In a city the size of Houston, there’s a bar scene for every taste. From DJs to custom cocktails to vintage video games, and nearly everything in between, here’s where to find some of the best bars in Houston.

Washington Avenue
Washington Avenue has plenty of restaurants with bars, but one of the biggest parties happens at Concrete Cowboy. Prepare to get started around midnight with two bars, a DJ pumping out beats, and smoke blowing through the room as people dance on the bar. There’s a reason people line up around the block to get in.

If the club scene gets a little too hot, nearby Kung Fu Saloon features karaoke rooms, craft beer, and vintage arcade games. Where else can you play Giant Jenga while waiting on cheeseburger egg rolls and downing pickle shots?

Many of the bars downtown are located in some of Houston’s most historic buildings. One of the most popular, Okra Charity Saloon, is a low-key charity bar that donates its proceeds to local nonprofits. It has donated more than $1.2 million to charities since opening in 2011.

Around the corner, La Carafe is located in one of Houston’s oldest (and some say most haunted) buildings. Built in 1845, the building is a Texas Historic Landmark and patrons can enjoy the patio or squeeze inside and take a look at the walls lined with vintage photos and drawings. On the less historic side, The Rustic nearby offers a full menu, an extensive wine and beer list, and lots of Texas-themed cocktails to choose from.

For a true nightclub experience, head over to Midtown. Check out the weekend event lineup at Clé on Main Street, or visit Howl at the Moon, another popular venue that’s open to the public Thursday through Saturday with private events the rest of the week. Check the website for live music schedules and drink specials.

With locations in Midtown, the Heights, and Rice Village (among others outside the loop), Little Woodrow’s is known for its theme nights and drink specials – think trivia contests and deeply discounted drinks. Each location maintains its own list of events.

West University/Rice Village
Not far from Midtown, Under the Volcano has a Mexican Day of the Dead vibe and maintains a regular roster of live music and DJs. It also boasts a long list of craft cocktails on its drink menu.

Finally, there’s the good old neighborhood pub – The Ginger Man on Morningside Drive. Modeled after a British pub and named after a novel from the 1950s, this watering hole features new draft beers each month, which you can enjoy while playing a round of darts or listening to live music on Saturdays. A second location has opened in Midtown.

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