Top 10 Bars in Houston Texas in 2020

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Top 10 Bars in Houston Texas in 2020

In years past, Houston’s bar scene was a bit lowkey, and it wasn’t popping as its restaurant and barbeque scene, all of which are discussed over at The last couple of years however, it has absolutely taken center stage, something we expect will go into even higher gear in 2020. Now we have a situation where the more established names have upped their game and at the same time, we have some very exciting new spots that are making waves. A good bar, as we all know, is more than just the drinks, as the décor and the ambience are equally as important. If you are looking for a good bar to go to this year, then you are in luck as this article will look to highlight what we think are the top 10 bars in Houston Texas in 2020.

Monkey’s Tail

If you are looking for a good Mexican-American bar, especially for cocktails, then this gem in Northside Village is the place to go to. It has an indoor-outdoor setup to suit all types of weather and also has an extensive draft system with up to 20 taps. Other than the drinks, they have cool games and some great furniture from Mexico, and even a dog-friendly patio. To add to all that, they have some very delicious burgers and pizza. Definitely worth checking out this year.


This one is located in Downtown Houston, with more on how to locate it to be found over at If you are looking for a tiki bar, then you’ve found it as here you will find an extensive list of tiki classics from Mai Tais, Pain Killers and many others. They also have excellent arrangements for when you go out with a bunch of your friends including what is referred to as the Treasure Chest. This is one experience you don’t want to miss out on this year.

The Hay Merchant

If you are a beer nerd or connoisseur and you love your brew, this is the bar to go to, located in Montrose, with more information on it to be found over at They have an impressive 80 taps of beer as well as an 80-deep bottle list and 5 cask selections. While they are known for beer, they offer more than just that as they also have excellent cocktails as well as great food from their finger-licking spicy crispy pig ears to their dumplings and so much more.

Anvil Bar & Refuge

Montrose has got a good selection of bars as discussed over at, and this is yet another great one. This one is for those who love their cocktail, as here you will find an impressive selection of cocktails; a 100-strong list. You can try out their well-known cocktails, or you can try to venture into the unknown and sample something obscure from their list if you are the adventurous type; trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Axelrad Beer Garden

If you fancy downing your favorite beer while lounging on a hammock; yes, a hammock, then this is the place to go to. It is an excellent bar to go to if you like drinking outdoors and is located over at Midtown, with more on how to locate it to be found over at Indulge yourself with great bar games, picnic tables, some excellent pizza from next door, food trucks and so much more.

West Alabama Ice House

Yet another excellent bar from Montrose, which is one of Houston’s best areas as far as the bar scene is concerned, as discussed over at If you want to drink in a bar that is rich in history, then this joint which opened way back in 1928 is the place to go to. It has a lovely patio where you can just relax and drink your favorite drink as you interact with friends and family.

Johnny’s Gold Brick

This gem of a bar is located in The Heights area of Houston Texas, as discussed over at, and is one of the best in town for both beer and spirits. One of the reasons behind its popularity is the affordability of their drinks, as prices don’t seem to change. Definitely make sure you check it out and try their great selection of spirits, as well as one of their 10 classics.

Two Headed Dog

This relatively new player in Houston’s bar scene is located in Midtown, as covered over at, and is one of the best in the area. The atmosphere is excellent, and their selection of cocktails is to-die-for. They also offer different options as far as sitting is concerned as you could head over to the bar, sit indoors or go outside under the lights to enjoy your drink. Their creative and extensive selection of drinks is one you have to try out this year.

One Armed Scissor

What a name for a bar, and they definitely don’t disappoint. As discussed over at, it was located originally in the Heights area, but has moved to Downtown. Their list of cocktails isn’t wide, but the cocktails are top drawer. Ensure you especially try the fantastically named Thai Dolla $ign. They also have an excellent selection of beers to go with their cocktails and so much more, all of which you should make sure you explore this year.

OKRA Charity Saloon

Finally, this unique bar is the place to go to if you want to have a drink and at the same time donate to charity. It is a non-profit bar where its proceeds go to a different charity every month. The setting is great, with the exposed brick walls really adding to the ambience. Drinking has never felt this good especially since you know that it is all for a good cause.

The above discussion is only the tip of a very large iceberg, and you can explore more on the above bars and many others by checking out the highly regarded