Houston's 10 Best Gaming Bars

Categories: Night Life

Photo by Jordan Graber
Poison Girl
In addition to venturing out to bars for drinks, food, music on the jukebox and good conversation, sometimes you and your friends need some competition to break up the monotony. Whether it is pool, darts, video games, washers, bocce ball, trivia or other diversions, these bars have got you covered.

We did not list any obvious places where people go especially to play games like pool halls or bowling alleys; rather, for the most part, this is a list of some bars you might hang out at that also happen to have some games for your amusement in times of need.

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Doomsday Keeps Old-Fashioned Rasslin' Alive

Photos courtesy of Tex Lonestar/Doomsday Wrestling
Charlene Lonestar (left) delivers a "Houston Hammer" to her opponent, Animalia the Untamed, at Doomsday Wrestling's most recent card at Numbers last month.
Tex Lonestar is the Cal Worthington of Houston Wrestling. Standing tall in the middle of the tiny makeshift ring, donning a ten-gallon hat and vintage Western suit a la Nudie Cohn, he is tonight's ring announcer and hype man.

"Tonight, history will be made," he announces as the crowd goes wild. "A lot of history fans out there," he continues as the crowd laughs hysterically.

Long before Houston had fancy craft beers served on every block in town, we consumed a steady diet of Lone Star Beer and barbecue and were into sovereign-state things like watching the rustling of scrambled calves at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo or going to the Sam Houston Coliseum to witness some good old-fashioned rasslin'.

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Houston's 10 Best Bars For March Madness

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Bombshells Restaurant & Bar
The NCAA's "March Madness" basketball tournament, leading up to the Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on April 4 and ultimately the championship game on April 6, began this past Tuesday. Five Texas schools are in the hunt this year, including the University of Texas Longhorns, Baylor Bears, Southern Methodist University Mustangs, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks and the one lone team from a school located here in Houston, the Texas Southern University Tigers.

All of the Texas teams will be playing this Thursday, starting fairly early with Baylor taking on Georgia State at 12:40 p.m.; TSU vs. Arizona at 1:10 p.m.; UT vs. Butler at 1:45 p.m.; SMU vs. UCLA at 2:10 p.m.; and SFA playing the late game vs. Utah at 6:27 p.m. The bars on this list are in some cases hosting fans of these Texas teams this Thursday and for the other bars no definite watching parties are scheduled; however, we feel that these establishments are your best bet for places to enjoy some March Madness basketball action, whether your team made it into the tournament or not.

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Houston's 10 Most Unusual Venues

Photo by David Rozycki
On display at downtown bar Notsuoh
Toyota Center, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Bayou Music Center and other major venues in Greater Houston that book prominent national touring musicians have their place and play an important role in bringing music and other entertainment to the people in our fair city. The venues on this list, however, play an equally important role in the lives of many Houstonians who frequent them. Some of these places you no doubt have visited, and others you may have never had any knowledge of; go check them out and you are sure to have an interesting night.

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Houston's 10 Best Irish Bars

Photo by David Rozycki
Pimlico Irish Pub
With Saint Patrick's Day coming up on March 17, we present to you a list of some great Irish pubs in Houston that you might want to visit on that holiday, when many celebrate the patron saint of Ireland and Irish culture. For others, of course, the date is just an excuse to wear green and party while drinking mass quantities of green beer, even if they have no idea who Saint Patrick even was.

These bars are nice to hang out in year-round actually, as they offer a place to leisurely drink and socialize; if you hang out in any of them regularly you will get to know the regulars and eventually be a part of that bar's community if you so choose, similar to the communities that make up the original pubs or "public houses" back in Ireland that these bars model themselves after.

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Moving Sidewalk Ushers in a Different Kind of Ladies' Night

Photos by Sean McManus
L-R: Sheridan Fay and Monique Mickley work their cocktail magic at a recent Ladies' Night.
And on the seventh day, ye shall rest. That is certainly what most people try to do. The day before Monday is usually reserved for having brunch, doing laundry and sitting around binge-watching terrible reality-TV staples like Bridezillas.

For many of us nine-to-fivers who are workin' for the weekend, the Sabbath might even mean dreading the impending doom of another workweek ahead of us. (Just what the hell are we going to wear the next day, anyway?) Luckily, for some it means another night to go out and enjoy the city.

That's how I ended up at Moving Sidewalk Mixed Drinks (306 Main): My friend and I had taken notice of how many events were happening in that area on Sunday nights. There was Mardi Gras on Main not too long ago (complete with marching band), and the very night we went out, we had just missed a "retail therapy" happy hour consisting of vendors and DJs, hosted by the Little Dipper.

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Houston's 10 Friendliest Bars

Photo by David Rozycki
Just a couple of the friendly people you might meet at Lola's Depot.
On our bar adventures about town, most of us are going out to have a good time and hoping to encounter some friendly faces. From our experience, the bars on this list meet these requirements, as we usually encounter both good-natured and approachable patrons and staff at these places.

Keep in mind that you can run into a jerk anywhere, unfortunately, but we feel if you give these spots a chance you're most likely to make some new friends, at least for the night.

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Houston's 10 Best All-Ages Music Venues

Photo by Katie Haugland via Flickr
We can all remember back to a time when we were under 21 years of age, ready to go out on a Friday night with friends. But where to go? Long ago, back when the Earth was flat, there was not much to do besides driving around all night or hanging out in your local parking lot.

Luckily for today's young people, some places in Houston offer live music to those still under the legal drinking age; truthfully, some venues listed here have been open to young people for quite some time, though we didn't always know about them back in the old days. Besides being places where young people can venture out on their own, parents can take their younger kids here to introduce them to the wonderful world of live music as well.

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The 10 Best Bars in Galveston

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With the last weekend of Mardi Gras coming up, we thought we would share our favorite bars on Galveston Island. Most of the action during Mardis Gras happens on the historic Strand and we are sharing a few bars located down there, as well as bars located elsewhere in Galveston, as the whole island should be jumping.

Not a fan of big Mardi Gras crowds? No problem, these places are great to visit year-round.

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Houston's 10 Most Romantic Bars

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Note: list is in alphabetical order.

Unmarked doors and low lighting seem to lend themselves to romance, and Absinthe in Montrose is a bar that meets these two requirements; the fact that absinthe, the drink, was embraced by famous artists and writers including Pablo Picasso, James Joyce, Vincent van Gogh and others gives Absinthe, the bar, a sense of excitement and romance itself by association. Made with an extract of wormwood, absinthe, the emerald-green drink, was once banned and falsely believed to cause madness and hallucinations. It is sold here, and indulging in this once-forbidden fruit is kind of sexy, don't you think?

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