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.
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
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
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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