Top 10 Bars, Clubs & Ice Houses In Midtown

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. ALLEY KAT BAR & LOUNGE
Surfacing in the spot that used to house that lovely little dive the Mink, Alley Kat is a suited-up, adult version of its former inhabitant. Now sparkly-clean, with a jazz-infused musical bent, Alley Kat hasn't lost the allure (or killer cocktails) that kept the Mink going -- just spruced it up a bit.

3718 Main, 713-874-0722, facebook.com/thealleykathouston


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9. DOUBLE CROSS LOUNGE
Double Cross is a chic little lounge that is an offshoot of another chic little lounge, Hearsay, so it was bound to acquire a mad following once the doors opened late last year, with uber-friendly bartenders pride themselves on their ability to whip up those signature martinis and craft cocktails. Even if the place is often ass-to-elbows, the vinyl nights and Tito's on tap are worth the fuss. And if sub-arctic vodka turns you off, the craft-beer selection -- quite a bit of which hails from Texas -- ain't half bad either.

114 Gray, 713-526-3423, facebook.com/doublecrosslounge


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8. SAINT DANE'S BAR & GRILLE
A dog-friendly Midtown bar with a taco night and a steak night? No, it's not a mirage, it's Saint Dane's. One of the area's most easily accessible bars, it's away from Midtown's main drag, which adds to its charm. Saint Dane's massive selection of frozen margaritas makes this garage-door that much more tolerable in Houston's sweltering humidity for about 11 months of the year.

502 Elgin, 713-807-7040, saintdanes.com

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Location Info

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Alley Kat Bar & Lounge

3718 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Double Cross Lounge

114 Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Saint Dane's Bar & Grille

502 Elgin, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Bar Munich

2616 Louisiana St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

3rd Floor Bar

2303 Smith St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Mongoose Versus Cobra

1011 McGowen St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Community Bar

2703 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Top Lounge

3714 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Leon's Lounge

1006 McGowen, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Nouveau Antique Art Bar

2913 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Awesome article, but I am kind of sad to not see Komodo's on here, even as an honorable mention. Wilbert and Ben are solid bartenders and all around great people!

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