Houston's Top 10 Hipster Bars, Clubs & Icehouses 2014
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.
10. CLUTCH CITY SQUIRE
Perhaps we're a bit more hipster-y than we even realize, because we love ourselves some Clutch City, and this place is full of 'em. It's hard to know what to expect when you step inside the bar -- which is housed in the old Jones Bar building, by the way -- but there's always something strange playing on the TV screen. Plus the bartenders are always down to chat, and the music is just whatever the hell they feel like listening to at the moment. It's a little divey, a little random, and a whole lot of bearded awesome.
410 Main, 713-228-2800, Facebook page
9. PETROL STATION
Petrol Station is proof that the whole "hipsters only drink Lone Star" legend is incorrect. Believe it or not, craft brew also attracts hipster clientele, which makes Petrol Station ripe for hipsters' pickin'. This "beer bar" offers a ton of 'em, even divided by category to make it easier if your malt beverages have come out of a can in recent years. The vibe is a little reminiscent of Austin, but with more crunchy-NPR hipsters than the guitar-toting waifs in skinny jeans you'd find there.
985 Wakefield, 713-957-2875, facebook.com/petrolstation
8. ALICE'S TALL TEXAN DRIVE INN
The Tall Texan only serves two beers: Lone Star and Shiner. That's it. So it's hardly surprising that this place has become one of Houston's more hipster bars, and their righteous jukebox only adds to the draw. It's full of old honky-tonk tunes you can claim you were listening to before they were mainstream. Got a couple of bucks? Get a beer in a frozen fancy goblet. You'll feel like a hipster version of Lil Jon in no time, Tall Texan crunk cup and all.
4904 N. Main
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