Houston's Top 10 First-Date Bars

Categories: Only In Houston

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.


Grand Prize is a little bit busy and a little bit loud, so it's perfect for a first date. The noise level and the vast array of people instantly remove any initial getting-acquainted awkwardness. Besides, how could people not feel right at home with the hodge-podge furniture and cheap beer? You can't help but be yourself at Grand Prize.

1010 Banks, 713-526-4565


Our crush on Marfreless is no secret, but that doesn't mean it's not a good first-date bar. It's dark and hidden, and the drinks are ever-so-strong. Even if the date's opening moments are awkward, that liquid courage is bound to take hold at some point. And there's always the upstairs. Now that we think about it, perhaps it's more of a third-date/third-base bar? Really, if she's cool with hanging at Marfreless on the first date -- or the tenth -- she's a keeper.

2006 Peden, 713-528-0083, marfrelesshouston.com


Yay for martinis! State Bar is a pretty chill place for a first date, with fancy decor, books stacked neatly on the shelves, and leather everything. With plenty of girly and manly martinis, your date is bound to have something to sip on. And It's so full of interesting history, there's little danger of running out of stuff to talk about.

909 Texas, 713-229-8888, thestatebar.com

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Location Info


Grand Prize Bar

1010 Banks, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2006 Peden, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The State Bar & Lounge

909 Texas, Houston, TX

Category: Music

The Harp

1625 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music


2010 Waugh, Houston, TX

Category: Music

La Carafe

813 Congress, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Kung Fu Saloon

5317 Washington, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Marquis II

2631 Bissonnet, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Joystix Classic Games-Pinball

1820 Franklin St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Eighteen Twenty Lounge

1820 Franklin, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cezanne Jazz Club

4100 Montrose, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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