Houston's Top 10 College Bars

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.


Komodo's may not be terribly close to any particular college campus, but the laid-back little dive bar still manages to attract a plethora of college-age barflies. Be that as it may, they're usually well-behaved, so we'll let 'em stay and knock back a few with the olds if they want to.

2004 Baldwin, 713-655-1501, facebook.com/komodos-pub

Perhaps it's the Ginger Man's great beer selection -- craft, local, bottle, draft, or whatever tickles your fancy -- that college kids can find that keeps them coming back. Or perhaps it's the picnic tables that look out onto trendy Rice Village that keep its cozy beer garden hopping. Whatever the draw, the college kids love the Ginger Man, and even though we're well past our college age, we love it too.

5607 Morningside, 713-526-2770, houston.gingermanpub.com

Pub Fiction ain't just for those hip young Midtown professionals anymore. Perhaps it's the overabundance of sports on TV, or the jagerbombs that flow like water inside those hallowed walls, but something about this massive space has the college kids flocking here like drunken moths to a jager-filled flame. It's a dance-y, sporty, beer-and-shots kind of place, which is perfect when you're looking for a break from the books. Or a break from Spring Break.

2303 Smith, 713-400-8400, pubfiction.com

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Location Info


The Den

4835 Calhoun, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cellar Bar

3140 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Marquis II

2631 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Brian O'Neill's Traditional Irish Pub - CLOSED

5555 Morningside, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Little Woodrow's (Rice Village)

5611 Morningside Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Kelvin Arms

2424 Dunstan, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cecil's Pub

600 W. Gray, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Pub Fiction

2303 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Ginger Man Pub

5607 Morningside, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Komodo's Pub

2004 Baldwin, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Baud Optics
Baud Optics

The Marquis II is a lot nicer after a renovation about 2 and half years ago.


You all need to remove those comments concerning the Marquis.  Those comments are not accurate in any respect. 

Chris Loll
Chris Loll

The Marquis was completely renovated a few years back. Tighten it up, guys.


Did anyone edit this article before it was posted? The Marquis was remodeled years ago. Years. Ago. Great research.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

Good God, Angelica.  Do some research before you post.  The Marquis completely renovated three years ago.

Erickson Ernest
Erickson Ernest

Many a nights spent at the Den after finals and weekends

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