Houston's Top 10 Places to Drink Alone

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. MAPLE LEAF PUB
Maple Leaf has an extensive beer selection, plenty of stiff drinks, and Canadian hockey on TV most nights. And if watchin' those toothless badasses smack around the puck ain't your thing, you can always challenge someone to a game of darts or Foosball to stay occupied. Thursday nights are the Geeks Who Drink nights, so wear your trivia hat and kick the ass of some stranger in the room with your useless knowledge. Oh, and you can always bring Rover with you, if you aren't quite up to going completely solo.

514 Elgin, 713-520-6464, themapleleafpub.com


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9. THE DIRT
Oh, Dirt Bar, how we love thee, even when ridin' solo? It's dark, dank, and full of loud-ass rock music, which means it's perfect for downing a pint of beer when your chatty +1 bails out. There's no need to make small talk at Dirt; hell, you couldn't hear yourself if you tried. But if you somehow feel lonely in spite of the noise, their tatted, spiky bartenders are the perfect friend stand-ins. Just don't expect to understand a word they say over the music -- perhaps resort to hand signals.

1209 Caroline, 713-426-4222, dirtbar.com


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8. DARKHORSE TAVERN
Darkhorse may be situated on the uber-crowded Washington corridor, but don't let that stop you from lazing the night away here sans friends. The bars surrounding Darkhorse are hardly indicative of what you'll find here -- rather than being a dancey-dance club full of trendy folks, it's a laid-back, Cheers kind of atmosphere, with a jukebox and some pretty decent beers on tap. No body glitter in this place; it's all chill, all the time. Oh, and as a bonus? The drinks are way cheap.

2207 Washington, 713-426-2442, dhtavern.com


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Location Info

Map

Maple Leaf Pub

514 Elgin, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Dirt

1209 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Darkhorse Tavern

2207 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge

308 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Red Lion Pub

2316 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Lola's Depot

2327 Grant, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Moon Tower Inn

3004 Canal, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Flat

1701 Commonwealth, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Big Top Lounge

3714 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Absinthe

609 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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12 comments
JohnCrappier
JohnCrappier

how about for the next top ten list you do "top ten bars in which to take a shit"

Rajesh H. Patel
Rajesh H. Patel

Houston Press should do an article on the best places to smoke hookah alone also. Texas Hookah Lounge would definitely make the list. Always a great place to make new friends and relax. Also they are BYOB

Jim Costello
Jim Costello

The best part about the Maple Leaf Pub is their awesome beer league team! (biased)

ducttaperoses
ducttaperoses

I don't know what Red Lion you went to, but my dining experience there has been dismal: Irish bacon sandwich (excuse me, REGULAR bacon; they were out of Irish) on a soggy sweet roll, and hands-down the flabbiest, most flavorless, fries I've ever been served, and I include fast-food fries in that.  Served by a woman who acted as if we were an annoyance.  With loud American football on the TV. 

Lupe Mendez
Lupe Mendez

The best part? These are half the bars i got to with friends!! Nice list!!

Mel L. Bell
Mel L. Bell

Kind of seems like a contradiction in terms ~ if I really want to drink alone I stay home ~ it's way cheaper & I don't have to drive.

Jeff Hill
Jeff Hill

Haven't been to Lola's in years & years. Hasn't changed at all.

person
person

I would suggest the bar at the River Oaks Theatre. If there aren't other film enthusiasts' around to have a conversation about the latest films, the bartender, Charlie, is always good for a chat.

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

What does it say about me if I frequent half the bars on this list?

Carlitos Way
Carlitos Way

Drink by myself all the time. Shepherd Park Draught House and Warren's Inn are great places to drink and meet people.

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