Houston's Top 10 First-Date Bars

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Two words: arcade games. Some are old-school, some are from the '00s, and some are just simply badass. When you factor in the beer, Kung Fu is practically first-date heaven. The only problem is that you may ignore your date to kick someone's ass at Mortal Kombat. But if they're cool they won't care because they'll be busy too. Pac-Man busy.

5317 Washington, 713-864-0642, kungfusaloon.com


We're not sure where Marquis I is, but we're pretty sure it could never live up Marquis II anyway, so who cares? The little lounge in Rice Village used to be a strip club, with mirrored walls and poles as proof of its former life. That said, it's a cool-ass place to hang out on a date. It's loud, but not too loud, and the crowd has to have a bit of a sense of humor to hang out in a place that looks like it may collapse inward at any second. The bathroom is full of graffiti, and we're pretty sure our name appears once or twice -- if you're lucky, your date will be cool enough to throw yours up there too.

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


First Fridays are where it's at, man. When Eighteen Twenty opens its hallowed doors to Joystix, its arcade-game mecca of a neighbor, all sorts of fantastic chaos ensues. There are tons of old-school games and pinball to compete at, and plenty of alcohol to make you much chattier than you otherwise would be during a round of Galaga.

1820 Franklin, 713-224-5535

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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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