end of the night.
The drinks are cheap and cold, and the jukebox is rife with old country-western hits. So put on a classic, grab a cold one and take it easy. If they're selling popcorn outside, grab some of that too.
3509 Harrisburg Blvd., 713-237-8930, Facebook page
5. LUCKY'S PUB
Just next door to one of the most well-rounded music venue in town (Warehouse Live), Lucky's offers a strong beer selection, fair prices and room to spare. Pregame concerts and sporting events or, when it's an away game, show your support for the home team alongside plenty of other adoring fans.
While you're there, grab a pizza or some wings off their full menu. It's bar food, but it's solid.
801 St Emanuel, 713-522-2010, Web site
4. LITTLE WOODROW'S EAST END
Nightly drink specials and an abundant supply of beers on tap, many of which are local choices, will keep your whistle wet as you wander around Little Woodrow's' East end offering.
The environment is comparable to the establishment's other locations around town, relaxed around happy hour and prone to getting livelier and livelier as the night wears on. Every Tuesday, join Geeks Who Drink for some nerdy trivia.
2019 Walker, 713-222-2224, Web site
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2202 Dallas St., Houston, TX