Houston's Top 10 College Bars

Cecil's laid-back vibe makes perfect sense for the college crowd. There's a good mix of folks -- certainly not all are college students -- but most patrons pass up collared shirts and dress pants for flip-flops and T-shirts, so dressed-down attire fits right into the mix. The liquor is cheap, there's a massive front porch to hang out on, and the $1 margarita night is perfect to ease the pain of being broke-as-a joke after paying that massive tuition bill.

600 W. Gray, 713-527-9101, facebook.com/cecils-pub

Beers, beers, and more beers. Kelvin Arms, Houston's only "Scottish" pub, is a hangout for college kids galore. Whether they come here for the Belhaven on tap, the steak night, the frozen Jack and Cokes, or the scotch and whiskey list, it matters naught. The point is they come in droves to hang out in the Kelvin Arms and wax poetic about their lives while knocking back a pint or six, and the Kelvin welcomes them with open arms in return.

2424 Dunstan, 713-528-4739, kelvinarmspub.com

This Rice Village staple is full of college kids, and it's presumably a combination of the pretty bartenders, pretty patrons, and wallet-sparing prices on adult libations. Broke college kids need beer too, guys, and they flock here to lap up Miller Lite and jagermeister like there's no tomorrow. Thank God that there's no class on Friday, or they'd be hurtin' something fierce from their Woodrow's debauchery every Thursday night.

5611 Morningside, 713-521-2337, littlewoodrows.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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