Top 10 Bars in River Oaks
Kenneally's has to be a pretty legit Irish pub, considering how difficult it is to spell its name properly. It's quite anti-trendy, especially in comparison to some other bars on this list, which makes it that much better. It's a barfly kind of place, full of regulars who down their beers while chatting with the bartenders about this and that, but newcomers are always welcome to join in. Just mosey on up and grab a beer, and buy your neighbor a round.
2111 S. Shepherd, 713-630-0486, irishpubkenneallys.com
3. LOCAL POUR
Somewhere between sports bar and fancy-schmancy lounge lies Local Pour, the relatively new wine/craft-cocktail/beer bar in River Oaks Shopping Center. There's nothing pretentious about the place, which is airy and bright without being overwhelmingly so. It's got something to snack on while sipping on those delicious cocktails, and even brunch. Plus a game is always on, the beer is always cold, and the patrons are super-friendly. Seems like the right combination to a bar in any area.
1952 W. Gray, 713-521-1881, localpourhouston.com
Despite a hiatus of several months and subsequent change in ownership, it would be darn near irresponsible to leave out this notoriously naughty River Oaks lounge with the infamous blue door. Sure, it hasn't technically reopened yet, but the idea of the dimly lit "upstairs" and all the shenanigans soon to come is enough to knock down the competition by a peg (or six). Scheduled to reopen January 17.
2006 Peden, 713-528-0083, marfrelesshouston.com
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