Houston's Top 10 College Bars

Another Rice Village bar, Brian O'Neill's, also caters to the area's college crowd. Rarely will you drive by here and not see the crushing mass of college kids who inhabit it -- they spill out onto the covered patio, drinks in hand -- seemingly every night of the week. It's a booty-shakin', hook-up-if-you-dare kind of place, a perfect spot to live up those college years to the best of your ability.

5555 Morningside, 713-522-2603, brianoneills.com

If you've never stepped foot in this nondescript little bar on the outskirts of Rice Village, you're not alone. You'd really have to be in the college-crowd know to find it, but once you step inside, it's like being transported to another realm. With multilevel bar seating and wood paneling on all the walls, illuminated by a few neon lights here or there, Marquis II has a bit of a trailer meets strip-club feel: dark, dank, and kinda porn-y. The graffiti-covered bathrooms drive that point home well, as do those obnoxiously potent drinks.

2631 Bissonnet, 713-522-2090, marquis2.com

Nary a night will you find Cellar Bar free of the University of St. Thomas students who frequent it. They've got to be keeping the place in business at this point, using up all the karaoke spots and bustin' a move to the random tunes that fill the air in this divey little bar. Cellar Bar is pretty great, in a house-party meets actual establishment kind of way. You can play drunken Wii, challenge randoms to game of pool, or warble karaoke to your hearts content, and no one will judge. College-bar perfection.

3140 Richmond, 713-528-6435, facebook.com/thecellar.bar

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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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