Top 10 Bars in River Oaks
Neighborhood bars belong in every neighborhood, and The Railyard is proof. What makes this divey spot even more awesome than it would be otherwise is that it's divey and cheap in the middle of swanky River Oaks. Cheap beers, friendly bartenders, and a laid-back attitude all wrapped up in a package containing no dress code or douchey door guy: how could anyone ask for more?
4200 San Felipe, 713-621-4000, railyardhouston.com
6. DOWNING STREET
This cigar bar in the heart of River Oaks is a fantastic place to savor some incredible whiskeys [a Macallan 30, perhaps? -- ed], but did you know it also has a list of specialty martinis a mile long? From Blood and Sand (a Chivas-based OJ-and-cherry concoction) to the sugary-sweet Milky Way, Downing Street has martinis down to a science, even the pineapple-Infused vodka martini. Makes sense, what with the whole cigar-bar theme, but even with all the strong drink, Downing Street is still pretty laid-back.
2549 Kirby, 713-523-2291, downingstreetpub.com
5. RED LION PUB
A long-standing bar crush of ours, Red Lion Pub has got what we need in that Biz Markie type of way. It's no faux British pub in River Oaks; this is the real thing. There's a huge beer and cider selection (we love a good cider), a friendly Brit transplant running the place, and delicious pub food. Call us, maybe?
2316 S. Shepherd, 713-782-3030, redlionhouston.com
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